In today's post we are going to show you what the ultimate driving in France kit looks like. This is based upon the most complete and up-to-date checklist of legal requirements for driving in France. If you haven't seen that checklist yet, be sure to check it out before you leave our website.
A High visibility vest is required to be worn by each occupant of your vehicle, when you are stood on the side of a major road or motorway - whether you have broken down or stopped for any other reason.
Having these not only helps you to comply with the law, but can also help to keep you safe - so it's a no-brainer really!
At least one warning triangle is required to be carried in your vehicle, in case you break down or have an accident (except mopeds and motorcycles).
If you are also driving in to Spain and some other EU countries, you actually need two warning triangles and not just one.
Most UK vehicles - when driven in France and the rest of the EU - must have their headlamp dipped beams deflected or otherwise adapted so that they don't dazzle oncoming motorists.
Some later vehicles have an adjustment lever or dipped beam that shines straight ahead, but most still need these converters.
It is an offence to drive on the roads in France with an important bulb gone, and the only practical way to rectify this yourself is to have spares for the most common bulb fittings.
So, most motorists driving in France tend to carry a spare bulb kit with them.
This is another case where it isn't a legal requirement, but for practical reasons many motorists choose to take a first aid kit with them when they drive abroad.
They usually contain a range of plasters, bandage and some tape - just so that you can protect minor cuts and grazes that don't require medical attention.
If your vehicle is made of fibre glass you'll need an adhesive sticker (which also comes in the is kit), but for most cars a magnetic one is best because you can remove it safely without damaging the paintwork.
No driving in France kit could be complete without mentioning the UK Sticker.
Although a legal requirement since September 2021, many vehicles still have the old GB sticker or GB/EU symbol on their number plates.
Personally I prefer the version on my registration plates, but technically this isn't sufficient for driving in Spain (where you must display a UK sticker - whether you have the UK letters on your number plates or not).
If you'd prefer not to show the large UK sticker then this is a great alternative.
Also if you have a car with the old style GB plates rather than ordering new plates you can simply use these to cover them.
So that's what the ultimate driving in France kit looks like. You can order travel kits or any of the individual items that you need from our friends over at Euro Motoring - but don't forget to comply with the other legal requirements for driving in France and quirky laws mentioned in our checklist.