Joh Posted June 17, 2005 Share Posted June 17, 2005 I apologise right from the start for this post.... but I just have to get this off my chest.......this is really starting to make me cross!I remember some years back that the French police were being particularly heavy on British car drivers using their cars in France without headlamp deflectors. So, when my husband and I bought our latest car (and bearing in mind that we drive over 600 miles to our house on a regular basis) we purchased a set of headlamp protectors and then fitted permanent stickers inside the protector. Now all we have to do, each time we travel across the channel, is clip them over the headlights. (They cost about £40 but save us £6 each trip). But my blood is starting to boil We've recently started using the Dover routes to France (as they are much cheaper than the Portsmouth routes) and therefore are coming across far more British traffic in France. On our most recent trip I noticed - probably due to the rain and the fact that most people had their headlights on - that well over 90% of the British cars we saw DID NOT have converters on their lights. I was quite surprised at how blinded I was getting sitting in the passenger seat of my car when a non converted Brit came towards me.At the ferry terminal I watched over 100 cars loading onto the ferry and counted only FOUR with converters.With the introduction of "Lights On" for driving in the winter months - I would like to know whether the French police are going to get tough again for this failure to redirect your beam. Apart from anything else it's dangerous and a legal requirement to convert your headlamps! All the port terminals tell you what you MUST LEGALLY have with you for driving on the continent and these are top of the list.I say all this but.....The same thing is happening back in the UK too..What about all the LEFT HAND DRIVE cars that now visit the UK...where are their converters too?????????????Over the past few months I have noticed an increase in the amount of European traffic on UK roads, in particular Polish and Dutch cars. None of these cars appear to have headlamp converters either.Surely if WE have to do it for over there THEY have to do it for over here?Just interested to see if other people feel the same way I do - or am I just getting cranky in my old age???Or... perhaps you are one of the people I have started to rant about... ..... Jo PS: When I say cars I mean LORRIES AND VANS TOO! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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