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What are cell phone lots at US airports for?

The idea is that when you go to pick someone up from Arrivals, instead of circling around until they show up, you go and park in the cell-phone lot until the person calls you and summons you. Ideally,...
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How to make myself more visible in traffic as an EU mainland driver in the UK?

Use a P plate. Here's an example of some on sale. (No affiliation, this is just a major UK retailer which came to mind). http://www.halfords.com/motoring/travel-accessories/learning-to-drive/halfords-...
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How can I cross the English channel with a car?

The shortest crossings are the quickest and cheapest. So Dover/Calais is very popular. And the EuroTunnel train from Folkstone/Calais is effectively the same, but quicker (35 minutes compared with 90 ...
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Is it legal to turn high beams on when driving on a European highway with fully separated lanes?

Definitely do not use your high beams if there is a car in front of you. It will distract them or send a message of intimidation. As for the cars coming towards you, this depends on the distance ...
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What are these half-size parking spaces in a supermarket lot?

It's two motorcycle parking spaces, somewhat confusingly embedded in markings of similar size that mean "don't park here".
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Flashing headlights on Autobahn

If he/she is coming from behind, it means normally: You are slow, drive faster or change the lane ! The frequency of the light blinking indicate the urgency, a short one after a while means "Please ?"...
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Why do taxis in Japan have mirrors on the hood?

Thanks @Doc for the useful link at Japan Times. The main reason taxi drivers prefer fender mirrors is that they provide better visibility,” Osuga explained. “There is less of a blind spot so it’s ...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

Bring a towel or blanket, some baby wipes, and optionally a small trowel or a stick you picked up along the way. A few small plastic bags are also helpful. If someone (especially a small child) can't ...
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Reserved parking for women in Germany

The main reason that women parking places exist is that parking areas are often considered as creepy. At some time they are completely deserted so you hear only the deep humming of the fluorescent ...
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Since New York doesn't have a residential parking permit system, can a tourist park in Manhattan for free?

Yes. Any tourist can park in the same areas as a resident. The only "benefit" for residents of NYC is an exemption from paying the NYC 8% parking tax, though they still pay NY State portion of the ...
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How to buy a car for a road trip in the United States?

First off, don't let anyone tell you it's not worth it: you can find cheap cars that are very likely to keep running for a the duration of your trip. They won't be in the best shape, but that's true ...
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Do the speed limit reductions due to pollution also apply to electric cars in France?

I'm french and as far as I know, this is for all types of vehicles. The reduction of pollutant emissions is due to lower car consumption and a slow-moving traffic flow that avoids too much ...
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Since New York doesn't have a residential parking permit system, can a tourist park in Manhattan for free?

In Theory... sure. In practice... Unless you have a fairly good understanding of New York's somewhat arcane Alternate Side Parking rules, the patience of a saint, and the willingness to walk all ...
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How much cash am I supposed to prepay at gas station in the US?

So, you should prepay for however much gas you intend to buy. In most cases, you'll probably want to either fill the gas tank, or just buy an amount of gas that corresponds to a nice round dollar ...
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Is it legal to sleep in a parked car on the streets of Munich?

The legal situation is unfortunately a bit more complicated than what is stated by Dirty-flow and user24582. Even if the German traffic regulations do not directly forbid you to sleep in your car, ...
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Where can I try an autonomous driving car?

I don't know about any place where you can already use a bus that shares the road with other vehicles, but in Rotterdam, the Netherlands there is a bus that drives autonomously on a dedicated lane ...
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Traveling with my bicycle on top of my car in Europe

I've sometimes driven in the UK and France with bikes on top, more often with kayaks. It's perfectly reasonable but you do need to take care. I assume you have a normal-height car to start with, ...
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Flashing headlights on Autobahn

It usually means get your slow ass out of the way. The main Autobahns have three lanes: Outer, for trucks. Nominal speed 100km/h. Middle, for normal driving. Nominal speed 160-180km/h. Inner lane, ...
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Is it legal to sleep in a parked car on the streets of Munich?

As @Dirty-flow said, sleeping in the car is allowed, but you should not sleep in the driver's seat etc. if you are drunk, to avoid being fined for drunk driving. There are many areas, especially ...
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What do letters "R" and "E" before parking slots in Spain mean?

According to the Zumaia website: There will be 3 parking areas: Resident area (painted white with the letters R and E) Areas of high rotation (A, B and C: painted blue and red) Half-...
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What type of license plate is this?

They are probably plates from Kyrgyzstan: They could be "Foreign plates": However, they do not exactly match: They match the font They match the color They match the KG, country code for ...
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How much do roof racks hurt gas mileage?

ConsumerReports.org has done the analysis. Obviously it'll be different for every car and shape and size of roof rack, and contents of the rack, but in their experiment: 2013 Honda Accord (4-cyl.) ...
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Which country is this license plate from?

It is supposed to be a French plate from Corsica but it is definitely not compliant: French plates must be black on a white reflective background, with the sides blue, with on one side the EU flag (...
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Is it safer to drive up or down a dangerous mountain road?

Usually driving down a steep hill with narrow turns is more dangerous down than up for the simple reason that gravity will accelerate you going downhill. Going up hill gravity slows you down and your ...
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What's the easiest way to relieve oneself in a car?

A well prepared fighter pilot driver will be equipped with a Urine Collection Device (UCD) A typical UCD consists of a small container with a dehydrated sponge inside, connected to a tube which ...
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Shipping vehicle from US to Europe

Shipping vehicles (or any valuable asset) for short periods into a foreign country is always made easier by obtaining a Carnet de Passage en Douanes. This is equivalent to a passport for the vehicle ...
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Is it legal to turn high beams on when driving on a European highway with fully separated lanes?

Because you specifically mentioned the Autobahn, I explain the situation in Germany. The relevant passage is § 17 der Straßenverkehrsordnung über Beleuchtung, Absatz (2): Auf Straßen mit ...
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How to make myself more visible in traffic as an EU mainland driver in the UK?

I'm going to take issue with Dan North's accepted answer, not that it is bad, but let me put my own perspective on it. I am a Canadian, but spent most of my life in Scotland, learned to drive there ...
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How can I leave a car for someone if we can't meet in person?

Fedex have a service called "Hold At Location", where you can ship a package to a Fedex Location (which generally includes most Fedex Kinkos location which are frequently opened 24x7), and they will ...
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What is this sign with red triangle and black bottom up "T" on cars in Lithuania?

Given that very similar sign is employed in Russia, I would theorise it means that this car has little spikes built in its wheels' tyres, facing outwards. Spikes allow car to come to halt much faster ...
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