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How to Drive in Canada

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica DrivingNow that we’re moving to Canada, it’s time to learn how to drive like a Canadian. While many of us think of Canada as just another part of America, it is its own country with its own unique sets of laws (not to mention the metric system). Here are some things to remember when driving in Canada:

  • Speed limits are in kilometers per hour, not miles per hour. Unless otherwise states, the maximum speed limit on a highway is 80 km/hr and in the city is 50 km/hr. Rural highways might go as high as 100 km/hr, but only drive that fast when a sign says so.
  • Just like in the US, police use radar and speed cameras to catch speeders. You are not allowed to have car radar detectors in Ontario, Manitoba, the northwest Territories, the Yukon, or in Quebec.
  • All passengers, even those in the back seats, have to wear seatbelts.
  • In some parts of Quebec, road signs are only in French, so look over key traffic phrases before you drive.
  • Drinking and driving is still illegal here, and if you are caught drinking and driving could actually get you thrown out of the country.
  • Turning right on red is against the law in Quebec City and Montreal, and you have to turn with directional signs everywhere else.
  • Just like in the US, treat police officers with respect.
  • No matter where you are driving, always carry your license, proof of insurance, vehicle registration, and passport with you in case you are stopped. If you have American car insurance, you must have them issue a Canadian insurance card before you travel.
  • Headlights should be on at all times.
  • Be careful of animals around animal crossings and in forested areas.

Follow these rules, and you’re sure to have a good time in Canada!

Rules Source: Driving


If you haven’t figured it out yet, this post is part of The News Wheel’s April Fools’ Day series about our “move” to Canada. We apologize to any Canadians who take offense. Americans can learn to take a joke.