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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, the lot is located so the time to drive from there to the terminal is roughly the same as the time to deplane and walk to the curb. It differs from a ...


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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-magnetic-p-plates-x3 P plates are not mandatory and are not regulated in their use in Great Britain, but they're officially recognised as denoting a newly ...


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Canadian Credit Cards Many fuel dispensers in the USA (for sure in Hawaii, apparently elsewhere in the USA as well) accept the numbers-only from the postal code of a Canadian billing address followed by two zeros. So, if your Canadian billing address is right beside Schwartz's Deli in Montreal where the postal code is H2W 1L2, you would enter '21200'. ...


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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 minutes) and more expensive. However you then have to factor in the drive to and from the crossing points, which costs both time and money. Hence a longer more ...


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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 between the two sets of lanes, and the height of the barrier. As a simple rule of thumb, if you can see the headlights on the oncoming cars, they can see yours. Don'...


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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 ?" a whole flurry of it means "GET OUT OF THE F****** LANE, YOU STUPID SNEAKER !!". And no, it is not an exaggeration, Germans can be very offensive behind a ...


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Buying option For a one-month trip, I do not recommend buying and selling a car. Although it probably could be done, let me address some of the complications with that first, then I'll discuss rentals: A $3000 car will be old, and probably not very reliable. I would not trust a car in this price range to get me safely around the country without thorough ...


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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 easier to confirm what is happening at the rear and side of the car, especially on the driver’s side.” Another advantage of fender mirrors compared to door ...


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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 wait until you can exit, pull over at a safe spot. A safe spot has a shoulder significantly wider than the car, and you pull as far off as you can without ...


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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 tubes, every step (with high heels) announces loudly your presence (and that you are a woman, by the way), there is often bad lighting, few exits and both cars and ...


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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 tax of 10.375%. In many areas of the city, largely south of E52nd street, almost all street parking is prohibited with exceptions made for Commercial vehicles (...


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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 acceleration and braking (study). So I don't see why electric cars should be allowed to drive faster.


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Having a car in Berlin is more hassle than a convenience, just because of the parking situation, and the money you spend on parking meters. Driving in Berlin is also not exactly fun with the traffic congestion, or much faster than the bus or subway either. Leave your car at home, save the money and then decide after 3 months if you really need a car in ...


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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 amount like 20 dollars, to make the transaction quick and easy. If you want to top off the tank, just prepay for an amount that you know exceeds the amount ...


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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 the way across town once you've found a spot - and then to move your car daily and do it all again because of the aforementioned ASP rules - you're not going to ...


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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 of buying second hand cars in general. If you are under 25 years of age, car rental will be very expensive and buying is (in my opinion) the better option. When ...


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We recently caught the ferry from the UK to Europe and needed to have these stickers (for the other way around). We bought them before hand from UK car shop Halfords where they just call them "headlamp converters". We also found find that everything needed for driving in other countries was sold on the ferry. They sold the headlamp converters, the country ...


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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, you may easily violate other regulations doing so. Roads and public parking spaces may in general only be used for traffical purposes and even though stopping ...


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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 with road crossings. It is guided by a magnetic strip under the ground, but it is autonomously controlling its speed. It has been doing this since 1999 already. ...


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This device is legal as long as you do not publish the video. In case you want to, you need to pixelate license plates and faces. Also you are not allowed to have a specific person "in focus", meaning: You are not allowed to sit in the car and point it at specific people. Regarding your comment, having a camera in there that does not record is perfectly fine,...


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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, passing. Nominal speed: faster than you. If you are driving in the inner lane and someone flashes their headlights at you, it means move over to the middle ...


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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 inside of the "Mittlerer Ring", where parking is restricted (residents only or parking ticket, see map or text). I'd suggest to park somewhere in the outskirts, ...


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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-stay area (painted blue) (Google translation, emphasis mine). Note that this seems to be in use in some other places. Other cities make extensive use of blue-...


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UK Credit Cards I have a UK credit card and have had mixed results using my card at the pump. Sometimes no ZIP code is asked for and it works fine. Also, sometimes entering 00000 does work (I'm guessing because it's not subsequently using the ZIP code entered). In about 80% of cases, though (and it does seem to vary as to where in the US you are), I've had ...


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Required under certain conditions: Outside populated areas: Italy, Hungary and Romania Indicated roads only: Portugal Motorcycles only: Belgium, France, Spain Recommended: Germany, Spain, France Required at all times: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, ...


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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.) MPG (Miles Per Gallon) @ 65 mph = 105 km/h ---------------------------------------------- No rack 42 mpg = 5.6 l/100km ...


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German Credit Cards I've had mixed results with German credit cards. Since we also have 5 digits ZIP codes, the match should be fairly easy. However, on some occasions it worked perfectly, while on others it didn't and I had to see the cashier. All in all, there doesn't seem to be any kind of rule or system - at least not to me.


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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 engine needs to work to overcome that which usually means that you're not driving fast enough to lose control, although the condition of the road may still ...


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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 in turn is connected to a funnel-like orifice that is adapted to the user's anatomy (different designs are used for men as compared to women). The user ...


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Gazole and Diesel are synonyms. They both mean diesel fuel, as opposed to essence or super (short for supercarburant, nobody uses the long form) which means usual car gasoline. You must use the type of fuel that's appropriate for your car, either gazole or super. I think that diesel engines are more common in cars in France than in most other countries. ...


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