Questions tagged [automobiles]

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

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Pedal order in vehicles that drive on the left

So this occurred to me a short while ago. I drive a standard in the United States. I know that in several other countries traffic is on the left side of the road instead of the right when you are ...
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Weekend parking at PATCO stations

Nowhere on the PATCO website or elsewhere (TripAdvisor, etc.) can I seem to find information about parking at PATCO Speedline stations on weekends. Are the lots open? Is there a fee? The only ...
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Expired license and registration while car traveling within the US

I am traveling by auto entirely within the US. No passport, didn't bring SS card, title or other papers. Emergency eldercare extended my visit, and both my registration and driver's license expired. ...
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When planning to drive through Germany, what speed does the navigation system use for limitless highways?

Sometimes I feel like my navigation system assumes I'll drive 140km/h on the German highway, which is not a terrible estimate for the average German, but it still seems a little high as a general ...
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Why do many parking lots in downtown LA use retractable tire spikes as access control devices?

I'm currently on a road trip to LA to see a show. Trying to find parking in downtown LA is quite the challenge. And it's made much worse when I saw a sign saying "Warning: Do not back up - severe ...
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Received fine for parking - court appearance not required - now not payable

I was in the USA (New York) for a visit and my car got towed. I parked in a non-marked disabled parking lot (“sorry sir, but we thought you're a resident… and they know…”). The police released the car ...
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Can you drive to the US on temporary Canadian plates?

I am British, living in Canada. I have been approved for a long-term visa to the US, moving early 2018. Moving should hopefully see me drive to my new home with my life in the back of the car. However,...
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Does the German environmental badge apply to other countries of Europe?

I planned the trip that will cover Germany, Belgium and France. I am aware that there are environmental zones in those countries and I need the correct badge for my car to enter them. So my question ...
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San Ysidro Pedwest parking

How much are the parking options overnight near the new Pedwest crossing at San Ysidro? The Las Americas outlets are located close by. Would it be possible to park there for free?
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Is it normal that people in front of the bar demanding keys to my car?

While I was visiting Mykonos (a Greek island), I've rented the car for few days. I've visited many places across the island, however I've experienced unusual situation with few of them (such as ...
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Foreign license plates in Macedonia

When visiting Macedonia this summer, I noticed what seemed to be an unusually large amount of cars with foreign license plates, most of them Italian but also a lot of German and American along some ...
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Reserved parking for women in Germany

I've seen in several places in Germany that there are parking places which are reserved for women, in one such parking garage there was a sign saying that they are reserved due to "safety reasons". ...
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Driving from Feldkirch to Munich - what to see along the way [closed]

We will be driving a car from Feldkirch Austria, and just need to get to Munich by around 4 or 5. What would be interesting sights along the way to stop and visit?
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Can I drive my Spanish REG 1989 Ford Escort in the Netherlands?

My girlfriend lives in Amsterdam and I live in Spain. I own a 1989 Ford Escort which has all the documents and inspections passed in Spain. I am planning to stay with her for a month while I look for ...
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As an EU national, what is the easiest way to obtain a driving license? [closed]

I am a British national with residency in the Netherlands and I was seeking the easiest route to obtain a driving license. I am already quite a seasoned driver, practising weekly on my provisional ...
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Driving brother's Serbian car in UAE?

My brother has a car registered in Serbia. I would like to drive that car in Dubai. I have drivers license issued in Serbia and drivers license issued by UAE on Serbian drivers licence. I have a ...
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Can I buy, insure and register a car as a foreigner in Nevada in 1 day? [duplicate]

I'm planning to fly to Las Vegas on holiday and drive to Toronto in a used car. I live in the UK and am unfamiliar with licensing laws in Nevada (and the rest of the US!) - though from what I ...
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Hoover Dam Parking

Planning to drive to the Hoover Dam tomorrow and would not be surprised if it were busy base on high rental car activity. Google indicates it is open at 9AM and I would like a parking spot. Can I ...
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Is there a USA map of fuel grades (elevation-specific REGular / 85 / 87)?

It would appear that in the US of A, most fuel is generally sold as Regular, Plus (or Midgrade), and Premium, with the actual specification being hidden in small print. My car requires 87, which goes ...
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Transiting Albania to Italy [closed]

I plan to do a trip in the late summer with my wife by car, going from Romania to Italy, but we'd like to get the ferry from Durres or maybe another city in Albania, and I would like to know some ...
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How to buy a car for a road trip in the United States?

For tourists coming to the US, getting a car is a great way to get around, especially if you want to see the national parks. Rental, especially for younger drivers, can be very expensive, so buying a ...
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Abandon an EU registered car outside of the EU

This summer a friend and I are planning a one-way road trip from within the EU to the Caucasus region. Here we would like to leave the car behind and fly back home. Since we will be traveling on a ...
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How long can I park in the blue zone in Switzerland?

I was trying to find some information about how the Blue Zone works in Switzerland, but I've found many contradicting information: one queue says I can park 2 hours, other speaks about 1 hour. I've ...
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What kind of cars for F roads and river crossing during summer in Iceland?

In many forums a 4WD car is mentioned but not much details beyond that. The official road conditions website differentiates between "passenger cars" and "cars suitable for highland roads" but without ...
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Is there a map of all the Umweltzones (environmental zones) in Germany?

