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If he/she is coming from behind, it means normally: You are slow, drive faster or change the lane ! The frequency of the light blinking indicate the urgency, a short one after a while means "Please ?" a whole flurry of it means "GET OUT OF THE F****** LANE, YOU STUPID SNEAKER !!". And no, it is not an exaggeration, Germans can be very offensive behind a ...


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It usually means get your slow ass out of the way. The main Autobahns have three lanes: Outer, for trucks. Nominal speed 100km/h. Middle, for normal driving. Nominal speed 160-180km/h. Inner lane, passing. Nominal speed: faster than you. If you are driving in the inner lane and someone flashes their headlights at you, it means move over to the middle ...


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In the US, crosswalks are regulated in state laws and most states have some sort of regulation that motorized vehicles must yield for pedestrians being within a crosswalk. This is of course quite odd, since in most situations, the pedestrian must move into the road and potentially put himself in danger, to get the right of way on his side. Michigan is one ...


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After living in the USA for over 10 years, I moved to Europe. I did consider bringing my car from the USA to Europe, however later rejected that idea. Yet in the process I did look into various options. There are several shipping companies that will ship vehicles across the Atlantic, usually inside containers on a ship, but for the right price they'll do ...


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It is an official signal and has a name: it is called Lichthupe in German. The German road-traffic regulations Straßenverkehrsordnung (StVO in short) mention this in two paragraphs: StVO § 5 (5) Outside of towns or villages a driver may warn oncoming traffic with the horn or the Lichthupe if he is going to overtake. StVO § 16 (1) A driver may warn ...


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Sort of. It's simpler than that, and potentially far cheaper. You just need to be flexible. Services like Transfercar allow you to return cars for free, essentially. The idea is that generally more people travel in a particular direction when renting - the flow is not even. In New Zealand, for example, many renters get a car in Auckland (most common ...


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No. There is no transfer to the UK (although note that some info seems to be shared with Mexico and Canada). The UK ONLY has a mutual recognition of driving points / disqualifications with Ireland. They address this with regards to the future, hopefully initially with other EU states, which they don't even have this with currently: We agree in ...


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From Pennsylvania Driver's Manual When there is a STEADY RED LIGHT, you must stop before crossing the marked stop line or crosswalk. If you do not see any lines, stop before entering the intersection. Wait for a green light before you start. You may turn right while the light is red, unless a NO TURN ON RED sign is posted at the intersection. ...


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Michigan specific information Michigan does have a section of law regarding traffic control areas. This mostly deals with crosswalks at signals, but portions of it refer to crosswalks in general. See state statute 257.612 which deals with disabled individuals crossing at any crosswalk, not just signal locations. There is also a definition of school ...


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The short answer is yes, larger trucks like moving trucks will be required to go through a weigh station in some states; AAA has a guide to weigh station requirements in Canada and the United States, and you should also ask the agency you are renting from. You will not necessarily have to stop at the weigh station for an inspection, as modern weigh stations ...


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a good solution for renting a car. Forget the car. You want a rather serious 4WD truck - not an Urban Explorer POS that can barely mount a curb. Although a car would probably be ok until Edmonton or Grande Prairie assuming it has all-season tires. Toronto does not normally mount all-season tires. Since you have clearly not done this before, you will ...


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I think you are misreading the picture. There is a grate running across the road itself that cars can cross without problems but hoofed animals (e.g. sheep) can not. Next to the road there is a gate that can be opened when driving herds. But this gate is never used to close off the road. Generally, in Iceland, a closed gate means no entry. Unless there is ...


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To vastly overgeneralize, most people consider posted speed limits in the United States to be too slow. All things being equal (good weather etc), it's expected that you drive about 10 mph over the speed limit, and police generally ignore people who do. In a few states, notably Texas, this is enshrined in law, and you can exceed the speed limit and ...


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There are no experience-related difference to speed limits in Germany (where I live), and neither are there in Poland, according to all sources I've looked at. I think the Belarusian regulation is rather unusual.


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About the closest way that I'm aware of is the category for this on Wikipedia. Of course, it'll still require you to click through each one. Category: Diagrams of road signs in France Category: Diagrams of road signs in the United States That European comparison is amazing, and I'm hoping another answer appears with something similar, but this is the ...


