Guide to Road Signs and Driving Laws in Canada

Driving laws in Canada are quite different from other countries. Apart from the fact drivers are at the right hand side (like the UK and India), roads are much longer and the cold weather harsher than other continents. The weather and distance take some getting used to. For those who have just moved in and plan to drive, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

Speed limits

The average maximum spped for highways is 80 kilometres per hour; for cities it is lesser at 50 kilometres per hour, while it is 100 kilometres an hour for rural highways. Although the road may seem empty, one cannot easily get away with evading the cops since there are radar traps and speed camera all over the place.

Things to Bring

Never forget to bring your car’s registration, passport, motor insurance certificate, and license. US tourists can bring their auto insurance if he or she is visiting as a tourist in Canada. Should you be borrowing the car you are driving, then bring a letter authorizing your use from the owner. Foreigners can bring a license from their home country, so no need for an International Driving Permit.

Road Signs in Canada

Because of Canada’s extensive roads, they require different signs entirely. They are classified as temporary conditions, regulatory signs, warning signs, and information/direction signs. Temporary conditions include detours, flashing lights for directions, road work ahead, traffic control person ahead, and entering a construction zone. One common sign is the orange one with a red border, which indicates the vehicle must show this sign at their rear while driving if they are moving slower than 40kph.

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