Road Rules to Follow for Visitors Driving in Canada
Visiting Canada for the first time? You’ll need to make sure that you are up to date with the road rules before you set out on your road trip. VroomVroomVroom has put together everything you need to know, from drink driving to speed limits and fines.
Distance between cities
Distances between cities in Canada can be long. For example, over in Europe, distances between cities and even countries is small however, in Canada they can take days to get to. To put this into perspective for you, the distance between Vancouver, on the west coast of Canada and Newfoundland on the east coast, is approximately 6157 kilometres and takes 75 hours of continuous driving. Another example is Toronto to Montreal being 5 and a half hours. It all depends on where you want to go. Research ahead of time to avoid surprises.
Seat belt rules
In Canada, you must wear a seatbelt when travelling in a vehicle. If you do not wear a seatbelt while a vehicle is in motion, you will be charged a fine. It’s essential to keep in mind that this is to assist in ensuring you are safe.
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Speed limits & fines
Speed limits in Canada are extremely strict. Unlike the USA, speed is measured in kilometres per hour compared to miles per hour. This is important to keep in mind as there is a big difference between the two. If you are driving from the U.S. into Canada, you need to be aware of this change and what impact this has on the speed you need to go.
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If you are over the alcohol or drug limit in Canada, you will be fined and in some cases lose your licence. To ensure that you do not run into any issues with your rental car while you are travelling through Canada, a great rule to go by is to be sober when driving. There is no need to take any risks when you are on your holiday.
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In Canada you can not use your mobile phone while driving. If you are caught using your phone behind the wheel you with be charged according to the provinces laws. Those with a full driver’s licence are allowed to have a hands-free set up. The definition of a hands free set up is one that you are able to use without handling your phone at all. You need to set it up before you start your journey and can not touch your phone until you have parked your vehicle.
In the case of an emergency, you will need to call 911. This will call emergency services.