Items for driving France/Spain

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  1. Charlie - Minton

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    Can somebody clarify as google keeps giving me mixed reports.

    Hazard sign 50x50 aluminium or plastic with 3 red stripes ?

    Snow chains ?

    Think we've got all the bulbs, triangles vests etc sorted but the above two items seem to
    change every 5 minutes.
     
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    Aluminium for Italy and Spain, plastic OK everywhere else.

    Snow chains only required on certain roads any normally only between end of Oct to April, if you have proper winter tyres probably not necessary, you need to check local regs.
     
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    You may already have m+s (mud & snow) tyres?
     
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    Thanks Lenny.
    Will order the Aluminium one now.

    Thanks SnF
    Mud & snow tyres?
    Sorry but how would I know is there a code ?
    Mine are Continental Vanco.

    Not been to France before but we're booked on the tunnel 26/10/16
    then through Spain to Cadiz.
    Hopefully the roads will be ok ? Any thoughts.
     
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    There will be a stamped/moulded sign in the sidewall with M&S on it.
     
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    Wot he said!
     
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    Don't forget your A frame if you are going to Spain(y)
     
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    Have lived in Spain for past 6 years and used a plastic hazard sign without problem. It was bought in a Spanish MH shop. I cannot find any reference to the requirement stating it has to be aluminium.
     
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    Thanks.
    No only got normal tyres without M&S stamped on.

    Looking into snow chains seems to me I need them on the van in case needed
    but hopefully we'll be through the snowy bits before this.

    Don. I agree fully but my Aluminium one is in the post:rolleyes:
     
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    Ah just the info i was gonna look at as we are going to Spain soon , ( it will be our 1st time in Europe in the MH ) and was wondering if someone could post a list of what is needed,
    like do i need a breathalyzer ? how many hi vis vests , and what spec , how many bulbs ? 1 of each ? what sort of triangle , or will any do .. etc , also are snow chains a must ?
    if you have normal tyres
    i just thought it would be easier if someone would be kind enough to post a list please :)
     
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    Hi Bart this is what I got together.

    A hi vis for each passenger (got the dog one) just in case.

    2 triangles for Spain.

    Breathalysers optional I believe.

    Bulb set (I got the full amount 20)
    Probably ott.

    Beam deflectors.

    GB stickers.

    Snow chains (on list) probably buy over there.

    Plus I've got all the van paperwork in a pack to take v5,mot,insurance,
    Driving license etc.

    No expert as we're on our first trip in 2 weeks as well.



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    Mytyres do snow chains at good price
     
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    @Speve
    Any issues using snow chains with alloys.
     
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    You don't need GB stickers if your rear number plate has the stars and small GB on it. Breathalyser kits have never been ratified in law, but have made an MP's brother I think a very lot of money.
     
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    Sorry I don't know as we have good old steel I would think you need to protect the rims with something if they are ally but there must be some that can be used.
     
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    I would think so Alan, there's too many vehicles out there with alloys not to cater for them.
     
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    Just a thought, make sure you have an amber bulb for the front indicators as most of us have clear lenses now.
     
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    OK here goes:

    Not sure the dog needs one, but better safe than sorry! :D All passengers need a hi-vis!

    Yup, this is compulsory. I can't think of another country in Europe where you need 2 though!

    For optional, read complete waste of time, don't bother. The law was initially bought in by an influential lobbyist who happened to manufacture breath test kits! It has been totally repealed now.

    You also need tools to replace the bulbs. Although there is no law on actually having the skills to use said tools :rolleyes:

    Yup, compulsory, even if you do not intend to travel at night.

    Waived if you have EU number plates showing registration country.

    I'm guessing this is a winter thing, I have never carried them.

    All of this is compulsory, obviously the Gendarmes/Policia cannot check your details on their computer, so you must show that you are in proper possession should you be challenged.
     
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    Thanks Daniel.

    You've reassured me with your tick list (y)

    As for the dogs hi vis they were on offer at the pound shop & he looks cute in one:D
     
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    Just as an update on the breath test thing. They were purported to be a safety tool. Well, when the law was repealed, I got hold of one of the breath testers and thought I'd give it a whirl. This was on a heavy night, and I should point out that if I have been drinking, I don't drive. However, on this day, me and BIL went to the pub at lunchtime, and I consumed 2 and a half pints of fosters. When Wifey came back from work, I had a whiskey, probably around a double measure. Then at dinner, we consumed a couple of bottles of wine (as a family). I guess I had about 5 glasses.
    When the test kit came out, I passed the test!!!!!!!
    This suggests to me that an idiot would take the test and assume they were safe to drive :frowny:
    Doesn't sound like a safety thing to me at all!
     
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