Living in the Languedoc: Driving: Conventions
If you want to overtake, do not flash your
headlights. Simply put your left indicator on. This is far
more polite. Similarly if you are sitting in the fast lane
and see someone behind you with their indicator on, it means
they want to overtake and you should move back into an inner
You will notice that pedestrian crossings are not taken
very seriously in France. Motorists will even park on them,
and the police (so far) have found this perfectly acceptable.
Similarly, French drivers do not generally stop for pedestrians
waiting to cross the road. Be aware that if you, as a good
Anglo-Saxon driver, decellerate quickly to allow a pedestrian
to cross, there is a good chance that the vehgicle behind
will plough into your rear, as your action will be unexpected
and appear inexplicable to other drivers.
Rest areas are provided at regular intervals along autoroutes.
Some have hotels, some have restaurants, many have petrol
stations (US gas stations), most have public lavatories,
and all have picnic areas. These facilities are indicated
on signs before each rest area, which are called aires.
Signs will also tell you the price of petrol as the next
aire and at the following one along with the distance to
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