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UK vehicle registration numbers - letter “I”

I was told that with old style UK vehicle registration plates (X999 YYY), the following could not be used as they caused confusion O (letter) - too much like zero I - too much like 1 Q - used for ...
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2-hour parking in the US

In the US, I often see public parking where there's a hour limit (e.g. at a public library). Can I simply park there, and after 2 hours, come back and re-park to the next slot in the same parking ...
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Driving non-GB registered car inside Low Emission Zone (London)

Almost all of greater London area is Low Emission Zone. That means, that older diesel cars are not allowed into the zone, or must face high fee (up to 200£ / day). The LEZ does not apply to cars ...
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As a tourist can you purchase a car whilst traveling through Thailand and surrounding countries?

I will be buying a one way ticket to Thailand and from there traveling to Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and further. I would like to find out whether it is legal to buy a car overseas and register it in ...
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Toll charges issued in a different country

I live in England and my car is registered there, I went to Southern Ireland on holiday in May, I unwittingly used a toll road and have just received a charge (4 months later) for non-payment for ...
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Hertz@SFO: Park during car pickup

I have a friend driving me to SFO to pick up a car from Hertz. I will have a lot of stuff in this friend's car that I want to put into my new rental one. Is there a good place for that friend to stay ...
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Do I need a (European Auto Insurance) Green Card while driving inside the EU?

I purchased a new car and have registered it in Germany. I want to use it to travel to the Czech Republic, but I haven't received the Green Card from my car insurance company. Would this be a ...
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Can I drive into Ukraine with my car?

I want to drive with my car to Lviv in Ukraine. Car insurance covers that, but I'm not sure if I can just drive over the border from Poland to Ukraine or if I need any special permission or documents ...
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Parking south of Chicago near CTA to central Chicago

I'm coming to Chicago from the southeast on I-94 this weekend. Is there a place to leave my car for the weekend, somewhere close to a public transportation depot? I'm considering leaving behind the ...
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Is the “Young Driver Surcharge” fee the same for all car rental companies in the UK?

I am a 21 year old with almost 2 year old driving license. I'm going to the UK, and want to rent a car for several days, however when I searched for a rental car, I saw that 35-40 GBP were added as ...
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International children car seat standards for multiple regions

I've been looking into car seats suitable for international travel. In the EU modern car seats have to meet ECE R44/04 and for New Zealand/Australia AS/NZS 1754.2010 I emailed a few manufacturers ...
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Can I own a French registered car as a non-resident?

I would love to drive through Brazil and Suriname starting from French Guyana. However, renting a car to do this proved to be impossible. There are ferries between France and Suriname and a bridge ...
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I live in the United States and I want to drive to Winnipeg Canada

So I'm 21, and my friend, he is 17. We want to travel to Canada for a vacation, this would be an extended vacation of two weeks in Winnipeg. I do not have a passport. What would we need to travel to ...
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Shipping my car from Egypt to Europe

I want to drive my car from Alexandria to the automobile country of Germany. The main problem is finding a ferry that can take me to Europe. I want to know what my options are. The country that I want ...
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Crater Lake Oregon - can you sleep in your car at night?

I'm looking at driving to Crater Lake from Portland. I don't have a tent, so I'm wondering if I can sleep in my car overnight there?
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Carpooling, in general, and in Iceland in particular?

While I'm figuring out what's the best and cheapest method for me to move around Iceland I came across Car pooling which sounds very interesting. To cut a long story short, you share a car with ...
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Is it possible to hire a car in Norway with a debit card?

We have been told that it is impossible to hire a car in Europe without a credit card. We only have a debit card (with the Visa logo). Is there anyway around this? We are in Norway where you seriously ...
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Why do taxis in Japan have mirrors on the hood?

In every country I've been in - save for Japan - cars have their mirrors on their doors. Even most cars in Japan do but the taxis don't. Any ideas as to why? It just seems strange. Here's a pic: ...
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Flashing headlights on Autobahn

What does it mean when the driver behind you on the Autobahn flashes his headlights?
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How to rent a car for a Europe road trip?

I will arrive at Frankfurt for a two week vacation in Europe. I plan to hire a car for a round trip to stay one night in different cities in the way of Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and ...
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Can a non-US citizen drive my US car in Mexico?

I have a US-registered vehicle in Mexico. An American friend once told me that only other Americans can legally drive a US car in Mexico. That is to say, I cannot legally lend the car to a Mexican ...
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Renting a car in London (young drivers)

A group of friends and I plan to attend to the ArcTangent festival, which will take place in Bristol, UK on August 28–30 this year. We"ll travel from Belgium to London (St. Pancras) via Eurostar. The ...
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What type of car do I need for a trip in Finland?

I'm currently planning a trip to Finland for one week, and think we will go to the following places: Arrive in Helsinki Step to Tampere Step to Jyväskylä Step to Kuopio Step to Savonlinna Step to ...
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Quiet cities close to Brussels and Amsterdam

Me and my girlfriend are travelling for 10 days in end of June in the Netherlands. We plan to rent a car to go around. I hear that parking and driving in Brussels and Amsterdam is not so easy. Do you ...
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How much do roof racks hurt gas mileage?

I'm going on a big national car trip, and I want to increase cargo space by getting a roof rack, but I'm wondering how much the additional drag will increase my gas bill. Is there any way to figure ...
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Breaking down with car during trip - multiple country breakdown service?

