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Just bought one of these yesterday ready for my holiday in France next month. It contains a hazard triangle, first aid kit, high visibility vest, beam convertors, GB sticker and a couple of books, all in a nice bag!

Just need to get myself a spare set of bulbs and I'll be ready to go!

Don't know if this is nationwide or not, but was definitely half price in my Tesco (Ruthin)

Remember - INSTORE ONLY! (Link is to Tesco Direct for information only - still £30 there)
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#1
I read in the News of the World yesterday that you get fined €60 if you don't have the vest and triangle. We were going to fly/drive there - do you think the hire car will include one?
#2
fruityloops
I read in the News of the World yesterday that you get fined €60 if you don't have the vest and triangle. We were going to fly/drive there - do you think the hire car will include one?


I would be very surpised if they don't, after all it's a legal requirement to have them. If you really want to be sure you could always contact the hire firm to check.
#3
Coventry Tesco had these reduced to £7.49 (noticed them as I paid £15 in Halfords)
#4
"Coventry Tesco had these reduced to £7.49 (noticed them as I paid £15 in Halfords)"

Which branch? There are five Tesco stores in Coventry :geek:
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kebabking
"Coventry Tesco had these reduced to £7.49 (noticed them as I paid £15 in Halfords)"

Which branch? There are five Tesco stores in Coventry :geek:


Sorry, the one by J2 of the M6 (Next to the cinema)

To be even more specific, walk in throgh the door, head straight towards the tv's at the far end,and the clearence items were on the right just before the tv's. Was a few days ago, may have gone.
#6
Richierea
Sorry, the one by J2 of the M6 (Next to the cinema)

To be even more specific, walk in throgh the door, head straight towards the tv's at the far end,and the clearence items were on the right just before the tv's. Was a few days ago, may have gone.


The Ricoh Arena branch. Thanks for the update :thumbsup:
#7
I just got back from a drive through (in this order) France, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Andorra, France totallying over 4000 miles, and I would guess my foreign driving is 30-40 000 miles.

The criteria varies from country to country, but before you go the following cover most...

Spare bulb kit. Which makes sense - as can you ask for a bulb and know the type in the all the languages used where you are visiting, and getting them here from a factor is far cheaper than what you will be charged on a motorway service area abroad. Alternately if you are clueless about cars - buy a spare bulb kit. The normally come in kits based on your headlight type (H1, H4, H7).

First aid kit - which makes sense too - 15 quid gets you a good one - but pretty acceptable ones have been on here for a fiver.

TWO (not one) emergency triangles.

A reflective vest for each passenger (that must be accessible from INSIDE the car - and if you keep one as if the seat is wearing it - they wave you through the stop checks). This seems to be a revenue collector in Spain - like with our speed cameras here.

Headlamp deflectors/blocking (to prevent you dazzling cars as your dipped beam points the wrong way. I have not found a set of these that work well and found parking with the lights on facing a wall and then placing electrical tape over the lens so it blocks the light you see going the wrong way works well - and costs 50p for the tape. However - if driving in snow you are suddenly aware how lousy your lights are - so I upped the bulbs to 100W (which is illegal) and pointed them slightly lower. Cars with internally adjustable headlights can try pointing their lights as low as they can and if no one flashes them at night - then its probably OK.

A GB sticker, if you do not have EU style plates with the blue rectangle (I have neither but its never been a problem, and I have been stopped often).

Keep your docs with you when driving - as they always ask to see them - but take them with you when you leave the car. Passports, driving license, ownership document, and insurance (road tax does not seem to matter - as mine has expired a few times while I was away - but the best you can do is get one posted to your home -as they wont issue them more than about two weeks in advance).

A fire extinguisher (in at least Belgium) - but I have never taken one - and have never been asked to show one.

Glasses - I dont wear them - but if you do - you should be able to show a second pair when stopped (in at least Spain).

Other useful things to remember might be - use your lights in tunnels and when it rains - both are the law in at least France - and most other countries require lights on in tunnels.

Try to know the cost of tolls BEFORE you take them. A motorway in France or Spain is very much like a motorway in the UK, and at 70mph you don't really see much. The most expensive SINGLE toll in France is 49 euro 60 or 75 euros with a trailer (Reims/Mont Blanc tunnel) take an A road and the tolls pay for a local hotel and food in a cafe is far cheaper than a motorway service station. You also see what the place is like - which the motorway largely prevents. However, the highest bridge carrying a normal road is the Millau Bridge on the A75 motorway - and its really worth the 5 euro 60 toll to cross (the rest of the motorway is toll free).

http://sabahkamal.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/millau.jpg

Its also useful to know the name of the fuel your car uses in the countries you visit. Especially if visiting Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Transnistria or Russia - as they are not even using out alphabet, so even if you know petrol is called petrol is called benzin in Russian - would you know it as 'Бензин' (6EH3NH is as close as i can get using our lettering if the previous wont show).

Lastly - if you visit Ukraine - and UK passport holders no longer need a visa - its worth knowing their police seem to be unable to have the problems with their vision cured. They seem to see many offences that never really happen - and when they look at a western car tend to see it as a cash machine.
#8
Many thanks for this, we are driving to France next month for the first time and was not aware of some of the requirements. (panick)
#9
Any more useful hints greatly appreciated:thumbsup:
#10
kebabking
The Ricoh Arena branch. Thanks for the update :thumbsup:


It's not the Ricoh Arena, thats J3, just looked it up, Cross Point.
#11
natanddan1
Any more useful hints greatly appreciated:thumbsup:


Tell me your email and I will forward you the files I get emailed from my motoring organisation each time before I go, so hopefully I keep up to date with changes. It also includes all the current toll prices.

Don't worry - many don't apply in France.

If you do break down on a motorway in France - you MUST use their own tow in service - which costs 50% more at night at about 200 quid.
#12
A bit more info from the AA regarding France is available here (pdf file)

I can't believe some people found this for £7.49 - I thought I did well getting it for £15!
#13
ibiza
Tell me your email and I will forward you the files I get emailed from my motoring organisation each time before I go, so hopefully I keep up to date with changes. It also includes all the current toll prices.

Don't worry - many don't apply in France.

If you do break down on a motorway in France - you MUST use their own tow in service - which costs 50% more at night at about 200 quid.


hi

just send email via pm

many thanks
#14
Remember in France you must have breathalysers in the car, 1 ideally 2. You will be fined on the spot if stopped by police and you do not have them. They have to be approved NF ones and can be picked up for as cheap as £ 3.00 on Amazon but allow time for delivery if you are going soon.

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