The Essential Driving Guide to France

Touring in France becomes tranquillamente when you take along The Essential Driving Guide for France as your traveling companion. Within these pages you will find everything you need to know, quickly and easily — the rules of the road and autostrada etiquette, the best routes to follow and those trouble spots to avoid, tips on visiting the country’s most enchanting sights and time-tested itineraries for putting together the optimum French experience.

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From the vast and historic beaches of Normandy to the blue waters of the Côte d’Azur, the natural beauty of France is best experienced by car. The quality of the overall road network is indeed impressive. Directional and informational signs are excellent, and the service areas along the autoroute are the best in Europe. There is simply no substitute for the freedom of the open road for exploring the vineyards of Burgundy and Bordeaux, the lavender fields of Provence, or the grandeur of the French Alps. France offers endless possibilities for unique travel adventures for you to discover — by car.

  • Tips for driving in France
  • Burgundy, France Map
  • Hotel Guide Sample Page
  • Route Details for driving in France
  • Road Signs for driving in France

Sample Routings


Michelin Regional Map # 513 (Normandie)

Get an early start today to have enough time to visit the many points of historical importance you must see here. Begin by driving down to Arromanches and following signs for the war museum, located on the beach, which will provide the all the essentials for an understanding of the momentous events that took place along these beaches on June 6, 1944.


About 8 km / 5 mi past Decazeville, watch for the left turnoff to Conques (2 Stars) (pop. 300). This tiny medieval village boasts a beautiful hilly setting and one of the oldest Romanesque churches (2 Stars) on the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella in Spain.

Key Features

  • Translations: cédez le passage (yield), sens unique (one way), etc.
  • How to navigate the roundabouts
  • Informational road signs that you need to understand
  • Easy to read area maps to quickly familiarize your surroundings
  • The Normandy Invasion beaches
  • Point to point suggested routings and the important places to be seen in between.
  • How to drive the autoroute and be in synch with your fellow drivers.
  • How to “pique-nique”

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About the Author

Orv Strandoo is the president and founder of AutoVenture, one of America's most distinctive tour operators specializing in individual customized driving tours covering the whole of Europe. A veteran travel professional with more than 45 years of experience, Orv has logged over 100,000 miles throughout Europe — from above the Artic Circle to the Straits of Gibralter and all the stops along the way. His Essential Guide to Driving in Europe series presents indispensable information in an easy-to-access format that helps the serious traveler enjoy the best of each country when exploring by car.

Additional Info

  • Author: Orv Strandoo
  • ISBN: 978-0-578-15580-7
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac (iTunes Store); Kindle (Amazon) and compatible devices.