Crossing or Straddling (incorrectly marked "touching") the Solid White Line?

This link was given by Paul Brown and I thought it might be useful to all drivers.

It is clearly stated - wheels must not touch the solid white line, nor cross the solid white line - no matter if there is a slow moving vehicle or tractor or whatever in front… (just be patient everyone)

Only in a Town, with a two-way road limited to 50km, is touching the white line acceptable, while overtaking a cyclist - and then, only if the view is clear. Crossing the white line is NOT acceptable though.

phew - wait 'til I enlighten OH - the air will be blue when we next find ourselves behind a slow-moving tractor or whatever… :thinking:

Obviously, there’s more detail about falling rocks etc… but the above is the main gist - the gendarmes will take no prisoners. :upside_down_face:

(if I’ve misunderstood something, please do comment - politely )

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I read somewhere -maybe Bill Bryson-that French drivers regard the solid white line as a target to be hit​:grin::grin:

Sadly, there are drivers of all nationalities who have the same idea. :zipper_mouth_face:

Don’t know about that but I do think it is a myth that the French drive on the right.

Down the centre seems to be their preferred approach :slight_smile: :slight_smile:


Such a shame that more tractor drivers don’t have the decency to pull over when there is a long queue of vehicles behind them, and that more care is not taken about where solid white centre lines are painted.


Especially in Paris

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It’s totally logical! Everyone knows you should drive down the centre to minimise potential dangers. And speed up where the road narrows, especially on a bend, so that the time of exposure to danger is short. A local driving instructor once told us that the problem of many French drivers is that they have no imagination. They certainly seem to discount completely the possibility of any oncoming traffic. Or any likelihood of being caught going over that centre line.


It’s not only the French !!

A friend (non-French) collected me in his glorious Ferrari. As we raced down the little lanes between my village and the Route Nationale - I cowered back in my seat, appalled at the speeds he was doing.

Watch out for the bends … (I wimpered) … Rubbish Stella, I’ve got GPS … :thinking:

Yes, but GPS will not show the tractors et al which drive in the middle of these narrow roads.

Ah - he had not considered that possibility. :zipper_mouth_face:


Straight from the armchair to the car seat, taking their nonchalant attitude with them.
No one seems to have told the French that changing lanes on the motorway is the most dangerous manoeuvre that you can make.
They are in and out like birds in a nest box.

When my eldest daughters were tiny we lived in Cheshire and they went to a prep school where football players sent their children, it had a longish circular drive at the front punctuated by speed bumps. One of these footballers turned up in his British Racing Green Ferrari one day and got it stuck on a speed bump, it needed a crane to lift it off, very inconvenient for everyone and probably not very good for the poor car.


Yes, and often almost clipping the car they are overtaking. But at least they never hog the outside lane.

Can we stop with the ‘‘they’’ and ‘‘the French’’ please…? :roll_eyes:


I keep suggesting how stupid/incorrect (whatever) it is to make “blanket” remarks… sadly, it seems to fall on deaf ears in many cases.

Perhaps this is simply a bad-habit that some folk get into. But, it is certainly one to avoid if at all possible IMO.


No, I find that is mainly the Swiss.

Good point Simon ! :hugs:


Doesn’t seem to have made much difference to those with no self-awareness…


All “The Swiss” Jane, I find that hard to believe , and how do you know that the drivers are French, British, Swiss or whatever ?

I drive a French reg car but I am British, so blanket statements are not correct !


Also a bit insulting to our host country to suggest that “they” all drive badly or whatever !


I’m also getting fed up with “the French” being followed by something derogative on here. Just because a few of them are poor drivers/rude/surly etc etc. These people exist in all countries.

The majority of French people I know are polite, friendly, helpful, good drivers etc and I wish I were back amongst them.


The ‘‘them’’ attitude normally stems from an inbred superiority complex. My maternal Grandmother used to do it all the time, never having been the same since the Brits pulled out of India…

Naturally, I’m from a couple of generations later than her, and others… :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye::stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: