Dreaming of hitting the slopes with the family but finding that the flights are coming out a little steep?
Driving to the Alps is the perfect way to go skiing on a slightly more liberal budget. Flying direct to eastern France gets more expensive with each passenger. Whereas, providing you can fit in the same vehicle, the Eurotunnel will cost the same regardless of the number of people travelling!
There are a few things that you would need to be aware of when taking your car into France to ensure you are still driving within the law. The obvious things include confirming that your insurance covers you whilst driving abroad and checking your roadside assistance. However there are laws in France which require possession of certain safety equipment when driving there.
- It is compulsory to carry a breathalyser kit in the car; two are advised as they can only be used once, so if you use one you will need a back-up. Not carrying one can unfortunately result in a fine.
- It is also a requirement to always use headlamp converters. When driving these simply reflect your headlights in the opposite direction to light up the road, as you are driving on the other side of the road. Visibility vests and a warning triangle are also compulsory but these are fairly self-explanatory.
- When you get closer to your destination, snow chains are required although this is only in mountainous regions as you will need them on the climb up to your ski resort if it has snowed recently.
- The great thing about driving to your resort is that once you have your car you will be able to drive yourselves to the slopes, meaning you can stay further out from the slopes if you are wanting to save even more money.
Before you hit the road to your wintery wonderland make sure you are fully rested with a stay at Holiday Inn Express Folkestone: The closest hotel to the Channel Tunnel Crossing.