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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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What does that street sign in Canada meaning no stops are allowed represent? [duplicate]

The following street sign in Canada means that no stops are allowed: What does that street sign represent? I don't understand the symbol. Why the hexagon? Full picture:
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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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Which is flatter for a trip from Los Angeles to Kansas in August, I70 or I40?

I have a toyota yaris (small car) loaded with my stuff. I need to choose a route based on: I need to refill gas very frequently. I am afraid of heights and can't drive on mountain roads. I need safe ...
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Why are California freeway exits painted with disconnected shoulder lines?

On freeway exits on a recent road trip to California, I noticed the following paint markings: The paint marking for the exit seems to disconnect in two locations from the main shoulder paint line, as ...
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Projected opening date of Trail Ridge Rd, Rocky Mountain National Park?

I know it varies each year depending on the amount of snow, but on average around the end of May. How has the recent weather and snowfall been? Planning a trip to Denver soon so it would be great to ...
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What does this street sign showing Japantown represent?

While driving in San Jose downtown in California, I saw the following street sign: What does this street sign showing Japantown represent? I understand that it is pointing to the nearby Japantown but ...
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Travel back to France from Spain in order to complete French Residency

We must go back to our primary house in France in order to complete our French Residency there. We are both UK passport holders but live permanently in France. Having tried both French and Spanish ...
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How do the Express Lanes in California know how many occupants a car using the express lane contains?

In this answer by Zach Lipton, it is mentioned that the price of using the express lane in California depends (mirror) on the number of occupants that the vehicle contains: How do the Express Lanes ...
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Does the introduction of paid fast lane as replacement of the carpool lane increase or decrease the traffic speed? [closed]

I have noticed that on several (all?) highways in the Bay Area in California, US, carpool lanes are being replaced by paid fast lane (typically payable via FasTrak). This made me wonder: Does the ...
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is a 4WD required in practice to drive down Waipio Valley road?

The Waipio Valley road on Big Island is considered the steepest road in the US with a maximum gradient of 45%. The official recommendation is to use a 4WD, but is it actually needed in practice? I've ...
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Is a 4WD required in practice to drive up Mauna Kea on Hawaii?

According to the Mauna Kea Visitor information center: 2-wheel drive vehicles are not permitted above the Visitor Information Station. A 4-wheel drive vehicle with Low Range is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED. ...
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How are older drivers in the UK intended to learn about smart motorways? [closed]

This question arises from a conversation about road holidays in the UK, where I live. I was chatting to an older friend of the family, and it turns out they haven't heard of smart motorways. They ...
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Why are coaches only allowed one way Beauvoir to Noirmoutier on the Passage du Gois?

I read on https://www.passagedugois.com/crbst_3.html (mirror): Coaches [are only allowed] one-way Beauvoir to NOIRMOUTIER. Why are coaches only allowed one way Beauvoir to Noirmoutier on the Passage ...
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How to handle car insurance when driving a car around Central America?

Assume a French citizen and US legal permanent resident with no special visa, work permit, or residence in Central America, wishing to drive a car around the 7 countries of Central America for 1 or ...
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What does "Drive Friendly -- The Texas Way" mean?

Saw this sign as I entered Texas earlier this week, as well as digital display boards reminding drivers to also "Drive Friendly - The Texas Way". What exactly is the Texas Way? Do Texans ...
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How can I know whether some parts of a path are not covered by cellular network?

Given a path on some navigation program such as Google Maps or Waze in the United States, how can I know ahead of time (= before driving) whether some parts of the path are not covered by cellular ...
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Traveling from USA to Canada [closed]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada https://www.google.com/search?q=world+map+with+country+name&oq=World+map&aqs=chrome.3.0i271j69i57j0i433j0j0i433....
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Is it possible to do a u-turn after entering the Ambassador Bridge from the US to avoid leaving the US?

Is it possible to do a u-turn after entering the Ambassador Bridge from the US to avoid leaving the US? I am reading conflicting reports. https://k1025.com/this-guy-took-the-bridge-to-canada-exit-in-...
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What are the requirements to drive my UK registered car in Europe after Brexit?

I haven't seen a concise list of requirements as to what I need to have in order for me to drive my UK registered car in Europe after Brexit. (after 31st Dec 2020) I know how strict eg. the german TUV ...
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I have a Spanish registered car in Spain. However I still have an old style British driving license do I need to get an International one?

