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14 Feb Euro 2016: Driving in France

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You’ve been saying your Hail Marys in the hope of bagging yourself a golden ticket to the Euros that is due to be held later this June. Here are some helpful tips if you are considering hiring a car when you touch down in France.

Car rental

There are a wide range of car rental companies you can choose from like Hertz, Argus Car Hire and Sixt. To ensure everything is in order, it is pertinent that you take time to read the terms and conditions in advance of your flight.

Insurance

French car rental companies usually have unlimited third party insurance included in the agreed price. However, it is worth double checking this with your selected provider at the time of purchase.

Tolls

On most motorways you will come across toll charges where you can pay either by cash or credit card. They are pricy enough; as a rule of thumb they are about 7-10 cent per kilometre travelled and you can add about half that again if you are towing a caravan.

Cost of fuel

Fuel prices are down everywhere at the moment because of falling international oil prices. The AA’s most recent international fuel price report finds an average price of a litre of petrol at 1.28 cent per litre and 1.10 cent a litre of diesel in France. This slightly differs to what we are currently paying here at home with our latest average price of a litre of petrol is 126.5 cent and 112.8 cent for diesel.

Driving in France

The obvious difference is that you drive on the right, the ‘wrong’ side of the road for us. If you haven’t had that experience before it can be a little scary and you need to be careful. Roads are generally excellent though and tourists in their millions use them every year with no problem.

The charm of Irish football fans has been able to thaw the exterior of Spanish, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian and even American traffic cops in the past. Even so, attempting it on the French may prove a match too far so mind your manners. Fines can be heavy and your car can be impounded if you can’t pay immediately. Obey the rules & carry both original and copies of your passport and drivers’ licence. Amongst other requirements you must have a warning triangle and a reflective jacket in tow. The emergency jacket must be stored in the passenger compartment and worn when exiting the car in the case of an emergency or breakdown.

To ensure you never miss a match it is worth investing in European Breakdown Cover from as little as €15.

Linda Pototzki
Linda.Pototzki@TheAA.ie