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If you're taking a ferry from Dover to Calais, you may be wondering how to handle driving on the right. While this could initially seem a little intimidating, you may well find that you adapt to it quicker than you think - especially if you keep in mind the points below.
Once your ferries to France have arrived in Calais, you will be able to drive straight on to the motorway - or 'autoroute' - which will be a good, gentle introduction to driving on the right.
During this part of your journey, you can get comfortable with being on the other side of the road. And once you are ready to do so, you can overtake from the left.
Of course, if you're driving to your holiday destination it is likely that navigation will be an important issue - and there are two key things for you to be mindful of when driving in France.
The first is that many directional signs are located overhead, rather than to the side of the road. The second is that using GPS devices with speed camera detectors is not permitted. So, if you are going to be using such a tool, ensure that this function is switched off prior to travelling.
Displayed in kilometres, speed limits in France need you to be able to convert distances into miles in order for you to travel at the right speed.
As a general rule, 50 kmh is 30 mph, 90 kmh is 55 mph, 110 kmh is 68 mph and 130 is 80 mph - which covers towns, open roads and motorways.
And before setting off, make sure you are familiar with local road legislation, such as the Good Samaritan Law. This requires you to stop - provided it is safe to do so - should you see an accident.
Therefore, it is essential that you carry some basic safety items, such as first aid kits and fire extinguishers, among other things.
While driving on the right may seem daunting at first, you are likely to find that you get used to it sooner than you expected!
If you're taking ferries to France, you might be wondering if you will be able to drive on the right. If you familiarise yourself with key points before travelling, you may find you adapt to this much more quickly than you think! Book your ferry from Dover to Calais with SeaFrance http://www.seafrance.com/uk?packedargs=site%3DSF_Pax_Uk.