By guest writer Rob Gordon

If you’re driving a car in France, don’t have a crash. If you do, don’t do what I did.

While driving down a small French village road, I stopped to allow a Clio coming the other way round a corner. In a spectacular display of bad driving, the Clio smashed into the front corner of my Porsche 996 Carrera 4S. Due to worrying about getting my family home on our booked EuroTunnel crossing the next day, I made a number of errors.

The Loss

If you have an accident in France, you are obliged to complete a form called a Constat Amiable. The purpose of this is for both parties to declare their views on the accident. Once completed and signed by both parties, it becomes a binding document for the use of the insurance companies involved.

Error number one: not being aware of the rules when driving in France. The Constat Amiable document took me by complete surprise and I did not understand the importance of it.

Error number two: the document was entirely in French and my O-Level ability was not up to translating it properly. I was not entirely sure what I was declaring when ticking the various boxes.