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    Anyone ever driven to France and in France? And whats it like?

    Hi guys

    Going to a wedding in France, and I have a MPV, so 5 of us have decided turn by turn to drive down and make a journey out of it (and bring a few things back LEGAL stuff), were going Tuesday...now 3 off them have backed out as they are not covered to drive in Europe????? (Felt like telling them to F-OFF, but there my buddies, deep down i think they are scared)

    The cars insured as long as your insured...its ok right????

    Anyways long story short...i now have to drive along with my cousin...but i'm DUMPING my pants!!!!!!

    I've got the TOMTOM Europe to guide us to our destinations.....BUT

    Whats it like driving there...i've only ever driven in Middle East, Canada and England...

    BUT never driven all the way there and don't know how they drive there.....long time ago went with school on an exchange student thing....the roads were crazy and they drove like idiots.

    Any tips or ideas on the roads conditions laws etc

    Plus 2 late to book flights now

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    They drive just like we do.............but on the other side. :-D

    But seriously it's fine...........the roads there are also maintained about 1 thousand times better than ours.

    just remember that if you are turning right at a set of traffic lights, and its on Red, you can go if the way is clear similar to the States so I believe

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    Syzable;6215243

    They drive just like we do.............but on the other side. :-DBut … They drive just like we do.............but on the other side. :-DBut seriously it's fine...........the roads there are also maintained about 1 thousand times better than ours.



    yeah i realised its the otherside cheers ...but still dumpin it


    bassman_uk;6215274

    just remember that if you are turning right at a set of traffic lights, … just remember that if you are turning right at a set of traffic lights, and its on Red, you can go if the way is clear similar to the States so I believe



    good piece of info there bassman_uk:thumbsup:

    bassman_uk;6215274

    just remember that if you are turning right at a set of traffic lights, … just remember that if you are turning right at a set of traffic lights, and its on Red, you can go if the way is clear similar to the States so I believe



    Lol, it is easier to drive a right hand drive car on the right hand side than a left hand on the right lol. I confused myself there.

    I would just make sure all your insurance is in order, very very important. And make sure the others are also insured on your car, because they will only be covered third party when driving your car!! Very important. Also, some of the value insurance companies do NOT allow insurance when you get out of the country, so check your policy.

    The worst part of the journey we find is getting to dover, the rest is a breeze until you get into the towns / villages, where the driving can be a bit hectic. Save the bravest driver for when you get into france! Good luck.

    you also need a high-vis vest for everyone in the car, a full set of spare bulbs, and an UK sticker on your car. i think

    As long as they are insured to drive the car here, they are covered in Europe
    European law states every policy must incoude driving in Europe for a minimum fixed amount of days each year, I believe it's 30 days minimum, however the key thing is they must all be already insured to drive the car that is going as driving the car under the "allowed to drive other vehicles" rule doesn't cover it.
    It doesnt actually allow much, its included in some policies, it's not in all

    karenhornby;6215383

    As long as they are insured to drive the car here, they are covered in … As long as they are insured to drive the car here, they are covered in EuropeEuropean law states every policy must incoude driving in Europe for a minimum fixed amount of days each year, I believe it's 30 days minimum, however the key thing is they must all be already insured to drive the car that is going as driving the car under the "allowed to drive other vehicles" rule doesn't cover it.It doesnt actually allow much, its included in some policies, it's not in all



    Often the minimum cover only - you have to check with your insurer.

    dont forget about tolls ?

    You also need a red triangle in case of a breakdown. Sometimes you can pick them up in home Bargains or B and M. Halfords do them - was about a tenner last time I looked though

    ctuk;6215379

    you also need a high-vis vest for everyone in the car, a full set of … you also need a high-vis vest for everyone in the car, a full set of spare bulbs, and an UK sticker on your car. i think



    I believe it is at least one, not one for each person in the car. They must be in the cabin, not the boot. Obviously the vests need to meet EU standards.

    Do you not need things put on the lights to make the beam change direction as well??

    bassman_uk;6215274

    just remember that if you are turning right at a set of traffic lights, … just remember that if you are turning right at a set of traffic lights, and its on Red, you can go if the way is clear similar to the States so I believe



    Not true, it is a flashing amber that you can proceed if safe.

    xena_morph;6215550

    Do you not need things put on the lights to make the beam change … Do you not need things put on the lights to make the beam change direction as well??



    Yes, unless you have xenons capable of being redirected using a shutter.

    pghstochaj;6215567

    Not true, it is a flashing amber that you can proceed if safe.



