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Driving in France

Posted by cdowling-234845 - Created: 7 years ago
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Posted by GAnthony - 7 years ago

I believe all drivers should carry the following:

Spare Bulbs - Yes

High Visibility Jacket (two are recommended to be kept in the car) Headlamp Converters (some cars have a built-in adjustments for this - check with your garage) Warning Triangle (this is normally part of the car's standard equipment)Alcohol Breathalyser (New law from July 2012)

Really all of the above makes some kind of sense. For example if you are stopped for having a light not working, you can fix the problem right away. For breakdowns on any fast road, High Visibility jackets are a must. Suggest one for each passenger. Alchol Breathalyser, you will need to show two of them if you are stopped. They must also carry the 'NF' designation, and be within their 'use-by-date'. Fines for non-compliance start 1st November 2012.

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Posted by hermosabeach - 7 years ago

Hi, CraigIn general, drivers in France must have the fluorescent jacket (in the car with you - not in the trunk/boot); the warning triangle (ok to have in the trunk/boot) and the breathalyzer is required but there is a grace period for a few more months. Unfortunately, I do not know whether these requirements also apply to hire cars/visitors to France. Perhaps someone can advise you on that aspect and also on the other items...Travel well!