Emissions stickers: the rules for each country (2019)

on 8 Apr 2019

Jeroen Timmermans

Environmental zones have been established in many European (inner) cities since 2016. You can only drive into these areas with a special sticker. These rules have changed a little in recent times. That’s why I decided to incorporate all the latest legislation into a handy overview. There’s one tip I can share straight away: make sure you buy your emissions sticker on time. Particularly now that the holiday season is approaching, the delivery time may be longer than expected.

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Important: maximum speed in France has been reduced

on 12 Jul 2018

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Are you planning a well-deserved break in France with your car this summer? Then please note that the maximum speed on two-way roads has been reduced from 1 July 2018. It’s been reduced by 10 km/h, so from 90 km/h to 80 km/h. This change applies to two-way roads without a central reservation, or ‘routes nationales’ (national roads) and ‘routes départementales’ (regional roads). Good to know before you start your...

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5 great apps for outdoor adventures

on 16 Jun 2018

Joyce Broekhuis

You might have spotted a survey on Facebook last week: do you use your smartphone when you head into the great outdoors? And it turns out – more than 80% of you do! You can use these five apps to make your outdoor adventures even more fun! 1. Geocaching: time for a treasure hunt! All over the world, there are small, hidden treasure chests to find. Following directions in the app, GPS coordinates, and wearing a good pair of walking shoes,...

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This is the motorhome of the future!

on 29 May 2018

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For years, people have used motorhomes to drive to all sorts of beautiful places and spend the night, experiencing ultimate freedom. But it wasn’t very environmentally friendly. These days there are hybrid motorhomes, but we can do better than that, can’t we? There might well be change on the way. In New Zealand, they’re currently testing an electric motorhome! We recently covered the news that Dethleffs had introduced a test...

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Driving in the mountains: how should you do that?

on 8 Mar 2018

Bram Kuhnen

Going on a wintersports holiday by car? Or setting off for Spain or the South of France in the summer? There’s a good chance you will have to negotiate some mountains on the way. And driving in the mountains is a totally different skill to driving on level ground. If you want to cross the mountains easily and safely, read our tips on driving in the mountains. 1. Good preparation is half the work Preparing for your journey is always a good idea,...

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How does the breathalyser test in France work again?

on 31 Jul 2017

Jeroen Timmermans

The alcohol tester (or breathalyser) is something many holidaymakers are familiar with. Since 2012, drivers on French roads need to have 2 tests with them. These days, you no longer get a fine if you don’t have them, but it’s still useful to buy them. In this article, we’ll tell you why. UPDATE 2020: From May 2020 an alcohol tester is no longer obliged  when you drive through France by car.  The idea behind making this...

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