I stumbled across a website called Trip Savvy, I've never used it before and so I can't confirm it's reliability but I was interested in some of the driving tips/rules/laws it lists for France.
The website says it's for Paris but some of the regulations are 'around' Paris as well, I'm not sure if that means the region has different laws than the rest of France? I wanted to share some of the quirky ones that North Americans may not be used to. Any comments on some of these that you have experienced firsthand?
- A valid passport for the driver and all passengers travelling in the car. As a Canadian I know this is actually the law in California if I'm driving there, but I've never actually been pulled over to confirm if it is enforced.
- Proof of valid car insurance. I'm sure that's fine if you take the Rental insurance, but it has me wondering if I'd need to show proof if I used my own insurance. My credit cards offers rental insurance as does my personal car insurance. Have to wonder now if I should be printing out a copy to take with me?
- A full set of replacement bulbs for headlights and taillights. Shouldn't be a problem if I rent but it does have me wondering about laws at home for my own car that I may have never paid attention to.
If you wear glasses, you must keep a spare pair IN THE CAR. I always travel with a spare car, but it's never occurred with me to keep them with me at all times.
A breathalyzer test for your car. The article says it's rarely enforced, anyone experience it with a rental?
Permissible alcohol blood level is below .002! That means if you
have a beer at midnight, you could still blow over after 6 hours
(not confirmed, I googled a couple of articles).
Cell phone AND Hands Free devices are not permitted while driving.