Features of Paris roads

All the roads of France are divided into public and private toll free motorways (autoroutes). Highways are very expensive, especially you will feel it, if you go from Paris by car to the south of France to the Riviera Côte d’Azur, where you’ll pay almost every hour, and sometimes more often. Payment is made either by the highway entrance of the plot (the price indicated on the map pointer or light displays for each vehicle), or check-out. It looks as follows: you take the ticket at the barrier on the racks of payment, and you will pay for it at the entrance or exit, and if the payment is made at the exit, then you carefully store card to the end of travel. The disadvantage of charge at the end of travel is that you do not know in advance how much you will have to pay.

The speed limit on motorways 130 km / h (on some sites – 140 km / h).

A distinctive feature of the French roads is the widespread deployment of high-speed radars and ambush police patrols anywhere on the roadside. If a car moving towards you on the road honking to you with its  headlights for no apparent reason, then, there is a patrol ahead.

Speаking of the violations, the traffic police in Paris and on any other French roads severely punishes for seat belt, presence of alcohol in the blood in excess of the permitted limit. This rate corresponds to one glass of wine (no more than 150 g.) Or a glass of beer (0.33 g). The norm is calculated in parts per million, and if the verification of this figure in your blood exceeds the allowable level, then get ready for a huge fine or deprivation of rights.

If you are stopped by highway patrol without any reason, do not be nervous or worried, it is probably a routine check. If there is a situation in which you really break the rules, then in any case, do not raise the tone, in general, argue with the police is not accepted. Word of the police is the law, and the laws in France and, of course, in Paris, honored, so the offer of a bribe to the police can easily end up in the local jail and in the future can take away your right to the entrance to France in particular, and the Schengen area in general.

If you are driving and you have children in the car, the lack of special child seats with seat belts entails a heavy fine.

If you take a car for rent in Paris, there are two figures on the right of your cars number, it is the code of the department: Paris – 75, and in the suburbs 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, etc. Thus, you can easily find out where is the car from.

At the afternoon and at the evening in Paris, it is possible to travel by car, of course, except for the peak hours. Streets are especially deserted on Sundays. Cars are mostly small, this is the specific of the city, there is a huge number of narrow streets and serious parking problems. It is always difficult to find a place to park your car. But on many streets there are paid parking lots where you can park your car from a couple of minutes to 2 hours. Parking cost is 2 euros per hour. When you pay the parking fees, be sure to put a ticket under the windshield, so that it is visible, because otherwise the highway patrol’s tow truck can pick up your car and take it to the fine-parking. You can also use the underground parking lot, there are many of them in Paris, but their cost and utilization are high.

The speed limit in Paris is 50 km / h in the center, and on the ring roads it is 80 km / h

There is a lot of Highway Patrol in Paris, and they regularly check the correctness of parking.

Also note that the Parisians are extremely conscious drivers in traffic and they pay special attention to pedestrians.

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