The Mystery Of ? (1 Viewer)

Jan 14, 2019
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Mabe Burnthouse (near Falmouth) Cornwall
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So whats the secret of joining a contintal motorway with just the driver sitting on the right and no passenger to stick a head and quite a bit of the upper body bits to see if an artic is not happy (at all) to share the lane with you that you are hell bent on using?

My mate has a stack of out of date flares which he advised I could have as a visual aid to getting into the lane I want but I'm a bit concerned about the possible problem of getting the flare to light with just one hand and any possible damage to the inside of the cab if I can,t get the chuffin window open in time.
Or do you all "foot down and go for gold" expecting the artic driver from Romania or Germany to give way with a screech of and sign language without a smile.
 
May 17, 2016
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Mirrors help. Short slip roads are a bit of a bugger, especially ones joining straight after a complete loop to join the motorway where you can't see if anything is there. Sometimes no option but to indicate, slowly move out and hope for the best.
 
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Lenny HB

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Normally slip road is long enough for a clear view in the mirror, for right angle turns a Fresnel screen on the passenger window. I'm LHD and prefer the Fresnel screen to relying on the passenger.
 
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Get yourself one of these to cover your blindspot.


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bigtwin

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I use my mirrors coupled with a shoulder check, just as I do in the UK.

Ian
 
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Emmit

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Those junctions in Spain where there is no sliproad are a bit of a Bu&&er.

I have in the past approached them and disregarded the road markings and gone to the line at 90 degs rather than angling the van for a fast getaway.

I suppose it's alright in the more rural parts but in dense traffic you could be waiting a time.

I've noticed that French 'T' junctions seem to have more than there fair share of minor roads that are angled to the benifit of the local populace.
 
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Jan 19, 2014
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Mirrors are usually OK, I check the wide angle one too. But there's a Repsol garage at Benidorm with a really short slip road exit onto the roundabout, you've just got to edge out, virtually stop while looking in the wide angle mirror đź‘Ť
 
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Those junctions in Spain where there is no sliproad are a bit of a Bu&&er.

I have in the past approached them and disregarded the road markings and gone to the line at 90 degs rather than angling the van for a fast getaway.

I suppose it's alright in the more rural parts but in dense traffic you could be waiting a time.

I've noticed that French 'T' junctions seem to have more than there fair share of minor roads that are angled to the benifit of the local populace.
This! It's mainly urban ringroads around Spanish cities that has short sliproads on a bend.

On the last van, replaced my reversing camera with a dual lens version and I had a TV monitor with a permanent view out the back. The second lens is narrower view and provides an image like a rear view mirror. That was ideal for sketchy slip roads.

For the new van, I've got a Fresnel lens on the passenger window with 'down' pointing towards the back of the van. It helps a lot at preventing side-swipes as you join and for those horrible flared junctions. I'm still missing my dual lens though. That might be a future mod...

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Oct 12, 2009
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MY answer would be parabolic mirrors - but proper self-standing ones, as the small ones in post#10 and the stick on ones in my opinion are too small to be seen on the LH side from a RHD driver seat.

With all parabolic mirrors one has to adjust for distance of the approaching vehicles - they look further away than they are.
 
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omniview 360 have made a difference.
But occasionally they have roadworks with very 90' approach - can be trixy
 
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