English owned B&B Normandy. Bed and Breakfast accommodation at Montchamp, Normandy, France.
Last Minute Deals
Due to a late cancellation we can offer the following dates for just
€49 per night
(2 persons sharing)
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th & 7th June.
Any combination of the above dates are welcomed.
These prices will automatically be applied to any booking for these dates.
Driving In France
As a service to our guests, we have put together this collection of information to answer questions about visitors driving in France. This information has been sourced from various places and to the best of our knowledge is accurate. We always advise checking the regulations with official sources before travelling.
Minimum Age: The minimum age at which visitors may drive a car is 18. In the case of UK visitors, a full UK licence is required. UK licences that do not incorporate a photo are acceptable but drivers must be able to provide photographic proof of identity, for example, a valid passport. It is advisable to update UK licences to the new photographic version if time permits. You must carry your licence with you whilst driving.
Insurance: Car insurance is compulsory and the minimum cover requirement is third party. It is important to check with your insurance company that you are covered to drive in France and for how long that cover lasts. You may also like to check that your fully comprehensive cover is not reduced when driving outside of the country of origin. Your insurance company should be able to issue you with a green card or some other proof of cover should you need to produce your documents. You must carry proof of insurance with you whilst driving.
Registration Document: It is compulsory to carry an original registration document with you whilst driving. If the vehicle is not registered in your name then carry a letter from the owner giving you permission to drive.
Country Sticker: For vehicles from Britain a GB sticker is compulsory, unless your number plate is the new Euro-style plate with the GB euro symbol, in which case you are not required to display a GB sticker.
Reflective jackets and warning triangles in France: From 1st October 2008 all drivers in France, including drivers of vehicles registered outside of France, must have one warning triangle and one reflective jacket in their vehicle. This regulation, which we understand does not apply to two and three wheeled vehicles, will be enforced with on-the-spot fines of between €90 and €135.
Breath Test Kits: From 1st July 2012 all drivers in France are required to carry a single-use breath test kit in their vehicles. Single-use breath kits costing around £2 will be sold at ferry ports and the Eurotunnel.
Headlamps: Headlamp adjustment is compulsory. Most older vehicles require a simple kit which comprises stickers which need to be positioned accurately on the headlight as per instructions. Some newer models require adjustment or other methods. Please contact your dealer for full information.
Seat Belts: It is compulsory for passengers to wear seat belts in both the front and the rear of a vehicle if fitted.
Child Safety: Children under the age of 10 are not permitted to travel on the front seats of vehicles, unless there are no rear seats or the rear seats are already occupied with children under 10 or there are no seat belts. In these circumstances a child must not be placed in the front seats with their back to the road if the vehicle is fitted with a passenger airbag, unless it is deactivated. They must travel in an approved child seat or restraint adapted to their size. A baby up to 13kg must be carried in a rear facing baby seat. A child between 9 and 18kg must be seated in a child seat and a child from 15kg up to 10 years can use a booster seat with a seat belt or a harness. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure all passengers under 18 are appropriately restrained.
Visibility: Dipped headlights must be used in poor visibility.
Drinking & Driving: Drinking and Driving is wholly unadvised. The limit of 0.05% (0.02% for bus/coach drivers) is lower than that imposed in the UK for instance, and penalties are harsh and include fines - imprisonment - confiscation of licence. New rules start from July 1st 2012 and require all drivers to carry a single-use breath test kit in their vehicles. Single-use breath kits costing around £2 will be sold at ferry ports and the Eurotunnel.
Toll Roads: Some motorways in France are toll roads. Journeys can be made toll free by using minor roads but this will result in longer journey times. Most of the toll roads in Lower Normandy are located east of Caen, there are presently none on the west side of Caen.
