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How does full-service gas work in Oregon?

I'm from a state in the US where all gas is self-service. When traveling to Oregon (where all gas stations are full-service), how does the process work? Do you just pull up to the pump and hand the ...
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Driving into Belarus

I'm planning to drive into Belarus with my own car and have difficulties to figure out what I need to prepare. I made the following list, but I also can't find a lot of information about the process, ...
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Car or Motorbike Insurance in UK for Business Visa visitor from India

What kind of insurance do I need to drive/drive a car/motorbike in UK if I am visiting on Business Visa? I have International Driving license from India.
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Where can I buy the German environmental badge while driving to my destination in Germany?

I am driving to Germany today and just noticed that I am traveling to a city which requires a so called "Umwelt-plakette" or environmental badge to enter. Normally you need to order them in advance. ...
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German environmental auto badge (Umweltplakette) [duplicate]

I have a short notice trip to Germany and will be driving. I haven't time to buy a Umweltplakette on line before I go (in 2 days). Where can I buy one once in the country and how easy is it? I speak ...
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Driving with tow hook in Europe

I am getting a tow hook installed on my car, the type that you can take off by removing two screws (tools needed). And hence two question: What are the rules in EU governing driving with the hook ...
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in Berlin, do I have to pay for parking a car on weekends as well?

As far as I know, if I want to park a car in Berlin a I have to pay for the parking ticket. Do I have to pay on Saturdays and Sundays as well, or is parking on weekends free?
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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 there any transatlantic car ferries from Europe to North/South America?

Can i drive onto a ferry from anywhere in Europe and drive off in America either north or south? It is something that me and my partner have wanted to do but we are unsure if this is even possible? ...
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L/100 km or km/L? which one is used? I am planning travel in Mexico & Colombia by car [closed]

In America we say the fuel economy of car in miles/gallon. I know in k countries people use liters/100 km. Some countries use km/liter. My question is: Which format is used in Mexico, Colombia, and ...
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Traveling from Germany to Czech Republic and back by car

I am an American traveling through Europe. I recently lost my passport and am planning to go to Czech Republic from Germany in about a week by car(and back a week later). Will I be asked for my ...
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What extra insurances are sensible for car rental

I'm looking to rent a car for a short trip and find that the price displayed comes with only a very basic insurance. Insurance upgrades are then offered for a typically hefty fee. What insurance is ...
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Driving On Utah Salt Flats

Are you able to just whip off the road and on to the salt flats and drive around (When its dry of course) or do you have to go to an entrance of a sort. I was not able to find much info on this ...
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How easy is it to park in Rimini in August?

I'm searching for a hotel in Rimini, Italy, for a couple of days in the beginning of August. Most of the hotels state "Parking available", but I suspect what is meant is simple street parking (at ...
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UK car short term insurance of a non-UK car

I want to borrow a car of a friend in the UK on a regular, but only daily basis for traveling. I searched the internet for possible short term insurances. The car is registered in a EU country ...
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Options for Mexican car insurance? [closed]

What are some of my options for obtaining Mexican car insurance? I know that as you approach the border, every other store seems to sell it but I have never stopped in to ask about rates. I also found ...
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How can I get a reliable taxi/car service in LA?

I am fully aware LA is based around the car and has limited public transport. But I'm planning to be there a few days and will not be able to drive a car of any kind. I already have the airport ...
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Can I rent a car and drive it one way from Seatle, WA to Anchorage, AK? [duplicate]

We would like to pick up a rental car at the Seatle, WA airport and two weeks later return it to the airport in Anchorage, AK. Don't understand why we can't find any agencies that will do this. Does ...
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What documentation is needed for a tourist to drive a US citizen's car?

A common conclusion on Travel.SE says that buying a car as a tourist in the US is difficult because of registration and the time it takes to do the paperwork. However I have a friend in NYC who can ...
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Parking in Venice in August - should I book a parking lot?

I'm going to visit Venice for a couple of day in early August (yes, I know, it's probably not a good time to visit, but this was my only option), together with two kids. I think I'd like to book a ...
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Cheap places to park a car in Barcelona?

I would like to go to Barcelona by car and I'm looking for cheap ways to park my car for about 6 hours. I have already been to Barcelona and I parked my car for 10 hours of parking of Arc De Triomf ...
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Where can I try an autonomous driving car?

I heard that in the Netherlands there would soon be a self driving bus, and this would be the first sharing the road with other cars. There are also a couple of other places with autonomous cars, but ...
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Park and Ride in Paris France

I would like to find a Park and Ride in the Southeastern area of Paris, as far out as reasonable. I will need to park for 48 to 60 hours and would like to be as near public transportation as possible
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Where to safely park a car in Hamburg for few days?

