1. Which side of the road do I drive on in France?
In France, you drive on the right-hand side of the road and overtake on the left side.
2. What are the speed limits for campervans in Paris?
In urban areas, the speed limit is typically 50km/h. On open roads, it's usually 80km/h, and on motorways it's 130km/h under good weather conditions, 110km/h in case of rain.
3. Do I need a special driving licence to drive a campervan in France?
No special license is needed. If your driving license is recognized in France, you can drive a campervan without any problem.
4. Are there any special driving rules in France that I should be aware of?
The common driving rules apply in France, with additional emphasis on not using mobile phones while driving, respecting speed limits, and not drinking and driving. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05%.
5. Are speed cameras common in France?
Yes, speed cameras are common in France. They are usually well signposted in advance.
6. What do I do if I get a speeding ticket?
Speeding tickets in France can be paid online, by post, or directly at a police station. The amount depends on the severity of the offence.
7. Is it common to encounter toll roads when driving in France?
Yes, most French motorways are toll roads. You can pay either by cash or credit card at the toll booth.
8. What's the procedure for using a French toll road?
When you enter a toll road, take a ticket from the machine at the toll gate. When you exit, you'll be asked to pay based on the distance travelled. Some gates accept credit cards, while others require cash.
9. Are there designated campsites where I can park my campervan overnight?
Yes, there are plenty of campsites in and around France where you can park your campervan. Many of them are equipped with facilities like electricity, water, and waste disposal.
10. Should I be concerned about safety while driving a campervan in France?
While driving in France is generally safe, nap thieves can sometimes target campervans. Make sure to close all windows and doors whenever you leave the vehicle unattended.
11. Does France implement Low Emission Zones (LEZs)?
Yes, LEZs are in place in some French cities, including Paris. Vehicles entering these zones need to display a corresponding 'crit'air' sticker on their windscreen, indicating their emission level.
12. Can I drive my campervan in the city centre of Paris?
Yes, you can, but be aware that Paris has strict traffic regulations. Additionally, street parking may be limited and driving can be tricky due to narrow roads.
13. Do parking rules differ in Paris compared to the rest of France?
Yes, the parking rules can be stricter in Paris, and fines for illegal parking are steep. It's best to park your campervan at designated areas or campsites.
14. How heavy is the traffic in Paris and major French cities?
Traffic can be heavy, particularly during rush hour (usually between 7-9 am and 5-7 pm). It's best to plan your journey outside these times when possible.
15. Are there any restrictions for campervans in Paris?
Large campervans might face restrictions in Paris due to their size, particularly in terms of parking. It's best to check ahead and book a suitable parking space if needed.