just to finalise this.... the van went to Martock Panelcraft Ltd this week to have the rust removed and a new plate inserted to support the wing mirror support arm. The wonderful guys there also rebuilt my original passenger side plastic wing mirror, (it really was smashed and a bit was missing) and it looks brand spanking new... you could never tell it was smashed and it is no longer taped up !!!! YEA - This is a great body work shop which i would highly recommend. So vision restored.......
I have not read through all post but my answer, and one of the first things I fitted when I was single, was good parobolic mirrors. I was lucky the ones for Merc Sprinters had the same profile as my N+B mirrors, so just bolted on top.
One just has to get used to the fact that distance looks longer so one has to compensate.
They also give better downward vision for low vehicles alongside in one's blindspot in normal mirrors.
These are mandatory for modern trucks and in my opinion should be for MHs.
When pulling out/in I check both mirrors. Learnt this from driving trucks.
Thanks.... my problem is not to do with the type of glass in different mirrors but Exactly what Cass has said - its the angle between the french motorway slip road and the motorway itself which is the problem when driving my RHD vehicle .... I have now got 5 different mirrors i can look in - but none of them are ideal if i dont have a passenger to look out of their window, but the mirror i have taped underneath my passenger windscreen visor can be angled as i can move the visor... so i have better line of vision. But driving on the "wrong" side of the road will always be a challenge....
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I drive more or less parallel to the main lanes and use the wing mirror.
and steer gently but positively into the 1st lane as soon as possible/safe
Only problem is if slip road is too short..
Butt remember (mainly) the other users are not going to deliberately crash into you
Busy roundabouts are a different problem !
The other problem is narrow roads and sharp bends in towns and village with big lorries coming at you..
Touch BOIS no collisions so far !
I blame it all on napoleon.
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In France it is worth remembering that the protocol for roundabouts is different.
Unlike the UK it is normal practice with a two-lane roundabout to use the right-hand lane when taking, for example, the third exit. Make sure you're indicating left as you enter the roundabout so other drivers know what you plan ... And of course indicate right prior to the exit you're taking.
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