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Tips for driving in Canada

There’ll be a lot to take in when you move to Canada so the last thing you want to worry about is driving your car once we’ve shipped it across the water for you. So we’ve jotted down a few points to make things easier, we want you to stay safe driving in a different country!

Stay to the right

Hopefully the revelation that Canadians drive on the right won’t come as too much of a shock. Really you should already know this but don’t worry if you have only just discovered this fact, take it easy and driving on the right will soon become second nature to you.

Wear seat belts

The laws relating to seat belts are the same in Canada as they are in the UK so buckle up on every trip. Insist that passengers wear seat belts as well, you can be fined for not making your passengers aware.

Watch for speed limits

Again, there are speed restrictions in place in Canada just like the UK so please bear these in mind. In built-up areas the maximum speed is 50km/h and on motorways the fastest you can travel is 100km/h.

Familiarise yourself with varying road conditions

Canada is vast, it’s the world’s second-largest country and if you drove coast to coast you’d cross six different time zones. Along the way there are different types of roads, some of which are similar to the UK, you’ll travel down highways and venture down remote country lanes where there’s nothing to see but Mother Nature in all her glory.

Watch out for wildlife!

In remote country locations it’s not uncommon to find an elk, deer or moose standing in your path. This isn’t something you are generally used to back in the UK, okay you might find the odd rabbit in your headlights but that’s about as scary as it gets. Look out for road signs that give you early warnings of wild animals, you don’t want to meet a moose when travelling at speed, the consequences can be fatal.

Canada is generally a safe place to drive if you follow the rules of the road and take it steady when you are getting used to driving in the country.

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