Staying Safe and Avoiding Fines: Required Equipment for Driving in France

When driving in France, there are some required equipment items that you must always carry with you. This is to ensure that you are prepared in case of an emergency or breakdown. Do you need a warning triangle? Do you need a breathalyser in France?

Here is a rundown of the equipment you will need:  

  • Reflective vest – A reflective vest is mandatory in France for all drivers and passengers in a vehicle. It must be kept within reach of the driver and put on before exiting the car in case of an emergency.  
  • Warning triangle – A warning triangle is also mandatory in France. In case of a breakdown or accident, you must place it at a sufficient distance from your vehicle to warn other drivers of the hazard.  
  • UK sticker – A UK sticker is required if your vehicle does not have EU number plates. This is to show that you are driving a vehicle registered in the UK. 
  • Headlamp convertors – If you are driving a UK-registered vehicle in France, you will need to adjust your headlights for driving on the right-hand side of the road. This can be done using headlamp beam deflectors, which should be affixed to your headlights before driving in France. 
  • Breathalyser kit – Do I need a breathalyser in France? While a breathalyser kit was once mandatory, this requirement was removed in 2020. However, it is still recommended that you carry one with you, especially if you plan on drinking alcohol.  
  • Snow chains – If you are driving in mountainous areas during winter, it is a legal requirement to equip your vehicle with snow chains. They can help you navigate snowy or icy roads safely. It is important to note that failure to carry any of these items can result in a fine.  
  • First aid kit – A first aid kit is not mandatory in France, but it is recommended. It is always sensible to carry a basic first aid kit in case of an emergency. 
  • Fire extinguisher – A fire extinguisher is not mandatory in France, but it is recommended. It can be useful in case of a small fire in your vehicle.  

Additionally, you should always check the requirements before you travel, as they can change. By carrying the required equipment, you will be prepared in case of an emergency or breakdown, and you will avoid any potential fines or repercussions.

Want to ensure you are always compliant? Visit Green Flag’s store to buy your travel kit now to stay safe and legal in France.

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