It has to do with RHD cars (with their RHD headlight patterns) being used when visiting LHD countries such as France. There are different temporary solutions (such as things that stick on to the headlight lens) used to block out part of the beam or redirect the light to prevent blinding oncoming drivers.Clutch Cargo said:...Anyway, what is the French requirement? Something that some kind of sticker can temporarily fix? I was in France in 1994 for an all-too-short vacation and I didn't notice anything different, but I really wasn't focusing on car headlights.
I've not read all the posts properly so I apologise If i repeat something someone's said or tred on someones toes.AER said:On new BMW's, if you're travelling abroad you can go to your local dealer, and they can adjust the lights to suit driving on the right (there's a switch that adjusts them easily). If you don't fancy that, then you can get the blackout strips, but if you're only over there for a very short stay (weekend/booz run) and will not be using the car after dark, then you can do without, but if you drive during the night, then have them put on. Otherwise you'll blind the cars coming towards you. (even without main beam)
Plus don't forget spare bulb kits, warning triangle, first aid kits etc, which are apparently compulsory pieces of kit over there (according to the gumpf you get with the AA and BMW's own Euro travel packs)