driving in france.

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  1. dorry

    dorry Read Only Funster

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    could anyone give advice to a first time novice driving in france.. traffic island who has right of way? and any french sign on the island I may encouter. many thanks dorry.
     
  2. yorkshirepudding

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    The best advice I can give is as you come off the ferry just follow the vehicle in front and trust (s)he knows what he's doing. It works a treat. When you get into traffic follow a local vehicle. When you gain confidence you can the go solo.
    I've covered many miles in Europe on two and four wheels and find this works.
     
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    I made the classic boob on my 2nd day came out of the campsite turned right and you guessed it carried on on the left hand side of the road for a few yards until I realised my mistake its the easiest thing to do 1st thing in the morning you only do it once its quite a wake up call :Eeek:
     
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    I was going to mention the very occassional Priority A Droite (Give priority to traffic entering from your right) that are 'usually' well signed - it can be just a tad un-nerving to have a CV2 popping out of an obvious side road! Can't do better than point you to http://wikitravel.org/en/Driving_in_France

    Enjoy:Smile:
     
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    I suppose we've all been guilty of that eh?

    My usual was petrol stations.

    No more though as every time I pull away after stopping anywhere good old TomTom alerts me - come to think of it it's still telling me to drive on the left now I'm back!

    BW:Cool:
     
  6. Carol

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    Baggins have to agree entirely the best help is the TomTom just tells you which way to go around Islands keeps you where you should be, but don't worry after a couple of days you will start to relax and enjoy it. Happy motoring.
     
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    Hi Dorry
    We landed in Dunkirk Motor home Trailer with smart car, a bit daunting at first never done it before but as others have said just go with the flow, roundabouts and junctions same as here (you do have to watch out for some the traffic joining from the right as they have the right of way not many of those) but most of the time just the same as here but on the other side of course.
    I did the wrong side of the road bit once:Doh:BUT that was the first time out after we came back from France:Doh: made the traffic slow down a bit.:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:

    Just a little reminder I was told, keep your backside in the kerb and you will be right.
     
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    I find returning to the UK after driving abroad is just as bad, I get to a round about I have to stop and think.
     
  9. mickyc

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    The vast majority of roundabouts operate the same as the UK (except you go round anticlockwise!) as you enter the roundabout, you'll see a give way sign and dotted line on your lane - the sign will either say "cedez le passage" or "vous n' avez pas la priorite"

    these mean give way :Smile:

    Be carefull if you don't see these signs, as the old system of roundabouts in France is "priorite driote" and people entering the roundabout have priority over those on the roundabout, these are rare now though. but are still found in town centres (the arc du triumphe is a classic example of the chaos the old system causes)

    One thing to remember is the speed limits in villages is not signed, but heavily policed (they hide behind hedges and everything!!) entering a village you get a red village sign, this is the start of 50kph, and as you leave the village the sign has a cross through it meaning you can return to 90kph - all other speeds are signed.

    Have fun

    Mick
     
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    if you have a right hand drive vehicle, its easy, just keep the kerb close to you, the hardest move is a left turn, again if the kerb is nearest to you, no problem, even roundabouts, wont take you long to get it right, enjoy, dont forget , never drive faster than your angels can fly,,, :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    To answer your question who has right of way ? The Frenchman driving the lorry !!


    Seriously, the French used to have 'prioritie a droit' this is being phased out so as you approach an island you may well see ' vous n'avez pas prioritie' i.e. give way to vehicles already on the roundabout.

    Taking it is easy because if you are driving on the right you naturally follow round anti clockwise.

    To ensure you drive on the right, the best thing I have seen is sign reverse printed white on black 'KEEP RIGHT' when laid on the dashboard it reflects the correct way round on the screen
     
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    The one good piece of info l can give you is THINK, before you set off, which side am l on, etc; also drive carefully, slowly, and read the road. But mainly ENJOY yourself! And relax.
     
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    all the above and mainly just take your time go at your pace dont be afraid to double check what your doing... look out for Truda Coo (lets see if anybody out there gets that one)
     
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    Alright! what is Truda coo? Put me out of my misery.
     
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    Its's got to be French and something like Trou de coup (so go on, what is it?) the suspenders are killing me.
     
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    Just to add what I and others posted above, when I'm approaching a "T" junction I say to myself either

    "Lefts Lethal"

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    "Rights all right"

    Basically the dangerous moves are turning left, as you are crossing the traffic (same as turning right here)
     
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    as said before...its so easy when setting off after an overnight stop or if you get in a 'stress' situation (lost at a junction:Blush:) to drive on the 'wrong' side without realising.

    easy solution...after tomtom...is tape a note on the steering wheel center...KEEP RIGHT.

    works for me most of the time and the locals will soon but you right...:Rofl1:

    went about 300mtrs down a residential street in a village on the wrong side...looking for somewhere to turn around and not concentrating on what i was doing.

    i wondered what the local was doing on the 'wrong' side behind me, flashing his lights and waving like a loony...:Blush:
     
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    Hi
    I agree with pappajohn but instead of middle of steering wheel when on ferry i put some tape around the right hand side of the steering wheel where my hand normally sits i find this tends to trigger my brain to drive on right

    Gerry
     
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    Soooooooooooo easy!!!:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: I have no problem at all :Cool:

    Sorry Dorry just feeling like teasing you a bit :Laughing::Laughing::Wink:

    I suppose i won't laught the first time i'll have to drive in England



    Amicalement


    Frankie:BigGrin::Laughing:
     
  20. JeanLuc

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    I guess the roundabout situation has been covered now. Here are a few more things to keep in mind.
    When your road has signs showing a yellow diamond, you have priority over minor roads joining from the right. When the diamond has a diagonal black line through it, that means you no longer have priority. This is sometimes seen when entering towns. And this is the tricky bit. In built up areas, unless it is clear that a road joining from the right has to give way, assume it has priority over you. Many side roads have solid white lines and Stop signs, but unless you can see these, assume that anything coming from the right will drive straight out in front of you. A Renault Twingo driver makes no allowance for the fact that s/he can nip out, but you need a lot more stopping distance!

    Regarding Stop signs, they mean exactly that. You MUST come to a standstill. If you are caught creeping up to and over the line, a fine can be levied. 'Give way' is 'cedez le passage', Stop is STOP.

    Cross road signs also need to be observed with care. If you see a sign with a broad black vertical bar and a thinner horizontal one, you have priority over the minor road (just like UK). But if you see a diagonal cross (like a St Andrews Saltire) that is an advisory warning that a cross roads is ahead. These are normally encountered on country roads, and you have to give way to the right. In fact take care on country roads / lanes generally. Often there are no markings and the locals will assume priority to the right, even though your road may look like the more important way.

    Just take your time and enjoy. It's a good plan to make sure your passenger is well briefed to 'watch your back' and warn you if you start driving like a Brit, until you get really used to it. And finally, that of course is the time you must maintain concentration. Two or three days in and you will feel at home, and that is the most likely time to turn onto the wrong side of the road, or fail to look left for oncoming traffic on your side.

    Philip
     
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