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Useful Information for Travelling in France

Car Travel in France

Headlamp Adaptors - UK vehicles are designed for driving on the left hand side of the road this will mean that when driving abroad you will dazzle oncoming drivers. Failure to adapt your headlamps will render the vehicle UNFIT for the road. invalidating your motor insurance  and could result in a spot fine
GB Stickers - these are required by International Law to indicate Country of Registration
Warning Triangles - A warning triangle must be placed 50 - 150 metres behind your vehicle to warn approaching traffic if your vehicle breaks down or is involved in an accident.  Hazard warning lights alone are not sufficient
Spare Bulbs - All car lamps, lenses and reflectors must be in working order at all times - failure to replace a broken bulb could result in a spot fine so always carry spares for all your car lights
First Aid Kit - A First Aid kit must be carried in your vehicle at all times
Fire Extinguisher - If you fail to render assistance in the event of a fire or take necessary precautions to prevent a fire from escalating is an offence
Insurance Policies - If the driver/owner of a vehicle fails to comply with the law and fails to ensure the vehicle is roadworthy for the country he intends to visit could result in the insurance company repudiating liability under the Policy.
Failure to Comply - On the spot fines can be imposed In the event of prosecution and conviction for failure to comply with the legal requirements of EU countries.
On the Spot Fines - Fines have to be paid on the spot in the local currency with travellers cheques and credit cards not being acceptable. Inability to pay may in some countries result in the vehicle being impounded until fine has been paid.
Car Insurance - Green Card - The majority of all car insurance policies provide a minimum level of cover required to drive a car on mainland Europe. It is always worth checking  with your insurance company prior to travelling abroad
It is also very important that you collect a 'green card' from your car insurance provider prior to leaving the country. A 'green card' is an internationally recognised document to prove that your vehicle meets the minimum car insurance requirement for the country you are in. Some insurance companies do charge for a green card so please check.

Health Insurance and E111

An E111 will help you get free treatment in the EU.   "Health Advice for Travellers". leaflets can be found in post office throughout the UK. Fill in an application form at the back of the leaflet, and the form E111 as well, in accordance with the instructions in the leaflet. The form should then be handed over at the post office, the E111 will be stamped and returned to you. The E111 is free; you will not have to pay for its issue. Keep it safe, preferably with your passport, and carry it with you when travelling within the EEA.

The certificate entitles you to state emergency treatment in those countries, though you may still have to pay some charges. It is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which gives far wider cover. Most insurers do not actually give a discount if you have E111, but it does help to keep the level of premiums down.

Planning your Route and Maps of France

There are several sites available with up to date route planners and maps for France please see

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Travelling with Pets

Some gite, chateau and chambre d'hote owners will allow pets - please check with the owner when booking. All pets will require a Pet Passport or Export Licence for more information on travelling to France with your pets please see www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/quarantine/index.htm


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