This excerpt is about fishing holidays in France and covers all areas of importance offering good advice and information. We could name this feature ‘Enjoy your trip’ and we are sure that most will, as it can be a very interesting, exciting and an enjoyable holiday. However for some, the prospect of lots of driving can be daunting. Compared to the UK and many other European counties, driving in France can be somewhat peaceful. The road infrastructure is in good condition, and motorways pass through the well-admired countryside.
Of course, in the main cities, roads can become more congested: including Boulevard Périphérique in Paris which is a controlled-access dual carriageway ring road and is one of the most congested roads in Europe and so these should be avoided if possible.
For the majority of people who travel to their carp fishing holidays in France, they will be driving on almost deserted toll roads with very little traffic. With good signage and satellite navigation, it can be a very enjoyable part of the trip. However, just like any foreign country, there are rules and regulations that should be followed, as they can be very different to your home country.
Here we have outlined the most important and noteworthy, which really need to be taken into consideration. We have also noted some tips and suggestions for your next fishing holidays in France, which can help to make your trip as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.
1: Breathalyser Kits: - As of March 1st 2012, it is obligatory to carry a Norme Française (NF) approved self-test breathalyser in your vehicle at all times. As of now, there is not a fine for not carrying one (although at one point there was a proposal for this) and so theoretically you are still required to carry one. The police in France have the authority to carry out random breath tests and if the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.05% or more, severe penalties including fines, imprisonment and/or confiscation of your driving license and/or vehicle may apply.
2: Spare Bulbs and Fuses: Although rare for drivers to be asked to present these, it is very important for drivers to have them. They can also be very useful for you to have nonetheless!
3: Red Hazard Warning Triangle: - Similar to many other countries, this is compulsory to have in the car and should be placed behind the stationary car at a substantial distance, if parked on the side of the roadway.
4: Highly Visibility Clothing - A fluorescent orange or yellow raincoat should be kept in the car (not your luggage) at all times while driving. This is so the driver can put it on immediately as they exit the car onto a road. It is also advisable to have one for each passenger.
5: Deflectors for Headlights: Particularly for UK cars whose headlights reflect in the other direction, it is compulsory for drivers to attach deflector patches, which adjust the beam or for drivers to manually change them. Headlights must be turned on when there is poor visibility during the day.
6: Speed Camera/ Radar Detectors - In France, it is absolutely prohibited to carry, transport or use radar detectors and failure to comply with this law can result in a fine of up to €1,500 and your vehicle and/or device may be confiscated. Across French roads, there are many unmarked speed camera patrols for safety.