Posted by Editor on 10th June 2012 at 06:50 PM
Put a little ooh la la into your driving
Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain's top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, he is giving some essential advice to those driving in France this summer.
* From 1 July, all drivers and motorcyclists (excluding mopeds) need to carry a breathalyser kit, with two disposable breathalysers. The breathalyser must meet the NF standards (similar to the BSI here in the UK) and carry an NF certification.
* Remember too, that the drink drive limit in France is lower than in the UK, 50mg compared to 80mg per 100ml of blood. If you're driving, don't drink, and beware the morning after effect.
* You are required to carry a warning triangle, reflective jacket, and spare light bulbs in France.
* Driving on the right hand side of the road, on unknown routes can be very tiring. Take regular breaks, and always stop for a proper rest if you're getting sleepy.
* A child sitting in the front passenger seat must be at least 10 years old (or a baby up to 9 months in a rear-facing child seat).
* While radar speed camera detectors are legal in the UK, in France they are illegal whether or not you are using them. This legislation includes satnav systems which show speed camera information.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: "The school holidays are fast approaching, and many people will be driving on the continent this summer. Driving abroad can be very different to driving at home, but preparation as always is key. Make sure your car is fit for the journey, plan your route in advance including fuel stops, and perhaps most importantly remember your breathalysers."
The IAM are currently running a poll to find out how you feel about driving abroad, and what you know of the rules and regulations in other countries. In return, you will be entered into a free prize draw to win one of ten NF approved French breathalyser kits from Alcosense, worth £4.99 each. Give your thoughts here.
To help drivers stay safe and enjoy their driving this summer, the IAM has a new website, drivingadvice.org.uk, with traffic updates, weather forecasts, and driving tips, including: driving abroad, cycling, coping with Olympic congestion, and loading the car for a long journey.
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