Driving in France

Written by on 21st April 2016 in Blog with 0 Comments

There are some new laws for France. The drink driving limit has been reduced to 0.02% for novice drivers. This basically means no alcohol whatsoever! Drivers are also forbidden from using headphones whilst driving. This includes any headset device attached to the ear for making calls or listening to audio. Integrated systems are still allowed. Driving in tunnels There are a lot more road tunnels in Europe than the UK. As a result, we often aren’t aware of safety procedures should the worst happen. If you experience any problems in a tunnel, follow these guidelines: Approaching & in the tunnel • Turn your headlights on • Keep your distance from the vehicle in front • Keep an eye out for nearest emergency exits • Never reverse or perform a U-turn in a tunnel • Stay in the same lane. Congestion & breakdowns • If traffic slows, turn on hazard lights • If traffic slows or stops, leave at least 5m between you and the vehicle in front • If traffic stops moving for any length of time, turn off the engine Accidents & fire • Turn on hazard lights • Park as close to the tunnel walls as possible • Turn off the engine • Put on a reflective jacket and exit the vehicle. • In the event your car catches fire, drive out of the tunnel if possible and phone the emergency services • If you can’t drive out of the tunnel, get to a lay-by, emergency lane, or as close to the tunnel wall as possible and phone the emergency services • Turn off the engine but leave the key in the ignition • Don’t try to extinguish the fire yourself unless it’s just started • Don’t open the bonnet – it will be hot and can help the fire spread • If it’s not possible to extinguish the fire, leave the tunnel quickly via the emergency exits

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