Some people love driving and cars and some people don't. For others, cars and driving are lifelong passions. However, what is and is not allowed on the road can differ a lot depending on where you go. People might even drive on the opposite side of the road entirely! And if you aren't ready for it and don't know ahead of time what to expect, it could lead to some very big problems. The UK, and many other countries which were previously British colonies, still drive on the left-hand side of the road to this day.
In other countries, however, road rules are more like formalities and no one actually follows them. This can make getting from point A to B quite a shocking adventure if you are not prepared for it. This is even truer if you drive yourself.
Are the Canadian rules of the road so different from the ones in the United States of America? How well do you know the ins and outs of Canadian road rules? Could you get from Montreal to Toronto to Vancouver on the road in one piece? See if you are a true master of the Canadian rules of the road with this rough-riding quiz!
Which side of the road do they drive on in Canada?
In Canada, they drive on the right side of the road, like in the United States of America. Most of the world drives on the right except for the UK, former UK colonies and a few other countries.
Do Canadian road rules vary from province to province?
While road rules will not be totally different from province to province, there are some differences to look out for. Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories, so it is important to research different road rules before you drive there.
What is the uppermost speed limit of some Canadian highways?
On some of Canada's highways, the uppermost speed limit is 100 km/h, or about 62 mph. Most highways have a speed limit somewhere between 80-120 km/h. Top legal speeds tend to be lower in Canada than the US.
Which country's license is valid in most of Canada?
If you have a US license, it is valid in most of Canada, but may only be valid for a certain amount of time depending on the province. Whether your license is valid or not, how long it is valid and what paperwork you need depends on your country of origin and where you are visiting in Canada.
In which Canadian province is smoking in cars with minors in them banned?
Prince Edward Island
All of the above
Many Canadian provinces have banned smoking in cars where minors are present. These include British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Yukon Territory.
Canadian winters are far harsher than those in many other places and cause many accidents every year. It is recommended that anyone driving in the Canadian winter have an extreme cold weather emergency kit in their car.
There are very few tolls in Canada. Most of them can be found on bridges that cross over to the United States of America. The 407 Electronic Toll Road in Ontario has automatic tolls, which you get billed for later.
What is it important to know about Canadian backroads before you go?
Some are not paved.
While Canada does have the longest national highway in the world, the country also has vast wilderness. Many of its rural backroads highways are just gravel or dirt, which means you need a 4WD vehicle to drive on them for long periods of time.
Canada is a vast and very cold country with notoriously harsh and dangerous winters. In certain provinces, snow tires are a requirement for all drivers. This is to increase road safety during long and freezing winters.
If stopped by police while driving in Canada, what should you never do?
Turn off your car.
Try to bribe them.
In some countries, you can bribe police officers or other officials or pay fines to them directly. In Canada, trying to bribe police officers is a serious crime and you cannot pay fines to them directly.
Do you need to keep your headlights on in Canada during the day?
Depends on the province
In Canada, the rules of the road can vary slightly from province to province. Depending on the province, you will need to have your headlights on, even in the daytime. Be sure to check before you drive.
Look out for signs that alert drivers to animals such as elk, moose and deer in the area. These animals get mesmerized by headlights and freeze up, causing crashes. Car collisions involving moose are known to be especially dangerous.
In Ontario, can you legally drive there with a license from any country?
For stays under 3 months
In Ontario, people who are staying for less than 3 months can use driver's licenses from their country legally. However, anyone staying and driving for longer will need an international Drivers Permit from their country.