Driv­ing in France: need to know

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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.

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