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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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Roadtrip coast to coast in the USA, let someone else drive car back

Hiring a car for a one-way trip across the USA is a lot more expensive than hiring it for a round-trip, even for the same distance, car and number of days. Theoretically, if one found another group ...
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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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Travel times during peak hours in Los Angeles [closed]

Traffic patterns repeat themselves. I've tried getting driving directions with Google Maps, but it seems like they only provide the estimate with either no traffic being on the way, or with only the ...
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How to find a truck mechanic while traveling in New Zealand

We are traveling through New Zealand for 8 months and bought a Motorhome that is built onto a 1994 Ford Trader Diesel truck. We are on our way to the South island and appear to have an oil leak and ...
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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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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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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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Driving in Iceland: a good idea?

For this summer I am thinking about going to Iceland. I would like to fly to Reykjavik, spend some days there, then rent a car, travel around the island and then fly back home. Now I have a few ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there advantages to using private car service over taxis from the airport?

When planning a trip I've seen people say private cars are scams and other people say they can be better than city taxi's because you know how much it will cost ahead of time. Are there any other ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What are my options for long term parking at Paris Charles de Gaulle?

I am flying from Paris on a two week holiday. The parking fees at the airport are quite expensive. Does anyone know alternatives?
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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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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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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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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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Foreign car insurance for Canada and/or the U.S

Still working on my plan to Ship my car from Europe to Canada or the U.S. We're planning on leaving early January. Shipping turns out not to be the problem. However, the next hurdle is: car ...
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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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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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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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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 name for the “blocking” stickers used on car headlights?

I'll be driving my car from Belgium to the UK, with plans to then drive around the country. Like most cars in the European mainland, my car's headlights/headlamps are slightly adjusted to the right ...
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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 ...