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Facts about USA
Did you know that at most of the American airports, luggage carrier trolleys are not free of charge? It is likely you did not know this! You will have to pay a nominal charge of 25 cents to 1 dollar.
There are many aspects of life in U.S. that are not available in any guide or rulebook. This article compiles a list of practical tips shared by contributors on path2usa.com. These tips are likely to be useful for people who have just moved to the country.
In public local transport buses, there is no ticket conductor. Also in some places you won't get any formal tickets for traveling, unless you want a day pass. If you are traveling by bus, you need to make a stop request by pulling the bell string. In local public bus, you need to drop the fare into a cash-box by the driver's side. Do not give it to the driver. Dollar bills will go in the machine and coins into the drop box. Always carry the exact bus and train fare since there is no provision to get any change back. In local trains/bus there are two types of travel tickets: "day pass", which allows you to take as many trips as required during the day, or,
"one way ticket", which is good for a single ride.
There is a standard fixed charge for single ride ticket, whether it's for the next stop or the last one. You won't find any taxi/cab waiting in a queue on the road sides. You will have to call them up (at the numbers given in the yellow pages). You will easily find a cab at the Airports and Railway Stations. Most of the Gas Stations (Petrol Pumps) are self serviced. You need to fill it up yourself and almost all gas stations accept credit cards.
Some of the traffic signals are monitored by video cameras. Do not be surprised if you get a traffic violation ticket in your mail box! You can be fined for driving above the posted speed limit. Make sure you know the speed limit and drive at the posted speed limit. Your license can be seized if you are caught drunk while driving. If a cop (police officer) asks you to stop while you are driving, just stop the car at the right side of the road, and wait inside. Never get out of the car. The cop may shoot you for self defense. Never throw any kind of paper or any other waste out of your car windows. You will be fined for littering. Unlike India one has to keep to the right hand side of the road. The driver's seat is on the left side of the car. You will practice left hand driving in U.S. For crossing roads there will be buttons provided on the signal post, which have to be pressed to get the "Walk signal". You must not cross the road unless the walk sign is on. You will be fined heavily, if you walk on the highways. It is for your own safety.
…. Places with buffet are comparatively cheaper to Ala Carte. This is not an absolute rule and prices may vary. At fast food joints and restaurants, you would be asked if the food is for "here" or "to go?. "Here" means that food will be served in the restaurant and "to go" means that food will be packed. At most American restaurants, it is a custom to tip the server (not waiter). People tip a sum of 10% of…
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