A while back I wrote about some things I have learned about driving and taking road trips in France. Road trips made possible by the fact that we actually own a car in France. Great but what if you don’t own a car and what if you have no idea where to go? Here is a quick and dirty primer on what you need to know. Perfect for those of you thinking of taking a quick one of a kind road trip in France by way of rental car.
Motoring holidays to France are a great choice if you like travelling independently. Cross the English Channel from various ferry ports ranging from Dover to Plymouth and you are then free to drive your chosen route. Here, we look at driving in France and the advantages of using a rental car to explore our nearest mainland European neighbour – near, yet completely different.
Vehicle rental includes insurance and a modern car, sometimes quite new and offering comfort, reliability and fuel economy. Last minute car rental deals are perfect for travellers who are looking to get their money’s worth because of all inclusive offers such as free GPS, unlimited mileage, roadside assistance and so much more! Choose from a wide selection of vehicle types and models; select the ideal car to meet your needs, preferences and budget.
North to south – all the information you need
There is a lot of information online about tips and pointers that you can refer to when driving in France. You might like to consider Brittany in the northwest if you like the seaside, or the Vendee on the Atlantic coast with its pine forests and sandy beaches – and as many sunshine hours as the south of France. The interior offers beautiful scenery too.
Advice on the road
Remember that speed limit signs are in kilometres per hour and not miles per hour! 130 km/h is about 80 m.p.h. To avoid fines, remember French law requires motorists to have a breathalyser in the car. A warning triangle to use in the event of breakdown and a reflective vest to wear are also required, otherwise you risk being fined.
There are three types of main road in France: autoroutes (prefixed ‘A’) which are the equivalent of motorways. They have tolls (sometimes expensive) but also have regular service stops with toilets and picnic benches to take a break. Some serve food and have garages. National roads are prefixed N and department roads are prefixed ‘D’. The latter are more scenic but with fewer lanes and a lower speed limit.
With all the reliability of a quality car hired from a reputable company, you can enjoy a one-of-a-kind driving holiday. Choose a professional service and easy, hassle-free car rental – so you can concentrate on planning your time off and relax.
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