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Driving on French roads

It has been quite widely covered in the press that the French traffic police "Les peletons motoris├ęs" will be out to get us Brits this summer. With the UK having opted out of a European directive which would have made it possible to track British cars by registration plates, we must not feel untouchable as the police themselves can easily ensnare us. And often they do it more severely than their UK counterparts!

Warnings do not have to be given to drivers if speed cameras or traffic police cameras are on a stretch of road. It's just about keeping an eye out at all times.

Where the UK police have been known to allow a small amount over the speed limit before fining, the French do not! It is also worth remembering this - your license can be seized if you are caught doing anything over 40 km/h over the limit. That's 25 mp/h.

Rumour has it that the two main routes taken by British drivers will be well covered by the traffic police - take extra care on the A16 and A26. (But don't get complacent on the others!) It is also said that authorities will be checking out who is boarding the Eurotunnel, to spot which cars are likely to be the culprits when they reach the invitingly clear, "fast" autoroutes past Calais...

Get set and ready for next year - by Summer 2015, British car registration plates will be trackable by all devices in France. There is no mercy.

A few more tips you might not know.....

The alcohol limit is lower in France than in UK - best not to touch the stuff when getting behind the wheel, tempting as it may be! The penalties are bad.

Speed camera detectors are illegal. Disable the sat nav at Dover.

Look out for the different speed limits for wet weather.

Children should be 10 or older to legally sit in the front seat of a car (with the exception of rear-facing baby seats)

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