Oh the wonder of being naïve! You can jump on into the water with the belief you will somehow float. And so it is with driving in France. I have complete confidence in my driving capabilities, and it’s not like I’ll be driving on the “wrong” side of the road like the Brits!
Don’t be intimidated by driving in France, but I do suggest you check out a few “signs” and rules of the road. For example, any notion you might have about negotiating rond-points (roundabouts) should be shelved. Take the time to learn about this particular non-logical highway ballet. No, we never had an accident; but an irate La Poste driver purposefully honked at us, as we intruded on his territory.
When my daughter and I were driving around Provence and the Hautes-Alpes, we did experience a couple of adventurous moments. We enjoyed a picnic along the shores of Lac Saint-Croix, before driving up to the Route de Napoleon overlooking the Verdon Gorge. Let us say that the road became very interesting with twists, turns and overhanging rocks that made us mentally duck. As we approached a petite tunnel, we did not know what a blue and white road sign indicated. In one of those hmmmmm… moments, I simply guessed that the narrow tunnel required us to honk the horn in warning to oncoming drivers. We made it through the tunnel without incident.
Driving anywhere outside of your own comfort zone presents challenges that are magnified in a foreign country. In Lyon, my husband offered us quite an eventful 5 minutes, when he turned into a bus-only lane. To correct himself, he made a quick right, only to discover we were going the wrong way on a one-way street.
Who’s to criticize? I did the same thing in Amboise – correction, almost did the same thing. I began a left turn in Amboise only to face a lady driver simply wagging her finger at me to warn me off. I could imagine a sort of tsk-tsk to go along with her gesture.
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