French toll roads, in a UK car, on your own
I’m off to Paris on Sunday in the car for work and i’ll be travelling alone. Previously I’ve always had a passenger so it’s something i’ve never thought about.
Paying at the automatic barriers… is it better to climb across the passenger seat or does the barrier stay open until I drive through after running around the car???
CheersPosted 4 years agoofficialtobMember
I did it last year on my own, right to the Spanish border and back. Wasn’t too bad, had to take my seat belt off, and kind of sit on the handbrake (ooo errr). Did crunch my alloy though trying to get a bit to close to one!
My main advice though is to pay by card rather than trying to faff with cash! 🙂Posted 4 years agoianvMember
Just walk around. I don’t think you even need to rush as the barrier won’t come down until a vehicle has passed through it.
I do this all the time and if you run, you will usually be quicker than the majority of French drivers (who surprisingly seem pretty useless at using their own payage system)Posted 4 years agoservoMember
On a road trip down to the Alps about 20 years ago, it is my job as the passenger to pay the tolls. It was also my job to look after all the petrol receipts as well. Coming to the end of the last stretch, I paid as normal and we accelerated up to speed. I then decided to open the glove box to put the latest receipt in. I had forgotten to close the window and all the receipts and bills were instantly sucked out. Saved us adding it all up I suppose. 😀Posted 4 years agobikebouyMember
Hire a girl to sit next to you, you know, could turn out well 😉
Failing that and if you insist on going on your own, you will have to get a Tag or lean over, getting out only encorages the Frenchies to blat thier horn at you.. (I should know 😆 I used to drive a lot in That FrenchLand)Posted 4 years agomaxtorqueMember
Get a large dark coloured range rover with privacy glass. Glue a couple of small union jacks to the front wings. Simply drive straight though the toll barriers without stopping. When eventually cornered by the Gendarmes, just repeatedly shout “Diplomatic immunity” in their faces.
Yup, that should work……. 😉Posted 4 years ago
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