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Journeys : August September 2009
Destinations Mais non, c’est bon! Richard Davoren looks on the bright side of French motoring In the last issue of Motor News Journeys, Lyndsey Burton painted a rather negative picture of driving in France. Yes, the Cote d’Azur is challenging – but with the exception of driving in Paris, in terms of safety I would prefer to drive in France than in Tasmania. respond well to the traffic code, are very courteous in allowing others to merge or move onto major roads from intersections, and unlike Tasmanians, use their indicators when they should. A They do expect you to drive at their speed and they instinctively know where the fixed speed cameras are, which is one advantage the locals have over us. But I always take my GPS, which I have loaded with a European map. That not only helps with navigation but also ensures my Euros are not spent on fines, as the GPS map is embedded with speed camera locations and most road speed limits. Riquewihr, Alsace 14 August / September 09 Since 1974, I have driven at least 100,000 kilometres in France on a number of driving holidays. The only incident that I have ever had involved a hotel owner having to demolish part of his rock part from the love of speed and their impatience, French drivers otherwise
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