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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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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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According to http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/congestioncharging/ , you can call them at (UK) Tel: 0333 200 1000. I can't find a form matching your exact enquiry online. You can pay a penalty online (when you get the penalty form), or you can pay in advance, but I don't see a way to see 'Is there a penalty I owe I haven't found yet?' Short answer, you ...


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In Québec, a flashing green traffic light means that no cross-traffic can go, even the traffic on the same road coming from the other direction has a red light. This means that (if allowed) you can make a left turn without having to yield (except possibly to pedestrians in the cross street). See e.g. this or this advice on the peculiarities of driving in ...


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Basically because they can -- it's not illegal and you were on a multi-lane road (it sounds like) so they may have felt they could. So, why? Well truck drivers are paid in a variety of ways (from Wikipedia): Truck drivers are paid according to many different methods. These include salary, hourly, and a number of methods which can be broadly defined as ...


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Short answer: No. Long answer: Google used to provide this service, but stopped apparently some time in 2011, saying it was inaccurate because it "provided users with the worst case traffic scenario based on historic traffic data." They have since added current traffic condition reporting/routing, but it doesn't predict into the future. From this post: ...


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In Ontario, pretty much all of the flashing greens have been replaced with green arrows. When we had flashing greens, they were inevitably accompanied by a sign "advanced green when flashing". This referred to the fact that you were getting the green in advance of the traffic moving towards you, and so could freely turn left (or go straight.) Some ...


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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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According to Wikipedia you can buy it at various certification agencies (TÜV, DEKRA) and theoretically any auto repair shop that's certified for doing emission tests (though apparently many don't offer this service). You need to show them the vehicle license and registration papers, from which they determine whether your car can get such a badge, and which ...


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There are no international rules that forbid that. There are numerous stories on the Internet about people whose driver's licenses were conficsated in EU countries. Here is an official guide for British drivers driving abroad. It says: If you break French driving laws you can also have your UK driving licence confiscated by French Police. Similarly, ...


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I think as RoflcoptrException says, a small speed gain can make the difference. The drivers can have a huge distance to travel, and (in the EU) the rules on allowed time before breaks is strict and enforced via tachograph etc and an extra 40-50km a day can be the difference between making the truck stop and stopping in the middle of nowhere. As an example, ...


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No, not on Google Maps. However, you CAN partially accomplish this using Waze. Waze was acquired by Google in 2013. Use Waze's "check routes for a different time" feature allows specifying a different time, but as far as I can tell it doesn't allow specifying a specific date or even a specific day of the week.


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The first thing to know about all-way stops is that they are used in low volume intersections. You need to know all the edge case rules about what if people arrive simultaneously but that isn't what you normally need to deal with. You also need to know that "at the intersection" means having reached the white line painted across the road at the same point as ...


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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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I know you asked about Quebec but I think it's useful to point out that blinking can mean wildly different things: In Austria, a green traffic light will blink green four times before switching to yellow and red. This is meant as a pre-warning to avoid people driving through "dark yellow". Austrian drivers know this and will usually stop at yellow (not ...


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I don't share your impression that Bratislava is more dangerous than other European cities. On the contrary I had some nice walks through Bratislava. I also had my share of not-stopping Austrians. But that is only my opinion. If you look at traffic fatalities worldwide, you see that the numbers are comparable among European countries. source: StatPlanet ...


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Go to Google Maps, find the city for which you want to find historical traffic information Click on Satellite, then on Traffic Click on "change" next to "Live Traffic" Slide the time bar to the desired time and day of the week. This feature works in all major cities worldwide.


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Yes! Google maps recently added the possibility of doing exactly this! I noticed it for the first time today. When you query the route for a specific destination a new option shows up above the possible routes which allows you to choose to depart at a particular time or arrive at a particular time. In the later case it suggests the time that you should ...


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The distance difference is not very big so your alternative route is probably a good choice. I took variants of it several times to go to the west of France from the Benelux and I was happy with it. On the other hand, by 10 AM, I think the rush hour in Paris would already be over and it's not a big concern in the summer anyway (many people will be on ...


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I had the problem this morning, so I called the number given above. No, they cannot tell you whether you have to pay the fee or not. That's what I was told on the phone. Unless you had to pay and didn't pay, in which case they will issue you with a huge fine. At that point it's too late. It seems that you can pay and then complain later to get a refund, ...


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Others have already provided correct answers but it might be useful to note that the very way you framed the question is at odds with the way international law works. The relevant law in a such a situation is first and foremost the local law. Beyond some limited things like the right to request that your consulate be informed of your situation when arrested, ...


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You should also remember that truckers are very sensitive to fuel economy, and practice many similar techniques to hypermilers. This includes using their brakes as little as possible, and maintaining a constant speed as much as possible. They also are trying to save time, as others have noted. What this does mean is, when they are able to, they will do ...


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I am a big fan of GPS for its positioning capabilities. When it comes to navigating, I haven't found a optimal app or tool yet. I actually developed a dislike of satnav devices. Usually the navigation steps appear to be very bad if you follow them in an area you know. So that might apply to unknown areas as well. I might be old fashioned, but this one of ...


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Disclaimer: I don't have actual data, only anecdotal. The Hume should be relatively straight-forward, barring any car crashes. It'll be busy but the usual choke points north and south bound are the merges (Ourimbah) and traffic lights (Kiama). The Hume has neither of those outside of Sydney. It really depends on your starting point. I'd err on the side ...


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Many countries, and I assume that the Netherlands is among them, has an order of priority for conflicting signs in their traffic laws. When I learned to drive (not in the Netherlands though), we were tought about three categories, here listed in the order of increasing priority: Road markings and fixed signs Traffic lights and variable signs Orders from ...


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I got all of this from here How to Handle Four-Way Stops: The Dummies Guide The simplicity of the four-way stop can easily be shown in these few key concepts. A four-way stop is any intersection with a stop sign in each direction, a flashing red light in each direction, or a broken traffic light should be treated as a four-way stop normally would. ...


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In many cases it simply means that the guy behind you is crazy thinks he doesn't have to care about speed limits and safety distance. If there are cars on the line right to yours and you are driving faster than these cars, just ignore the guy behind you.


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if you use https://www.google.com/maps?output=classic you can put your route in, then click traffic in the upper right. The traffic controls will show up in the lower left. Then you can change from live traffic to 'Traffic at day and time:' I am not sure if it actually affects the time but it does at least show you the predicted traffic for that day of ...


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Ok. Let's start with some disclaimers. The information provided below applies to the US and Canada only, though most GPS devices including the ones listed are likely to have maps and ability to guide you in other parts of the world. If anyone tested this outside those locales please let feel free to update the answer as needed. A lot of new in-car GPS ...



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