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Old Yesterday, 10:57 (Ref:4210888)   #576
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French motorways are great. Super smooth, hardly ever any hold ups, 80mph limit (in the dry). They take lane discipline seriously. Keep right unless passing, and it works because traffic levels are generally low. Lots of places to stop if nature calls and the services are generally superior to what you find in the UK.
Agreed, and in the run down to Le Mans there's usually plenty of GTs and supercars to get the juices stirred.
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French motorways are usually toll so plenty of local do not use them, therefore they are often quite empty, speed limits are reduced if it is raining so beware. They are however not built in straight lines like the old roads and weave all over the countryside like a ****ed snake, In uk people campaign to stop motorways, in france everyone demands they come close to the town and there are junctions so they can use them. If travelling via rouen from calais once you see the sign for lemans from the caen motorway (just past the robert the diablo castle, turn off and use the old road even if you then rejoint the le mans motorway 5km down the d438. This will save you about 30km at least and probably 15 minutes. Check the map and you will see what i mean.
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If using the motorways make sure to get into the correct lane at the tollgate (depending on payment method)
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that is an advantage if you are driving as your passenger will have to use thier credit car
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I don't have a passenger but I do have a toll token now.
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....I've never driven on the continent, so would be useful to know any differences in general etiquette/rules.....
Other than driving on the wrong side it is pretty simple. The tunnel chucks you straight onto the autoroute and most ferry ports have an easy route out (and plenty of traffic to follow) so it isn't a shock to the system.

If you use the Waze app on your phone it will warn of speed cameras.

In all my years of driving/passengering in France I haven't ever seen anyone trying the 'priority to the right' rule that supposedly exists and pulling out on you.

British cards are now accepted at all the toll booths and unmanned petrol stations so that's no longer something to worry about.
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Other than driving on the wrong side it is pretty simple. The tunnel chucks you straight onto the autoroute and most ferry ports have an easy route out (and plenty of traffic to follow) so it isn't a shock to the system.

If you use the Waze app on your phone it will warn of speed cameras.

In all my years of driving/passengering in France I haven't ever seen anyone trying the 'priority to the right' rule that supposedly exists and pulling out on you.

British cards are now accepted at all the toll booths and unmanned petrol stations so that's no longer something to worry about.
The "Priority A Droite " still does exist on a lot of the non Autoroutes , so it is something to look out for .Best just to be careful on those roads
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