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Here are some great tips for families driving through France:
Drivers – The minimum age for driving a car in France is 18; thus no-one under the age of 18 can drive a car in France, even if he or she holds a valid licence in another country.
Using mobile phones – From Jan. 3rd 2012, drivers caught using a mobile phone while on the road in France are liable to an on-the-spot fine of 130 Euros
Using speed camera detectors - There are now well over two thousand stationary speed cameras on France’s roads and motorways. Speed camera detectors have been banned in France since 28th November 2011. Drivers using radar detectors (speed camera detectors) are liable for a fine of 1500 Euros and 6 points off their license.
Seatbelts – Everyone must wear seatbelts. Children under 10 years old are not allowed to travel in the front seat of a car, unless there are no back seats. Children under 10 years of age must travel in the back, using an appropriate child seat or booster seat. Babies are allowed to travel in the front passenger seat, but only when placed in an approved rear-facing baby seat and the airbag is turned off.
Fuel – don’t fill up on the autoroute! Wait until a major intersection near a town or city, and come off the autoroute. You will almost certainly find a hypermarket / superstore within a kilometer or so of the exit, offering cut price fuel. The saving can be us much as 15 centimes per litre.
Motorway Tolls – The cost of motorway travel for a car without caravan or trailer is about 1 €uro for 10 miles.
Speed Limits- The normal speed limit on French motorways is 130 km/hr (just over 80 mph). – or 110 km/hr in rain. The normal speed limit on dual carriageways (divided highways) is 110 km/hr. The normal speed limit on main roads is 90 km/hr (outside built-up areas). The normal speed limit in built-up areas is 50 km/hr – unless otherwise indicated.