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Many Brits 'don't know French road laws'

18 May 2016 08:51

French traffic on the Champs Elysees

French traffic on the Champs Elysees

Motoring football fans holidaying in France this summer are being warned: it's a different ball game out there.

The website uSwitch is telling British travellers to get au fait with the driving laws of that country.

The plea comes after its poll of 2,250 adults found that many are ignorant of the French motoring rules.

The warning is even more important this year, with four British Isles teams due to take part in the European championships.

Wales (who play group matches in Bordeaux, Lens and Toulouse) are joined in their group by England (Marseille, Lens and St Etienne).

Northern Ireland (Nice, Lyon and Paris) and Eire (Paris, Bordeaux and Lille) have also qualified and expect many followers too.

What the poll shows

• 35% would wrongly assume people can drive on the left-hand side of the road in France

• 61% don't know that drivers have to possess in-car high-visibility jackets

• 78% mistakenly think that Britain has lower drink-drive ceilings than the French

Travel insurance

It's not just the French driving laws that football supporters from the British Isles have to remember at the tournament, which begins on June 10.

They also should not forget their passport and other travel documents. But should these go missing, then the true value of travel insurance kicks in.

This can cover tourists against such mishaps as well as stolen luggage, lost possessions and even replacement football tops.

What else do football fans need to remember?

When driving in France, they must have accessories including:

• a country sticker

• headlight converters

• a warning triangle

What the expert says

Rod Jones, a uSwitch spokesman, warns that ignorance of the French road rules could leave footie fans offside.

He advises before setting off to Europe:

• check car cover policies: these may not extend to European cover. Several policies downgrade to just third-party-only coverage in Europe. So, if in doubt, travellers should talk to their insurer

• check breakdown cover policies: see if these cover the continent, or risk missing the game should a car grind to a halt