I occasionally need to drive into Germany for work and since I'm usually taking a rental car it can be troublesome to obtain an Umweltzone sticker while on the road. Therefore it is useful to know ...
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Is it legal to turn high beams on when driving on a European highway with fully separated lanes?

Wiki gives us the following explanation of the use of high beams in a car: Main-beam (also called high, driving, or full beam) headlamps provide an intense, centre-weighted distribution of light ...
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How to get a German Umweltzone sticker while on the road? [duplicate]

I'm driving a Czech rental car into Germany and would like to have an Umweltzone sticker so that I can drive into cities. Where can I get one while on the road and what documents are needed? The car ...
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Where can I find a map of paid street parking zones in Munich?

Some parts of Munich have street parking which is either charged by the hour or only available to local residents. People traveling to Munich by car might be interested in finding out the parking ...
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What is the most comprehensive website for booking parking spots in Munich/Bavaria?

For work purposes I need to stay in a suburban city near Munich that has very limited public transport. I am therefore using a car to get around. Occasionally I need to drive into Munich city center ...
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Vehicle customs, lost passport

My truck and I are US citizens. The truck permit for 6 months in Mexico cost $485. I must be at the border by 6/6 and I'm 8 hours away. The problem is I can't find my passport! What will happen? Can I ...
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Rent a car in Greece (Thessaloniki) and drive to Macedonia

I am considering flying into Thessaloniki, renting a car and driving to FYR Macedonia (Skopje), returning it back to Thessaloniki. Do rental companies allow this by default? Is there anything special ...
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Car rental USA Seattle -> Las Vegas [closed]

I would like to ask, what is the best option for renting car in USA. I am 25 years old. My friends are 24 and 23 years old. We wanted to take care from Seattle to return it back in Las Vegas. There ...
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Travelling to Amalfi coast. Is it safe going by car? [closed]

My girlfriend and I are planning a short trip to visit Amalfi coast and Naples. We planned to arrive in Salerno and spend two days visiting the cities and the beaches of Amalfi coast (swimming etc). ...
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Car rental in foreign country question

I am renting a car for a trip to England. The car rental agency offers insurance for damage to their car. My personal auto insurance company doesn't cover me in England and doesn't offer any ...
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Car Hire Ireland/Wales/England

I'm flying into Ireland in Sept. 2017 and want to hire a car for ± 30 days - BUT I want to take it to Wales on the ferry then to London and Southern England and return it to Gatwick on Oct 10? Can't ...
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Swiss Alps visit around early November

I will be visiting Switzerland on early November and I'm still planning the trip. I never drove on snow before, so I don't know if it would be hard to drive around some regions like the Swiss Alps. I'...
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Car Rental Insurance

We are U.S. expats visiting the U.S. for a few months. What is the most reasonable way to obtain car rental insurance other than buying the insurance through the car rental company?
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City parking in Perth, Western Australia

How is the parking situation in the CBD of Perth, Western Australia? May I know is it easy to find & what is the normal rate? It's because I am planning straight away to Penguin Island after ...
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Is there ample parking at the Staten Island Ferry? [closed]

I will be driving into New York City in the last week of July probably Friday the 28th. I was considering parking my car for 4 days at a parking facility near the Staten Island ferry, and using the ...
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How can I rent a car one way from the US to Mexico?

I am moving from Asheville, North Carolina, to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico later this year. We have two dogs that are too large for an airplane. We need to rent a car to drive to Puerto Vallarta and ...
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Restrictions on Non-Resident Street Parking in Chicago

There seem to be three types of on-street parking in Chicago: Metered parking, Residential Zone parking and all other areas. I am right in understanding that there is no charge or permit required for ...
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What is the closest free street parking to London city center?

If one wanted to park his car for free on the street and visit London's city center, what would be the closest/most accessible place to do so? For the sake of the question, let's assume that the ...
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Since New York doesn't have a residential parking permit system, can a tourist park in Manhattan for free?

It seems that neither New York in general nor Manhattan have any kind of residential parking system as of 2016. Does this mean that a tourist can just go and park a car in Manhattan free of charge? I ...
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Is the Jersey City Port Imperial parking garage likely to be full during the summer?

I am planning a summer trip to Manhattan. I will be driving in. My current favourite parking solution would be to park at Port Imperial ferry terminal, and then take the ferry over. That way I would ...
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Planning for a private tour with a car in Zakynthos (Summer Season 2017) [closed]

How many Euros would a 6h private tour with a car cost?
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How to find cheapest parking options in Switzerland?

From what I've found out, in big cities of Switzerland, there are a planty of Parkhouses, but the prices vary often considerably. For example, I've checked a few options on the site https://...
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Process for booking an AWD/4WD car online

I am trying to rent an all-wheel-drive or 4-wheel-drive (AWD or 4WD) car. However, none of the sites I normally use to look for cars (AutoSlash, Kayak, CarRentals, directly at a few rental companies' ...
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What are cell phone lots at US airports for?

In every airport in the United States, I have noticed the existence of a parking lot, often among the furthest ones from the terminal, called a cell phone lot. What is the purpose of such parking ...
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Alaska car hire [closed]

I want to do a 1 way car hire from Anchorage, Alaska and drop off in Skagway, Alaska but am having trouble finding a company that offers this.
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Is it possible for a foreigner to buy and register a car in Hungary?

So I arrived in Budapest yesterday for a 40 day stay and this morning I stumbled upon a tiny, old Fiat for sale for $700. Being a larger than average American I'm finding it hard to resist the ...

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