I'm making a trip from Hungary to UK, crossing a few countries. Making this trip with an old car, It could very much happen that the car breaks down during the trip. If that happens, I want to have ...
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Free street parking in Paris

I'm going to stay in Paris for 18 hours approx (from 18:00 on Thursday until 11:00 on Friday). and I found closed car parks for €30 per day, which is ok. The problem is that I might want to use the ...
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What's the easiest way to get to Sapporo, Japan from Misawa, Japan?

I will be in Misawa, Japan for a month, and I'd like to visit Sapporo while I'm in Northern Japan. Google maps provides two solutions for travel but I thought it might be worth it to ask others more ...
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Travelling with a car from London to Orkney Islands

I would like to travel by car from London to the Orkney Islands. According to Google Maps, the drive would take 14+ hours. Is there a ferry (e.g. overnight) etc. that would make that journey more ...
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Maximum Number of Occupants crossing US/Canada Border

There was a question on the maximum number of occupants in a vehicle in Oklahoma. Now I have an issue: My wife will be driving to Canada with our friends the car she wants to drive is an SUV with 2 ...
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How to find sightseeing places around the driving road Stockholm-Trondheim with a car? Any iPhone application to investigate the area?

We are going to drive a cultural exchange trip with BEST Helsinki organisation from Finland and this is our road: We are trying to find out some sightseeing around the area. We are new on this ...
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Is there any kind of car museum anywhere in Okinawa?

After watching too many editions of Jay Leno's Garage on YouTube in the last few days, culminating in one about a '70s Japanese car, I started to wonder ... Is there any car museum or collection of ...
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Car rental in USA standard rules

Can anyone write (for first time renter) what are the standard rules and liabilities for car rental in USA. I just want to have some information on what i need to know before renting, what will be ...
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How does one know if a rental car takes diesel or gasoline?

Quite unlikely, but what if I rent a car and forget to ask if it takes diesel or gasoline? Is it customary that it's written next to the gas tank inlet (I've only rented a car once, and this was the ...
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Roadside Assistance For US Travel [closed]

I'm curious for people who travel with their automobile frequently, what services offer the best roadside assistance for in-USA state travel (among states). The main three concerns I have are: Flat ...
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Are petrol prices in a USA state the same in every Petrol Station?

I'm wondering how petrol price works in USA in general, specifically in California. Do prices remain the same regardless of where the Petrol Station is located? Are prices fixed for every fuel ...
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What are the differences between French road signs and American road signs?

I'm looking for a comparison between French road signs and American road signs, just like this one regarding European road signs. The more exhaustive comparison, the better, but I'm mostly interested ...
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If travelling through excessively cold regions, what steps should you take to keep your vehicle warm enough to drive?

Given the polar storm over the US at present, and temperatures hitting record lows, there's already reports of stranded motorists. I've once been in a situation where we needed to keep our engine ...
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What is the minimum age to drive a rental car in the US?

I recognized that renting a car in the US is allowed at the age of 21 or 25. But are 18 to 21 year olds allowed to drive it if their parents or another 25 year old person signed the contract?
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Vehicle shipping between Europe and the Caribbean [closed]

I am looking for general advice on shipping and maintaing a vehicle between Eastern Europe (Bosnia) and the Caribbean (Dominica) as I am getting closer to my plan to be able to live in both places 6 ...
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What is the best time to book the car train to Livorno?

I have been meaning to take the car train to Livorno. I always seem to start to late. Should I book now for next summer, or will the fee drop at some stage between now and then?
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Is a 4x4 a must in Iceland in April/May?

To rent a 4x4 small car is about 740 € (2 weeks) vs a small compact that is just 260 €. I have some experience driving off-road and I know that a "normal" car cannot go through some f-roads I've seen ...
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Is there a website that reviews car hire/rental companies?

I am looking to rent a car in the States for a stint and I have no idea if one company is better than the other. In fact, some have horrible branding and although their prices are attractive, I don't ...
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Are there online maps showing the speed limit on the German highways?

I know that on the German highways (autobahns) there is no general speed limit, however parts of the autobahns have a posted speed limits (130 km/h or less). Are there any online maps showing the ...
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Skiing in the French Alps - by Van

My brother has a Ford Transit which is spacious and comfortable. Our plan is to drive from London to an as yet undetermined ski resort in the French Alps. We plan to pay for parking in one of the ...
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Renting a van for 6-7 people in Australia

I'm looking to travel with my elderly mother, my wife and other family members, across the southeast part of Australia, from Sydney to Adelaide, taking about a week. We may have 6 or 7 in our party. ...
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Does having a US drivers' license reduce car insurance versus a Dutch drivers' license in the US?

I am currently studying in Buffalo, NY and have no need for a car. However, I may want to go on a road trip and the end of my stay on the west coast. Will it make insurance cheaper to get a driving ...
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What u.s. car insurance is there for my British Land Rover with British plates?

I need U.S. car insurance for my British Land Rover. It is a 1988 model with British plates. I need short term insurance 6 months or so and am 75 years old and will be traveling in the California ...
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Is a European Union (Slovakia) driver's licence valid in the US?

I'm leaving for US shortly after I get my drivers licence in 2 weeks or so. I'm wondering if I'll be able to use it in USA. I know about the AAA thing for US drivers licence to be valid in Slovakia, ...
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When should one travel by car instead of train when traveling France?

I'm debating if I should travel France by car or not, but I don't know what I need to take into consideration. I'm at the age where I'll be forced to travel first class if I travel France's Eurail. At ...