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    Anybody know which Allen keys to adjust to alter the lights for driving abroad. I normally just lower the beam, but aren't the French getting strict with us now?
    Cheers

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    hi, just a thought, can you change a fuse around on these to change the headlamps, not sure but thought id read in a vectra book somewhere that there was a fuse for right or left driving, but might have that all wrong.

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    Don't forget your breathalyzer kit.

    My other car. 1972 1641cc slammed beetle. On the road finally!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by madd63 View Post
    hi, just a thought, can you change a fuse around on these to change the headlamps, not sure but thought id read in a vectra book somewhere that there was a fuse for right or left driving, but might have that all wrong.
    I think that is for AFL types. I've just got standard lights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gibbon7000 View Post
    Don't forget your breathalyzer kit.
    That's all I need now. and a GB sticker.

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    And hi-vis jackets

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    Quote Originally Posted by troutybrown View Post
    And hi-vis jackets
    From the RAC website:
    If you're driving in France you'll need:

    • A valid, full UK driving licence - both the photo card and paper counterpart
    • A GB sticker clearly displayed on the back of your car - unless your car has 'Euro-plates' (number-plates that show a circle of 12 stars on a blue background)
    • Your motor insurance certificate
    • Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you're driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way)
    • A warning triangle and reflective jacket for use if you break down or have to pull over to change a wheel or deal with any other problems. The reflective jacket must be kept inside the vehicle (not in the boot) so you can reach it without exiting the vehicle. If you don't have these, you could be fined around €90.

    You must also:

    • Be 18 or over
    • Wear your seatbelt at all times (this applies to everyone in the car)
    • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle

    It's a good idea to have:

    • Spare bulbs for your car's external lights
    • A fire extinguisher
    • A first aid kit
    • A Green Card - it's a useful back-up to your motor insurance documents and shows you've got the minimum legal level of cover. If you'd like to find out more, contact your insurance company
    • A Camping Card International to give you additional proof of identity, third party liability insurance, plus discounts at a wide range of campsites and tourist attractions. Find out more here

    Other things you should know:

    • You'll have to pay motorway tolls - often these are automated barriers, so take plenty of change
    • It's illegal to carry any radar detection equipment, whether or not it's switched on
    • Petrol, diesel and LPG are readily available at most filling stations. You can also find lead replacement petrol (LRP) - it's called 'supercarburant'
    • Children under 10 can't travel in the front seat
    • The speed limit is 50kph in towns, 80-100kph on open roads and 110-130kph on motorways
    • If you're caught speeding, you could be given a hefty on-the-spot fine and your car and licence could be confiscated there and then
    • The drink-driving limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood - lower than the UK limit of 80mg per 100ml
    • You should only use your horn in an emergency
    • If you want the car in front to give way, flash your headlights
    • In built-up areas, if there's no yellow diamond sign, you must give way to any cars coming out of a side turning on the right
    • The last car in a queue of slow-moving traffic must use their hazard lights as a warning

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    I think you need a high viz for every passenger in the vehicle, not sue tho

    My other car. 1972 1641cc slammed beetle. On the road finally!!

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    Yes you do and needs to be inside and not in boot

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    and you now need 2 breathalyzers

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