Preparation key to a ‘bon voyage’, says IAM

7th June 2012

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has today (June 7th) urged drivers to make sure they prepare ahead of any potential road trips across France this summer.

With ferry and eurostar access to the Gallic region competitively priced, an increasing number of holidaymakers are opting to get in their cars and head across the channel for a well-earned summer break.

But while motorists may find it easy to head on over to France, once they are there, they must make sure to adhere to all the rules that govern the roads.

IAM Drive & Survive head of training Simon Elstow said:"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.”

Under new French law, set to come into force from July 1st, all drivers and motorcyclists travelling in the region will be required to carry a breathalyser kit, with  two disposable breathalysers. This kit must meet NF standards, as well as coming with NF certification.

Motorists are also required to carry a warning triangle, spare light bulbs and a reflective jacket.

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