Experience A One A Kind Road Trip In France With A Rental Car

11 things you must know about driving in France
A while back I wrote about some things I have learned about driving and taking road trips in France. Road trips made possible by the fact that we actually own a car in France. Great but what if you don’t own a car and what if you have no idea where to go? Here is a quick and dirty primer on what you need to know. Perfect for those of you thinking of taking a quick one of a kind road trip in France by way of a rental car.

Motoring holidays to France are a great choice if you like travelling independently. Cross the English Channel from various ferry ports ranging from Dover to Plymouth and you are then free to drive your chosen route. Here, we look at driving in France and the advantages of using a rental car to explore our nearest mainland European neighbour – near, yet completely different.
Great deals
Vehicle rental includes insurance and a modern car, sometimes quite new and offering comfort, reliability and fuel economy. Last-minute car rental deals are perfect for travellers who are looking to get their money’s worth because of all-inclusive offers such as free GPS, unlimited mileage, roadside assistance and so much more! Choose from a wide selection of vehicle types and models; select the ideal car to meet your needs, preferences and budget.
North to south – all the information you need
There is a lot of information online and pointers that you can refer to when driving in France. You might like to consider Brittany in the northwest if you like the seaside, or the Vendee on the Atlantic coast with its pine forests and sandy beaches – and as many sunshine hours as the south of France. The interior offers beautiful scenery too.
Advice on the road
Remember that speed limit signs are in kilometres per hour and not miles per hour! 130 km/h is about 80 m.p.h. To avoid fines, remember French law requires motorists to have a breathalyzer in the car. A warning triangle to use in the event of a breakdown and a reflective vest to wear are also required, otherwise you risk being fined.
There are three types of roads in France: autoroutes (prefixed ‘A’) which are the equivalent of motorways. They have tolls (sometimes expensive) but also have regular service stops with toilets and picnic benches to take a break. Some serve food and have garages. National roads are prefixed N and department roads are prefixed ‘D’. The latter is more scenic but with fewer lanes and a lower speed limit.
Summing up 
With all the reliability of a quality car hired from a reputable company, you can enjoy a one-of-a-kind driving holiday. Choose a professional service and easy, hassle-free car rental – so you can concentrate on planning your time off and relax.

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Annie André

About the author 

I’m A Bilingual North American With Thai And French Canadian Roots Who's Been Living In The South Of France For Over 10 Years. I Love Writing Weird, Wonderful, Interesting, Forgotten, And Fascinating Articles For Intellectually Curious People Amazed By France, French Culture, And World Travel.

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  1. Hi Annie,

    Were you able to purchase your vehicle as part of the France Long Term Visa?
    We are landing in France early 2017, and are wondering about our rights as far as purchasing / insuring a vehicle?

    We are New Zealanders, and will be able to apply for the Long Term Visa.

    Cheers Tom

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