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How shall I proceed if my car may contain illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia before entering Canada by car from the US?

Some individual broke into my car in the United States to steal my dashcam and a few quarters, and in the process, while searching my car for other valuable items, left some drug paraphernalia in the ...
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Free parking outside Stockholm (park-and-ride, infartsparkering)

Where can I find free parking as close to the center of Stockholm as possible? I'm traveling Sweden by car. By all accounts, it's probably impossible to find free parking in Stockholm. Stockholm has a ...
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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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Can you take a car-ferry from France to the UK with a somone else's car?

I am looking to book a Brittany Ferries return service from St-Malo (France) to Portsmouth with a car, however it is not registered to my name. I do have the owner permission (I can have a signed ...
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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 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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Taking two cars to Tijuana from San Diego

Can I take two cars from San Diego to Tijuana at the same time? Driving one and pulling the 2nd. Both are under my name, I have US and Mexican Nationality. Family reunion in TJ need 2 cars.
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Owning a car in Japan and changing visa/departing for a long trip

what happens if you: posses a Japanese driving license posses a Japanese car posses a valid parking spot (車庫証明) switch from a working visa to a tourist visa and later go on a trip in Japan, thus ...
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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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How long does it take to add your car to SENTRI?

I’m flying to San Diego soon and will be renting a car there. I’d like to do a day trip to Tijuana and using my Global Entry in the SENTRI lanes would make the trip back much faster. How long does it ...
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What's the most expensive parking spot in the world? [closed]

Recently I've traveled to Salt Lake City and noticed that there was a "Premium Reserved Parking" section for $10/hour, which seemed like the highest hourly rate I've seen so far. Are there ...
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Is it advantageous to subscribe to multiple EV charging roaming providers?

Considering the many hundreds of operators of electric charging stations in Europe, it is good that roaming providers exist (as of 2022, most charging stations do not yet allow paying with a regular ...
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Does my smartphone need NFC to pay at car charging stations in Germany and The Netherlands?

I am renting an electric car for a longer trip and figuring out how to pay for (fast) charging stations in Germany and The Netherlands. As of 2022, most charging stations do not yet allow paying for ...
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What does "I30 SEK" mean?

I noticed this sign: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/Astrid_Lindgrens_World_Entrance.JPG The "40 SEK" part makes sense. It means 40 Swedish kronor to park. But then it ...
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Is there any limit of time for how long I can drive outside of the country of residence?

I am wondering if there is any limit on how long I can drive my car outside of Romania (my country of residence), or if there is any limit in any European country on how long I can be there, with my ...
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Where can I see the European car tolls for the route?

For a route that goes from Country A, going through countries B, C, D and arriving to Country E, all of them in Europe, what is the easiest way to know what taxes I have to pay as car driver? Of ...
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Where is the "Additional Parking" at the Cross Border Xpress (CBX, on the San Diego side)?

I read on https://www.crossborderxpress.com/en/parking: Additional Parking - $15 USD Where is the "Additional Parking" in CBX? At first I thought the "Additional Parking" may be ...
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Traveling with my bicycle on top of my car in Europe

I am planning to travel in the European countries (Spain, France, Italy etc) by car and would like to take my bicycle with me. Putting it on the top of the car would make the height higher. [Bicycle] ...
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What type of license plate is this?

Spotted today in Latvia, but it doesn't look like any of the European license plates. It was also yellow from the front. Do you have any idea? Numbers and letters on the plate changed, to protect ...
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Does a picture of one's proof of automobile registration suffice to enter Mexico by car, or does have to present the physical orginal paper?

When driving from the US to Mexico, according to https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/need-passport/us-mexicoborder.html: Travelers should be sure to enter Mexico with valid proof of ...
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How can I make sure my car doesn't get impounded/ticketed before the 72h parking deadline in Seattle, or at least, prove it wasn't parked over 72h? [closed]

I'm reading that there exists a dedicated phone line, 206-684-8763, to report to the Seattle Police vehicles parked in one spot for over 72 hours. How can I make sure that my car doesn't get impounded ...
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Where can one park one's car for free for a few weeks reasonably close to Seattle (SEA) airport? [closed]

I wonder where one can park one's car for free for a few weeks (preferably >1 month) reasonably close to Seattle (SEA) airport. Let's say reasonably = less than 1h car ride.
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Traveling from Germany to England via France by car -> quarantine?

I have a ferry ticket to England on August 14, I’m German and fully vaccinated. As of August 2, I could travel to England and not having to quarantine. But since I’m driving through France, I’m not ...
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Is it possible for a citizen (but non-resident) to buy and insure an RV/Camper Van in Europe?

