This episode is the second part of my conversation with Hélène, a former driving instructor from France who will share information about driving in France. Compare with your own country!
We’ll start with talking about the speed limits and recent changes about them in France. Why so much controversy, and what are the reasons behind these changes? Find out why there often are trees along the road, which I’m raising as something particularly illogical and dangerous. However, we’ll learn that there are good reasons for this! We’ll also tell you about la priorité à droite, a very important road rule that may not exist in your country. What does a French driving licence look like and how long is it valid for? Do foreigners need an international licence to drive in France? Listen to find out!
Also check out the links in the shownotes for more tips about driving in France and the link to a fun comedy, “Un Point c’est tout”, where reckless drivers attend a worksop to get points back on their licence.
autoroute (nf) = freeway
chaussée (nf) = road, roadway
cinétique (adj) = kinetic
clignotant (nm) = indicator
espacer = to space out
essuie-glace (nm) = wiper
manette (nf) = lever, hand command
méfiant,e (adj) = cautious, wary
panneau (nm) = road sign
piéger = to trap, to trick
piéton,ne (n / adj) = pedestrian
poteau (nm) = pole, post
puce (nf) = chip
radar (nm) = speed camera
ralentir = to slow down
rond-point (nm) = roundabout
sens unique (nm) = one-way
signalisation (nf) = signing, marking, signals
terre-plein central (nm) = median strip
tronçon (nm) = (road) section
trottoir (nm) = footpath
virage (nm) = bend, turn, curve
voie (nf) = lane
- Why are there trees along the roads?
- Which hand commands / levers are inverted on Australian cars and European cars?
- What used to be the nickname for the French driving licence?
- It’s to artificially add a bit of danger and make drivers more cautious: if a straight line was clear, they would tend to drive faster and take more risks. It’s psychological!
- The windscreen wipers and the indicators!
- Le petit papier rose
Links & Resources
- French Your Way Podcast, Episode 75: “France Travel Tips (PART 3): Driving”: frenchyourway.com.au/podcast75
- “Tips for driving in France” (article)
- “Un Point c’est tout” (théâtre, Laurent Baffie)
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