Travel Tips for Driving
Most of the time driving in France is much less stressful that driving on UK roads. There is generally less traffic, fewer HGVs and there are at least dual carriageways everywhere.
However, driving on the other side of the road in itself can be daunting and obviously busy summer periods can bring their own problems. If anything does go wrong then language issues can make minor issues much worse.
We do advise you, therefore, to read our travel tips in this section and to carry the campsite number with you as an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number on your mobile phone. If you are in trouble en route to Quinquis please do not hesitate to call us. We will be able to help in some way.
To maximise your driving experience in France here are a few tips that you should read through and take note of.
- If it is raining the speed limit drops by 20kms/hour.
- It is obligatory to have your lights on when driving in the rain.
- You must carry a red warning triangle and a spare set of light bulbs in the car.
- If you get stopped for speeding expect to pay an on the spot fine.
- English credit cards very often do not work in automatic petrol station pumps.
- Petrol stations in towns are not open on Sunday afternoons so do not expect to be able to fill up with at a 24/7 with your credit card.
- Ensure you have the details of your car handy in the event of a breakdown.
- Take out European breakdown cover
http://english.controleradar.org/ - speed cameras and legislation on French roads
https://www.saneftolling.co.uk/ - how to pre-pay for toll roads - a must do for summer travel
http://uk.support.tomtom.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5560/~/is-the-tomtom-speed-camera-service-legal%3F - advice on legality of speed camera warnings on your sat nav