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Following recent tragic events on the M20 near Dover involving a WWII Jeep and a foreign van, I would like to urge all drivers of Military Vehicles to consider how they can improve their visibility to following drivers. This accident is the most recent of a series of similar incidents, and I know that an increasing number of owners have decided to stop driving on motorways with their vehicles. That is an option and their choice. However, we are entitled to use roads, such as the M20, and many will wish to do so. But how can we make ourselves less likely to be hit from behind by faster vehicles? While our vehicles are road legal with their standard lighting; we can take extra steps to make ourselves and our vehicles more visible, both at night and during the day. Some use orange flashing beacons; some use other flashing lights. I am not making any specific recommendations, but wish to share an option I used on a recent 2000 mile trip across Europe in my Jeep. I simply added a set of modern lights with magnetic bases and a length of reflective tape. The photos (in daylight and with camera flash) clearly show how it improves visibility, and can easily be removed once you arrive at the show: I was one of the first people at the scene of the recent accident. I truly hope this message might encourage others to improve their visibility, and help reduce the likelihood of a similar tragedy. As I've said, I am not making any specific recommendations, just sharing what I have done: but I welcome other members to adding practical suggestions or photos of how they have improved their vehicle visibility to this post. Thank-you, John Corden C.M.I.O.S.H. IMPS and MVT member.