1) Residents of the United States need only a valid passport and a valid state driver’s license to drive legally in France. An international driver’s license is not necessary.
2) French police can impose an on the spot fine for driving violations and payments must be made in cash.
3) When pulling into a roundabout always yield to the traffic on your left.
4) Traffic lights in France are usually on poles on the right side of the road. They are much less visible than traffic lights in the states that hang down from wires stretched across the street. Sometimes there are different poles for different lanes, so be alert when approaching a busy intersection.
5) A flashing red traffic light means Do Not Enter, flashing amber means Caution, and a flashing yellow arrow means Yield.
6) Blue “Peage” signs indicate a toll road. Always have spare change on hand to pay the toll. As you approach the tollbooth, drive to the lane below the sign with an illustration of falling coins and the word Monnai (change). If you have exact change toss it into the basket and wait for the gate to open. If you do not have the exact amount toss your coins into the basket, collect your change, and then drive through when the gate is raised.