European driving advice

European driving advice

Buying petrol and diesel in France

Following industrial action (blockades of fuel depots), fuel purchasing restrictions have been put in place by local authorities in some parts of France. Subsequently a significant number of petrol stations across France have run out of some or all types of fuel. In certain areas you may not be able to fill up jerry cans, or fuel rationing may be imposed.

AA breakdown services in Europe have been taking calls from UK drivers who have run out of fuel, so if you're heading to France it's best to fill up before crossing the Channel and top-up whenever you get a chance while in France.

(26 May 2016)

Calais

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office also warns that, although the situation is better than summer 2015, there is still the possibility of disruption to cross-Channel services as a result of migrant activity in Calais. Travellers are advised to check online with operators, keep vehicle doors locked in slow moving traffic in and around Calais, and secure your vehicle when it’s left unattended.

International Driving Permit (IDP)

International Driving Permit (IDP)

More motoring advice

Select topic

Select topic

AA Travel Money

AA Travel Money