I love France but Driving?
Article by Karen Goddard
The roads around France are excellent – no traffic, a small amount of road works..So why are the French nation such aggressive drivers?
It is a twenty minute drive to my local town of Tarbes, it is a slow windy road that, (I feel) you can’t drive more than 70 km an hour down but still I seem to have a french guy sitting right up my car backside..Infact yesterday he was so close I couldn’t see him at all in my mirrors..Now I am all for getting up close and personal..But hey that is going slightly to far!
Unlike the UK here there isn’t the congestion on the outskirts of towns or on the toll roads, in the towns there is…but compared to most district UK towns they are alike in traffic. But I notice that the French are so hotheaded when it comes to driving and very fast. And who ever dreamed up the right of way rules in France ought to be shot – even the French, who speak french, don’t understand it
Parking – they definitely don’t care! Yesterday I saw a car double parked..In reality it had just stopped in the middle of the road and abandoned. The French will double park, or they leave their cars in the tiniest place and leave their cars overhanging the road or pathways..They merely get on with life!
I think that coming from the UK, I find it all very bizarre – we seem to get so hung up on what we should and shouldn’t do, what is right and wrong so to speak French people simply don’t seem bothered by it all. The UK is plagued by rules and regulations and I see now that we are heading for the American way of taking out law suits against anyone not conforming with our points of view.
So I have been trying to drive the French way..And what happens ? I pick up a speeding ticket..C’est la vie!
About the Author
I love France and I am sure you do too..if yes..then you will love my site, a mixture of my life in France,my observations plus a few great tips and ideas about how to learn the language and make the most of France and all it has to offer (even if you don’t live there!) http://www.Speak-French.info