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Joining a major road to A64 to Leeds from a small road

Please let me know how to approach and join this major road A64 to Leeds from York. My car is coming as the yellow line highlighted. There is no give way sign(there is only one broken line) in the ...
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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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What are these half-size parking spaces in a supermarket lot?

Please let me know what this highlighted parking space is for
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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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Why is this mileage marker in British Columbia placed exactly 111km away, seemingly in the middle of nowhere?

While driving from Alberta to British Columbia, we noticed a road sign stating that Prince George was 111km away: We wondered why this specific road sign had been placed at a specific mileage of ...
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On German bicycle direction signs, what does the background colour for bicycle highway pictograms indicate?

On this direction sign at Wixhausen near Darmstadt, Germany, several destinations use a bicycle highway pictogram. Some of the pictograms have a black background, whereas others have a green ...
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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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Is this "warning for prostitutes" sign actually a real, official sign in Italy?

While browsing Wikipedia to verify what "puta" meant (as I kept hearing it in Spanish) I found this bizarre photo: I tried to find the address "31021 Mogliano Veneto, Province of ...
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What are the rules around intersections with flashing lights?

I will be travelling to the USA (from the UK) and renting a car. I have been looking into the various traffic laws and rules, signage etc. as well as potential routes to take for the journey, and I ...
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What is this sign with red triangle and black bottom up "T" on cars in Lithuania?

I have seen this sign mounted on the backs of some cars. But I could not find any information about it. The upper end of the black part is spiky.
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What does the Free Recovery sign (UK) actually mean?

When travelling in the UK, I often see this sign when there are roadworks: This results in a few questions: What does this exactly mean and are there specific reasons when is used? Where will you ...
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What do these traffic signs mean? I saw them in Bali, Indonesia

What do these traffic signs mean? I saw them in Bali, Indonesia.
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What does this Swiss black on yellow rectangular traffic sign with a symbol looking like a dart mean?

I've seen this traffic sign in Switzerland. What does the second panel from the top mean? The panel is a rectangle, maybe 1½ times wider than high, depicting on the left a symbol that looks like a ...
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Right-of-way for cars and pedestrians in Thailand

Earlier this year I spent a few days in Thailand (Chiang Mai specifically, so my observations might not apply to the rest of the country). Most intersections in the city are unmarked (no traffic ...
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Traffic light fails to give a green to one's movement even after several cycles -- what can a driver do?

In some cases, when a traffic light has an inductive loop sensor, it is possible to approach a traffic light prepared to make a movement (through or turning), only to find yourself sitting at a red ...
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What's the meaning of the sign "Broken white line only marks the centre of the road"?

In Tenerife, on the road TF-21 near the Teide volcano, I've seen this sign: It reads, both in Spanish and English: ATENCIÓN Linea discontinua solo indica eje carretera WARNING Broken ...
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Do cyclists in France have priority when crossing a road?

Specifically when the road they are crossing has bicycle signs on it, such as this crossing in Versailles: The road going horizontally (left-right) on the picture is a normal road (for cars) and the ...
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What does the Apple Command key symbol (⌘) mean on Icelandic road signs?

I've just returned from a holiday in Iceland (I can heartily recommend it, BTW). I took a break from Stack Exchange as well, but I guess one can never stop being a moderator... I couldn't help but ...
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Placename abbreviations on British roads

In Great Britain (and perhaps Ireland too), road directions are often written on the road. When it points to a place, this is often abbreviated. For example, at this location on Google Streetview, ...
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Welcome to Wales sign near Chester

Me and the Mrs like getting pictures next to signs, got quite a few states in America, only got welcome to Scotland in the UK. We are staying in Chester in a couple of weeks and wondered if anyone ...
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What makes a highway different from other roads? [closed]

The "highway" term seems self-explanatory bug a bit confusing. In the US sense, it seems to define roads that are main arteries for long-distance travel but not necessarily freeways. Example: the ...
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Where and why are there metric road signs in Arizona?

A road sign from Arizona: Came across this from the web, found it curious. Traditionally the US, Burma and Liberia, I believe, don't use metric. But there are metric road signs in Arizona?
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Where can I learn about rules of the road in Europe? [closed]

I've been to Europe numerous times (more than 20 countries so far) but never hired a car yet primarily because of being intimidated with too many rules. I'm from India, driving cars since the last 10 ...
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How to decipher no parking signs? (UK)

Please excuse the poor resolution of the image. My understanding is that these signs normally show the restrictions and then the applied times. So does this sign mean that a lorry or coach can NOT ...
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What do these signs in the Czech Republic mean? [Picture included]

I cannot make sense of these lines and numbers, what do they represent?
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What’s the proper lane for going straight through a traffic light when formal lines don’t exist? [closed]

There is an intersection with a traffic light where I live in Golden, Colorado. You can turn both left and right at the light, in addition to proceeding straight. The road is wide and traffic ...
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What do these white blocks mean at an intersection?

Here in Germany where I live, in lieu of stop signs, a lot of intersections have things that look somewhat like this: It's a set of four or five white blocks. It's similar to the solid line you'd ...
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What does this British road sign mean?

BBC Radio Solent tweeted a picture of a road closure (apparently near Winchester): In the background, there is a road sign with two red lights on and a yellow "symbol". What does it mean?
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Do the road rules change from DC to NY in USA?

I'm asking this for both pedestrians and for drivers. I'm a visitor to Washington DC and would like to rent a car to travel to NY. So I'm eager to know whether there are any significant road rules ...
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What is the symbol on a worker ahead sign?

I hope this is the correct place for this type of question. I was wondering what the symbol on a US DOT W21-1a Worker Ahead road sign is. My wife thinks it's a flagger with their flag down. I think ...
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Do road signs showing a country and a city as destinations really exist?

I was watching the movie "The Day of the Jackal (1973)", where Jackal was driving on a road, past this road sign. It shows one country(Italie) & one city(Paris) on the road sign. I never saw a ...
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What does this traffic sign with a crossed-out black octagon mean?

I came across an unusual traffic sign (in what appears to be a stock photo), having a black octagon with a red crossed out circle: What does this sign mean, and where is it from? Edit not from OP ...
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How can I know if a U.S. interstate exit will have a return entrance ramp?

When driving on a US interstate highway, how will I know if an upcoming exit ramp will be followed by an entrance ramp to re-enter the highway after exiting? (e.g. if I need a gas station or food ...
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What are the rules to be aware of on a road with a sign that indicates rocks might fall?

I'm from Flanders and I don't have a driver's license. These signs are rather rare in Flanders, but I see them frequently as a passenger alongside the Spanish coast, in the Valencia province. The ...
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Pedestrian guide to cross the road in London?

I'm a bit confused with when to cross a street in London. Of course when I have a green light for pedestrians that's obvious, but for example how about this road that doesn't include anything for ...
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Understanding Greek road signs

I will shortly be driving around Greece. I do not know Greek, but I would like to learn the Greek alphabet, so that I can recognise road signs for town/city names, so that if there is a sign that is ...
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