Driving in France


We have put together some information that you might find useful while driving in France.

Car safety equipment

  • Warning triangle
  • Reflective vest/jacket for use in the event of breakdowns, accidents or other problems on the road
  • Breathalyser Kit
  • Beam Deflectors
  • GB Sticker

Click HERE for some useful Amazon links for all the above items.


Don’t park up on a single yellow line. In France this means that both parking and stopping are forbidden, and parking will get you a fine and your car could be towed away. If the line is broken you can stop, to load or unload for example, but you cannot park.

Winter Equipment

Winter tyres – NOT REQUIRED

Snow chains – REQUIRED, must be fitted to vehicles using snow-covered roads. (Should be carried and used as dictated by local signs or road conditions. Reduced speed limits may apply).

Mobile Phones

Use of a mobile phone whilst on the road in France, without a hands-free kit, is illegal; even if you have pulled over and switched off the engine. The only exception is if your vehicle has broken down or you are in a designated parking space.

Speed Camera Detectors

Since 3 January 2012 French laws have prohibited drivers from carrying any device capable of detecting speed cameras. This includes products or devices able to warn or inform of the location of speed cameras e.g. SatNav or GPS systems capable of showing speed camera sites as Points of Interest.
If you have a SatNav capable of displaying French camera locations in France then you must at least disable camera alerts. If you have a SatNav system built into your car then contact the vehicle manufacturer in the first instance.


French motorways, known as autoroutes, are designated with numbers preceded by the letter A (for Autoroute). Most French autoroutes are toll motorways, and entrances to them are marked as such with the word “Péage” (pronounced pay-arje). The normal procedure is to pick up a ticket from a booth as you enter the autoroute. Tolls are paid either when you leave the autoroute, or else when the toll section comes to an end. In a few places, there are fixed toll points on the autoroute, notably in urban areas or toll bridges. 

Speed Limits

Click HERE to check on the speed limits for this country.

Emergency Services Number

Emergency Services Number in France is 112.


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