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In this episode about the rules of driving in France, Annie and her husband David talk about driving in France. Should you rent a car? How safe is it? Is driving hectic in France? We start with misconceptions, then we explain differences you should know about, and we also give you tips so you can relax. Have you considered setting out on your own to explore the French countryside? This episode will help you decide if it's for you or not. Where will you go? Vineyards? French villages? Renting a car does open a lot of options for you!
«I just returned from a trip to France. We could not take a train due to the strikes and ended up driving across France from the Dordogne to Paris. What a wonderful experience! The podcast on driving in France was a HUGE help with parking, highways and the red plus signs at traffic lights. Thank you so much!» Robin Friedberg OConnor
If you found this episode helpful, also check out Tips for Driving in France, Episode 138.
Episode Highlights—Click Show Notes Below For More Details
- Common misconceptions about driving in France
- Things to consider before renting a car in France
- French terminology you need to understand
- Navigation tips
- Speed limits in France (that's a gotcha!)
- More gotchas (unexpected rules and customs)
- Indication signs
- Danger signs
- Direction signs
- How do roundabouts work?
- Parking in France
- In case of emergency
- Final thoughts
Book Your Car in Advance Especially if You Need an Automatic!
Renting an automatic is not as difficult as it used to be in France, but depending on the place where you’ll pickup they may or may not have a car that suits your needs. Shop for your rental car in advance!