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Driving in France anything specific i need to know?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Sparky-F1, 13 Apr 2010.

  1. Sparky-F1

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    We are driving to Montpellier in August and i am basically looking for any information regarding laws etc.

    Is there anything specific we need for the car [somebody on another forum mentioned spare bulb kits etc]. Are there any laws i should be aware of eg speed limits etc?

    Anyone driven a similar route?

    Thankyou.
     
  2. ganesh

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    Hi vis jackets for each person in the car.
     
  3. Banny

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    triangle, Hi-viz jacket, fire estinquisher (however you spell it) beam deflectors.
    there is a couple off the top of my head, think you need first aid kit aswell.
    130km in the dry 110km in the wet on autoroutes.
    I went faster did get flashed by a camera and never heard anything about it, was easy doing a ton, which is easy done on the nice smooth motorways over there.
     
  4. Pyscho_Si

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    Location: Bolton

    Hi,

    Things to remember:

    - You need a Spare Bulb Kit, 2 Warning Triangles, High-Glow Vests (or is this just Spain?) and a spare set of specs if you wear them (this might also be Spain only)
    - Tolls are massive, especially if you drive near Paris
    - Speed limit on motorways is 130KMH in the drive but drops to 110KHM when it rains. It is at this point the police come out in force.
    - If you get caught, you can get your licence confiscated... useful to have a spare driver.
    - You MUST have your V5 or equiv as you must carry proof of ownership.
    - On some B Roads, people joining can have right of way!

    I recommend the haynes guide on driving abroad, gives you a lot of useful info.

    To be honest, driving in France is much more fun then driving here. If you have the time.... get off the motorways and enjoy the country.

    SW
     
  5. Stolly

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    Don't forget the stripy tee shirt and onions.
     
  6. [TW]Fox

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    Stupidly you need spare bulbs even if you have Xenons.
     
  7. Jotun

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  8. Sparky-F1

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    Thanks for the information, at this rate there will not be enough room for any luggage!
     
  9. benjo

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    I drove to Montpellier last year. Was a complete dive, drove on to Narbonne and it was better :)
     
  10. thepharcyde

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  11. benjo

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    As for the stuff we took, we had all our car documents, hi vis jacket, warning triangle, headlight adjustment things, spare bulb kit, a jerry can and a toolkit :)
     
  12. blun

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    What spare bulbs are you meant to have? Just random headlight bulbs?
     
  13. Sparky-F1

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    We are going to the coast Portiragnes-Plage but Montpellier was the nearest town i thought people would have heard of. Mappy says its 14 hours,is that about right?

    Ouch thats not good, bus drivers are the same Europewide at least!
     
  14. PhillyDee

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    Or if your car requires the entire front to be dismantled to get to the bulbs . . . . Like most French cars :confused:
     
  15. [TW]Fox

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    Yup!
     
  16. Sparky-F1

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    Im starting to think it maybe easier to fly.
     
  17. thepharcyde

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    It has probably got to be the most cultural cities in the area. :confused: I can recommend Carcassonne :)

    My mate lives and works Roquebrun the lucky git, hour from Montpellier.
     
  18. thepharcyde

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    Seriously, if you value your car, do not take it and leave it in any town/anywhere where there is limited parking as I can guarantee it will be pranged. They simply do not give a ****.
     
  19. benjo

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    I'm just basing my opinion on the beach we were at. Full of french ***** equivalents and needles in the sand :o

    Yeh that's about right. We drove back from there to Calais in about 9 hours though :)
     
  20. Gerard

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    In France Bumpers are literally Bumpers.