Canadian driving conditions

Road quality in Canada is usually of a very high standard. The occasional pothole or roadside debris can be hazardous but so long as you are aware of the road ahead there is rarely any danger as far as the condition of the road itself is concerned.

Peak time traffic can build up around cities especially along highways leading from Toronto to neighbouring cities. These routes are notorious for traffic jams. Try to avoid travelling by road during peak times or give yourself plenty of time.

Snowstorms during the winter months are common across Canada. Check the weather report for your route and make allowances if the weather is likely to be bad. Local radio stations often advise if it is particularly hazardous to travel and in if so alternative travel arrangements should be made.

Many roads and some highways, especially in rural Canada are unpaved, gravel roads. These roads are particularly hazardous due to the rough surface which can result in potential damage to your vehicle. Tyre punctures and windscreen cracks from flying stones are common. Give plenty of distance between your vehicle and any in front. Dust from other vehicles are also a hazard.

When travelling in the territories and also in the north of the provinces make sure you have enough gasoline (gas) for your car. The distance between gas stations (service stations) can be vast.

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