Car-related travel questions. See also the "car-rental", "driving", and "road-trips" tags.

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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 ...
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Red triangle, yellow jackets, etc. for rental cars in France

Our rental car in France does not have the items required by law, such as a florescent jacket and a red triangle. Should the car rental company provide these items?
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Will it be ok to pick up a car rental from Atlanta and travel through other states and return it to Florida? [duplicate]

i hope to travel from Atlanta and will travelling through a couple of states and ending up in Florida. So will car rental companies allow this and will it be extra charges too?
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Are there LPG gas stations for cars travelling between Sydney and Melbourne?

We are planning a trip in a dedicated LPG ford and just wanted to know if there are enough gas stations along the way between Sydney and Melbourne
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How easy to take the car in Schengen Area

With a valid visa, is it possible to carry a car for the travel trip in Shengen region? How easy or difficult it is apart of the cost involved? Should owner have the European driving license to drive ...
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What to do if I am involved in a road accident between two border controls?

If I travel from Hungary to Serbia, I have already passed the Hunagrian border control and then get involved in a road accident before entering Serbia (in the zone between the borders). Is this ...
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Show the time at milestones for a car travel route

When I enter a car route in Google Maps (e.g. Amsterdam to Madrid) I get nicely a total in estimated hours and the distances between each milestone. But I'm looking for the time at each milestone. ...
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How to calculate the damage to a rental car?

Let's say you have damage to a rental car for which you are liable. Other scratches clearly show that earlier damage was never fixed. How do you calculate the reasonable damage the rental agency can ...
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Replacing windshield with Mexican auto permit

When you drive from the U.S. into Mexico (past the free-trade zone) you are required to obtain a foreign vehicle permit, which is affixed to the windshield (with a receipt portion to be kept in the ...
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Online simulations, games or ways to check my knowledge about traffic rules and my driving skills in USA [closed]

I am looking to get a rental car in USA. I have a very good experience with driving a car but it is with right hand drive and in USA this is left hand drive plus the driving rules are somewhat ...
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Carless in Portland Maine?

I'm considering taking the Downeaster train to Portland for a weekend, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how navigable the city will be without a car. Where exactly is the train station, can ...
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How can I map stations for a driving trip?

I have a convention/vacation scheduled soon and I do have a company gas card. Since it is a company sponsored trip I wanted to map out gas stations for the 16 hour drive. I was curious to know is ...
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Websites for car relocation in Europe?

Is there a good website for car/camper relocation in Europe ? I mean, those companies that allow you to rent a car/camper for free from point A to point B. Let's say between Netherlands and ...
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What's the best way to pay tolls on a cross-country road trip in the US?

I'm driving from Virginia to Washington state later this month. In Virginia, I use an EZ-Pass device that automatically pays my tolls. But I understand that these devices are regional. When driving ...
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How can roadside cafe quality be measured in Greece or Turkey?

When traveling by car it is always a big question how to determine the quality of roadside cafe in front of you. In Russia I've noticed some dependency between quality of food and wares, although ...
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Free parking in downtown San Jose, CA? [closed]

What's the situation with parking in downtown San Jose, CA? Can I park for free anywhere for short times in the daytime? Or for a long time in the evenings?
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Free parking in downtown Mountain View?

What's the situation with parking in Mountain View, CA, the US of A? Is there free parking? Meters? Parking structures?
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Any free evening parking in downtown Denver?

I don't mind walking 15 to 20 minutes to where I need to be in downtown Denver, but it'll be useful to find some free street parking, during the evening time, 21:00/03:00 MT. Any such thing in ...
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Petrol station in Folkestone before boarding the Eurotunnel

Where is the most convenient petrol station to fill up if we have some spare time before boarding the Eurotunnel train? Is it possible to fill-up after checking-in? We will be driving from London.
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Crashing a rental car abroad

What happens if I (a US citizen) rent a car in, say, the UK, and crash it because I was driving on the wrong side of the road? Do I have to pay the damages out of pocket? What if I don't have the ...
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How to drive a car from Australia to Europe?

I want to drive to Europe from Australia by shipping it to Asia and to drive from there onwards. Can someone tell me the cheapest way for shipping, which ports I should use for shipping and how much ...
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Is there a map that shows Austrian winter road closures?

Some highways in Austria close for the winter season. For example, the Grossglockner High Alpine Road is closed until sometime in May. Where can I find a map that shows which roads are currently ...
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Where can you park a camper or car in Kleve, Goch, Weeze, Kevelaer (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)?

I am going to Germany (Kleve, Goch, Weeze, Kevelaer, in North Rhine-Westphalia) in April with my car or camper. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to park/sleep in the area? Ideally I would ...
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Is it possible for a foreigner to drive through (mainland) China in a foreign-registered car?

Is it possible to drive through mainland China, for example for transit from Kazakhstan to Vietnam, as a non-Chinese citizen, in an own car/van/truck? This is about an European Union citizen, trying ...
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Are dashcams legal in Germany?

On Youtube I have seen a lot of videos like this with car accidents in Russia recorded by in-car cameras (dashcams). Is it legal to use such a device in Germany? If an accident happens, can I use the ...
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What kind of bag can I use to travel with a baby car seat?

I need to carry a baby car seat on an international air trip. The car seat's dimensions are 28.5 x 17.5 x 30.9 inches and it looks like this: I'm having trouble finding an appropriate bag for ...
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Cheap/free parking near Frankfurt-Hahn Airport

The official low-cost parking near Frankfurt-Hahn airport is not really low cost with prices starting at 3.50 EUR/day. I will fly to Scotland for a week and now I'm looking for an alternative ...
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How can I find which European countries require headlights on during daytime?

I know that the driving law in several countries in Europe require headlights on during daytime, some of them only in winter. But where can I find which countries have such a requirement? Just to ...
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What does it take to make my car fully compliant with all EU countries?

In Belgium every car is required to carry at least one fire extinguisher. In Germany you need to have an environment sticker to drive into a city. In France you might need alcohol testers. Coming from ...
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Can go to Germany on all-year tires in winter?

I know that German law requires tires apt for snow in winter time. It's quite obvious that I cannot use summer tires, but can I go on universal all-year tires? What are the exact requirements?
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Car damage caused by potholes in the EU, what to do?

I'm driving often with my own car abroad (EU) and even on highways there are potholes. What can I do if my car gets damaged? Is there an EU-regulation or is it different in every country? What should ...
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Where to park a car in Luxembourg (city)?

I'm going to Luxembourg by car and I'm looking for a place where I can park for free. It should be also close to the city center - a maximum of 20 minutes walking distance from the old town.
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Secure long-term parking in Johannesburg

I will be taking a one-month trip departing from the airport in Johannesburg, South Africa and need a secure place to park my car. I see that the airport has long-term parking, but is it safe to leave ...
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Who provides Carnet de Passage for Indian vehicles?

Under which government department and which law the Carnet is issued in India ? I have already visited Nepal and Bhutan on bike. Both the countries don't need any Carnet from Indians. Now, I want to ...
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Where can I find decent parking space to the east of London with a quick tube connection to the center?

We will be passing London soon by car. There might be some time available to have a day trip to London. I was advised not to drive all the way to the center of London for multiple reasons (congestion ...
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Is there a ZIP code I can enter when paying-at-the-pump in the USA with a foreign credit card?

In the USA, many pay-at-the-pump fuel dispensers that accept credit cards require a 5-digit numeric zip code that corresponds to the billing address of the credit card. In Canada, for instance, we ...