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Why are there no cat's eyes on Western Canadian roads?

I've been driving along highways in Western Canada at night or dusk and I've been pretty surprised by the darkness on the roads. I'm not thinking of actual streetlights, as it doesn't really make ...
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Phoenix, AZ to Show Low Arizona

Which route to Show Low from Phoenix would have the least extreme climbs since I will be driving a 35foot rv with trailer? Thru Payson or thru Globe?
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Matrix of traveling time between multiple locations

I'm looking for some online resources that would allow me to select 10 locations (e.g., 10 cities or 10 landmarks in a city), and would return the time it takes to drive/walk/use public transportation ...
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Foreign driver gets a ticket in my car

A German friend came to visit in L.A. He used my car and ran a red light. After he left the US, I received a letter with a ticket and fine. If I give the traffic dept. his name and address will they ...
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Why don't American traffic signs use pictograms as much as other countries?

Driving across the United States, I noticed that many signs contain words and actions to do or not to do, rather than pictograms. In many (maybe most) countries, in Europe and also in the neighbor ...
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What's the highest (fastest) posted mandatory maximum speed limit sign worldwide? [closed]

I wonder what the highest (fastest) posted mandatory maximum speed limit sign is worldwide, now or in the past.
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What's the highest suggested speed sign worldwide?

On some roads, suggested (not compulsory) speed signs are posted. What's the highest (fastest) suggested speed sign worldwide? E.g.:
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Cross Country Road Trip on a Moped

As a college student who is considering buying a motor vehicle in the not-too-distant future, I am interested in either a car or a moped. As of now, I'd prefer a moped: they're cheaper, more fuel-...
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Traveling from Dubai to Saudi Arabia for Umrah

As per new Visa rules in Saudi Arabia, Visa-holding expats can perform Umrah. My question is, can we travel there via personal vehicle now, or is travel by road in private vehicles still not allowed ...
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Where can I see the wind prediction on a driving path?

Some vehicles are more challenging to drive in windy conditions. Where can I see the wind prediction on a driving path? I'm mostly interested in the US. What I've seen so far: http://hint.fm/wind/, ...
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What do these short white strips mean on Japanese roads?

I see these signs mean on Japanese roads on https://youtu.be/15wVVByNgJY?t=3640: I'm referring to these short white strips: https://www.police.pref.kanagawa.jp/eng/e_mes/engf1008.htm doesn't contain ...
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What do green, blue, and yellow roads mean in Japan?

I read this answer by Sed Chapman on Quora about "Why are roads in Japan painted red?" It isn’t just red, but green, blue, yellow, and other colors can be found. Most often these colors are ...
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Registering a car in the EU as a non-resident citizen

I am considering a grand tour of the EU by road. This would be in a small electric car; I don't plan on creating lots of pollution as I go. Partly because the car would have a small range and also ...
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Am I allowed to videotape (dashcam) when entering Mexico from the US by car?

I typically drive with a dashcam. Am I allowed to videotape (dashcam) when entering Mexico from the US by car, or must I stop my dashcam? If I must stop my dashcam, what's the latest point when I need ...
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Am I allowed to videotape (dashcam) when entering the United States by car?

I typically drive with a dashcam. Am I allowed to videotape (dashcam) when entering the United States by car, or must I stop my dashcam? If I must stop my dashcam, what's the latest point when I need ...
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Drawing a path on a map and having a navigation software on my phone following it

I plan to drive in a city. I would like to decide to decide my exact route by drawing it on a map, then have a navigation software help me navigate to make sure I follow the route. Which solutions ...
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Driving from San Jose to Kansas City with a Uhaul Trailer I-80 vs. I-40?

My girlfriend, our two dogs, and myself are moving from San Jose, CA to Kansas City, MO leaving in late August. I am not worried about snow in the more northern I-80 because of the season, what I am ...
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Getting foreign license plates remotely (for specific countries). Is this possible?

I'm hoping to travel from Europe (Germany) to India in a van. My route would not be a straight one. Here's the route as I have currently (preliminarily) planned it. This would take me from Germany ...
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Drive from Detroit MI to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. - Is it scary?

I want to drive to pigeon forge with my family and I see that going from where I am to pigeon forge is a good 8 hour drive. I've driven a lot through Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois but not further down....
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How can I see what the fastest driving route is that goes through n places?

I'll soon visit some places in the US by car. I'd like to visit n places. How can I see what the fastest driving route is that goes through all these n places? Google Maps allows users to indicate ...
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Auto/Manual transmissions in Europe

I've noticed that Spanish people prefer manual transmissions, and automatics are harder to find there (opposite to USA). Is that the case in the rest of EU, or just a Spanish thing?
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Who has priority in this Netherlands road junction?

Priority to the right is a right-of-way system, in which the driver of a vehicle is required to give way to vehicles approaching from the right at intersections. However, can I ask in below case who ...
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What does a red X on a yellow sign mean on an Austrian autobahn

What does a small square yellow sign with a red cross mean? I encountered this on the autobahn in austria, and it appeared directly before and after bridges. In addition, there was sometimes a similar ...
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Traffic signal UK at a junction

Please help me with this. There are two lines of traffic lights in the highlighted area. one for right side traffic only the left side line is green and the right side line there is no right arrow ...
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Who has priority in this UK road junction?

Can you please let me know who has priority at this junction My car is at the green highlighted area and want to turn right. Say there are cars already to turn right at the yellow highlighted area. ...
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Driving ban in EU but need to exchange my EU driving licence for UK full license cat B

I have a driving ban in the Czech Republic. Now I live in the UK and need to exchange my driving licence for a UK licence. Will I get a full UK driving licence or not, because of my driving ban in the ...
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Germany speed limit „bei Nässe“ („by wetness“). Does snow count as wet?

