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Resources > Rental Car Guides > Rental Car in France > France Driving Information

Car Rental France: Driving Information

Driving Overview | Insurance Information | Rental Restrictions

Driving Overview

General Information
Kemwel offers cheap car rental locations all over France from Lille in the north to St. Tropez in the south and hundreds of other locations in between! You will be able to tour all the wonderful places in France however you see fit! When traveling to another country especially one where the language is different then what you are normally used and planning to rent a car it is generally a good idea to learn as much as possible about rules of the road, traffic laws and what is expected when operating a motor vehicle in that specific country. Kemwel wants to see that its clients practice the proper etiquette of the country they will be traveling to ensure their utmost safety. Below we have compiled a list of items that should be taken into consideration when operating a vehicle in France.

Requirements
The minimum age to rent a car while in France is 21 years, however if you are between the ages of 21-24 a young driver surcharge of approx $21-$31 USD per day may apply depending on the rental supplier and car category. Most car rental supplier require a driver to have had their driving license for 1 year and a credit card in the drivers name must be presented at time of pick up. Seatbelts are required to be worn at all times. If you are caught talking on a cell phone while operating a vehicle you can be fined up to €40 ($50 USD). Headlights must be turned on if the visibility is poor during the day. The use of a radar detector is illegal in France, fines and confiscation of the vehicle can occur if caught with one.

Child Seats
Children under the age of 10 years must sit in the back seat of the vehicle using a seatbelt or approved child seat for their age and weight. Babies and children up to 9 months old can travel in the front seat of the vehicle providing the vehicle does NOT have an airbag and they are in a rear facing child seat.

Speed Limits
Speed limits in France are as follows: City 50 km/h (31 mph), major roadways 90 km/h (55 mph) and on 2-lane roadways 110 km/h (68 mph). Speed limits are approximate please consult speed limits signs in the country you are traveling.

Rules of the Road
Traffic travels on the right side of the road. Vehicles in roundabouts and those entering an intersection from the right have the right of way unless otherwise specified.

Gas and Diesel
Many gas stations are open 24 hours in the larger cities in France.

Tolls
There are many toll roads in France, most of which are marked with a blue sign. Toll amounts are based on the length traveled determined by a ticket you are given when entering. Green signs represent roadways without tolls.

Parking
Metered parking is popular throughout France. Watch for signs that read 'stationnement alterné semi-mensal' meaning parking is allowed on one side of the street for the first half of the month then the other side the second half.

Insurance Information

General Information
When traveling and renting a vehicle in an unfamiliar place it is always a good idea to find out what the insurance requirements are for vehicle rentals in that specific country. When renting a car with Kemwel in France your rate will include any mandatory insurance necessary.

All of our rental rates in France will include third party liability and fire insurance. In France CDW and theft protection are optional and can be added to your rental at anytime prior to the pick up of your rental vehicle. In the event CDW and Theft are declined in order to take advantage of coverage offered by your credit card Kemwel asks for you to contact your credit card company to learn the specifics of your insurance coverage. Insurance details specific to your rental will print in the terms and conditions area of your rental voucher.

At this time we at Kemwel would like for you to take a moment to read about the following insurance guidelines that may apply to car rentals in France.

Required Coverage
For rental commencing in France fire and third party liability insurance is required and included on all of Kemwel’s basic rental rates. Fire insurance provides unlimited coverage of the rental vehicle in case of fire. Third party liability provides coverage to damages to people and property outside of the rental vehicle; the coverage can range from 1.7 million USD up to an unlimited amount depending on rental supplier.

Optional Coverage
For renting taking place in France collision damage waiver and theft protection are optional and are included in all of Kemwel’s inclusive rental rates at an advance purchase discount. CDW is available locally for approximately $14-$21 USD per day depending on car rental supplier and car category. Theft protection is also available locally for approximately $6-$9 USD per day depending on car category and rental supplier. Many of the suppliers that we work with will still have a deductible that you will still be responsible for that ranges from $650-$5,200 USD for CDW and for theft ranges from $995-$7,700 USD. Super CDW is a supplementary insurance that is available locally to help reduce the amount of the deductible, it costs about $5-$10 USD per day reducing the CDW deductible from $0-$400. Personal accident insurance can be purchase locally for about $4-$10 USD per day, which will provide death and disability coverage up to a set monetary amount for the driver and passengers of the rental car. Optional insurance is available with certain suppliers only and prices are subject to change without notice, please feel free to contact Kemwel toll free at 1 877 820 0668 for further details.

Rental Restrictions

General Information
Many of the vehicles rented through Kemwel in France can travel throughout Western Europe without any restrictions. There are some vehicles; due to insurance regulations that may not be able to travel into certain countries some of the vehicles include luxury vehicles, automatic vehicles and vans. Due to Kemwel’s great relationship with its suppliers has allowed for the creation of a special program that will allow for travel into select Eastern European countries. An additional surcharge may apply for rental vehicles being taken into Eastern Europe and not all vehicles are permitted. When planning your itinerary please take into consideration if it will be possible with the category of car you are planning to rent.

Restricted Countries
Vehicles rented in France through Kemwel cannot travel into or through the following countries without prior notification and approval from Kemwel and our suppliers: Africa (Morroco, Tunisia, Algeria etc) Albania, Bosnia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Turkey and the Ukraine.

NOTE: Some suppliers restrict travel to Italy and the French Island of Corsica for certain vehicles. Travel into most or all of the countries listed above can possibly be arranged with advance notification to Kemwel for specific car categories. Additional surcharges may apply please contact Kemwel for details.

One-Way Rentals
Domestic one-way rentals are available and are generally free with exceptions to rentals under 3 days or to Biarritz & high altitude locations. Additional fees will apply to international one-ways. Not all vehicles are permitted on one ways.


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Useful Terms

Car Rental Agency
agence de location
Detour
detour
Diesel
diesel
Embassy
ambassade
Entrance
entree
Exit
sortie
Expressway
autoroute
Forbidden
defense d'entree
Highway
route nationale
Hospital
hopital
Gas Station
Station Service
Motor oil
huile
One-way
sens unique
Parking
parking
Police
police
Police station
gendarmerie
Toll
peage
Toll Road
route a peage
Unleaded Gasoline
essence

Emergency Phone Numbers

Police & Ambulance 17
Fire Service 18
Driving Conditions in Paris (1) 48 94 33 33

Driving Distances from Paris

Caen 148 miles
Calais 179 miles
Lille 137 miles
Reims 89 miles

Driving Distance from Nice

Cannes 21 miles
Marseille 116 miles
Monte Carlo 10 miles
St. Tropez 62 miles

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