France recognizes the driving licenses issued by several different countries and if you are visiting this country for the very first time, the traffic rules and regulations may appear to be rigorous to you. In order to steer clear of all possible trouble while driving across all destinations in France, here are a few rules that every traveler must be aware of. There are, in fact, on the spot fines liable for all defaulters of safe and regulated driving in the country.
Across many towns in France, parking is allowed on one side of the street for the first half of the month as well as the other side of the street during the second half. For instance, you can park cars on the streets which have odd- numbered houses during the first half and on the street with even- numbered houses during the second half. This system is known as “stationnement alterné semi-mensuel” and it is usually depicted with a sign. In some regions, parking is allowed on even/ odd roads on every alternate day, known as “Côté du Stationnement – Jours Pairs/Impairs.”
In France, roads generally vary from narrow single- lane roads in the countryside to major 8- lane highways in the cities. Driving across all the cities and villages in France has its own share of ups and downs with the traffic rules and signals here being a little tricky for first- time visitors. There are several different kinds of roads, namely the Motorways with red number signs, the departmental roads with yellow number signs as well as the municipal roads with white number sigs and forestry roads with green number signs.