In early April 2022, I was driving a car on a German motorway somewhere near the border between Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz. The local speed limit was 100 km/h, with an additional speed limit 80 km/h ...
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Can I use a passport card to drive/travel legally in the US?

Do I need a drivers license, to travel by automobile on the public roads of the US, if I am a US citizen with a passport card?
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Which country is this license plate from?

I’m in Romania for few days and today I noticed this license plate. It was on a black G wagon and what surprised me the most is that it had a face with bandana on it. Any clues?
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Do I need to pre-register a UK electric vehicle to drive in low emissions zones in the Netherlands and Germany?

I'm planning to drive my UK-registered electric vehicle in the Netherlands and Germany. I may (by design or accident!) drive in a low emissions zone in either country. Do I need to have a sticker on ...
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Why is there a line of parked cars at the left of the general lane in Otay Mesa Port of Entry?

I saw a line of parked cars in the general lane in Otay Mesa Port of Entry (from Mexico to the US) in early January at night (ca. 4 am). The left lane in the following picture shows the parked car: ...
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What are CBP agents doing when deciding whether to allow a US lawful permanent resident to enter the US by car?

When entering the US by car via a Sentri lane as a US lawful permanent resident (LPR), the CBP agent often takes over a minute on their computer to decide whether to allow the US LPR to enter the US, ...
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Which pairs of countries are connected by land but can't be connected by car?

Can't be connected by car = a regular individual can't drive a regular vehicle between the two countries, including via another country. I'm not interested in the case where driving is made ...
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What bypass routes are available for I-70 in Colorado?

A friend is going to be traveling this week from Kansas to Utah, presumably via I-70 through Colorado. As a Colorado native, I am aware that certain sections of I-70 (eg, Glenwood Canyon) are ...
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Which left turn light do I follow in this California intersection?

I have been travelling in California recently, and in a sorta-rural area I came across a confusing left-turn lane traffic light setup. It seems there is no left-turn light on the overhead pole ...
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Can one extend one's French international driving permit in the United States?

A few years ago, I got an international driving permit while in France, issued by the Paris Police Prefecture. I read on the permit that it can be extended for 3 years: Can I extend it while in the ...
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What's the point of having a Good To Go! pass aside from avoiding the extra 25¢USD/trip?

I drove through some bridges and tunnels in Seattle, some of which had a toll fee levied by the Good to Go toll collection system. When creating a "Good to Go!" account, I see on https://...
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Is there a limit on how full of items a car is to be allowed to drive from Mexico to the United States via Sentri lanes, and if so, what's the limit?

I drove the same car with the same content two days in a row from Mexico to the US via the same border crossing and the same lane (Sentri, as I have a Global Entry card). I was sent to secondary each ...
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What am I supposed to declare when driving from Mexico to the United States, as a US lawful permanent resident?

I am confused regarding what I am supposed to declare when driving from Mexico to the United States, as a US lawful permanent resident and French citizen. https://www.smartertravel.com/customs-duty-...
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Are unofficial International Driving Permits of any use?

The American Automobile Association (AAA) and the American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA) are the only organizations that issue official International Driving Permit (IDP) for US driver licenses. ...
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Do red cross signs on the street mean I am not allowed to drive into this alley in Seattle?

I saw alley this alley: Google Street view The presence of the red crossses at the entrance of the alley (= the bottom of the picture) makes me wonder whether I am allowed to drive into this alley. ...
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Is there any point in getting an Inter-American Driving Permit (IADP) instead of an International Driving Permit (IDP)?

The American Automobile Association (AAA)'s application form (mirror) states: If you intend to drive in the following countries, be sure to check INTER-AMERICAN DRIVING PERMIT box page 1: Brazil and ...
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Can I pay my "Good to Go" toll bill without a "Good to Go" pass and without having to have access to the letter they sent me?

I drove through some bridges and tunnels in Seattle, some of which had a toll fee levied by the Good to Go toll collection system. Can I pay my "Good to Go" toll bill without a physical &...
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Can I legally drive through the backstreets in Seattle?

Assume that: I have a valid US driver's license and have the other elements to legally drive on a normal street in the US. I'd like drive through a backstreet in Seattle but I'm not doing so to ...
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Is this email for toll violations from CVM (Citations and Violations Management) a scam?

I got an email from CVM stating that I didn't pay a toll. I was told the bill was $106. When I logged onto their website there was an administrative fee attached to it of $50 making the total $156. ...
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Do I Need an FCS (Passenger Locator Form) if Entering Spain by Road?

Thanks for helping out. I'm entering Spain via a flight to France and then coach transfer to Santander in Cantabria. I have all in order to arrive in France but would like to understand: If I need an ...
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Why does Waze give a time estimate for this road trip two hours lower than Google Maps?

Google Maps: 13 hours, 5 minutes Waze: 11 hours, 15 minutes Pretty much the same path. Screenshots taken at the time, and both programs consider the traffic information. What accounts for such a ...
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Can visitors rent electric scooters (motorcycles) in Taiwan with foreign drivers licenses?

There's nearly one registered scooter per adult in Taiwan (the motorcycle variety) and it's an excellent way to explore because (among other things) they are trivial to park almost anywhere, whereas ...
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Why does Google Maps say that driving from San Francisco to Seattle via Portland is 30 minutes faster than driving from San Francisco to Seattle?

I read the following ETAs: GMaps: San Francisco to Seattle: 13h23min. GMaps: San Francisco to Seattle via Portland, Oregon: 12h55min. Why does Google Maps say that driving from San Francisco to ...
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least wear n tear drive from Colorado Springs to Salt Lake City in August?

I have to make an emergent drive in a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix. looking for advice on the best route should I have car issues> car is a little driven with average mileage for age. new tires and ...

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