Driving in France
 - a checklist

Papers, equipment ...  what you must have with you when driving in France

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This page provides an initial checklist: for a lot more tips and useful information, visit the main Driving in France page on About-France.com
Driving in France is perfectly easy, and does not need any specific preparation. Nevertheless, there are a number of things that need to be seen to before starting your journey - particularly if you are coming from the United Kingdom or the Irish Republic, or another country where cars drive on the left.

Checklist :

Choose where to stay in
rural France 
French gite and B&B locator maps

Book directly in English with the owners 
Here is a quick checklist of the points to see to before you leave. For details see below.

Much more key information  on driving in France
Visit the main About-France.com  Driving in France page, for much more useful information on taking a car to France, including information on:

French motorway tolls
Road numbers, roadsigns and secondary routes
Avoiding Paris
Avoiding heavy traffic
Petrol prices in France
HGV restrictions
Speed limits & cameras
Driving south from Calais
Stopping for the night
Accidents - what to do in the event of an emergency
Motorway hotels and route guides:
To south and southwest France: routes via Rouen
►To To southeast France: A26 - routes via Reims

Alignement de platanes - row of plane trees
For quiet B&B accommodation, check out the B-and-B in France website.

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Routes through France
Driving from Calais: click map for enlargement and details.

Many country roads in France are remarkably quiet.
Quiet country roads....

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Motorway driving in France is normally quite relaxed...  but not always...
winter driving France

Winters can be hard, particularly in central and eastern France
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