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Driving Tips in Canada

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Car Hire Depots | Driving Licence | Driving Age | Driving Rules | Equipment | Speed Limits | Drink Driving | Tolls | Road Signs | Driving to the USA | Winter Driving


Where can I collect my car hire?

We search & compare the best rates and choices with reputable suppliers in Canada. Our Suppliers are located throughout major cities of Canada. Click here for more information.


Licence Requirements

A full valid driver's licence is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International Drivers Licence is recommended for Australian drivers licence holders.


What are the minimum and maximum age restrictions?

Generally the minimum age is 21 years, but can vary between the car hire company and location. Maximum age limits apply in some locations, a young/senior driver surcharge may apply. Please check terms & conditions when making an enquiry or booking.


What are the general rules, laws and regulations?

General driving rules, laws and regulations in Canada;


Equipment

Whilst there are no laws regarding equipment you must carry with you in the vehicle; it is important to make sure you are prepared for whatever driving conditions you may endure.

Child Safety Seats are required for children weighing 9kg or less. Children weighing 9-18kg must use a forward-facing child seat and children weighing 18-36kg and with a height of up to 145cm must use a booster seat


What are the driving speed limits?

Frequent speed checks are carried out by authorities in Canada using radars, speed traps and speed cameras to ensure speeds are obeyed by motorists. Below are the speed limits in Canada, unless signed otherwise;


Can I drive to the USA?

Most car hire companies will allow you to drive to the USA. An international one way fee will apply if the vehicle is to be dropped off in the USA. Make sure you check at time of enquiry or booking for any terms and conditions or additional fees.


What are the rules and regulations against drink driving?

Penalties for DWI (Driving While Impaired) is a criminal offence in Canada, heavy penalties apply to drivers found to be over the allowable prescribed limit of 0.08mg per 100ml of blood.


How do tolls operate with car hire?

There are only a few road tolls payable on bridges and highways. The Highway 407ETR (Express Toll Route) is one toll road in Canada that is fully electronic (no toll booths), hence the name 'Express Toll Route' (ETR). The 407ETR uses an overhead gantry which automatically collects your licence plate details, vehicle type and transponder details using a number of cameras and detectors.

This will occur during entry and exit of the Highway, therefore the cost of your trip will then be determined on the distance travelled, time of the day, vehicle class and if a valid transponder was used. Rental vehicles that fail to pay the applicable toll, the supplier of the vehicle will forward the toll notice/invoice to the hirer.


What are the road signs?

Road signs in Canada and in the USA are very much alike but do not recognise the standards used in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) adhered to within the USA. Canadian road signs are very much independent taking on unique differences such as shapes, colours, typefaces or arrows.


Winter Driving

Safe driving is always important, but being on the road during winter warrants extra precautions. Stay alert, slow down, and stay in control — the three key elements of safe winter driving. Drive according to highway and weather conditions. Maintain a safe following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly. Click here for more information about winter driving in Canada.


All information provided is to be used as a guide only. Distances and time may very according to the route taken. The information shown on this page may have changed since the date of publication. Please refer to the countries local tourist office for up-to-date advice. Last updated: November 2016.