Tips for driving in France
From St Rémy to Avignon, now we're back in New Zealand, a lot of people have asked me about driving in France, so here goes:
- Get the smallest car you can: otherwise prepare to walk a lot as in many small towns you won’t be able to fit down the laneways! Or get a park!
- GPS is a must: a few wrong turns but trust it even when it directs you under a 1.3 metre high underpass and you think there is no way it’s a road, in France it actually is!
- Ensure you have a payWave credit card: tolls are everywhere, you take a ticket getting onto the motorway (autoroute in French) and pay when you get off so just swipe using payWave is so much easier!
- You have to pay for parking at most tourist destinations: again, payWave credit cards are the easiest, also for filling up with petrol.
- Drive with confidence: there are plenty of places to stop if you get confused, while French drivers may beep at you if you get it wrong they generally let you in.
- Most difficult place to navigate: inside walled city of Avignon. Easiest - French Riviera.
- Driving gives you great freedom to spend as much or as less time at each destination.
- Sometimes in towns there are bollards: you think you can’t drive down a street however, when you drive near them, they retract into the ground allowing you through.
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