Motoring in France
Before you go
Make sure you have the following:- Full UK driving
licence, current insurance certificate, GB sticker, spare set of
bulbs & fuses, red warning triangle, adjusted main headlight
beams and a first aid kit.
Towns - 50 kph (31 mph)
Main roads - 90 kph (55 mph)
Dual carriageways - 110 kph (68 mph)
Motorways 130 kph (80 mph)
When it is raining or bad weather the speeds in town reduce by 10
kph and on the motorways the new limit is 110kph.
Front and rear seat belts must be worn at all times. Children under
10 may not travel in the front seat unless in a special child seat.
Most shops in the main towns open Monday to Saturday
from 9am to 5pm. Shops out of town often shut at lunchtime from
noon until 2pm and banks are either open Monday to Friday or Tuesday
to Saturday. Almost all shops are closed on Sundays with the exception
of the bakeries that usually open for a few hours in the morning.
The climate throughout Normandy is generally
a few degrees warmer and therefore the summer season often extends
beyond that in the UK. It is often said that the area around Granville
has its own even milder microclimate with the westerly facing
being warmed by the Gulf Stream often being given as the reason.
It's not uncommon to hear from guests that travel out of season
in October & November
to report that they have spent time on the beach and even the odd
have ventured into the sea!
Click here to
check the current weather in Granville.
The euro can be used in all countries
of the eurozone and this applies even with the euro coins that
a 'national' side. So do take euro currency with you or take your
cash card and get your euro cash from the ferry cash machine.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
We have compiled a list of the most frequently
asked questions, which is available here.