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Old 01-10-2013, 09:02 AM   #1
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1st time doing Self drive to DLRP in March - Advice?

Yep in March me and my family Will be setting off on our 2nd trip as a family to DLRP - but this is the 1st time we or I will be doing self drive.
I know we have to get certain things in the car but much advice is needed and appreciated.

Starting to get super excited!!!!

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Old 01-10-2013, 09:41 AM   #2
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I nearly always drive, it so straight forward. A couple of useful threads below

here & here

If your car is diesel then fill up in France before coming back as its way cheaper there then in the UK
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We're driving for the first time in March too! I think it seems pretty straightforward, just remember the equipment you need to carry with you and your not allowed to have your satnav set to detect speed cameras.
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Thanks everyone - I've managed to get a few bits together all ready - can anyone suggest a good set of French road maps?
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Just a reminder that you must cut speed from 130 to 110 in wet weather on auto-routes. Hopefully though you will have wall-to-wall sunshine on your trip!
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Just a reminder that you must cut speed from 130 to 110 in wet weather on auto-routes. Hopefully though you will have wall-to-wall sunshine on your trip!
Thank you I didn't know that at all?!!
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Just a reminder that you must cut speed from 130 to 110 in wet weather on auto-routes. Hopefully though you will have wall-to-wall sunshine on your trip!
You also should drop from 90 to 70, 70 to 50 and 50 to 30 depending on wether you are on a National, Departmental or in town if the weather is bad

You will see however than most people don't bother and continue as before especially on auto routes as the speed cameras aren't automatically down graded, they stay at 130 or 110 depending on where they are
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You also should drop from 90 to 70, 70 to 50 and 50 to 30 depending on wether you are on a National, Departmental or in town if the weather is bad

You will see however than most people don't bother and continue as before especially on auto routes as the speed cameras aren't automatically down graded, they stay at 130 or 110 depending on where they are
Oh my thank you! where can I find out all this info? Looks like I need to do some swatting up!
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A sat nav is very handy, especially if you want to explore a bit. Also helps to find petrol stations which are much cheaper from somewhere like an Auchan supermarket garage, than the motorways service garages

Where are you staying?
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You have to have the alcohol brethalyzer kit for your car now. Here in Germany they cost like 10 Euro. I'm sure you could buy them at the gas station right before you hit the border.
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Yeah, I believe you need 2 of those alcohol testers, but I have no idea where you can get them.
I've heard they are only about 3 €?

I still need to get those myself for our trip in February.

Also, you need fluorescent vests.
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You can get breathalyzers in amazon or halfords.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:14 AM   #13
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I see you are driving down the day before us so if we see a family looking lost and as if they have been driving round in circles for 24 hours we'll direct you along! Seriously, you'll be fine - much nicer driving than on the British side.
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I won't worry too much about the breathalyser kits as the enforcement period with the fine hasn't started yet - Atm it's now the 1st of March as it got put back from last November.

You can buy them in hypermarkets like Auchan and Carrefour.

The Hi-Vis is only required for the driver but if you want one for everyone it could be a good idea
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We (I) drove for our first road trip to DLP last June. We drove to Ashford on the Saturday, stayed at the Travelodge, then set off for the Tunnel early on Sunday morning.

I was quite apprehensive about driving on the "wrong side of the road", but it turned out to be a doddle!

It took me about 80 kilometres to realise the "Aires" are rest areas along the Autoroutes - good for the emergency comfort break!!

I would suggest that you invest in a Sat-Nav, it helped us around the "tricky part" near CDG Airport, other than that it was quite easy.

If I can be any more help, just ask - as Carrie_Cat is on this thread, you will get some brilliant advice from her.

We also booked the Travelodge for our return journey. It was fab knowing we had i=until 6pm to play in the Parks, before heading back to Blighty.
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