Paris is one of the most extraordinary cities in the world and tourists flock in their millions to the French capital to absorb the serene culture, the breath-taking architecture and to sample the legendary French cuisine. Whilst Paris itself may be high on your to-do list, driving in Paris probably won’t be. Paris is one of Europe’s most traffic-polluted and congested cities, which means driving in Paris requires a great deal of care and attention to avoid a road traffic accident.
Driving on the right side of the road
The most important thing to remember when driving in Paris is that the French drive on the right side of the road. It is important to note this as the opposite of traffic laws in the UK. This means for example, giving way to traffic coming from the left.
Speed limits in the city are 50km/h and with good reason. Many of the streets in Paris are quite narrow and a sudden turn onto another street could quite likely result in a collision with a pedestrian or another vehicle if travelling too quickly. Speed limits on the ring roads around the city centre are 80km/h.
Parking in Paris can be an experience in itself. Many of the parking spaces in Paris city centre are extremely narrow and only practical for a small vehicle. You can avoid the spaces by availing yourself of one of the many underground car parks dotted around Paris. It may cost you a little extra money, but it is worth it for your peace of mind.
Thank you for reading Accident Advice Helpline’s survivor guide on driving in Paris. Hopefully by following these tips, you can avoid being involved in a road traffic collision on the roads.
Traffic accident in Paris
Even if an accident occurred outside the UK, Accident Advice Helpline could still help you to pursue a claim for compensation if someone else was to blame. By contacting us on 0800 689 0500, you can speak with one of our friendly, able advisors who will be happy to discuss any questions you may have regarding the claim process. You won’t be under any obligation to proceed with any claims that are discussed over the duration of the call.