flashing your lights

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  1. bernardfeay

    bernardfeay Read Only Funster

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    The official word is that flashing your lights is intended as a warning. Reality in UK means that despite the official position flashing another driver means "I have seen you and I am happy to give way".

    It becomes very obvious in Europe that flashing your lights means "back off".

    This got to me wondering what signal foreigners use to imply that they will give way. Then it dawned on me, they don't need such a signal.... none of them have ever given way.

    While I am in bitch mode, wouldn't it be nice if the French drivers would indicate which exit they intend to take at roundabouts. Traffic would flow much more easily if I didn't have to wait for it to become obvious before entering the junction.
     
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    Agree with you 100% about the roundabouts. Drives me potty and exiting from Auchan at Perigueux is a nightmare. I often wonder if Stevie Wonder moonlights as a street planner here.
    As for giving way, I often wave people across etc...and get some very surprised looks.
    At junctions, pulling out from the minor road to the major the vehicle going straight across seems to have priority over one turning onto the major road, which seems to be the opposite of the UK. Not sure if that is official or not though.
     
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    sorry mate, that aint exclusive to the French its a new breed, a breed which says I know where im going so Fook you !!!
     
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    Not being a mind reader and having seen lights flashed as both greeting and warning on many occasions I never assume that it means "I have seen you and I am happy to give way".

    As somebody told me once, all that you can positively say when you see lights flashed is that the bulbs work at that instant.
     
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    I have to say that,generally , and speaking as I find,the majority of French drivers are more considerate and courteous than british drivers.
    My biggest criticism is that they do tend to sit behind for a very long time before overtaking.

    Mike.
     
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    I agree with your comments have spent many months touring around Europe and have some very surprised faces when you allow them to cross and seems you have to wave like mad to get them to cross think they think I was going to run them over when on a crossing as if .
    What we have to remember is that alot of European countries have priority from the right which could even mean onto a main road or roundabout and a friend of ours was driving in Germany and a car pulled straight our in front of them and they hit them , police said the car had right of way it was a shed by all accounts he got a newer car from it and my friend ended up with a heavy fine and the German court put points on his uk licence so be warned.

    Alan
     
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    100% agree.. when I see someone flash headlights I think ..' plonker' .. and ignore them.

    highway code has this to say

    which to my way of thinking is poor advice... as already said it can be interpreted in two different ways.. so I would ban flashing of headlights on the public highway.. end of story.
     
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    Even in the UK the vehicle going straight across the main carriageway has priority if you are attempting to turn across their path onto the main carriageway at a crossroads.

    Also as a matter of interest in most of Europe, where there are no signs or markings to indicate priority at a junction, you must give way to the right.

    Pete:Cool:
     
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    I think the reason behind the Highway Code advice is that a visual warning can help where an audible warning might not be heard.

    The only reason that it is interpreted in any way other than the Highway Code advice is that some people choose to ignore what the Code says and use their lights wrongly.
     
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    true ..

    but how many read the highway code after they pass the test, let alone obey it..

    anyone who thinks they know it should test themselves with the on line theory test.. you get two go's free.. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Diol1/DoItOnline/DG_4017669

    then post the results .. :Wink:
     
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    That would be interesting to see. Might have a go when I have time :Smile:

    But - as my law lecturer always said, ignorance of the law is no defence :Smile:
     
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    44 on test 1, 43 on test 2, however that time I reviewed my answers and I certainly found one where I'd ticked a different box to the one I intended. So I'm only just OK.

    There were a number I knew I definitely didn't actually know for a fact - one about Toucan crossings, a couple about white lines along the side and was the speed limit compulsory or advisory. To me that doesn't matter, they've put the sign up for a purpose so being a cautious soul I'd opt to obey the limit anyway, in case it was compulsory!
     
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