Planning something like the 3 week driving tour described in Ricks book. I have done a lot of reading on driving in France and it seems fairly strict. I have driven quite a bit in Italy and it was easy. Had a few questions:
For tolls is chip credit card the way to go? Seems that Rick prefers using cash but not sure why.
In Italy I rented a GPS along with the car, it was an absolute necessity. We also had a tablet with Sygic maps as a backup or for walking. I'm thinking perhaps the tablet is sufficient (I will have a passenger) and perhaps jot down some notes and reset ODO before each leg of trip. The GPS audio and speed alerts in Italy (it was a Tom Tom) were very annoying and I could not be bothered to figure out the settings.
Regarding priority to the right, it seems this only applies to rural roads where not indicated. Does this mean if you are continuing straight and a car is stopped for a right to enter the road that you have to yield to them? It seems it would only apply if the other car is already moving onto the road?
I assume the rental car company provides the required safety gear (vest, triangles) and if they do not provide the breathalyzer probably the single use units are a good idea. Also seems that speed enforcement is strict and fines are massive so I'll make a paper with speeds and affix to dash. I was kind of surprised that I did not get a speeding ticket in Italy, not because I'm a intentional speeder but because the concentration required for routefinding causes inattention to speed limit signs.
Also, I always get add on insurance for the rental as the default is very low.
Thanks for any tips