Euro 2016- Driving in France

I remember how, back in the day, I would attend live sporting events with a few close friends. Watching my team play live brought about a sort of electricity that one could tangibly feel in the stadium. Probably the most talked-about sporting event, which I am currently hearing on everybody’s lips, would be the Euro 2016. For those of you who have not yet heard of the Euro 2016 Tournament allow me to elaborate. The EUFA European Championship, or better known as EUFA Euro 2016, is the 15th edition of the EUFA European Championship. Euro 2016 is a men’s footballing tournament, which will be taking place in France this year. There is much excitement regarding the Tournament, in Europe and around the globe. Major sporting events, such as this, will be celebrated by thousands of fans. For those who will be attending Euro 2016, the GEM Motoring Assist strongly urging football fans to put safety first.
They have provided the following safety tips to ensure safety at the Euro 2016 Tournament and driving in France:

As we know, driving in different parts of the world comes with their own set of rules and regulations. The differences in driving and traffic offences need to be taken into consideration. If you are visiting from another country ensure that you are “clued-up” regarding the rules of France and its roads. For those of you who will be venturing to France to watch the tournament, live in action – I have provided some information, or perhaps for anyone who may, at some point, be driving in France. Interesting fact, according to sources, some of the streets in France date back to the middle ages. The French are known for driving small cars with great speed – by American standards – on roads that were mostly built for horse and carriage.

Driving in France has much in common with driving in America, such as, if a sign has to suggest that a lane was closed and required vehicles to move, then they would do so in a calm and orderly manner – this won’t even cause the traffic to slow down. Very few vehicles will actually try to pass on the right as in France; they tend to drive for the common good. You will very soon realise that French drivers are subsequently less aggressive than their Italian counterparts, however, more aggressive than drivers from Belgium. France has three categories of classified roads: The AutoRoute (Freeway), National Road and department road. On France’s toll roads – which are known as the “AutoRoute’s” – you are expected to drive on the right and to pass on the left side. Where to go when you need to fuel up on gasoline? Big Hypermarkets are the cheapest option. Green direction signage suggests, “free road” where your blue signage would indicate, “Paying the Toll”.

One of the most challenging things you will find will be regarding: A sign, which will be displayed on the right-hand side, will be pointing towards the left. This indicates that you can go straight. Yet the exact same sign, this time, only displayed on the right-hand side and pointing to the right will indicate that you must turn right at your next available opportunity! This will prove to be quite difficult to grasp in the beginning. It would confuse the life out of me! It’s almost as if you would entirely need to shift your mind-set. Speed limits are usually between 90-110 on the free roads (red roads marked or your map), 130 on specific points on the toll roads and 30-50 in towns. Most of the cities in France make use of paid parking, so keep an eye out for machines. Parking is free between 12pm – 2pm. Coins and notes are accepted as forms of payment. Some more advance machines are even accepting credit cards, in a France.

Another mentionable is the French system known as Priorité à Droite. Priorité à Droite is an age-old system giving priority to all traffic that is coming from the right side, which today still applies to all unmarked crossroads.Lastly,a small bit of advice. When hiring a car in France, do yourself a favour and hire one, which runs on diesel as opposed to gasoline – you will save a lot of money on fuel. These are a few of the rules, regulations and basic information available regarding driving in France. To those who will be spectating at the Euro 2016 Tournament, may you have an absolute ball. Don’t forget to explore all that France, and its breathtakingly beautiful cities, have to offer – as well as its rich History. We are looking forward to Euro 2016 with much anticipation, and remember to drive safe.