August is a holiday throughout France. A city break at this time of year may be disappointing, as a greater number of shops and attraction will be closed for business. Having said this, many French families will travel to the coast during August, which means that seaside resorts are very much open for business.
If you are looking for a family holiday with plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained, the French coasts in August are a great place to head. Not only will you benefit from sandy beaches and a wide range of watersports; through August there are will be a wealth of extra activities and attractions on offer along the southern and western coast of France.
With British and French tourists on route to the many delightful resorts, the usually quiet roads can get busier and the French police are out in force to ensure everyone is following the rules of the road. French police can issue on the spot fines of 135 Euros to anyone not driving in accordance with French law, so it is important to ensure you are up to speed with French regulations before you travel.
For a start, French law requires all drivers to have safety equipment including triangles and florescent jackets on-board and accessible at all times. You also need to carry a personal breathalyser. These items can be purchased from your local garage, or even on the ferry, but ensure you have them before you get onto the French roads.
It is also illegal to carry speed camera detectors on-board, even if they are part of a satellite navigation device. You should disenable this feature before you travel to avoid a fine. In France children under the age of 10 are not permitted to sit in the front seat of a car. This may impact on how your pack your luggage into your vehicle.
Speed limits are clearly marked on French roads, but they are lowered during wet weather or when visibility is poor, so don’t be in too much of a hurry to get to your destination. Alcohol limits are also lower than in the UK, so it is best to avoid drinking if you are driving.
The best advice is to consider the journey as part of your holiday. Take it easy, make stops on route to explore towns and enjoy refreshments that will give you a taste of different regions. Save the wine, beer or cidre until you are enjoying a relaxing evening meal in the warm evening sun on the deck of your mobile home.
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