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    Tips for Driving in Bordeaux

    To help you better prepare for your upcoming vacation to Bordeaux, Auto Europe has put together a comprehensive guide for driving in Bordeaux.

    Like many other cities in France, Bordeaux has an excellent road infrastructure, where most roadways are well-maintained. One thing foreign drivers will discover while driving in Bordeaux is that traffic signs and speed limits are not always clearly marked.

    Things to Be Aware of When Driving in Bordeaux 

    • Seatbelts must be worn at all times
    • Talking or texting on mobile devices while driving is prohibited
    • Children under the age of 10 must ride in the back seat and wear the proper age-appropriate safety restraint
    • Drivers must stop for pedestrians
    • Cars that have already entered a roundabout always have the right of way
    • Blood alcohol limits and penalties in Bordeax and the rest of France are strict, do not make the risky decision to get behind the wheel after having anything to drink

    Driving in Bordeaux: Do Not Drink and Drive

    More Information About Drinking and Driving in Bordeaux

    Similar with many other countries around the globe, France does not tolerate driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The legal BAC is 0.05%, and travelers should be aware that authorities can pull drivers over without warning or probable cause at any time.

    With wine tours being among Bordeaux's most popular attractions, it's important to be informed on the severe consequences you could face if you decide to get behind the wheel after indulging in even a little bit of alcohol.

    Drivers in Bordeaux who are over the limit should expect to be treated harshly. A drunk-driving conviction in France will not only result in large fines, but your rental car could also be impounded (leading to even more money out of pocket). Also, expect to serve some sort of jail sentence if you are caught driving over the limit.

    It's easy to see that making poor judgment calls can ruin your vacation in Bordeaux in an instant, so do yourself a favor and always choose a designated driver.

    Parking in Bordeaux

    If you're intent on discovering the best things to see and do in Bordeaux, you'll want to spend the majority of your time within the city exploring on foot.  Limited paid street parking is available closer to the center of the city, but it is advised that travelers who are driving in Bordeaux should opt to park in a secure lot or garage on the outskirts of Bordeaux and take a tram into the city.


    More France Driving Information: Guide to Driving in France

    Driving in France by Auto Europe

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