Driving in France
Road rules in France
When you are hiring a car abroad, it’s useful to be prepared for the different driving laws in the country you are travelling to as well as checking the documents you need to carry.
To help make your trip to as smooth as possible, we've put together some of the key road rules in France.
- These rules are to be used as a guide and are subject to change. Please check with your Avis representative if you have any questions.
- Your Avis representative can advise you on toll and road charges before leaving the Avis car hire location and whether snow tyres or chains are needed.
Which Side of the Road?
In France, please drive on the RIGHT side of the road.
Unique Country Driving Laws
- In built-up areas give way to traffic coming from the right “priorité a droite”
- Traffic on a roundabout has right of way
- Bus lanes are reserved exclusively for buses, taxis and bicycles.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas: 31 mph (50 km/h)
- Rural areas: 55 mph (90 km/h) or 62mph (100km/h)
- Motorways: 80 mph (130 km/h)
Please be aware of changing speeds indicated by road signs and change of speed due to Weather conditions (130 km/h is reduced to 110 km/h)
Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws
It is compulsory for all to wear a seatbelt inside the vehicle.
- Children under 10 must be fitted to a child seat.
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
Compulsory Equipment in your Avis rental car
- Warning triangle
- Reflective jacket
- Fire Department
- European Emergency Number