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    The dangers of driving to France


    Driving to France presents you with a fair amount of risks. Here are some of the dangers of driving to France.

    The dangers of driving to France – in the UK

    Depending on where you are starting your trip to France, you may have to drive on motorways for several hours before you even get to boarding the ferry taking you over to the continent. This, of course, means that you are at risk of having a motorway accident.

    Risks on a ferry

    Once on board your ferry, crowded stairs and pathways, busy restaurants, bars and duty free shops mean you are at risk of sustaining an injury by tripping, slipping and falling or injuries by scalding or burning.

    The dangers of driving to France – in France

    As you get off the ferry, you are faced with a multitude of other risks. To begin with, you will be driving on the ‘wrong side’ of the road, which can be very tricky to get used to and could cause car accidents, especially at crossroads and roundabouts. What’s more, driving laws are different in France and unless you are prepared for this, you could end up either having an accident on the road or being in trouble with local police.

    Finally, but by no means least importantly, French drivers appear to have a completely different style of driving and at times appear downright reckless. These driving styles are reflected in the number of deaths on French roads. According to Department of Transport comparisons, 3,464 people died on French roads in 2015. That is 5.2 deaths for every 100,000 members of the public. By comparison, the UK had an average of 2.8 deaths on the road per 100,000 for the same period.

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    Preventing accidents

    The dangers of driving to France make it clear that you must be extremely careful when crossing the channel. Making sure you are aware of differences in laws, approaching roundabouts and crossroads with extreme caution and always remembering to drive on the other side of the road help to prevent car accidents in France. So will keeping well clear of French drivers whenever possible, remaining within speed limits and always paying close attention to what is going on around you.

    Compensation claims

    If you were injured in a road traffic accident, you could be entitled to driver injury compensation. For helpful, expert compensation advice, call our no-obligation Accident Advice Helpline freephone number from a landline in the UK or your mobile on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 today.

    Date Published: May 6, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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