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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 the state has to live by—but they tend to get trotted out for signage and campaigns. They're signs asking that you drive in a friendly fashion—watch for ...


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You have to cross the Hudson River somewhere, so its bridges are natural choke points. The three closest to, but not entering, New York City are: New Tappan Zee Bridge on I-87/I-287/NYS Thruway, toll $5.00 eastbound Bear Mountain Bridge on US-6/US-202, toll $1.50 eastbound Newburgh-Beacon Bridge on I-84, toll $1.50 eastbound. The bridges further north ...


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As correctly stated by @MichaelSeifert, it is a graphic representation of a coin. A circle alone wouldn't be easily interpreted as currency. I speculate that using the dollar symbol would be biasing in an international context, so using a digit is the most intuitive way to display that the circle has value. Historically, on US tollways you often used a ...


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What may be happening is this. Let me know if this isn't it. You may possibly be thinking the sign means: Drive friendly. Do so by driving specifically the Texas way, not another state's way. However, what it means is this: Drive friendly. Driving friendly is the Texas way. It just means don't drive crazy in general. Don't go twice as fast as the ...


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Yes, for Google Maps you can share your position (Location sharing) with others (and they with you). I assume a Google Account is needed for both parties. This can be turned on and off when needed. You also get general email reminders that you are still sharing your location information. In the Google Maps application you can see the persons position, based ...


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One can use the phone application Waze to see one's connections on the same map: https://youtu.be/hGDrzDw2a7s Note: https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=243565 It's not really live, it's just an animation that moves the pin at the theoretical speed it should move based on distance + ETA, it's quickly out of sync too unless you refresh the page ...


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As it says in the table, to get the discount, you have to have a FasTrak Flex or CAV transponder. These transponders have a switch that you set to indicate the number of occupants. The express lane sensors detect the setting and charge you accordingly. The sensors also apparently transmit this information to police in the area, presumably paired with your ...


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If you're making a turn in the US on a green light and crossing a pedestrian crosswalk with the walk light lit, you generally only need to give way to any pedestrians, and if there are none, you can proceed. There are extremely rare exceptions to this, which will have signs (such as this one near where I live). In the case of the left turn, you should not ...


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It's simpler than you might think. Look at the map (with tolls removed), decide which roads you do not want to travel on and use an alternative route. A quick check of the geography shows that alternative bridges are a ways upriver, the I84 doesn't add that much time.


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It's simply the logo of Japantown, which is the stylized flower of a Japanese plum (ume). the logo of San Jose Japantown in present time is a plum blossom, because many of the farmers grew plums. https://japantowncommunitycongress.wordpress.com/history/


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You can and you are expected to turn into the nearest lane. Whether there is traffic in the other lane is apparently not relevant. The Washington State Driver Guide says: Turn from the lane that is closest to the direction you want to go and turn into the lane closest to the one you came from. When making turns, go from one lane to the other as directly as ...


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Yes, making a U-turn without entering Canada is possible. That being said, it is not easy to do; here is what you would go through if your experience is like mine. Upon arriving to the Customs, you have to ask them to do a U-turn, then they summon a person who is authorized to allow you to make one. Then, you have to fill out a form that says, among other ...


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Have the cameras recorded your plate? If you've driven into the Congestion Charging zone there's no way to find out if your vehicle's number plate was recorded or not, other than wait to see if you get a letter or fine through the post. https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/driving-costs/congestion-charge If you are unsure, I would suggest paying the charge ...


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Basically yes, at least to the extent that a tourist coming directly from the country that issued your license would be allowed to drive with it. Non-EU license validity is handled at the national level, not at the EU level. Your stay in another EU country doesn't make a difference. However, it also means that some countries recognize a slightly different ...


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In the UK, the road sign with a white 'C' in a red circle denotes a toll or charge for entering a particular area or crossing a bridge (the 'C' sign is not the only type, but is the most common -- in London, you may also need to pay the Ultra Low Emission Charge, signposted by signs saying 'ULEZ' in a circle, depending on the emissions certification of your ...


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Open google maps Get directions by car from your starting point to somewhere (anywhere) in your target state Slowly drag the destination marker around along the state borders and watch the duration shown in the tooltip Use your mind to keep track of when the duration is lowest You have found your answer


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Throughout the United States, interstate highways are generally cleared quickly after snowstorms (within 24 hours at most). The only times when road conditions can get unsafe is during or immediately after snow & ice storms — and, of course, we cannot predict in August whether such a storms will occur on a particular day in December. So the answer is &...


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As a UK driver (albeit an occasional one) who learnt to drive some time before these things were thought up, I'm probably the sort of person you're thinking of when you ask. They are intended to make sense to people who understand the Highway Code (UK rules of the road) and can read and obey signs. They largely succeed in this, though I could quibble about ...


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As of writing, there is no other requirement to enter France from within the European Economic Area (so including Spain but not the UK) than having a negative PCR test. Everybody is strongly encouraged to avoid traveling as much as possible but you are not legally required to justify the purpose of your trip or prove you are a resident as long as you stay ...


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This map shows the Congestion Charge zone. If you have driven inside the zone the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system (ANPR) in force will most likely have identified the car you were driving. The main page for TfL London's Congestion Charge can advise you on how to pay the charge. These are the rules for when to pay: 1.11 Paying the Charge - payment ...


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While @Alex's answer confirms that it is possible, evidence from Street View suggests it might not be a good idea - doing this (especially for sightseeing purposes) is clearly bending the rules and could conceivably get you yelled at if the border guards are having a bad day. Here are the three approaches to the bridge from the US side: Street View of exit (...


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Taking your question at face value: Yes, there are extensive road, rail and bus connections between USA and Canada. There are very many road crossing points on the 8,891km land border between the two countries which allow private cars to cross, and rental cars depending on rental agreements. Buses and trains run across the border between most major cities, ...


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Your best bet is to look up the coverage map for your carrier. The major carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint/T-Mobile) all have maps, and you can look at your planned route and see what the coverage is supposed to be along the way. I'm not aware of any automated way to integrate this process with a navigation program. The reality though is that these maps ...


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As a Californian, I disagree with the previous answer. I think two fingers is is pretty clearly a friendly "hello" wave (it might be accompanied by the word "peace"). In this case, he was likely either saying: "Yo! Sorry I'm passing you on the right!" or, if he's being passive-aggressive: "I'm not happy that I have to ...


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She didn't pay the ticket, and more than one year later nothing has happened at all. No problems at the border and no letters etc. afterwards. Still not sure about entering Canada again, but apart from that everything's fine.


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While not Google maps - this can be achieved on Open Street Maps - eg. https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/3574625#map=7/34.153/134.934 (It's a long road so this may take some time to load) You can either do this by directly searching for the name of the road in the search bar, but you'll probably find it easier to right click on a section of the road. ...


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This has been something that I have often wished existed (although for me it's usually at the US county level). I don't have a perfect solution, but I do have one that in practice works fairly well. In other words, if your goal is a systematic solution a la a mathematical proof, this isn't the answer you're looking for. On the other hand, if you just want a ...


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Nate has rightly pointed out the three bridge options for minimizing the toll expenses while traveling through NYC. Among them, the most economical would be Tappan Zee Bridge. Say you travel between Silver Spring, MD and Amherst, MA regularly. The usual route is to take I95 through George Washington Bridge which costs around $40 in tolls whereas if you take ...


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