Driving tips for Canada including speeding laws and hazardous driving conditions.

Canada is a truly stunning country with so much beautiful scenery and places to explore. It’s a vast country though so it’s really important that any road trip is well thought out and planned in advance. It can be tiring driving for long periods, which can make the journey seem very long. The trick to making your road trip fun and enjoyable is to plan ahead and make stops along the way, to break up the journey. Taking an hour from driving to stretch your legs, grab a coffee and explore the beautiful scenery is sometimes all you need. You may even consider booking into a hotel for a night to give yourself a more substantial break from the wheel.

Road laws and regulations can vary a little from each province. However, with the help of our driving tips of Canada you should be able to navigate your way to the city without any trouble.

Essential Driving Tips For Canada

In Canada you must drive on the right hand side. For most nationalities this will not pose a problem in itself, other than those visiting from the UK for example. If you are coming from a country where you usually drive on the left, take things slow to begin with. Getting use to using the gear stick with your right hand is bad enough. Add to that watching out for other road users and you could get yourself into a pickle if you’re lacking confidence.

Safety standards are high in Canada and the road conditions are generally excellent. People utilise defensive driving, which ideally would be your approach too. It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seat belt. You could risk being fined if you don’t.

French-Canadian regions often only have road signs that are in French. You may wish to brush up on your French if you are visiting areas such as Quebec. Alternatively, take a phase book with you that you can refer to if you need to.


Speeding & Road Rules

The wide, long straight roads that run through Canada can tempt some drivers to put their foot down on the gas when they’re in a rush.  Be aware of these drivers on the road and don’t be tempted to do the same. As well as being unsafe, mobile officers looking out for speeders are never far away and the fines are heavy. Unless road signs say otherwise, speed limits are

  • 50 km/h in built up areas
  • 100 km/h on motorways

To ensure that your road trip to Toronto is a pleasurable one, be sure to follow our general driving tips for Canada. No one wishes to come into contact with a law enforcement officer for the wrong reasons, but if you do, at least you will understand the reasons for it a little better.

  • Do not drink drive. The penalties are heavy. You will not only receive points on your license but you will also receive a fine, which could in turn eat into your holiday funds.
  • Always be aware of speeding signs. Remember that in Canada all the speed limits are in kilometres not miles
  • Pedestrians always have right of way on crossings
  • Take out the best driving insurance you can afford if you are planning to hire a car. Don’t cut corners just to save a few dollars. You’ll regret it if you get into an accident during your stay
  • Obtain an International Driving Permit before leaving for Canada. This, presented alongside your home country driving licence, allows you to legally drive in Canada.

We hope you find these driving tips useful. Feel free to rate, review, comment or ask any questions below. Safe driving!


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