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DRIVING ADVICE IN CANADA

A valid Drivers license from any country is valid for 3 months in Ontario.
If driving rental car bring a copy of the rental agreement.
Most Canadian towns are laid out using the block system: straight parallel roads forming a grid of blocks.
When streets in towns are given numbers such as 34th Street or 24th Avenue, which isn't always the case, navigation is extremely simple, with the additional advantage that it also becomes very easy to find house or building numbers, because at the start of each block the numbers start at a multiple of 100 based on the number of the intersecting street. For example, the houses with numbers between 3400 and 3499 lie between the 34th Street and 35th Street intersections. There may of course only be a few buildings on any one block.
Roads are cleared of snow during the winter months.Snow removal is done on a priority basis with the major routes cleared first.
On the major highways and in most major centers, food and fuel is available 24 hours a day.
Calendar parking is in effect from October until the end of April.....snow conditions pending.
IMPORTANT: DRINKING & DRIVING IS NOT TOLERATED AND IS STRICTLY ENFORCED
Road Signs & Lights, Seat Belts, Speed Limits, Trucks and Buses
The meaning of most of the road signs used in Canada will be obvious to British drivers.

Right turns on red lights are allowed in Ontario unless posted otherwise. You must come to a full stop yield to pedestrian traffic, and may proceed with caution if the way is clear.
It is an offence in Ontario to enter an intersection for a left turn if you can not complete this turn during the green portion of the signal.

School Buses: Traffic in both directions (except on divided roads or highways) must stop for a yellow school bus when it's red lights are flashing and it's arm is extended.

Trucks: Stay Visible. When you come to a stop behind a truck , keep to the left of your lane so that the driver can see you in the trucks mirror. If you can not see the trucks mirror they probably can not see you.
Speed in Ontario is measured in Kilometers per hour. Speed limits on most highways are 80-90 kph and on controlled access freeways 100 kph, but there are a few exceptions. On city streets the speed is normally 50 kph unless posted otherwise.
Watch for reduced speed limits when entering communities it normally drops to 30 kph as you go through built up areas. Watch for communitity safety zones fines are double in these areas.

Seat Belts: All occupants of a vehicle must wear or use the appropriate restraints. Failure to do so will result in fines of $90 and two demerit points. The driver is fined for the persons under the age of 16.

   
REMEMBER: DRINKING & DRIVING IS NOT TOLERATED AND IS STRICTLY ENFORCED