I’m heading to France in just over a months time. We have chosen to drive there due to the cost and also the ability to take and bring back as much luggage as we need. Since we made that decision I have been searching the internet for advice on driving to France and also a checklist of what items we will need to take for driving in France. I didn’t realise before I started researching how many items you are required by law to carry in your car whilst driving in France.
I have learnt a lot through my research and thought I would share some tips on driving to France with you all, and also share a checklist of items you will need to take with you on your journey. The list of requirements does change from time to time so always ensure you do your research prior to each trip in case you need anything you haven’t already got.
- Reflective jacket – These must be kept in the car for easy access and not in the boot.
- Beam converters
- Spare bulbs
- Hazard warning triangle
- First aid kit
- Fire Extinguisher
- GB sticker or number plate with EU logo
- 2 breathalysers
- Emissions sticker – required when driving in certain areas.
- Breakdown cover
- Driving License, proof of ownership (V5 log book), insurance documents and M.O.T if your car is older than 3 years.
Chances are you will be using a satnav whilst driving in France but unlike in the UK, it is illegal for your satnav to alert you to speed cameras in France. If you break this rule it carries a hefty fine of up to €1,500, you could even have your car taken away. If you already have a satnav you can usually turn off speed camera alerts in the settings, ensure you do this before you drive in France to avoid any issues. Some satnavs are already pre-programmed to not alert you to speed cameras in countries where this is against the law. I recently reviewed the TomTom GO 5200 which is the satnav we will be using for our journey and this satnav is pre-programmed to not alert to speed cameras in France.
As well as ensuring you have all of the items you will need to comply with the law and have a smooth journey, it’s important that you also ensure your car is in good condition. Before setting off on your journey check your tyres are in a good condition and the tyre pressure is okay. Remember, you should take into account the load when adjusting your tyre pressure, you can usually find the correct pressure in your car handbook. It’s also important to ensure that you have adequate water, oil, screen wash in your vehicle taking into account the distance you will be driving. If your car is due for a service don’t put it off, especially with a long drive ahead. Ensure you visit a reputable garage such as Ossett Tyre House for a full service when needed.
Lastly, have a wonderful holiday!