I have a Spanish registered car in Spain. However I still have an old style British driving license do I need to get an International one when I am driving there?
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Is a car with a licence plate that wasn't issued in Shanghai allowed to be driven within the Shanghai Outer Ring Expressway? Any restrictions if so?

I read on https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vehicle_registration_plates_of_China&oldid=989322105#Shanghai: The initial character on licence plates issued in Shanghai is: 沪 (Hù) 沪A, 沪B, ...
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What does the circled 1 sign mean on Google maps next to "Tolls"?

What does the circled 1 sign mean on Google maps next to "Tolls"? Example: I don't think that's the number of tolls given the distance.
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Which countries accept the Pakistan international driving licence?

I am a Pakistani living in Europe. Which countries accept the Pakistan international driving licence?
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Given a path driven in the US, how can I get the list of websites where I can pay the toll fees incurred during the drive?

Given a path driven in the United States, how can I get the list of websites where I can pay the toll fees incurred during the drive? E.g. https://www.bayareafastrak.org/en/tolls/ggb-pay-online.shtml ...
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Snow and Ice on the Alaskan Highway [duplicate]

I need to pull a U-Haul down the Alaskan Highway from Anchorage to Seattle. I want to know when that road is likely to be clear of winter's snow and ice.
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As a Hungarian national, can I enter the Schengen area through Austria, while traveling from Tanzania?

I plan on traveling to Zanzibar, Tanzania. I would drive from Budapest to Vienna, then fly from there though either Doha or Dubai. As far as I know, this part of my itinerary would be difficulty-free, ...
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Is it legal to turn right on to the near lane of 4 lane road (two lanes per direction), when there is a vehicle on the far lane (USA)

Is it legal to turn right on to the near lane of 4 lane road (two lanes per direction), when there is a vehicle on the far lane or should I wait for the blue car to pass. Location: USA, WA
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How can I know whether my car with a California license plate will be granted entry to Mexico?

I read on https://www.borderreport.com/regions/mexico/chocolate-car-crackdown-underway-in-tijuana-starting-at-the-border/ (mirror) (published on 2020-08-18) regarding the US <-> Mexico land ...
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How to minimize tolls when driving past NYC

When driving up or down the Eastern seaboard GPS and navigation apps all seem route me through New York City, leaving me to deal with the exorbitant bridge tolls. My most recent trip cost me over $50 ...
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Is there a Google Maps like app that shows directions and other people's progress along the same route?

I'm looking for an app that not only shows a route with directions (like Google Maps) but also tracks friends following the same route, with all of them showing at the same time. Think of it as Find ...
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How can I find the fastest path by car to reach a US state from a given US location?

How can I find the fastest path by car to reach a US state from a given US location? I.e., I'm located at address x and I want to know the minimum driving time to reach US state y.
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Driving a Mexican plated car in Canada [duplicate]

I am a Canadian citizen living in Mexico with a status of a permanent resident FM2 card with a house a Mexican drivers license and my truck which is originally from Canada has been imported to Mexico ...
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How much time do Canadian authorities give to non-Canadians to drive from the southern US-Canadian border to Alaska?

I read on https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/07/30/the-rules-for-crossing-the-canadian-border-into-alaska-just-got-even-stricter: Travelers will be given a tag to hang from their rearview mirrors for ...
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Validity of driver's license in a EU country

I'm a citizen of a non-EU country but currently live in an EU country for more than 1 year (not a permanent residence). I don't have a driver's license from the country I currently live in but holds a ...
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Inverted Speed Limit sign in South Korea

Can anyone tell me the meaning of this South Korean street sign? It looks like a speed limit to me, but the colors are inverted (white font on black instead of black font on white). I searched ...
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Driving from Denver to DC in December [closed]

We are planning on driving from Denver to DC before Christmas and back again before the New Year. We would be on I70 the entire time, and planning on two overnight stops. In general, what are the ...
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How to find quiet place to stop close to a motorway junction?

We are making a long journey by car across England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. It will take around 16 hours of driving which we are splitting over two days. We have the hotel ...
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10 day quarantine when Leaving California [closed]

are car travelers being asked to be '10-day quarantine' when entering California or when entering Nevada?
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How is the London congestion charge administered?

I have a rental car and I'm not sure whether I drove through the zone over the last few days. How can I know whether I'm obligated to pay the charge, and if I am but have not done so, then what will ...
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Is it possible for tourists to drive unhindered to the top of Mauna Kea on the big island of Hawaii?

Last year access to the top of Mauna Kea was blocked by protesters. They were attempting to stop construction of a new telescope. Does anyone know if regular access to the top has been re-opened?

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