Driving in France

The Priority to the Right Rule...

The Priority to the Right Rule (priorité à droite) can be confusing and has caught out many drivers. Although a rather archaic rule, it is standard throughout France and other countries.

Before you drive abroad, it makes sense to be familiar with the rules of the road and different signs you'll encounter. 'Priorité à Droite' is an important one to remember...

When driving through (but not restricted to) towns and villages, the priority to the right rule applies, unless you see signs indicating otherwise. The rule means you must give way to traffic joining your road from the right. This applies even though you may be on the main thoroughfare.

So, how do you know who has right of way? Check the signs...

 

And importantly, if you don't see a sign, the priority to the right rule applies!

The red triangle signs apply to the next junction only. The yellow diamond signs apply until they are cancelled.

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