I don't know whether this has been posted on here before, but as of 1 July 2018, the national limit on single-carriageway French roads drops from 90kph to 80kph.
It seems this change has been introduced in an attempt to reduce the mounting death toll. Interestingly, I read somewhere that Président Macron himself was not in favour of the measure. If that's true, surely he has the clout to say no?
However, I seriously doubt that this measure will have the desired effect. I spend six months of every year in France, driving both tintop and 7, and drive regularly on all kinds of roads. IME, speeding is not the issue, but rather the generally poor standard of driving. Four particular things come to mind:
- Driving too close to the vehicle in front. This is, IMHO, their worst fault by far, and happens everywhere, despite their being a law prohibiting it.
- Cutting corners, especially on blind bends.
- Overtaking recklessly and at the last possible moment, usually after having dithered yes?/no?, yes?/no? for most of the preceding straight. (And, of course, being so close to the vehicle in front makes spotting an overtaking opportunity much more difficult.)
- Not having adequate control of the car, especially the appalling habit of driving with left arm dangling out of the window.
No doubt others can add to this list.
And something that's always puzzled me...
Why is it that most French road users, on approaching a roundabout with the intention of going straight on, will first signal left, and then signal right prior to their exit? Of course, they also signal left on approach if they actually intend to turn left. Quite illogical, and very confusing. Is it part of the French driving test?