This page is intended to provide information about things which you may not
be aware of and which may differ from where you come from.
The law in France also changes (just as it does everywhere), so that the following may include rulings that have been scrapped or not passed.
In most European holiday destinations it is compulsory to wear a reflective,
high-visibility jacket if you break down during your journey. In some
countries this applies to all passengers. It is advisable therefore to take
several jackets along with you in the car.
France: compulsory to have one in the car; in the event of breakdown only the driver is obliged to wear one.
In Belgium, Poland, Turkey and Greece it is compulsory to have a fire extinguisher in the car.
A warning triangle is compulsory in practically all European countries.
If you break down or have an accident, you must switch on the car's warning lights and set up a warning triangle, unless this puts you in mortal danger.
The warning triangle must be placed approx. 30 m behind the vehicle.
On the motorway you do not have to use a warning triangle as it is too dangerous.
All occupants must get out of the car as quickly as possible on the side furthest away from the road and wait for help behind the crash barrier.
Towing services are the only ones allowed to tow other cars on the motorways
Towing is allowed on other roads.
A first-aid kit is compulsory in a number of European countries. Officially
these rules often do not apply to foreign motorists, but not all policemen
are aware of this.
Mandatory in France as of July 1, 2012.
It is compulsory to have 2 breathalysers in the vehicle (also applies to motor cyclists).
Must be NF-certified (Norme Française).
All motor cyclists in France must have a reflective patch measuring at least
150 square centimetres on their jackets as well as four reflective stickers
on their helmet (stickers on helmet not obligatory for tourists).
In France, people who wear glasses or contact lenses are obliged to have a
spare pair of glasses in the car.
In France, it is from March 22, 2017, mandatory for children under twelve years, to wear a helmet on a bicycle.
In France, the speed camera reporting function must be switched off! This
applies not only to portable and integrated navigation systems, but also to
navigation software on mobile phones and tablets.
Using and owning radar detection devices is forbidden in all European
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