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    Is it a must to use headlamp deflectors for a trip to france on fairly new cars ie an 08 sri or are all uk market cars required to have them?

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    i would say all,as the beam is opposite to the french

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    A lot of people just turn the headlight adjust (by the headlight switch) to the lowest setting.

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    The AA say it is still compulsary to change the dipped beam from left to right by some means. If you don't, you'll blind oncoming drivers as the dipped beams will be shining straight at them.

    On pre-facelift Vectras this is easily done (except for the scraped and dirty hands) via a lever inside the back of each headlight as per the instructions in the manual. Not sure about how you do it with Xenon headlights or on facelifted Vectras.

    Like everything else road-safety related in France, it's probably an instant cash fine if they find out you haven't done it.

    There's a full list of compulsary and recommended kit on the AA website.

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    I have driven in France for the last few years and about to do it again in 4 weeks. I always use the headlight deflectors from Halfords. When removing them though when back in Blighty make sure you put your headlights on for a while beforehand as this softens the adhesive and makes it easier to remove them. Also don't forget other things that are compulsory such as warning triangle, spare bulb kit, high viz vest and carrying all your documents in the car with you. Vive la France!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marky2027 View Post
    I have driven in France for the last few years and about to do it again in 4 weeks. I always use the headlight deflectors from Halfords. When removing them though when back in Blighty make sure you put your headlights on for a while beforehand as this softens the adhesive and makes it easier to remove them. Also don't forget other things that are compulsory such as warning triangle, spare bulb kit, high viz vest and carrying all your documents in the car with you. Vive la France!!


    I drive in France quite a lot, and though I've only been stopped and had the car checked over twice now, its becoming very apparent from feedback from friends who go over there a lot also, that the french police are increasing the number of spot checks on british cars. They do, and will issue instant fines if they find anything not legal.

    Dont forget to carry your original Vo5, and all other documents, and if you don't own the car you will also need a letter of authorisation from the owner. BTW that also applies to anyone who drives a motability supplied vehicle or a company car. Failure to produce will result in a on the spot fine.
    Also remember that any points one collects for offences in any EU country now also apply to your british licence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cameron43 View Post
    Also remember that any points one collects for offences in any EU country now also apply to your british licence.
    Thanks for pointing that out!! Will have to keep an eye on those speed cameras. Markie, be watchful for the camera sites. They are the ones that look like radar signs with a picture of a car and bike on

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    as cameron43 stated ' all points incurred abroad in the EU now apply to you're british lisencse'. does this apply to foreigners if they get points here? and how many points can you have in the EU?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markie68 View Post
    Is it a must to use headlamp deflectors for a trip to france on fairly new cars ie an 08 sri or are all uk market cars required to have them?
    Hi Markie68

    I work in France a bit and is depressing how few people bother to use
    beam benders/flick a lever or pull a fuse. I'm in Chamonix and we have
    loads of tunnels with 'use headlights' and plod often sits at the exit with
    his speed gun and pulls the speeders, no light brigade or no benders and
    sometimes they'll have you for all three or more as if they stop you they
    check all the documents and the car - fines are on the spot and are
    cash only and they will seize the car if you have no money but will often
    take you to a cash machine .

    If you see a camera sign check your speed as the camera will be close
    and certainly no more than 3/4 mile. Mobile cameras are usually well
    hidden but most drivers will flash a warning. The most popular place
    for cameras is just before a toll plaza as the queues allow them to pull
    out the offender and loads of room to do the full check of vehicle/docs.

    Make sure you have a dayglo jacket for each passenger as that is the
    latest check - strictly one per person out of the car but my French is
    not up to argueing with plod with no sense of humour but with a gun
    and you might just need all passengers out anyway.

    neilrj

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cameron43 View Post
    Also remember that any points one collects for offences in any EU country now also apply to your british licence.
    I presume this means if you get flashed going through a speed camera in France they would be able to trace your car and endorse your british license with the equivalent amount of points?? Is this right?

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