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Why prohibit engine braking?

Completely different thing! They are referring to the "Jake Brake" in heavy trucks, where the trucker opens a portal to the depths of Hades and you hear a very loud BrapBrapBrapBrapBrapBrapBrap ...
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Why prohibit engine braking?

Even if the signs are often referring to engine braking in general, the intention is to prohibit usage of so called compression release engine brakes. Diesel engines in heavy vehicles are often ...
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Which safety features of the German Autobahn make it possible to have no speed limits as opposed to every other country?

TL;DR: It’s religious cultural. A considerable portion of Germans consider the absence of a general speed limit a fundamental freedom and will strongly argue against any suggestions to abolish it. If ...
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Caught speeding 111 Mph (179 km/h) in California. How can I settle the case with the court?

While speeding, normally an infraction, often does not require a court appearance, you were driving 111mph, which is sometimes considered Reckless Driving, a misdemeanor, a more serious charge, hence ...
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What is the easiest place to cross the US Rocky Mountains, going to Oregon, in a large truck?

Downshifting - you gotta know it Avoiding hills is simply not an option. Mountain driving is a lot like a roller coaster. The truck works really hard going up a long, long uphill, and then on the ...
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How to best get through a motorway toll booth safely between paying and the barrier closing?

I ride a motorcycle (I've never learned to drive a car) and I cannot imagine anything you could be doing in a car that takes as long as zipping up the riding suit, putting the gloves back on, putting ...
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Aren't there road signs that show populations of towns in the UK?

I have lived in five countries including the UK and never seen such a sign in real life. I only know them from American movies, where I've always semi-felt they were some sort of Wild West joke or ...
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Traffic light fails to give a green to one's movement even after several cycles -- what can a driver do?

Some jurisdictions may have laws that specifically address this situation. For example, in Colorado, CRS 42-4-612 says: Whenever a driver approaches an intersection and faces a traffic control ...
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What are the legal consequences for a tourist who runs out of gas on the Autobahn?

It is illegal to run out of gas on the Autobahn according to the German StVO (Straßenverkehrsordnung) which is the road traffic regulations in Germany. The fine can be from €30 up to €70 depending on ...
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Where is the largest road network that shares a landmass with, but is disconnected from, a larger ('main') road network?

South America is physically connected to North America, but there's a jungle/marsh area in the middle that has no roads through it (the Darién Gap). Several people have crossed the Gap, but this is a ...
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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

The picture is of horses in the road. When I stayed with friends in The New Forest, UK, where free range ponies roam (not actually wild), they often block the road in groups, and nothing apparently ...
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Where is the Asia-Europe divide and where can we cross it?

There is only one location that checks all your boxes, and no others come close: Istanbul. The west part of the city (its historical center) is considered to be in Europe, the part on the eastern side ...
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What does this road sign mean? (Germany; red circle and X on a blue background, with a right-pointing arrow.)

Provided there were no other sign or rule forbidding it, turning was perfectly fine. The red X cross on blue background means it's forbidden to stop (absolutes Halteverbot). It's somewhat similar to ...
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Why are California freeway exits painted with disconnected shoulder lines?

This peculiarity on Californian highways is even mentioned on Wikipedia. The purpose is to easier see that an exit is approaching when driving in foggy conditions. The interruption of the road ...
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Driving in the UK for the the first time - rules & to-dos that are different to India

The Government makes available the abbreviated "rules of the road", which is a collection of all the rules and regulations that various laws enforce on users of the public highway (pedestrians, ...
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Which safety features of the German Autobahn make it possible to have no speed limits as opposed to every other country?

German autobahns are not exceptionally safe In fact, German Autobahns have mid-level safety compared to other countries, well behind countries such as the UK. The Czech Republic has particularly ...
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What is the longest stretch of the Autobahn that is guaranteed to have no speed limits?

I can not comment yet on this SE, and this is not an answer to the question, but I feel like I have to warn you. And the other two answer you got (Jan's and Tor-Einar Jarnbjo's) are still pretty good. ...
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Am I supposed to respect traffic signs that are upside down (in the USA)?

Yes, any sign posted in the US is intended to be followed unless it explicitly has an X over it or it is covered up. Most likely the top screw of this sign has come loose and no maintenance has been ...
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What does "Drive Friendly -- The Texas Way" mean?

I don't really have a source for this, but don't overthink it. "Friendship" is the official state motto. Which doesn't really mean anything—state mottos aren't some guiding ethos everyone in ...
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Is it dangerous to go to Île de Noirmoutier using the pass?

Passage du Gois is a natural passage with a length of 4,3km (2.58-miles), located in the Atlantic coast of France in the Vendée. Part of the D948 leading to the island of Noirmoutier floods with high ...
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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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What are the legal consequences for a tourist who runs out of gas on the Autobahn?

As Klettseb already wrote in his answer, you can actually get fined for running out of fuel in Germany, but his explanation of the legal basis and the list of expected fines are incorrect. To avoid ...
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Are there speed cameras on stretches of the Autobahn with a temporary speed limit?

(Source: I am German, have been driving in Germany for 25+ years, and had, altogether, 3 temporary driving bans of one month each for speeding) Yes, these things are enforced. A different answer ...
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Longest uninhabited road segments

There are some very remote roads in northern Quebec. The James Bay Road (Route de la Baie James) is one option. Located in northeastern Canada, in the province of Quebec, the James Bay Road runs ...
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French A roads, Spanish E- roads, Dutch E roads and German roads

Yes, there is such a system. The roads marked with a green label and letter E are marked in accordance with this system: E47 on the Denmark map is the European route 47, E1 on the Portugal map is the ...
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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?

The primary difference is traffic. When you ask for the route from San Jose to Seattle, the website displays the "Leave now" option and calculates a real-time prediction based on current ...
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Texas, USA speed ticket as a European citizen, already left the country

A relevant resource would be Texas DMV paying tickets (Disclaimer - this is a 3rd party website and not connected to the government. We really need the jurisdiction of your court in order to provide ...
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Is it safe to drive from Prague to Salzburg during winter?

As a local, I would find the Prague-Salzburg route generally unproblematic, even during winter; many people from Prague use it to get to the Alps for skiing (in which case, the tricky part starts ...
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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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Do any States in the US give traffic tickets for 5 mph above the speed limit?

Getting stopped for going only 5 MPH over is unlikely anywhere in the US. Of course it can still happen if something else is suspicious, e.g. very dark tinted windows (which may also be illegal), a ...
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