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How to cross a road by foot in a country that drives on the "other" side of the road

If you travel a lot, it's a good idea to get in the habit of always, always checking both directions before stepping out, wherever you are, without habitually favouring either direction first: If it'...
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Traffic law UK, pedestrians

Rule 170 of the highway code is very clear on this: watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way So provided ...
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Crossing the road in London - Did I have 'right of way'?

My understanding from the image is that you did not have right of way. In the UK pedestrians do have right of way at Zebra Crossings: Rule 195 of the highway code states: you MUST give way when a ...
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How should a pedestrian walk across a busy road in the USA?

You need to watch the pedestrian crossing light: You should only cross when it indicates "walk", which in this case will be indicated by an image of a walking person. Very old systems ...
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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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Crossing the road in London - Did I have 'right of way'?

You didn't have right of way because this is not a pedestrian crossing - although it used to be (https://www.google.com/maps/@51.5013765,-0.1804682,3a,75y,348.21h,92.03t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!...
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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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Traffic law UK, pedestrians

American in London for 14 years. The mystery has finally broken for me on this topic, quite recently. First let me say that every other answer is completely correct. But, none of them really unravel ...
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What is the longest stretch of the Autobahn that is guaranteed to have no speed limits?

I've had the (mixed!) pleasure of racking up many, many kilometers on German highways, also in various cars that can go faster than most other traffic. While I have no specific answer to what stretch ...
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What is the longest stretch of the Autobahn that is guaranteed to have no speed limits?

I didn’t find any maps that included the actual lengths of stretches, but I found two that at least tell you the speed limit (or absence of one). I entered the legs into Google maps to get their ...
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How should a pedestrian walk across a busy road in the USA?

USA traffic systems are build for cars, other modes of transport are an afterthought if you are lucky, completely ignored if you are unlucky. If there are pedestrian crossing lights, use those. If ...
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Google Maps: Directions: Are time zones my local browser, or local to where I am searching?

I did some testing and it seems to be the time of the start and ending points you provided. I chose a route which passes a time border (between Spain and Portugal) and this is what I get: As you can ...
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Traffic law UK, pedestrians

Nick C has answered from a legal perspective. In terms of everyday norms in London, if there is not a marked crossing, you should wait for a safe gap in the traffic. There is no special status for ...
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Crossing the road in London - Did I have 'right of way'?

No, because of Rule 30 in the highway code for un-signalled crossings. This then refers you to Rule 7, The Green Cross Code. The part of this that applies here is part D, D If traffic is coming, ...
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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 do I safely navigate a two-lane roundabout in the UK?

In the UK (which drives on the left), this is governed by rule 186 of the Highway Code: When taking the first exit to the left, unless signs or markings indicate otherwise signal left and ...
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Crossing the road in London - Did I have 'right of way'?

No. On a pedestrian crossing, pedestrians have the right of way when the light is green or there is no light at all. In the absence of a pedestrian crossing, pedestrians usually do not have the ...
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How should a pedestrian walk across a busy road in the USA?

NJ 20 is a vital connector between Interstate 80 and NJ 4. It is a divided highway with a "Jersey barrier" down the middle the whole way, except for that intersection. The Jersey barrier ...
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What is the longest stretch of the Autobahn that is guaranteed to have no speed limits?

There is absolutely no part of any German highway guaranteed to have no speed limits. Even if there is usually no speed limit, road works are quite common, not always announced in advance and usually ...
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Is speeding tolerated in Japan?

TL;DR: Yes, it's common, but exceeding the limit by more than 10 km/h risks getting stopped and fined by the police. Japanese speed limits are indeed very low: the kind of straight, wide country road ...
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How to cross a road by foot in a country that drives on the "other" side of the road

Always expect traffic from both sides. Always assume the lane you are going to cross is a one way street/lane and you do not know which way the traffic is supposed to go. If there is a safe point in ...
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Crossing the road in London - Did I have 'right of way'?

It seems unusual to me that there are no pedestrian lights here (perhaps it's because there's so little space on between roads on the side not shown in your image). Nevertheless, this is a major road (...
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How should a pedestrian walk across a busy road in the USA?

according to https://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/pedestrian.html PEDESTRIANS MUST obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections. Both carry a $54.00 fine for failure to observe the law....
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Do I have to give priority to a car coming from the right in a "fietsstraat" in Belgium?

If the street or crossing does not have an indication that traffic on your street has preference over the side streets, the normal rule of 'yield for traffic from the right' tells you what to do. ...
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Traffic law UK, pedestrians

Nick's answer is only partially correct. He has quoted the rules for motor vehicles. There are several other parts of the highway code that apply here. Section 7 - part of Green cross code B Stop ...
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Do most people understand the meaning of yellow traffic light?

Your understanding is correct. In most states steady yellow means "Stop, if it is safe to do so". I think this probably true for all states but I'm too lazy to check 50 websites. Do most ...
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What is the longest stretch of the Autobahn that is guaranteed to have no speed limits?

As someone who has driven well past 200 km/h often, I can offer these additional suggestions, based on my own experience: You need to concentrate extremely hard at any speed above 150 km/h, because ...
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How to make myself more visible in traffic as an EU mainland driver in the UK?

Put an oval country bumper sticker on your car. Use a white one with the code of your country (which is not a secret anyway because of your license plate), not a "generic European" one with a circle ...
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Identifying traffic signals for colour blind people

I initially missed that you said India, so additional information below for UK… It seems India does not use the double light mentioned below at all. Borrowing from the UK lights picture below, this ...
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