I have Italian citizenship but my "residence" is in Canada. It's where my driver's licence is based. I'm however planning to return to Europe on a long-term basis and am considering buying ...
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Car mask rules in Italy when living together during holiday

We are 5 people from Germany, living in 3 different households. During our holiday in Italy we will live together in one household. There's a rule in Italy that only 3 people from different households ...
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Which countries don't have a strong "car culture" (noisy cars & bikes)? [closed]

I currently live in Wales. Like most of the UK, it has a very high rate of people driving extremely loud cars and motorbikes, at all times of the day. Like a lot of people, the noise annoys me, but ...
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Shipping vehicle from US to Europe

My girlfriend and I are planning an overlanding trip through Europe via car. We are trying to find cheap but easy and safe options to ship my car to Europe and back to the US at the end of our 90 day ...
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A French registered car in the UK caught up in travel restrictions with owner now out of the UK

A person had traveled from France by car to visit relatives in the UK and then had to fly out to Ireland on a family medical emergency ( an expected short duration. ) leaving their French registered ...
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Crossing the Chinese border with a 50cc bike

I am planning to travel around in Asia a bit with my 50cc Simson, Ive heard that it is quiet a trouble to bring a car/motorcycle into China and it costs a lot of money and there is a lot of paperwork ...
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Roads classification in Spain

While I am looking for some nice roads in Spain for my next roadtrip, I noticed that the roads there have different numbera A-, B-, N- etc, some of them have even a letter at the end (C-1412a) What is ...
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Red Light Ticket in Australia sent to my UK address

I was driving my boyfriends car at the time.. didn't even realise I'd gone through a red light until later on, when a few months had passed and I'd gone back to the UK, my boyfriend gets a letter ...
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For how long can one leave one's car parked in San Diego Old Town's free parking lots?

Midavalo mentioned that there exist some free parking lots in Old Town in San Diego near the trolley that goes to San Ysidro border crossing. E.g. https://www.oldtownsandiegoguide.com/dayofthedead/...
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What is this parking lot next to the Otay crossing between Mexico and the United States?

I see a parking lot next to the Otay crossing (one of three ports of entry (POE) in the San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan region) on https://www.google.com/maps/@32.5515469,-116.9389443,18.25z?hl=en: ...
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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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Park and Ride in Southern Denmark

A friend and I are planning a road trip through Denmark, but since we want to avoid the toll of the Storebælt bridge and the problems of having the car in Copenhagen, we'd like to park our car ...
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Are vignettes needed to drive on German motorways?

I will need to drive to Berlin soon (July 2020) and I'm trying to figure out if Germany requires a Vignette to use their motorways, like neighbouring Switzerland and Austria do. This article seems to ...
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Buying a left-hand drive car in the UK for long European road trips

I live in the UK and have family in Salzburg, Austria. Whenever I see a cheap flight to Munich or Salzburg (before covid) I fly across the weekend and rent a car. I'm adding up my rental costs over ...
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Do I need to pre-register my foreign car to drive in Milan's Zone B?

Is there any obligatory online registration or some kind of paid front-window sticker needed to enter Milano's Zone B? There is an online service for car registration but I'm not sure if every car ...
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Using self-service gas pumps in Israel - with Hebrew-only interface

After traveling quite a bit in Israel by car I still can't figure out how to use gas pumps at the gas stations. All pumps I've seen were self service ones where you pay by car at the pump. Also none ...
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Received a traffic violation notice in the mail

I live in Illinois. I received a violation from Tollroads.com. I havent driven my car in the state of California. I was on a flight from Brussels to Chicago on the day of the violation.What should I ...
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Largest populated area without cars [duplicate]

I would like to visit somewhere with no cars. What are the largest inhabited regions with no automobiles? (Emergency vehicles are allowed.)
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What are the differences between Fterolaka and Kelara locations of the Parnassos Ski Center?

The Parnassos Ski Center seems to have more than one locations for skiing. In particular it seems to have at least two separate locations, Fterolaka and Kelaria. Are they indeed separate locations? ...
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No rental cars available even though the booking is confirmed

A non-US resident booked a car for the US (San Diego) and got a confirmation from rentalcars and Hertz. When he tried to pick it up, (it was yesterday, on Dec. 24) he was told that no cars are ...
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Hirtshals parking for 3 days

We will need a parking spot for two cars in Hirtshals for 3 days. Are their any recommendations on where to park?
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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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Are there any big junkyards near Indianapolis?

Are there any big (and preferably abandoned) junkyards near Indianapolis, IN or Bloomington, IN? I'm looking for something like this (not necessarily that big): My research in Google and on Google ...
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On street parking in the UK [closed]

This is more a question about UK parking etiquette, couldn’t find a more suitable SE Site. In the UK, I’m getting a car, but parking where I live is very limited. At the same time, about 5 minutes ...
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Long-term parking at Karlovy Vary airport (KLV)

I'm planning to travel to Moscow soon and it will be convenient for me to fly from Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. It's written here on the airport website that parking is free but the car parks ...
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In Singapore, how much does an average person use a car? [closed]

Sorry if this is off topic, I don’t know where to put this question. I’m doing a project for the First LEGO League and I need to know how many times a car owner, in Singapore, uses their car to ...
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Is there time limit for street parking in Milan on blue bays?

I've been doing some research and see that there is a lot of blue bays around, and it seems like the cost is €1,20 per hour between 8-13 (Mon-Fri) and free for the rest of the day. What I can't figure ...
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