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Choosing a car for travel with kids in Florida USA

I'm planning a 3 week family trip to USA Florida (from Europe) and we already have numerous locations we want to visit. To name a few in no particular order, West palm beach, Miami, Everglades, ...
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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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What needs to be done locally in case of a car accident while travelling in the US?

My friend is away from home right now; he lives in Ohio and has had a car accident in the state of New Jersey. What does he need to do locally before he can return home? He says a state trooper took ...
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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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Free parking in Bath UK

Where can I park in Bath for free, so that it's convenient for the town centre? I will be there 22nd Dec - 29th Dec, so on both holidays and normal weekdays.
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How should you drive on rush-hour lanes (“Spitsstrook”) in the Netherlands if they are open?

The Netherlands has so called rush-hour lanes, which are often emergency lanes that are opened for traffic during rush hours. They are always indicated with green arrows above the highway. I find ...
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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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UK to Iran by car - insurance question

My husband and I are Australians who want to buy a car in the UK and drive it to Iran through Europe (incl. Eastern Europe), Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan etc. We want to leave ASAP once we have the ...
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Are there any guarded parking lots anywhere in or near Berlin, Germany?

Are there any guarded parking lots in or around the city of Berlin in Germany? By guarded parking I do NOT mean "guarded" by an automated gate or camera - that is a joke. I mean a real guarded ...
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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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Planning to stay for 3 months in Berlin, Germany. Should I bring a car with me?

I will be spending about 3 months (at least) in Berlin, Germany, primarly to look for some business oportunities or maybe a job. I am aware of the nearly perfect transportation services Berlin offers (...
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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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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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How are road charges collected in France?

This summer we'll go to France by car for the first time. I noticed that some motorways on our route require road charge to be paid (in case it matters - we're going from Freiburg to Perpignan). How ...
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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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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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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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Can I rent a manual transmission car in the UK with a Canadian driving license?

I've read that in the UK, in order to drive a manual transmission car, you must hold a driver's license that shows you took your test with a manual transmission. I have a Canadian driving license (...
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Preventing Smash and Grab Theft while Travelling

A piece on Slashdot asks a question that seems pertinent to this site. What measures can be taken to prevent 'smash and grab' - from your car, when your valuable stuff is inside the car. Aside ...
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What car safety equipment is mandatory in Czech Republic? Do I need to carry spare tires?

Is spare tire (full size or temporary) mandatory in Czech Republic? I wonder if any tire would fit in my cars trunk. Right now, I only possess tire patch kit. I drive hatchback.
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Foreign car insurance for Kosovo?

I might need to drive through Kosovo in the next couple of weeks. I have checked my car insurance policy and there it is stated that in Serbia only the parts under control of the Serbian Government ...
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Where to park a car near Hirtshals (Denmark)?

One of the options for a future trip to Iceland is to go to Hirtshals (Denmark) by car to take the ferry. This will allow us to take our own motorbikes so we don't need to rent one in Iceland. To ...
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Can I take multiple cars into Mexico from the U.S.?

I've taken my car into Mexico multiple times from the United States, on a Tourist visa. Is it possible to take more than one car registered to me at the same time (obviously with a second driver)?
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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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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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Parking in Copenhagen

I can find lots of information online about using the public transportation in Copenhagen but almost none about how parking works. Everyone just says it's very hard and I should not try it but I am ...
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Where can you park a camper in Munich?

I am going to Munich (Oktoberfest) tonight in my camper. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to park/sleep in Munich? Ideally I would like to park for free. Obviously I will not be able to park ...
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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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Do any of the ferries between Korea and Japan charge per car and not per person in a car?

I've travelled on ferries between Korea and Japan probably more than anyone else using our site so far, but there's one thing I never thought about until now: Do any of the ferries commonly take ...
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Jersey City Journal Square PATH parking - how do I make a reservation?

I am planning on driving to NYC, and staying in Jersey City to reduce costs. I will be driving from my hotel to the Journal Square PATH Station to get into Manhattan everyday. On the PATH website, ...
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Can I supervise a learner italian driver in italy with my full Australian drivers license plus international drivers permit?

I am going to italy, and I have a full australian driving licence and an international drivers permit. My friend has a car and has his learners permit only. Can he drive with me as his passenger ...
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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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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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Map of highway fuel stops in Germany

I'm looking for a map of highway fuel stops in Germany. I've seen the what-looks-like official site http://tank.rast.de/en/, but they are very obviously outdated (at least by 10 years, looking at the ...
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Received parking ticket in LA which I think is wrong. I don't live in US anymore. What to do? [closed]

My former landlady just sent me a photo of the violation, which is overdue now. I didn't have a parking ticket on my car. I didn't park on the red zone as the ticket says. I don't have a photo proof ...
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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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Is autolib' a good mode of transportation for tourists in terms of available drop-off points

I am a big fan of cycle sharing plan velib in Paris. However, on our next trip to Paris I will be traveling with company, where cycling is not an option. I just learned of the existence of auto lib', ...
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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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Is there a fuel calculator for RV travel in USA/Canada?

I'm thinking of taking an RV across Canada. However, having never used one before, I'm struggling to figure out how much fuel it might use. I'm hoping there's a calculator for a Compact or Standard ...
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Are there international car ferries in the Caribbean?

Is it all possible to plan a road trip in the Caribbean? Trinidad & Tobago seems to have a ferry, but that is within one country. I am looking for a ferry enabling me to do a road trip through ...
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Buying a car in Australia or New Zealand as a non-resident? [closed]

Is it possible to buy, register and insure a car by a tourist (i.e. non-resident citizen of another country that entered on a tourist visa) in Australia or New Zealand? I was thinking about buying a ...
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Free parking for motorbikes in Paris

I was wondering if motorbike parking is free in Paris as it happens to be in, for example, Madrid. I also read about parking on the pavement on this page: "Parking of two-wheeled vehicles on the ...
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In Perth, Australia for one month: rent car or buy car?

I'm an Australian citizen with an Australian drivers license. But I haven't lived in Australia since 2003, so I need to ask: I'll be in Perth for one month. I'd like to have access to car the whole ...
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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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Parking a camper near Barcelona

I plan to visit Barcelona next month in my camper, but want to sleep (Airbnb) in the city for a couple of nights. Has anybody suggestions where I can cheaply park my camper within easy train (or bus/...
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Car shipping Do's and Dont's

I will be shipping my car from California to Alabama and currently looking for car shipping companies who does that on Yelp. I have following questions : 1) Are there any precautions regarding paper ...
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How to rent a car for a road trip in Eastern Europe?

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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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 ...