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Drive-Alive Newsletter August 2018

 

LATEST PETROL AND DIESEL PRICES, EMERGENCY VEHICLE LANES IN GERMANY, PLUS SOME GREAT FERRY OFFERS

FUEL STILL CHEAPER IN THE UK THAN IN FRANCE!

Following a few months where it seemed as if petrol and diesel prices across Europe were going up almost daily, things seemed to have stabilisied since our last update in June. So the comments in the June update regarding prices in Europe remain more or less accurate and, yes, petrol is now cheaper in the UK than in France. So our advice to fill up when you get to France no longer applies. With petrol about 12 cents a litre cheaper in the UK than in France, that's a worthwhile saving of around £6 if you fill up before you leave the UK. Diesel is a similar price in both countries. But in some countries linked to the UK by ferry, Spain for example, fuel is still cheaper abroad. So check out our recent update and see for yourself where savings can be made.

EMERGENCY VEHICLE LANES IN GERMANY AND AUSTRIA

Some months ago Austria introduced a new law requiring drivers to leave a gap for emergency vehicles in the event of stationary traffic on motorways. Germany has now followed suit. What this means is that if you're driving on a motorway or dual carriageway and traffic comes to a standstill you must pull over to either the nearside if you're on the inside (right lane in Europe) or middle lane, and to the outside (left) if you're in the outside lane. There must be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to get through (if possible).


CITY STICKERS FOR AIR QUALITY AND EMISSIONS REMINDER!

You may remember we told you about new air control laws in many German cities and some in France. Both Marseilles and Toulouse have now initiated such schemes on an emergency basis when air quality is poor, and Lyon is preparing a scheme for imminent release. So our best advice is if you're going to be driving into any of the larger French cities, including Paris of course, you should apply for an Air Quality Certificate.

More cities in Germany have now introduced schemes as well, so we also recommend applying for their Emission Sticker.

For general information on Low Emission Zones in Europe click here.

Driving in central Paris
? You'll need an Air Quality Certificate.
Driving in Berlin and most German cities? Yes, you'll need an Emission Sticker.

What's this all about? How to apply for the Air Quality certificates and Emission Zone stickers; which vehicles need them; how much do the emission zone stickers for Germany and Air Quality certificates for France cost? Find out more here.
We expect more destinations to introduce similar schemes in the near future - we'll do our best to inform you.

Some great ferry offers to save you money on your holiday.
  • Brittany Ferries have just launched their 2019 reservations. You can book now for up to November 2019 for just 25% deposit with free online amendments if your plans change. If you're heading to France (especially Brittany, the Vendee, Aquitaine, the Dordogne; or really anywhere in Western France) then Brittany Ferries have a variety of offers to tempt you. And don't forget they also sail to Bilbao and Santander in Spain.
  • DFDS Dover to Calais or Dunkirk and Newhaven to Dieppe with discounts for multi-trips and mixed routes and great prices on trips to the Plopsaland Theme Parks near Dunkirk. DFDS are usually less expensive than P&O Ferries and currently have some great offers of short breaks from just £35 return (car and up to 9) meaning savings of up to 50%. If the timing suits you the Newhaven Dieppe crossing takes about 4 relaxing hours when you can have a break and something to eat, and you arrive the best part of two hours closer to Western France.
  • DFDS Newcastle Amsterdam are discounting some of their crossings from Newcastle to Amsterdam by 15% each way and if you're a caravanner you can take it for free on this route! The Newcastle Amsterdam route also features up to 20% off for 5 day short breaks. There's plenty to do in Amsterdam and the surrounding area to keep you busy!
  • P&O Ferries have a Dover Calais short breaks offer from £70 return, or longer breaks from £90 return.
  • Eurocamp: Europe's top camping operator August holidays now come with a scorching 40% discount! They've extended this offer to include most regions  with a sensational 40 percent off already great prices! And that's not all, ALL accommodation types are also included, adding a little more sizzle to your summer! So if you're still wondering what to do this month here is your answer.

To find out which ferry companies go where visit our Ferry Home page.


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