Travelling by car in France is generally a more pleasant experience than travelling on UK roads. France is approximately two and a half times the size of the UK but with roughly the same population. Consequently the roads are generally less congested outside of the main cities.
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Whilst it is possible to travel around France avoiding the toll roads (particularly in Brittany west of Rennes where there aren't any), for longer journeys autoroutes are the best way of getting around by car. Unlike the UK, toll roads in France are a way of life and have been for many years.
Sanef now offers their Liber-t tag to UK customers. This makes travelling on Toll roads much simpler as the tag allows you to drive through the tolls without having to pay every time. Instead the electronic tag is placed in your car by the rear-view mirror, this is then scanned at the toll points and the payment is then taken from your bank account via direct debit a few weeks later.
There are some things that you can do to make driving in France a bit less stressful
Children under 10 are only allowed in the front seats if:
If a child must travel in the front under the above circumstances then they cannot be placed in the front seats with their back to the direction of travel if the vehicle is fitted with a passenger airbag unless it is deactivated. They must travel in an approved child seat or restraint adapted to their size. In the rear they must use a proper restraint system appropriate to their weight, which means a child seat if they weigh between 9 and 15 kg. Over this weight they can use seat belts with a booster cushion.
It is important to note that when driving in wet conditions in France, the speed limits are lower.