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Old 20.11.2015, 13:05
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What even on the French side? What about the French ports are they British run too? Because they put big notices up on the signboads in the UK ports about changing your headlights for Europe, but it never appears at any French ports.

And if you think it's all one way traffic then you haven't been looking at the licence plates of the cars around you when you're in the UK. Nearly 250,000 foreign drivers didn't pay the Dart Charge when they used the tunnel/bridge - so that's not counting those like us who do pay and others who don't even go that route.

Our model is a 2012 one and no mention of any switch to adjust headlights with.
Which part are you arguing??
Are you adamant that LHD cars don't have to change their headlight direction for the UK?

As I mentioned here a lot of it comes down to policing.
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Auto leveling is a requirement for all cars with Xenon headlights, what it does is adjust the aim downwards depending on the position of the car relative to the rear axle to compensate for a heavy load.

A quick Google should tell you how to adjust the beam to the correct side.
Usually will be something mechanical, like this (which is for a recent model Passat)
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Old 20.11.2015, 13:57
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I haven't done it either the last few times but then I can't remember the last time I actually drove in the dark (or bad light) in the U.K. as we only tend to go in summer and tend not to drive late in the evening.
We haven't actually driven back for over five years as we tend to fly and hire a car these days. When we did drive back it was almost always in winter so the headlights were more of an issue then.
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Which part are you arguing??
Are you adamant that LHD cars don't have to change their headlight direction for the UK?

As I mentioned here a lot of it comes down to policing.
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No, just surprised that in 47 years of driving I've never heard anything about this.
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Re: Driving to the UK

Our Disco does not have adjusting headlights- we always drive there in winter so we have a 4x4 with snow tyres - which rental cars do not have. Being on UK roads with snow and ice in a rental car is not my idea of fun (or staying safe)... with the dog anyhow it is so much easier- we can take and bring back lots of goodies- and arrive and depart from very different locations as we visit family and friends all over.

We always used to adjust lights coming to Europe, but I have to say we don't usually when we go to UK!
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Re: Driving to the UK

I find it quite extraordinary that people who travel regularly to the UK wouldn't even think about the need to change the headlights with or without notices reminding you.

If you do it in one direction it seems obvious to me that you should also be doing it in the other.
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Old 20.11.2015, 14:24
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No, just surprised that in 47 years of driving I've never heard anything about this.
Yes, it is quite surprising. I think most UK folks who ever drove on the continent before moving over here would have realised straight away.
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I find it quite extraordinary that people who travel regularly to the UK wouldn't even think about the need to change the headlights with or without notices reminding you.

If you do it in one direction it seems obvious to me that you should also be doing it in the other.
After being on EF for 5.5 years I am not surprised at all.

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Old 20.11.2015, 15:13
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I find it quite extraordinary that people who travel regularly to the UK wouldn't even think about the need to change the headlights with or without notices reminding you.

If you do it in one direction it seems obvious to me that you should also be doing it in the other.
That's why I've always found it so strange that it's not mentioned. It's obvious that, theoretically at least, you should need to do it. But no one ever says so.
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Re: Driving to the UK

To be fair, we do not drive at night in the UK.
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What even on the French side? What about the French ports are they British run too? Because they put big notices up on the signboads in the UK ports about changing your headlights for Europe, but it never appears at any French ports.

And if you think it's all one way traffic then you haven't been looking at the licence plates of the cars around you when you're in the UK. Nearly 250,000 foreign drivers didn't pay the Dart Charge when they used the tunnel/bridge - so that's not counting those like us who do pay and others who don't even go that route.

Our model is a 2012 one and no mention of any switch to adjust headlights with.
There are big notices in UK ports, yes. These are adverts placed by the companies who sell the beam deflectors, high visibility jackets and warning triangles, they aren't public service announcements put up out of the kindness of the operators hearts. In France drivers already have the safety kit and it's not considered viable to advertise beam deflectors to the minority of cars which need them. Instead they focus on selling booze and fags to Brits on the way home.

The stats on non-payment of Dart charge don't show that there are lots of foreign visitors to the UK, only that lots of foreign registered cars use the bridge/tunnel - almost certainly made up of repeat offenders in Eastern European registered cars which effectively live in the UK but are not registered there.

According to point 15 on this link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/de...ing-facts.html
85% of car passengers using the tunnel are British - this is likely to be similar on all channel crossings, hence no real appeal in advertising something to 15% of users when you're better off aiming for the 85% of Brits.
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Wasn't that what I said in my post #16 in direct response to Medea's erroneous information.


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Yep. Must have missed it due to toddler tantrum. No offence etc etc.
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Re: Driving to the UK

Hello Sbrinz,

we start our journey on the 13th. Is it ok if we book the ferry perhaps on the evening of 13th when we are sure of our location and likely time to get on the ferry? Advise about booking ferry & tunnel please.

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Are you moving to Birmingham? In which case I would spread the journey over 2 days, and stop overnight somewhere near Dover so that you are fresh for the "challenging" UK driving on the left side.

I always cross the channel with DFDS ferries from Dunkirk to Dover, and enjoy the sea views. I imagine the Channel Tunnel to be claustrophobic, so I never went that way.

Which car are you driving?
Will you be paying for the co-driver to fly back here?
Do you have a decent Sat-Nav?

https://ferry.dfdsseaways.co.uk/Fares

http://www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-6546-ib...re/index.shtml

https://www.google.ch/#q=budget+hote...06020707561767

http://www.viamichelin.co.uk/web/Rou...nce=&corridor=

About 800 Km (9 hours driving) Zurich to the ferry at Dunkirk.
About 350 Km (4 hours driving) from ferry to Birmingham.

How old are your 2 children?
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Old 25.11.2015, 16:04
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we start our journey on the 13th. Is it ok if we book the ferry perhaps on the evening of 13th when we are sure of our location and likely time to get on the ferry? Advise about booking ferry & tunnel please.
Oerlikon to Calais is (give or take) 850km - if you take one of the 2 (common) motorway routes. Either via Reims or via Luxembourg. The driving part of the journey will take approximately 7.5-8 hours - on to which you should budget any stops you anticipate making.

Fuel + Pee = 15mins
Fuel + Pee + Coffee = 30mins
Fuel + Pee + Lunch = 60mins

I tend to do the full journey in one go - and budget 8.5hrs.

If you are worried about time - book a B&B/motel near Calais for the evening of the 13th - then get on an early boat/tunnel on the 14th (10am).

If you are going to Birmingham you might want to drive to LeHavre, do the overnight boat on the 13th, arrive in Portsmouth on the 14th and go up from there.

It is worth booking in advance.
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Re: Driving to the UK

Can't you work it out for yourself? Sbrinz has given you lots of info. It's easy enough to work out a rough idea of when you'll arrive, simply book the ferry say an hour/hour and a half later than that to give yourself some leeway. If you get there earlier you might be able to get on an earlier ferry/train if there's space.

Frankly, I'd book now rather than wait until the day. You may find everything's booked up by that time. And a warning, if you plan to stop at an hotel overnight you'll need to arrive before 6pm unless you tell them you're going to be arriving later when you book it. Most places only hold reservations until 6pm.
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Sbrinz - Man, thanks so much for so quickly "working it out for me"!
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Re: Driving to the UK

My car has non adaptive xenons so according to this forum, no adjustment necessery
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Not sure about ferry, but booking Tunnel last minute is very expensive- a bit like EasyJet.
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If you are worried about time - book a B&B/motel near Calais for the evening of the 13th - then get on an early boat/tunnel on the 14th (10am).
But check your boot and rear seat before boarding the ferry.
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