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How much does it cost to hire a car in France?
The average price for a day is around 100 euros, with the busiest times of the year the July and August summer holidays.
How can I get the cheapest car hire prices?
Book early, like many things in the travel industry, get you car rental booked as soon as possible as this is when the best offers are available.
Leave it close to your time of arrival and the price will rise, or the choice of vehicles will be limited and you may end up having to rent a more expensive vehicle.
How old do I have to be to hire a car in France?
For car rentals in France you have to be at least 21-years-old, and expect to have a daily surcharge added if you are under the age of 25.
What paperwork is required for car rentals in France?
A valid driving license that you have held for at least a year will be required, but check what individual car hire firms require.
You will also need to show a passport or ID and make sure you have enough capacity on your credit card to cover any deposit required.
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What is a full-to-full petrol policy?
Most car hire firms will provide their cars with a full tank of petrol and ask that you return it with a full tank of petrol.
It is fair to you and fair to the next people using the car.
And double-check you know what type of fuel your car takes, it could cost you dearly if you put the wrong type in your car.
Take some photos before driving the car away
You will be asked to inspect the hire car before driving away, and make sure you do despite the desire to get started on your holidays.
Walk around the car and check for any knocks and chips, look at the condition of the wheels and front bumper areas.
When driving in the French countryside many drivers will have to got into the soft side verges when passing another car and this is often where trim and car sills can get scratched or damaged.
So if you see any problem areas mark them down with the car hire staff and take a photograph of all four sides of the car and any areas that you think show damage.
Do I need a child seat in my hire car?
Children under 10 must be in the back seat and must use a proper restraint system appropriate to their weight, which means a child seat if they are between 9 to 15kg. Over this weight they can use a seat belt with a booster seat.
Are high-viz jackets and a warning triangle required in France?
Yes they are, you should ask the car hire staff to point out where they are found in your particular vehicle.
Make sure there are enough jackets for the number of people you expect to be travelling in your hire car and ensure they are in the passenger compartment then you can put them on before getting out.
And should the worst happen and you have an accident, be careful when leaving your car and make sure every passenger is wearing their high-visibility jacket and moves away well clear of the vehicle.
Place your warning triangle a good 50 steps from your car to ensure approaching drivers can clearly see you, and if possible leave your warning indicators running.
Tips on driving in France
It may sound silly to have to say this but I have seen recently arrived British drivers head out of airports and ferry ports, get to the first roundabout and go left.
If you think you might struggle to keep to the right hand side of the road put an elastic band around your wrist or thumb, be extra careful at roundabouts and make sure you move right when passing cars on narrow roads and tracks.
What are the speed limits in France?
Speed limits are clearly signposted at the roadside and they are:
· Built-up areas 50kph (possibly even 30kph)
· Ordinary roads 80kph
· Dual carriageways 90kph
· Toll autoroutes 130kph
How cheap is petrol in France?
Petrol prices in France can vary widely between town and countryside, sometimes by as much as 0.20 euros a litre, so if you need to fill up head towards supermarket forecourts on the edge of town.
Most petrol stations now take payment at the pump itself, a few still employ staff, so you might want to tell your card issuer you are going away on holiday and will be using your card for petrol payments.
If you are having trouble with your payment card, some petrol stations will have a small booth that you feed cash and notes into for the amount of petrol required and then you are provided with a receipt showing a barcode.
You can then place this barcode in front of a reader on the petrol pump and start filling up the required amount.
Can I use a mobile phone when driving in France?
No. It is illegal to use a mobile phone behind the wheel, regardless of whether it is operated with a hands free kit. On-the-spot fines of up to 135 euros could be issued.
Emergency telephone numbers
112 - European Emergency Number, available in English, for fire services, an ambulance or the police
18 - For the fire brigade, or Sapeurs Pompiers, who deal with medical problems and have the equipment for road accidents
17 - Police and gendarmes if you are the victim of a crime such as robbery or assault
15 - Samu for non-urgent medical issues
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