Speed limits
Toll Motorways 130kmh 80mph
Dual Carriageways & Non Toll Motorways 110kmh 68mph
Outside built-up areas 90kmh 55mph
Built-up areas 50kmh 31mph
Wet Weather Limits
Toll Motorways 110kmh 68mph
Dual Carriageways & Non Toll Motorways 100kmh 62mph
Other roads 80kmh 49mph
Please note that these are general national speed limits and drivers must observe local speed limit road signs at all times.
Speeding: Holders of EU licences who break the speed limit by more than 40kmh will face having their licence confiscated on the spot.
Motorcycles: Use of dipped headlights during the day is compulsory as also is the wearing of crash helmets for both driver and passenger. The compulsory carrying of a warning triangle or relective jacket does not apply to motorcycles but as of January 1st 2013, all drivers and passengers of a motorcycle over 125cc or a motor tricycle over 15 KW/h must wear reflective clothing when riding their vehicles. In the event of an emergency stop, the reflective clothing still needs to be worn. The ‘reflective clothing’ must have a minimum reflective surface of 150 sq. cm (approx 23 sq. in.) in total either in one piece or in several pieces, and must be worn in the upper part of the body (between the neck and the waist). A fine will be imposed for non compliance.
Radar Detectors & Sat Nav Radar Warning: Speed trap detectors are strictly prohibited. You may not carry, transport, or use a radar detector. The penalty is: confiscation of the detector, a large on the spot deposit against the fine, a court summons with the possible outcome being confiscation of the vehicle. Leave it at home!!! Recent laws prohibit the use of Sat-Nav equipment that show the location of speed cameras. Please update your firmware/maps (most suppliers are providing free updates) before entering France as the fines are very heavy.
Fines - On The Spot: French police impose on the spot fines for speeding, crossing solid white lines, not coming to a full halt at a "Stop" sign, and other offences. These fines can be harsh so drive courteously and pay attention to road signs to avoid this problem.
Spare Bulbs: It is advised but not compulsory for visitors to carry a spare set of bulbs.
Buying Fuel
In places such as Lower Normandy it is best to purchase petrol during business hours as most petrol stations are closed after 7pm. When open, the cashier will accept foreign credit cards or cash, but the automated pumps which come in to affect after closing (in some but not all stations) will not always accept foreign cards. This also applies to Sunday when most if not all will be closed. This may not be true of some of the major routes but do not take chances. Best fuel prices are obtained at supermarkets.

Unleaded petrol (95 & 98 octane), diesel (Gazole) and LPG are available. No leaded petrol (lead replacement petrol “Super carburant” available or lead substitute additive). Petrol in a can is permitted but forbidden by ferry operators. A new type of fuel, the SP95-E10 (Sans Plomb 95 Octane, Ethanol 10% = Lead Free 95 Octane containing 10% of Ethanol) is now being sold throughout France. This fuel is not suitable for use in all cars and you should check compatibility with your vehicle manufacturer before using it. If in doubt use the standard SP95 or SP98 Octane unleaded fuel which continues to be available alongside the new fuel.
Driving Tips
Right Side Of The Road: Whilst in France you must drive on the right hand side of the road. When at a roundabout you must travel anti-clockwise. You must also give way to the right if the road on the right does not have stop, give way signs or white lines across the junction. Most major junctions have have signs to prevent cars coming from the right but not all! A lot of junctions on minor roads do allow the traffic on the right priority, so keep an eye up ahead for traffic coming from the right. In built up areas always give priority to traffic from the right.
Roundabout Priorities: When approaching a roundabout if you see a sign that reads "Vous n'avez pas la priorité" or "Cédez le passage" then you must give priority to traffic on the roundabout and give way to traffic coming from the left. When there is no such sign then traffic coming on to the roundabout has priority. In our experience it is always best to be cautious when approaching, or when on a roundabout. Remember you must travel anti-clockwise on a roundabout.
Breakdown: It is strongly advised to take out breakdown insurance to cover for driving in France. You may already have cover but it may require extending for use outside of the country of origin, it is best to check with the agent concerned.
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