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Driving Tips in Canada

Driving Tips

Car Rental Depot information in Canada

A car hire with DriveAway offers convenience and freedom on your holiday in Canada. Our reputable suppliers offer competitive rates amongst a wide range of vehicles and destinations.

Car Hire Driving Distances in Canada

Driving Licence

A full valid driver’s license is required for a minimum of 1 year. An International drivers licence is recommended.

Age Restrictions

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

Road Rules, Laws and Driving Regulations

General driving rules, laws and regulations in Canada;

Child Safety Seats

Children with a weight of 9kg or less are required to use a rear-facing car seat. Children with a weight of 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.

Speed Limits

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

Drink Driving

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


There are few road tolls payable on some bridges and highways. The Highway 407ETR (Express Toll Route) is one toll road in Canada that is fully electronic (no toll booths). The 407ETR uses an overhead gantry above the road 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 the 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, suppliers will forward the toll notice/invoice to the hirer.

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. Regulatory Signs provide directions where road users must obey. These signs are mainly rectangular or square in shape with a white or black background and black, white or coloured letters. They will also have a circle or square type coloured border, green meaning that the activity inside the border may or must be obeyed. A red circle border with a line through the middle means the activity shown is not allowed. Such signs include no parking, non-permitted directions, or keep right. High Occupancy Vehicle Signs (HOV), Lanes that have HOV marked along a lane and posted on the road sign allow public vehicles such as buses or passenger vehicles with a specified minimum number of passengers to use this lane. Warning Signs alert road users of any potential danger, changes in road conditions or hazards ahead. Shapes are commonly diamond shaped, coloured in either yellow or fluorescent yellow and with the exception of a few signs that have a square or rectangular shape. Temporary Condition Signs warn road users of temporary conditions along the road, such as constructions, lane closures, detours or traffic control officers. These signs are diamond shaped with an orange background and black text or symbols. Information Signs provide road users with distances, street names, directions, attractions or facilities. They are generally found with a green background with white text, but depending on the information provided, colours and shapes will vary.


Parking within most cities of Canada operate using parking meters and bay numbers. No tickets are issued, therefore parking is paid at a near-by parking meter, select your bay number the vehicle is parked in and insert coins, or in some machines credit cards are accepted. Some cities and towns in Canada still operate using the pay-n-display system.

Visa Information

Visa, passport and entry requirements for New Zealanders visiting Canada

*Please note distances and time should only be used as a guide, and may vary according to the route taken.

Last Updated 28 September 2010

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