How to deal with fuel shortage on your roadtrip to France
A road trip to France is the best way to discover the beautiful landscape of this eclectic country.
What France has to offer?
Well, from dramatic landscapes, historic cities, and plenty of UNESCO sites, finishing with some of the most picture-perfect villages in Europe, France definitely has a lot to offer. it’s no wonder it is the most visited country in the world.
Going on a road trip to France is the ultimate adventure!
Prepare your camera as you will find some insta-worthy places and activities that will make your feed on fire. The beauty of a road trip is that you are in control of your itinerary. You can stop for chateaux hunting, visiting and tasting French wine in some famous vineries, hiking in Europe’s highest peaks, kayaking and swimming in crystal clear rivers, and enjoying one of the finest world-class gastronomy across the country.
The first and the most important rule when organizing a road trip, especially when you are Solo Traveling, is to check the news in the country you are about to visit. Not only for health regulations but also for some economic or social disruptions, like a strike.
It would be such a pity to have this amazing adventure destroyed by recent events in France. One in five petrol stations throughout France is not being supplied as it should and strategic oil reserves will likely be used soon. This is due to a strike movement that has affected several refineries and fuel storage plants in France for the past few days and has led to supply disruptions at service stations.
For fear of the shortage, a large number of fuel distribution points were stormed by motorists. According to the Ministry of Energy Transition, 29.7% of French service stations were experiencing difficulties this Sunday.
Don’t worry, this is just a minor imprévu. You are now an experienced Solo Traveler who knows how to navigate these situations. If not, here are some useful tips that could help you continue with your road trip to France as planned.
1. PLATFORMS TO FOLLOW THE SHORTAGE
You have two platforms that can help you see in real-time the updates on fuel shortage in France.
The first one I recommend is penurie.mon-essence.fr. It identifies in real time the service stations that are in total rupture and those in partial rupture. The platform updates in real-time thanks to user contributions. The good news is that it is free, easy to use, and up-to-date almost immediately.
The second platform is from the official government, called prix-carburants.gouv.fr. This one is not that user-friendly, but it allows you to have real-time updates on the availability of fuel at surrounding service stations.
2. MOBILE APPS FOR FUEL SHORTAGE UPDATES
It is always good to have a friend in need and Waze knows how to step in when you need it the most.
The GPS mobile app, widely used in France, updated its features to adapt to the current fuel shortage in France. To benefit from its knowledge, it is first necessary to specify the type of fuel used and then to do a search on the surrounding service stations. It will immediately give you an overview of the situation. Because Waze as well works thanks to the user’s updates, the information for each gas station is updated regularly and is reliable.
Gasoline & Co and Gasoil Now are also two apps, less known than Waze, but more specialized in this matter than Waze. User-friendly, you can quickly check the availability of each type of fuel near your position.
CHECK OUT THE BEST ACTIVITY TOURS IN FRANCE
DID YOU FIND THIS ARTICLE USEFUL?
Tell me in the comments section if you are on a road trip to France and encounter these issues. If you have other useful tips, don’t hesitate to comment below for others to find them