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It's just to match the normative symbols to some degree that are usually used for each of the various types of roads in each country. You can fairly easily check this by comparing any maps or roadsigns in the country you're from, the country you're in, or international road atlases, which also try to match the normative symbols. By "types" or "grades" of ...


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When it's open, you're allowed to cross the line. Source (Dutch). I had never actually heard that before, so I assume everybody else reasons the same way I did: it's an open lane, you're obviously supposed to use it as a perfectly normal lane, so the fact that it can only be reached by crossing an uncrossable line must be a visual illusion that can be ...


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I imagine the new bus service would follow the Narayanghat Mugling Highway to get into the higher valleys and onto Kathmandu or Pokhara. Without knowing where you went within Nepal 20 years back, I would hazard a guess that maybe you went up either the Siddharta Highway (to Pokhara) or the Tribhuvan Highway (to Kathmandu). Both of these roads are still ...


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It all depends on where you want to go. At any time of year, Landmannalaugar would call for something more substantial than a "small compact". Even a small 4x4 (i.e. a normal sedan with four wheel drive) could get into trouble, you'd really want something with extra ground clearance. Most of the other destinations you mention are easily accessible most of ...


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It is illegal to drive a vehicle in the US where each passenger does not have a seat belt (with very few exceptions) - http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nti/pdf/811458.pdf‎ It is illegal to drive a vehicle in Canada where each passenger does not have a seat belt (with very few exceptions) - http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/seatbelt.shtml Your vehicle ...


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It can mean different things, depending on context: If you are both on the leftmost lane, especially if the other car is very close, and/or coming up quickly, they likely want you to change to he right lane so that they can pass If yo are on an entry lane, the car behind you on the lane left of you may flash it's headlights to indicate that you can change ...


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As dianod says, van rental is easy in Australia. While there are many hire companies, the vehicles are usually supplied by a relatively small number of rental companies. eg Britz supply vans to literally dozens of hire companies who differentiate themselves by information packs or optional extra equipment etc. I'd choose a van over train etc - the ability ...


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Here is a such a map. There is a legend too. Blue is essentially without limit. Some have time-based limits or flexible limits based on electronic signs.


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Roads in Finland are good, although not luxurious. Helsinki-Tampere is all motorway, as is the last part of Lappeenranta-Helsinki, the rest you'll be driving on two-lane country highways. In short, any of those cars should be just fine. There are a few quirks to driving in Finland explained in detail at Wikivoyage, the main one being that you always need ...


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You're viewing the code in your mind incorrectly. For any individual driver in a vehicle, there is the road they are on, and there is the roundabout, period. You don't consider any of the other roads. Your intersection is the one the road you are on to the roundabout. As illustrated, the intersection is not the entire round-about (left), but only where your ...


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It's not an entire country, but Australia's Northern Territory had no speed limits (on major highways) until 2007, and they're seriously considering going back to this -- not a bad idea, given that there's a whole lotta nothing out there. For one year from February 2014, there's now a 200-km section of highway north of Alice Springs with no limits, and ...


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Yes, unless another sign forbids it. The sign is there to let you know there will be a turn arrow exclusively for you. It does not disallow right on red. If there is not a sign that says "No turn on red" or "No turns," you may turn right on red.


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Go to the local RMV (MassDOT RMV; 630 Washington Street, Boston, MA is the most easily accessible in Boston using public transportation) with: Passport (+ I-20 if you are on F-1 visa) French driving license + translation by the French Consulate (20 USD) French "releve restreint" (called "driving record" in the US), which is given by the Prefecture in which ...


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It shouldn't be any worse than usual - it might even be a bit light; Larchmont is a ways north of NYC proper, so I wouldn't expect significant NYE related backups there. One thing that you should be wary about however, is drunk drivers! There will probably be more of them on the road than usual that night, so be cautious and alert. (Similarly, there will ...


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York is a difficult place for the motorist at any time. For the obvious historical reasons the city centre is not geared up for anything but light-to-reasonable traffic but does have a linked series of single-carriageway roads circumnavigating the Roman Walls to help motorists avoid traversing the city centre itself. A few miles further out you have an ...



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