    Oh well, my French friends in Normandy are wrong then :roll:

    My advice is:

    Driving in France is generally nice, but not so nice in cities as you are on the wrong side and they can be a little bit aggressive compared to here.
    Remember the speed limits, their national speed limit on single lane roads is 90 kmph so slower than our limit. This is the most likely place you may get caught.
    Obviously roundabouts go the other way
    Speed limit on the motorway is 130 kmph when dry and 110 kmph when wet.
    Remember to check with your insurer that you have fully comprehensive insurance (if desired) whilst in the EU - lots of insurers now charge extra or expect to be told, otherwise you risk being TPFT only.

    bassman_uk;6215581

    Oh well, my French friends in Normandy are wrong then :roll:



    Either that or you misunderstood or forgot since they told you. It is a flashing amber for proceed with caution. A flashing red means DO NOT GO.

    Where are you going to in France? Calis? If so city europe is the place to go for cheap wines. You will need to go into Belgium for Gv or ciggs. Ill get you the link for the site.

    Driving is easy as long as you take it slow. The raods are quite and well maintained. In the city they tend to drive a bit more agressive. You will probably see more english plates then french just out off the port!

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    diabeticguy;6215376

    http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/touring_tips/france-monaco.pdf



    thanks for that...much appreciated:thumbsup:

    ctuk;6215379

    you also need a high-vis vest for everyone in the car, a full set of … you also need a high-vis vest for everyone in the car, a full set of spare bulbs, and an UK sticker on your car. i think



    Hi-vis vest.....just remembered the TopGear show when clarkson raced he wore a hi-vis....hey cheers for that didn't know...i'm glad i've got u lot on here...i'd be lost without you..:thumbsup:

    sn0ttyang3l;6215498

    dont forget about tolls ?



    OMG more expenses...should have just got a flight...thanks for the heads up:thumbsup:

    I've driven from Geneva airport to Chalon, roads much better condition than UK and hardly no traffic on the motorways overall very pleasant drive through the tunnels and high mountain roads. and as mentioned make sure you take a visa card for the tolls.

    Jumpingphil;6217209

    Yes, your friends are completely wrong.I have never heard so much tosh in … Yes, your friends are completely wrong.I have never heard so much tosh in my life.If you want to get into trouble with the French police, then go ahead.:thumbsup:This is not a rule that is covered by the whole of France.There may be one or two sets of light in Normandy where it is acceptable to do that, but I have never seen one anywhere in France and I have been driving there for decades.It is info like this that get people into trouble.:x



    get stuffed :thumbsup:

    not yet

    but our French family drive over here to see us about twice a year.

    It's surprisingly easy, I think everyone bricks it the first time but you will realise you have wasted energy and stress when you do and find out it's so easy and natural

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    Jumpingphil;6217723

    ]Pay particular attention to the part about traffic lights half way down … ]Pay particular attention to the part about traffic lights half way down the page and don't listen to any idiot that tells you it is OK to turn right on a red light for they know nothing and will end up getting you a fine.....or worse.:thumbsup:



    cheers dude....i think i'll stick to the rules of the road as if i were driving in england:thumbsup:

    taurus_the_bull;6219818

    cheers dude....i think i'll stick to the rules of the road as if i were … cheers dude....i think i'll stick to the rules of the road as if i were driving in england:thumbsup:



    You will get shouted at if you do not turn on a flashing amber and it is clear.

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    Carley;6217529

    I've driven from Geneva airport to Chalon, roads much better condition … I've driven from Geneva airport to Chalon, roads much better condition than UK and hardly no traffic on the motorways overall very pleasant drive through the tunnels and high mountain roads. and as mentioned make sure you take a visa card for the tolls.



    visa card for the tolls?

    didn't know that..thanks:)

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    pghstochaj;6219820

    You will get shouted at if you do not turn on a flashing amber and it is … You will get shouted at if you do not turn on a flashing amber and it is clear.



    serious....right i'm finiding road laws and guide to driving in France....so bricking it now:oops:

    taurus_the_bull;6219825

    visa card for the tolls?didn't know that..thanks:)



    Switch/Maestro is generally rarely accepted in France for a lot of things.

    taurus_the_bull;6219836

    serious....right i'm finiding road laws and guide to driving in … serious....right i'm finiding road laws and guide to driving in France....so bricking it now:oops:



    It's mostly fine, and when it's not they are happy to toot and shout and you soon get the idea that something is wrong.

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    cheers for the info and help

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    Guys just got back...well 3.40pm....

    The french are the most crazy drivers ever...l.they drive like stunt men....or like in the movies fast and furious...scary sh** i tell ya!

    pics to follow

    Last time I drove in France even the autoroutes are free within (I think) 50km of urban areas. You can if you really want to travel without tolls on the N roads or bison fute but the toll routes are much better maintained, and signposted with excellent rest areas.
    Only place I have found scary is on the periphique in Paris where lanes dont seem to mean anything and people overtake and cut in from both sides ignoring speed limits. Need good maps or GPS if needing to locate somewhere in large urban area IMO

    Just noticed..... You have been already. Oh well you know now
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