Driving in France & Traffic Rules

Driving your Motorhome in France – Traffic Rules France

Traveling by Motorhome in France – Road Signs in France

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French motorways
Autoroutes are the same as a freeway or motorway. In France, many of the main Autoroutes have toll fees to pay (“Péage”). The autoroutes use a numbering system with the letter A at the beginning such as the famous A6 (“l’autoroute du soleil”).driving in France road tolls
The different autoroutes are owned by various companies, so you will generally pay more than one toll to get across France. The price depends on your vehicle and the distance driven. You can pay the fee with cash, credit card or rent a wireless box. Traffic can be very dense at certain times of the year, so prepare your dates and avoid traveling on the same days as the French holiday calendar.
There is also a very helpful radio station which broadcasts information 24/7 on FM 107.7 on all motorways in France, providing up to date details of traffic conditions, alerts and deviations.

Planning your route
Mappy provides a complete itineraries for most towns in France with toll costs, distances and journey times.
Michelin, the famous hotel, restaurant guide also provides excellent maps and route plans for any journey across France.driving in France 2

Speed cameras in France
There are now in France over 150 unmarked police vehicles equipped with onboard speed cameras. Most of these – but not all nor always – patrol on motorways, or other trunk routes, but they are now operating throughout France, on minor roads too. Since recording speed from a moving vehicle is not quite a perfect art, there is a slight tolerance; but vehicles clocked at over 140 Km/h in a 130 stretch of motorway are liable to get pulled a ticket and may be pulled over for an on-the-spot fine.

Children in the Motorhome, seatbelts.
Seatbelts must be worn at all times when driving in France, by both adults and children, and both in the back and front seats.
Children under 10 years old are not allowed to travel in the front seat of a car, unless there are no back seats. Children under 10 years of age must travel in the back, using an appropriate child seat or booster seat. Babies are allowed to travel in the front passenger seat, but only when placed in an approved rear-facing baby seat and the airbag is turned off.

French Breathalyzer law
Since April 2013, carrying a brethalyzer with you in the car has been obligatory in France… by law – at least in theory.
Single-use certified breathalyzers are now available in many supermarkets, chemists and garages throughout France, at a cost of about 1 or 2 €uro each. So the cost is minimal.

Drink/drug driving:
Legal limit:The maximum legal level of alcohol in the blood is 0.05% except for bus and coach drivers who must have no more than 0.02% of alcohol in the blood.
AlcoholThe police are empowered to carry out random breath tests. A test is compulsory after an accident which has caused injury or when a driver has committed a serious motoring offence.driving a motorhome in france

Rules of the road & regulations
Overtaking & passing: As a general rule, drive on the right, overtake on the left. However, where traffic is in lanes, vehicles may overtake on the right of other vehicles in slower moving lanes.
On steep gradients, vehicles travelling downhill must give way to vehicles travelling uphill.
Overtaking trams in motion is normally permitted on the right only; it is permitted on the left in one way streets, if there is not enough space on the right. Road Signs in France
At intersections, the driver of a vehicle must give way to vehicles approaching from their right, unless otherwise indicated.
Road users must give way to police and fire brigade vehicles and ambulances.

Speed limits in France
The following national speed limits apply:

Motorways Urban motorway or dual carriageway with a central reservation Other roads Built up areas
Normal traffic conditions 130 km/h 110 km/h 90 km/h 50 km/h
Rain or other precipitation 110 km/h 100 km/h 80 km/h 50 km/h
Visibility less than 50m 50 km/h 50 km/h 50 km/h 50 km/h

Holders of EU driving licences exceeding the speed limit by more than 40 km/h will have their licences confiscated on the spot by the police.

French law prohibits drivers from devices capable of detecting speed cameras and warning drivers of their location. Penalties can include fines of up to €1,500 and confiscation of the device and vehicle.

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