If you are heading to France in your car this year, are you sure you know all the ins and outs of driving à la française? There is a little bit more then remembering to drive on the left and going the opposite way round roundabouts (for those of us used to driving on the left). You also need to know exactly what you should carry with you in the car as well as some different French laws. This way you'll not risk getting a dreaded on the spot fine.
So, first of all what must you carry in (or on) your car? Failure to have something on this list could result in a fine so do make sure you have:
OK - so that's the car and contents sorted out. There are however a few more things that are different in France from the UK and other countries:
Devices for Detecting Speed Cameras
Children and Car Seats
Driving and Earphones
From July 1st 2015 it will be illegal for drivers (and cyclists) to use earphones when driving/cycling including bluetooth earphones. If caught you could get 3 points and a €135 fine.
Drinking and Driving
Minimum Driving Age
Priority to the Right
Confused? So are many of the French but as a general rule, if in doubt, slow down and let them out.
If all this sounds rather daunting don't panic - I was nervous about first driving over here in France but once I started it all dropped into place. Just take your time, enjoy the scenery and make the journey part of your holiday!