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      Please note that the forum is still upgrading will be for most of the night I think,therefore you may find it slow at times, looking different etc etc. This will straighten out (he hopes) as the upgrade continues. One of the big changes is that usernames and display names will change.   At the moment you can have a username and display name for example you can have a username of joeblogsy and a display name of Joe Blogs.   After the upgrade we will only have usernames.   For some this won't make any difference at all but there are a fair few of you that have different display names., many of which I have changed for people for various reasons.   If, after the upgrade you notice your forum name isn't right please just send me a PM with your desired username.   You may also find you have been logged out, if this happens and you cannot remember your original forum details, please email me at mark@touringandtenting or open a support ticket by

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  1. Hello, I'm new on the forum. My question is: may I promote my blog posts here? I think it could be useful for some members.
    Here is one of my posts:
    Camping in the rain. Best tips and gadgets.
    Thanks
  2. One in five drivers are leaving themselves at risk of fines if they drive to France by not knowing they are required to carry a warning triangle in their car according to a recent AA Populus survey of 23,317 respondents. Over a third of respondents (37%) were not aware that they needed a reflective jacket if driving in France and over half (55%) did not know that a disposable breathalyser was also needed.

    Not having the correct equipment when driving in Europe can leave you subject to an on-the-spot fine of between €15 and €135. The AA Euro Travel Kit includes a set of headlight beam converters, a hazard warning triangle and a reflective emergency jacket. The kit also includes a first aid kit, universal bulb kit and magnetic GB plate – items that while they are not compulsory are certainly useful items to carry to make your trip safer. To complete the kit is the AA European Driver’s Handbook which is packed with information including, where to get a mountain pass, country by country travel facts, easy to read maps, toll free routes plus a host of valuable information from the AA.

    The AA/Populus survey also found that almost a third (31%) of respondents did not think that headlight beam converters are necessary in France. When it came to Belgium almost half (47%) did not think beam converters were necessary, and over half (51%) believed the same for Spain or the Netherlands.

    Rosie Sanderson, Head of European Motoring at the AA said, ‘Not having the correct equipment in an emergency when on the Continent can leave you having to deal with on the spot fines on top of whatever the original emergency was. It is important to remember that different regulations apply to the countries you are driving through not just the country of your destination. By simply taking the AA Euro Travel Kit you can have peace of mind when motoring abroad.’

    When it came to the correct documentation, over half (52%) did not think you needed to take the vehicle’s original registration document to France and this rose to 62 per cent in Belgium and Spain and 64 per cent for the Netherlands.

    The newer compulsory regulation of carrying high visibility jackets in the car is likely to leave many open to fines

    37% don’t know they are compulsory for France,
    56% don’t know they are compulsory for Belgium
    62% don’t know they are compulsory in Spain (for a breakdown)

    And yet, 39% think it is needed for Netherlands when in fact they are not currently.

    Not surprisingly those who live in the South East were more aware of the requirements than those in Scotland as they tend to cross the channel more frequently. Men were more knowledgeable about compulsory equipment than women, other than when it came to carrying the vehicles original registration documentation.

    Edmund King, AA President, said, ‘The rules and regulations on the Continent can be confusing and it is imperative that drivers heading over to Europe should check before they travel. It is not just safety equipment but also knowing the correct speed limits in whichever countries you are visiting can help avoid speeding fines. And you can’t rely on your sat nav’s speed camera locator as these are forbidden in some countries so drivers must ensure that they are switched off or disabled before heading to Europe.’

    The AA Euro Travel Kit is available from many good retailers and online with a typical selling price of £39.99. It also available at www.theaa.com/shop together with a wide range of other driving and travel products.


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  3. One in five drivers are leaving themselves at risk of fines if they drive to France by not knowing they are required to carry a warning triangle in their car according to a recent AA Populus survey of 23,317 respondents. Over a third of respondents (37%) were not aware that they needed a reflective jacket if driving in France and over half (55%) did not know that a disposable breathalyser was also needed.

    Not having the correct equipment when driving in Europe can leave you subject to an on-the-spot fine of between €15 and €135. The AA Euro Travel Kit includes a set of headlight beam converters, a hazard warning triangle and a reflective emergency jacket. The kit also includes a first aid kit, universal bulb kit and magnetic GB plate – items that while they are not compulsory are certainly useful items to carry to make your trip safer. To complete the kit is the AA European Driver’s Handbook which is packed with information including, where to get a mountain pass, country by country travel facts, easy to read maps, toll free routes plus a host of valuable information from the AA.

    The AA/Populus survey also found that almost a third (31%) of respondents did not think that headlight beam converters are necessary in France. When it came to Belgium almost half (47%) did not think beam converters were necessary, and over half (51%) believed the same for Spain or the Netherlands.

    Rosie Sanderson, Head of European Motoring at the AA said, ‘Not having the correct equipment in an emergency when on the Continent can leave you having to deal with on the spot fines on top of whatever the original emergency was. It is important to remember that different regulations apply to the countries you are driving through not just the country of your destination. By simply taking the AA Euro Travel Kit you can have peace of mind when motoring abroad.’

    When it came to the correct documentation, over half (52%) did not think you needed to take the vehicle’s original registration document to France and this rose to 62 per cent in Belgium and Spain and 64 per cent for the Netherlands.

    The newer compulsory regulation of carrying high visibility jackets in the car is likely to leave many open to fines

    37% don’t know they are compulsory for France,
    56% don’t know they are compulsory for Belgium
    62% don’t know they are compulsory in Spain (for a breakdown)

    And yet, 39% think it is needed for Netherlands when in fact they are not currently.

    Not surprisingly those who live in the South East were more aware of the requirements than those in Scotland as they tend to cross the channel more frequently. Men were more knowledgeable about compulsory equipment than women, other than when it came to carrying the vehicles original registration documentation.

    Edmund King, AA President, said, ‘The rules and regulations on the Continent can be confusing and it is imperative that drivers heading over to Europe should check before they travel. It is not just safety equipment but also knowing the correct speed limits in whichever countries you are visiting can help avoid speeding fines. And you can’t rely on your sat nav’s speed camera locator as these are forbidden in some countries so drivers must ensure that they are switched off or disabled before heading to Europe.’

    The AA Euro Travel Kit is available from many good retailers and online with a typical selling price of £39.99. It also available at www.theaa.com/shop together with a wide range of other driving and travel products.
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