Driving in Canada
Road rules of Canada
We have put together some key Canadian Road Rules to help awareness of different driving laws in foreign countries.
These rules are to be used as a guide, please be aware that rules are subject to change and are correct as of November 2012. Please ask your Avis representative if any queries arise.
Please ask your Avis representative about toll charges and road charges before leaving the Avis car hire location and whether snow tyres or chains are needed.
Take a look at our Canada location page for ideas, travelling tips and booking information.
Which Side of the Road?
In Canada, please drive on the RIGHT side of the road.
Unique Country Driving Laws
- Do not use mobile phone to call or text while driving.
- On Roundabouts (Traffic Circles or Rottary), drivers to the left have right of way.
- Use the outside lane to overtake on highways.
- Do not overtake school buses.
- If pulled over by Police, do not exit your vehicle. Turn the ignition off and sit patiently with your hands visible.
EachProvince will have its own speed regulations to abide by, please use this as a guide to road speeds, not the actual State traffic speed limits:
All speed signs will be in KM:
- Urban areas: 25 mph (40 km/h)
- Rural areas:55 mph (96 km/h)
- Motorways:65 mph (104 km/h)
Please be aware of changing speeds indicated by road signs.
Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws
It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to be wearing a seatbelt.
- Each province has its own rules and regulations about child seats and seatbelt laws.
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
Compulsory Equipment in your Avis rental carThere is no compulsory equipment needed in Canada.
Please ask your Avis representative whether snow tyres are compulsory or needed for your hire car when you arrive.
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