I am driving to Hamburg in few days and will stay there three days. Is there s any public, safe parking not far from the city centre? Otherwise, is there any private parking having good prices for ...
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Is it safer to drive up or down a dangerous mountain road?

Let's say you want to visit cities A, B and C, which are set in a triangle, so you can choose to travel A-B-C-A or A-C-B-A. The roads from A to B and A to C are fine, but the one between B and C is a ...
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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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Auto insurance for visitors? (Washington state, US)

If I have a visitor from abroad, do I need to add them on my auto insurance policy temporarily for them to be able to drive in Washington state? I'll double check with the insurer, but I would like ...
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How do I pay for a US parking ticket from the UK?

I went to States recently rented a car from enterprise and in Washington got a parking ticket (100$). Since it gives 30 days to pay I wasn't in to much of the hurry. When I tried to pay for the ...
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Drive from US to Canada with a dog

For the holidays we often drive from Buffalo to Detroit via Ontario, since it saves a lot of time. However, this is the first year we will be bringing our new dog along as well. What sort of ...
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How can I remove highway vignettes and other miscellaneous stickers from the windshield of my car?

Taking this marvellous question as inspiration, I travel a lot by car, often in countries that require me to buy a vignette to use the motorways. Moreover it is usually mandatory to stick the vignette ...
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Renting a car in europe while living on a working visa in the US and having a European drivers license

I both have a European and an US drivers license and I'm currently living and working in the US, I still have my European passport. I would like to rent a car during the holidays back in Europe, can I ...
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Any tips for street parking in San Francisco?

I'm going to SF for a couple of days as a part of a road trip and would like to only street park. There's a map of permit parking zones and I assume that everything that is not colored on the map is ...
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What are the most effective rideshare sites in the US?

Recently, I have been traveling from upstate New York to NYC quite frequently and would like to find a site that is more effective than craigslist in attracting reliable rideshares for splitting gas ...
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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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I am a US citizen wanting to Drive an India registered car from India to UK - Who gives me the Carnet? [duplicate]

I am a US citizen and live in India and drive Indian registered cars. I want to drive these cars from India to the UK next year. Who gives me the Carnet? I hear Carnets are not given to foreign ...
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What is the cheapest way to get from Thailand to Australia with a car?

Imagine I have a car in Thailand and I want to get Australia, is there any ferry that cross from Asia to Australia? How much is it? No problem if have to drive to another country or if there is no ...
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Assuming I have Irish car insurance, do I need to buy extra coverage when renting a car in Portugal?

I live in Ireland. I want to hire a car on holiday in Portugal in August. Do i have to take out the insurance from the hire company or will my car insurance from Ireland cover me in a hire car?
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How much cash am I supposed to prepay at gas station in the US?

In the US (and probably Canada as well), it is possible to pay at a gas station either with a credit card often with a fee (in the US) or cash. If I pay cash, gas stations often require to prepay for ...
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What is the cheapest and most efficient way to travel around Jamaica?

I'm thinking about going to Jamaica next spring, but I am pretty unfamiliar with the infrastructure of the country. I'd like to go to Ochos Rios and maybe Montego Bay for a few days, then make my way ...
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UK: Train vs. Car in 2015 [closed]

I am currently staying in the UK under a work visa. My parents, who have never been out of the United States, are coming to visit me and want to see all that the UK has to offer. I have only traveled ...
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Car ferries time distance [closed]

How does google maps calculate time and distance when auto ferries are included in route in route provided
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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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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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Scenic route from Switzerland to Calais [closed]

I'm planning to go to England by car for holidays. I would like to take a nice route from Switzerland to Calais where I will take the ferry to England. I don't mind that it will take longer of course. ...
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Can Algonquin Park (in Northeastern Ontario) be explored by vehicle?

My grandparents ask whether Algonquin Park (in Northeastern Ontario) satisfies the criteria in this broader post.
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Car rentals in Spain [closed]

we want to hire a car for 10 days in Madrid. Since we have bad experiences with car rentals (especially those cheap ones), we would like to ask you for your experiences with Dollar and Enterprise car ...
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Guatemalan car in the U.S

We are U.S./Americans, living in Guatemala...we want to vacation in the U.S. this time by DRIVING up through Mexico and then to the U.S. We have Guatemalan D.L. and current insurance. Mexico ...
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Free street parking options for unlimited time in Bratislava?

I am looking for free parking options in Bratislava. Is there free parking along the river, near the UFO bridge? Ideally I'd like to park somewhere for an unlimited time at a reasonably safe spot and ...
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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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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 ...