Driving in France: need to know
LANGUAGE: The organisers are British, but include fluent French speakers.
COST OF FUEL: €1.35/litre (£1.19) – but more expensive on autoroutes. CURRENCY: Euro (€1 = 80p approx). CAMPING: We camped both nights at Camping le Vélodrome in Albert (campingalbert.com).
MAPS: Fully guided adventure, so maps not required. If you want to follow the route or plan your own, IGN’S Serie Blue is the French equivalent of UK’S Ordnance Survey, 1:25,000. There’s even a Bataille de la Somme – IGN map (stanfords.co.uk).
DURATION: 3 days (half-day Saturday, full day Sunday, half-day Monday). Nick Gage meets participants in Dover and convoys them to the starting point.
PAPERWORK: Passport and driving licence, of course. It’s essential to carry your V5C. And make sure your insurance covers you for overseas travel. Overseas breakdown cover is wise.
ANYTHING ELSE? In France you need to carry a breathalyser, spare bulbs, a warning triangle and hi-viz jackets for all of the vehicle occupants. Headlights need beam adjusters, and don’t forget a GB sticker if you haven’t got a Euro symbol and GB on your numberplates.