What are the roads like in France?
The system of highways through France is well-treated, with major routes
across the country home to wide smooth roads. However, many of the roads
around urban areas, in cities and in towns, date back to the original
construction of the town, which tend to be narrow, winding and made
What are the drivers like in France?
Where once city drivers would drive rather aggressively (and rely heavily
on the car horn), persistent policing has significantly reduced the
amount of aggressive driving across the country.
What are the best times to drive?
Across the country, most driving conditions are reasonably consistent
across the day and week. However, Samedi noir, aka "Black Saturday",
takes place at the start and end of school holidays and marks a day
of notoriously bad traffic. It is advised to attempt to avoid driving
during this time.
What are the driving laws in France?
Be at least 18 and have a full driver's licence (sorry learners). Carry
vehicle registration and insurance documents (originals, not copies).
Have a warning triangle and high-vis vest in your car. The vest must
be within reach of the driver. Carry snow chains if you are driving
in mountainous regions during the winter. Use a hands free kit if using
your mobile phone and do not touch or program a device unless parked
in a safe place. Buckle up! Seatbelts for everyone at all times. Seat
all children under ten years old in the back. If the child is under
nine months old and weighs less than nine kilos, then the law permits
a rear-facing baby seat in the front as along as the airbag is disabled.
Keep a single use NF-approved breathalyser in your vehicle calibrated
to the 0.05% French alcohol limit. If stopped and you have no breathalyser
the Gendarmerie (the French traffic police) will, em, well, they won't
actually do anything as there is no penalty for not having one. However,
if breathalysed and you are over the limit you will be fined on the
spot and held until fit to drive. If you are over 0.8g/litre, you face
a hefty fine, possible jail time and a three-year ban from driving in