What documents do you need to carry?
- A full UK driving licence (you will need both the photo and paper counterpart. If you don’t have a photo license you should carry your passport or we recommend an International Driving Permit)
- Evidence of motor insurance – third party cover is compulsory. Green Card recommended.
- Vehicle registration document (V5c) – the original not a copy
- A Camping Card International is recommended
Useful driving information
- You must be 18 or over to drive in France
- Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory, the same as the UK
- Motorways use toll charges
- You can’t use radar detection devices for speed cameras.
- Children under 10 can’t travel in the front seat
- Children between 9 and 18KG must use a child seat, and from 15KG up to 10 years old can use a booster seat and seat belt.
- It is illegal to sound your horn in built up areas unless there is immediate danger.
- The last car in a queue of slow moving traffic must use their hazard warning lights.
- Flash your lights if you want the car in front to give way.
French road and motorway speed limits
French Police treat speeding very seriously, we advise all drivers to know the speed limits for roads while driving in France.
- Towns: dry/wet roads 50 km/h (20-30 km/h in certain areas
- Secondary rural roads: dry roads 90 km/h wet roads 80 km/h on most roads
- Dual carriageways and motorways without tolls: dry roads 110 km/h wet roads 100 km/h
- Toll Motorways: Dry roads 130 km/h wet roads 110 km/h
- The motorway limit for foggy conditions when visibility is less than 50m speed limit is 50 km/h
- If you have been driving less than 3 years, you must not exceed: 80 km/h on roads, 100 km/h on urban motorways and 110 km/h on motorways.
- On motorways there is a minimum speed limit of 80 km/h for vehicles travelling in the left lane (outside lane).
If you are caught speeding you will receive a substantial on-the-spot fine and your car and license can be confiscated.
Towing a caravan
If the weight of the trailer exceeds that of the car, the speed limits are lower: 65 km/h if the excess is less than 30%, or 45 km/h if the excess is more than 30%
Drink-drive alcohol limits
- Normal drivers: 0.5 g/l
- Professional drivers: 0.5 g/l
- Bus/Coach drivers 0.2 g/l
Breathalysers in France
January 2013 - Drivers in France have been required to carry a self-test breathalyser since July 2012 with enforcement by fines originally planned for 1 November but subsequently postponed to 1 March 2013. Now the French government has announced that the implementation of the sanction (fine) for drivers not carrying a breathalyser – a fine of €11 – has been postponed indefinitely.
We supply the AlcoSense Single NF (French Version) breathalyser twin packs.
If you need to contact the emergency services you’ll need to dial 112.
Driving in France Kit with NF Approved Breathalyser
Our Driving in France Kit contains essential items for driving in France including:
- Warning Triangle
- Hi-visibility vest
- First Aid Kit
- GB Sticker
- Headlamp Convertors
- Foil blanket
- Driving Information Leaflet
- Spare Bulbs
- Alcosense Single NF (French Version) breathalyser twin pack
- Travel Adaptor
- Road Map of France
- Sun shade
Other driving essentials
We have a range of European driving essentials to help your make sure your driving through France is safe and enjoyable.
Whilst we endeavour to keep this information updated, the rules and regulations related to driving in Europe may change without notice and this information may contain technical inaccuracies. We cannot be held responsible for information which may become out of date or liability for incorrect information.