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    Hi last year i went to France for a couple of months and drove on the wrong side of the road for the first time in decades. I knew as soon as i landed at Cherbourg that i was utterly terrified and i dont know what stopped me getting back on the ferry and going to Eire instead.. but i didn't. i set my satnav to no motorways and as i didn't have a deadline to get home for, i really enjoyed pootling about France on smaller roads. i did once accidentally end up on a motorway and could feel my heart thumping like a maniac.

    what i am afraid of is joining motorways at an acute angle at a highish speed, without anohter pair of eyes to assist me.

    Since last years trip i have added another rear view camera which was fitted at a very low level - but is wide angle is only really useful to see someone immediateley behind me. My habitation area and cab are fairly high (from my perspective - this is my first van) and there is definitely a significant blind spot in the middle of the cab when i am at an obtuse angle approaching a motorway.

    normally i am a very confident driver and have driven the van up and some some insane roads, its just this lack of vision that causes me great fear.

    i have 2 long wing mirrors one rear view mirror (i can only see lorries behind me) and 2 rear view camera screens....

    i dont know how to best use them for joining a Mway...

    How do other solo travellers do this ?
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    Don't know about joining a motorway and seeing behind or to the side but have heard of people putting another camera in the front passenger side windscreen so they can see to overtake.
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    Driving a x250 my primary visual aide are door mirrors, they are large and bottom one is wide angle, this and being electrically adjusted plus getting up to speed asap means I rarely need help.
    p.s. where I can struggle is roundabouts, but then I have gf to help. when driving a panelvan single handed I had a second interior mirror suction mounted just to left of standard mirror and angled out the passenger side window.
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    I find it a bit scary sometimes Collette but managed so far. My van is smaller than yours which helps.
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    Spoke to an edinburgh couple while waiting for train back to UK (euro tunnel) they added a camera to LHS mirror, looked the biz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by delicagirl View Post
    Hi last year i went to France for a couple of months and drove on the wrong side of the road for the first time in decades. I knew as soon as i landed at Cherbourg that i was utterly terrified and i dont know what stopped me getting back on the ferry and going to Eire instead.. but i didn't. i set my satnav to no motorways and as i didn't have a deadline to get home for, i really enjoyed pootling about France on smaller roads. i did once accidentally end up on a motorway and could feel my heart thumping like a maniac.

    what i am afraid of is joining motorways at an acute angle at a highish speed, without anohter pair of eyes to assist me.

    Since last years trip i have added another rear view camera which was fitted at a very low level - but is wide angle is only really useful to see someone immediateley behind me. My habitation area and cab are fairly high (from my perspective - this is my first van) and there is definitely a significant blind spot in the middle of the cab when i am at an obtuse angle approaching a motorway.

    normally i am a very confident driver and have driven the van up and some some insane roads, its just this lack of vision that causes me great fear.

    i have 2 long wing mirrors one rear view mirror (i can only see lorries behind me) and 2 rear view camera screens....

    i dont know how to best use them for joining a Mway...

    How do other solo travellers do this ?
    dont use m,ways . use only minor roads . thats how you see the country you are in.
    hug the kerb .
    best if in a rh drive van to have a window on the left handside behind the front door .
    as you get older you might get more childish like me .
    as a class 1 truck driver i now cant use m,ways . toll roads ,avoid dual carriageways ,
    as children arent allowed to play on busy roads.
    but use minor roads smile at the locals . thats how you find good places to stop, empty toilets , fill with water etc .
    local folk can be very helpful.
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    You could always get a second person to site on the blind side to help,im told there is a nice chap around glengormley that offers his services.
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    I had these fitted on my last van,...found them very useful,
    will get them for the new van, as I had a few hairy moments in Sardinia earlier this year.

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    Quote...(from my perspective - this is my first van)

    seem to recall you mentioning abandoning a Paralian many moons ago......
    a sin unforgivable ...!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by delicagirl View Post
    Hi last year i went to France for a couple of months and drove on the wrong side of the road for the first time in decades. I knew as soon as i landed at Cherbourg that i was utterly terrified and i dont know what stopped me getting back on the ferry and going to Eire instead.. but i didn't. i set my satnav to no motorways and as i didn't have a deadline to get home for, i really enjoyed pootling about France on smaller roads. i did once accidentally end up on a motorway and could feel my heart thumping like a maniac.

    what i am afraid of is joining motorways at an acute angle at a highish speed, without anohter pair of eyes to assist me.

    Since last years trip i have added another rear view camera which was fitted at a very low level - but is wide angle is only really useful to see someone immediateley behind me. My habitation area and cab are fairly high (from my perspective - this is my first van) and there is definitely a significant blind spot in the middle of the cab when i am at an obtuse angle approaching a motorway.

    normally i am a very confident driver and have driven the van up and some some insane roads, its just this lack of vision that causes me great fear.

    i have 2 long wing mirrors one rear view mirror (i can only see lorries behind me) and 2 rear view camera screens....

    i dont know how to best use them for joining a Mway...

    How do other solo travellers do this ?
    Btw, Collette, something someone suggested I do when driving on the right is have the left side mirror further out than it usually is to give a better view of the road.
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    You could mount a small cam on mirror leg at angle and connect to screen inside,simple to do job.
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