Originally Posted by Cobb
I had a grey import German Mercedes 240D. It had a parking light switch that rotated almost 360 degrees with countless positions. 2 of the positions would turn on only the left or right side parking lights. It had a big battery under the hood and the owners manual said those could be left on for a few days.
Considering that and your accident, is it required to leave your parking lights on when parked over there? No lights are required here unless its night out or requires use of your wipers. Even then its loosely enforced.
No light required when you park, no. German (and other European countries?) require a parking light on I believe if it is very foggy, and other stuff like you have to park up in the direction of traffic. Sensible ideas you could argue, but nothing like that in the UK. We are actually fairly lax on that type of thing. The rules are more geared to giving you tickets for doing bad stuff like parking out of the bay and speeding - basic revenue generating stuff - that said we have some of the safest roads in Europe, probably down to the fact that noone gets killed in traffic
Though some law is common to the EU, a lot of law is delegated back to the individual countries. Highway law is one such thing. Most of the commonality in the EU relates to human rights, working conditions, free movement of people and trade of goods and services. It is akin to the federal and state laws in the US, but more varied in some areas, and more consistent in others.
Lights and wipers in the UK: you have to have your dipped headlights on when the streetlights turn on, or it gets otherwise dark. Side lights aren't mandated in the UK, but common sense dictates that you should use these to be seen when needed rather than to see. You dont have to turn your headlights on when using your wipers actually, though I can see the sense there - it is not mandated in any way.
The force of the impact shunted the car, and it was a good 20 feet up the road to where I parked it! It also slid the wheels on the other side along the curb, and has messed up 3 wheels actually, and that corner tyre has a hole in it.
I spent £2k last year having the glow plugs and tyres replaced, as well as a load of other little bits for a major service... this will presumably now be all sunk cost.