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It is very easy to take the privilege of driving for granted. It is such a necessary part of daily monavocat Canada society that we often forget that not every society in the world relies on personal vehicles to get around—to go from home to work to play so effortlessly.

But that is why we have to take tests to get a driver’s license, at least in the North American countries, anyway.  Driving in the United States and Canada is very similar, with similar laws and regulations that make it easy to cross the border and visit each other.  In the US and Canada, for example, the driver’s seat is on the left side of the cab but you drive on the right side of the road (with oncoming traffic to the left). This is the opposite in European countries.

Here are several other aspects of driving in Canada that might be all too familiar to drivers visiting from the US:

CANADA HAS A MINIMUM DRIVING AGE

Ok, so many countries have a minimum driving age, determined by local governments according to certain height, weight, and intelligence metrics that show the ability to operate safely. In Canada—just like in the United States—the legal minimum driving age is 16.  However, if you want to be a professional driver (like with a long-haul truck or for a cab service) you have to be at least 21 and have at least 1 year of driving experience.

CANADIAN SPEED LIMITS

Yes, many countries have speed limits, but Canadian speed limits are similar to those in America. Of course, you have to know that US speed limits are in mph and Canadian speed limits are in km/h.

  • 50 km/h in the city
  • 80 km/h on major thoroughfares
  • 100 km/h on freeways

SEATBELT LAWS

Not every country has a seat belt law but in Canada—just like in the United States—seat belts are mandatory for both driver and passenger.  And if you are caught not wearing a seat belt you could receive a $500 CAD fine.

DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

While the United States and Canada also share driving under the influence laws—and both are quite strict—Canada’s regulations are, perhaps, more similar to that of the United Kingdom than of the United States.  In Canada, just like in the UK, the legal alcohol limit for motor vehicle operation is 80mg per 100mL of blood.  This can vary by province but the ratio is very similar, again, to the 0.08 BAL regulations in the United States.  And just like in the United States, provincial violations and sentencing can vary to include varying degrees of jail time and fines.

Larry Gosse

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