Video content: Traffic in Paris
Whether you are in Paris for business or pleasure, you really need to know and understand the road traffic rules!
And in the capital it is possible that the experience may be rather unsettling at first…
Muriel Cohen - Regional director of ENTERPRISE
One of the most important driving rules in France is to give way to traffic coming from the right
I would say that tourists understand and use this important rule very well
But roundabouts are a little more difficult to negotiate.
There are numerous roundabouts in France where traffic coming from the right has priority, and many where it doesn't.
If a tourist hasn't read the traffic sign just before the roundabout, matters could become complicated on the roundabout itself
There are so many in France, almost 30,000, but this is a good thing because they are not as dangerous and accident-prone as crossroads,
But, it is true that priority or not, tourists sometimes, well, they go astray.
Just be aware that giving way to traffic coming from the right is the golden rule even at roundabouts, unless there is a 'give way' sign
The same applies in Paris where vehicles entering the Périphérique have priority
It is just as important to keep to the speed limit. There are numerous speed cameras and driving too fast can cost you up to 135 euros!
If you are involved in an accident you will have to fill in the official report with driver of the other vehicle involved - and try to keep calm.
Rule 1: Being in control of your vehicle at all times will ensure you avoid most problems…
Being in control of your vehicle means that if the car in front stops suddenly, you will be in a position to slam your brakes on!
If you want to stay in control of your vehicle you should not drink before you drive…
As regards alcoholism, the rules are really very strict. You must not drive with a blood alcohol level higher than 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood.
An anecdote from the famous Etoile roundabout where things are not quite as might be expected!
Drivers already on this roundabout must give way to vehicles entering…
It is not always easy to find out who is to blame for an accident hence the custom for the two drivers involved to share the responsibility
But most of the time it all goes well and crossing the Place de l'Etoile can be quite an adventure for the uninitiated
But if you prefer to stay calm and not involve yourself directly with Parisian driving...you can always hire a chauffeur-driven vehicle...
when you hire a vehicle from Chabé Limousines we are here to help. We recommend suitable routes or advise against others in certain circumstances,
Emmanuel Duverdier - Commercial Director Chabé Limousines
and as well as the reservation in place on the day of your journey, the chauffeur will find the best routes so you will not have to spend your time sitting in the traffic
A top of the range service, with staff able to offer 22 languages and adapt themselves to the culture and customs of our clients…
Unlike taxis, we do not make use of bus lanes. We find the most interesting, quickest and safest routes,
and sometimes, where possible, the most attractive, with a small explanation, which is always better when a chauffeur knows his job
and wants to praise the merits of one neighbourhood, the history of a particular hotel or even a street.
For anyone brave enough to take up the challenge of driving in the capital,
you can find out about real time traffic conditions on websites such as sytadin.fr
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