Speed Limits, Signs and Road Law

The speed limit in Canada is measured in Kilometres Per Hour (km/h). 90km/h is approximately 60mph, 50km/h is approximately 30mph.

Driving on highways is usually 100km/h, in towns and built up areas the limit is 50km/h or less. Speed limits can change suddenly and it is important to be aware of these changes.

Seatbelt usage is compulsory. Drivers and passengers can be fined heavily for failure to comply. Motorcyclists and their passengers must wear helmets at all times.

When a school bus stops and its red lights are flashing traffic travelling in both directions must stop.

You are allowed to turn right through a red light provided the way is clear except in the province of Quebec.

When arriving at a four-way stop the vehicle must come to a complete stop before passing the white marker line.

Signage is very similar to that in the United States and is easy to understand. Most signs are written rather than symbols and are in English. In Quebec signs can be in French only and may be important so an understanding of French or the signs is essential.

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