There is a nation-wide radio station on 107.7 fm which gives road traffic information with regular reports in English.
Speed should always be reduced in poor driving conditions and dipped headlights used.
Speeding is frowned upon in France and there are frequent radar checks by hand-held devices and radar traps, which can be set up at random and are difficult to spot. Exceeding the speed limit by just a small amount results in an on-the-spot fine of Euros 137 but this can be increased if you are more than 10km above the limit.
You may be offered up to three days to pay but this is very rare. As a tourist, you are more likely to be asked to pay up immediately in cash. If you do not have the cash, your passport will be taken and you will be directed to the nearest cash point or a location where you can use your credit card to get the money.
If you are significanlty above the limit, you may have to go to court.
Unless there is another driver in the car, you will turned round at your port of entry and put back on the boat. If you are stopped anywhere in metropolitan France, you will have to get your motoring organisation to repatriate your car or get someone from England to collect it. Ports and airports are notified if a visiting driver is banned and anyone who continues to drive can expect severe consequences, including a possible prison sentence
LEAVE YOUR SCANNER AT HOME!
TWO Red warning triangles are obligatory in Spain and recommended in the rest of the EU. It is not stated how to use the two triangles, ie: two at the rear spaced apart or one at the front and one at the rear.
Hazard flashers must be switched on in the case of a breakdown. A complete set of spare bulbs must also be carried. If you have to replace a bulb, keep the old one just in case a Gendarme decides he would like to check your remaining spare bulbs. This will prove you have had to replace one. A fire extinguisher and first aid kit are recommended.
Any accident involving injury must be reported to the police or gendarmerie. A notice of motoring accident must be completed and signed by both parties in any accident resulting in damage.
Be warned that the French driver loves to follow very close to the rear of the vehicle in front, too close for comfort for many visitors. If this happens to you, make sure you are driving at the correct speed for that road and the prevailing conditions. If the car behind is still too close, pull over at the first opportunity and let it overtake.
If you are not sure of your directions, dont slow down to a dawdle. Pull over and check your map or directions. Its much safer and a lot easier than causing frustration to local drivers.