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Re: Driving to France

bringing this thread back... some questions related to the spare bulb...

- does it need to "fit" my car? i'm asking because i have xenon headlights and the bulb don't come cheap. and, even if i carry around a spare, the voltages involved would probably make me think twice about replacing myself. my plan is to buy the cheapest bulb i could find and show this when inspected.

- do i need spare for the tail/signal lights too? or, spare for the headlight will suffice?
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Re: Driving to France

Well, I've never bothered with the spare lights kit since way back in the 70s when I first drove to France. I think these days with things like Xenons the French are more flexible (I hope) as normally you'd need to get them changed by a garage anyway. It's physically impossible for us to get at our Qashqai headlights to change them ourselves.

Really it's up to you whether you bother or not. I've never heard of anyone being stopped and fined for not having spare bulbs.
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Re: Driving to France

I can't remember the last time we had spare bulbs in the car either.
Does anyone really carry them any more?
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Old 04.03.2015, 10:47
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I can't remember the last time we had spare bulbs in the car either.
Does anyone really carry them any more?
Yes, I do. And I know how to replace them too!
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Yes, I do. And I know how to replace them too!
Of course you do Tom, I wouldn't have expected any less of you.
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Well, I've never bothered with the spare lights kit since way back in the 70s when I first drove to France. I think these days with things like Xenons the French are more flexible (I hope) as normally you'd need to get them changed by a garage anyway. It's physically impossible for us to get at our Qashqai headlights to change them ourselves.

Really it's up to you whether you bother or not. I've never heard of anyone being stopped and fined for not having spare bulbs.
Ok. I'll probably get one of those generic bulb sets sold in Coop or Migros. Thanks.
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Re: Driving to France

signage is actually very well done - we normally "wing it".





But if you are the planning type - just google it. Tons of maps online.
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Re: Driving to France

...and I just realized I am totally time late by responding to the wine route post (circa 2013) - but hey - maybe this link regarding mandatory equipment in Europe can make up for it...


http://www.voyagertravelinsurance.co...ing-in-europe/
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I can't remember the last time we had spare bulbs in the car either.
Does anyone really carry them any more?
Like Tom, we carry sets of spare bulbs in all our cars.
But the cars are 20-30+ years old and changing a bulb is child's play, even I can do it!
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Re: Driving to France

+1 on carrying bulbs in the Car but its more due to past experience.

According to this source they are only recommended

http://www.eurotunnel.com/uk/travell...ing-in-france/
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Re: Driving to France

Unless some one quotes the exact French law, I call total shenanigans on the spare light bulbs.

http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affich...Texte=20150304


PS: The British AA is with me.

http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice..._equipment.pdf
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Re: Driving to France

I lived in France for 10y and had many mfk(contrôle technique)... read insurance papers,etc. and I can say that , there is no such obligation to carry spare bulbs in your car. That is for sure .

It is very possible that this was something obligatory in the 70ties, and other countries are quoting an outdated Code de la route (or smthg similar)

Only spare tire, first aid kit (even a tiny one) , the fluo gilet -triangle, are the objects that police might ask you if you possess them.

the alcohol tests were voted but that law was never applied as there was a debate and they've decided to withdraw it.
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I lived in France for 10y and had many mfk(contrôle technique)... read insurance papers,etc. and I can say that , there is no such obligation to carry spare bulbs in your car. That is for sure .

It is very possible that this was something obligatory in the 70ties, and other countries are quoting an outdated Code de la route (or smthg similar)

Only spare tire, first aid kit (even a tiny one) , the fluo gilet -triangle, are the objects that police might ask you if you possess them.

the alcohol tests were voted but that law was never applied as there was a debate and they've decided to withdraw it.
Thanks! Except for the spare tire (which I have no space), then I'm good to go then...
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It is very possible that this was something obligatory in the 70ties, and other countries are quoting an outdated Code de la route (or smthg similar)
If they would quote the actual Article of the Code it would be easy. Hey why quote the law when you claim something, who does that at all? Not me, right.
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Re: Driving to France

what a discussion,you guys don't seeem to realise how Swiss you have become. relax, you'll be fine... hope you have fun as well in France, don't try to worry too much about possible laws you might be infringing, you will feel FREE
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I lived in France for 10y and had many mfk(contrôle technique)... read insurance papers,etc. and I can say that , there is no such obligation to carry spare bulbs in your car. That is for sure .

It is very possible that this was something obligatory in the 70ties, and other countries are quoting an outdated Code de la route (or smthg similar)

Only spare tire, first aid kit (even a tiny one) , the fluo gilet -triangle, are the objects that police might ask you if you possess them.

the alcohol tests were voted but that law was never applied as there was a debate and they've decided to withdraw it.
It was obligatory to have them when we first moved there in the late eighties.
It was one of the things the police pointed out to my husband ( but fortunately didn't fine him for) when they were giving our car the once over as part of an investigation. ( long story)

I believe they became recommended rather than obligatory quite a while ago now. For the majority of modern cars it really isn't necessary any more. I can see the logic of carrying them if you have an older car though.

In France you need one fluo jacket per passenger and not only the driver and it must be inside the car and not in the boot.

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what a discussion,you guys don't seeem to realise how Swiss you have become. relax, you'll be fine... hope you have fun as well in France, don't try to worry too much about possible laws you might be infringing, you will feel FREE
Haha.

Just to reiterate what I've said before, in all the times I've been stopped by police (perhaps six or seven over 15 years) I have _never_ been asked if I was carrying any of the "required" items. So yeah, if I were just popping over for a day trip I wouldn't worry about it at all.
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