Mandatory for provisional license holders, the AA Magnetic L Plates are a perfect way to stay visible whilst learning to drive. Learner drivers are required to display 'L' plates in a clear position on both the front and rear of the vehicle when they are driving. Trust the experts at the AA to produce a set of high-quality fully magnetic learner plates which are quick and easy to fix onto the vehicle.
Another car essential from the AA, Britain's most trusted road-side aid. Let other drivers know that you are learning to drive with this standard magnetic L plate that simply attaches to any vehicle and are easily removed.
Ok I'm a driving instructor so I know a thing or two about L plates!
Firstly I find variations in the design between sellers/suppliers. But all L plates are legally required to meet strict dimensions and must be red (a set I bought from a well known DIY chain were not legal).
As the cold weather arrives I find fully magnetic L plates fly off the car more readily-the bonnet of my car is curved and there is no other place at the front of the vehicle to put them. But you can do something to improve adhesion. You need the surface of the L plate and the paintwork clean. Yes warming them up before you apply them helps- warm water or stick them to the radiator in the house!(a warm bonnet helps-would your hairdryer reach?) ;) Also a little moisture behind helps them stick but not for long periods- it's not good for the paintwork.
Ok so here's my opinion of these AA plates:
They are legal (although they are slightly pale red).
They are cheap.
They arrived quickly.
But they don't seem good quality! I usually buy from Halfords but when my old pair had faded I decided to try these.
I bought them at the end of September while it was still warm and they did not lay flat from the start. I lost 2 pairs within days and at relatively low speeds! They are made from a different, thinner material to the Halfords plates, they don't form with the shape of the bonnet and even curl up! I've resorted to using them on the rear of the car only now (gone back to the expensive Halfords plates on the front). I'm guessing the extra wieght, thickness (therefore magnetism) and different material help the Halfords plates adhere better. The Halfords plates usually stay on at 70mph on the dual carriageway!
So unless I bought a bad batch of plates I don't know how the other reviewers have given them such high ratings.
Item ordered because AA and magnetic, sounded good. Well not AA, and magnetic strips, not fully magnetic. Anything over 25 mph, they start to billow and then fly away with the wind. Wont be buying them again :(
Recieved these today, they were not AA plates but plates from a company called Maxim (not sure if the two companies are linked at all). Regardless of manufacturer, the plates are falsely advertised because they are NOT fully magnetic (as in the entire bottom face being magnetic) but attach to the car via magnetic strips, which means they will blow off at high speeds.