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Urban Transport

Busses. All major cities have set bus routes and fares, though it might be difficult to figure them out. Most busses will stop only at bus stops, which should have signs, or even shelters with benches. Bus companies publish route guides and schedules, which you can find at the public library or at the city hall …

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Drive Safely

If you operate a vehicle in the United States, safety should come before all other considerations. Almost a hundred automobile accident deaths occur in the United States on an average day. Countless more Americans are injured. A few basic practices can greatly decrease your chance of having an accident. Most Important. Learn the local driving …

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Roads Everywhere

The United States is an automobile culture. Roads of all types cover the nation, along with the gasoline stations, automobile dealers, repair shops and other businesses that directly and indirectly support the automobile. In cities, suburbs, and rural areas, most retail businesses and restaurants depend on the automobile to bring their customers to them. The …

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Renting a Car

Renting a car is a fairly straightforward procedure, but it is virtually impossible to do without a major credit card. Prices and deals vary from company to company and region to region. Weekly rates are often more economical than daily rates. A number of Internet sites now make it easy to compare prices for automobile …

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Registration and Inspection

Once you purchase your car and buy insurance, you will go to a state office, usually the same place where you got your driver’s license, and register the car. If you bought the car from a private person you will have to pay sales tax before you can register the car. You will fill out …

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Rail Travel

Railroads used to be the major means of inter-city travel, but they have been largely replaced by airlines. Amtrak is the largest national passenger railroad. Two classes of service are offered: coach and sleeping car. If you are on an overnight train, you might want sleeping accommodations, which you will have to reserve in advance. …

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The Police

If a police officer stops your car, even if it is not apparent to you what you might have done anything wrong, stay in your vehicle and let the officer come to you. Police officers deal with violent criminals every day of their careers. Traffic violation stops may be occasions to bring in a true …

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Parking

Parking is another constant problem, especially in big cities. Commercial parking lots and garages can be expensive in cities, and free parking may be difficult or impossible to find. Parking meters are everywhere in the United States, though even areas with meters may have some hours in which parking is forbidden. Parking Meters. Traditionally, meters required …

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