10 Interesting Road Rules in Canada

Even though cars are used in (almost) the same manner all over the world, rules of the road differ from country to country. Most countries have similar rules, and all are built with the same purpose: to keep both the driver and other people safe.

When it comes to Canada, rules are similar: you drive on the right side of the road, speed limit in urban areas is 40km/h and it is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to be wearing a seatbelt. However, there are some interesting road rules in Canada which you might not know of. Here are ten such rules:

  1. In Montreal, you may not park a car in such a way that it is blocking your own driveway (even though it is, in fact, your own driveway).
  2. In the same state, if you have parked your car in the street, it is illegal to wash it there. You can, however, wash it in your driveway, just make sure you don’t block it in the process.
  3. Cars parked in public places must be locked, and their windows must be down to less than the width of a hand. (This one boggles the mind a little. What if it rains or snows, do people in Montreal just deal with wet interiors?)
  4. In Quebec, you are not allowed to turn right on a red light. Since it is expected and legal to turn right in Ontario, people travelling between these two countries must be careful, otherwise they’ll get fined.
  5. Riding a one-horse-open-sleigh, like the one in the Jingle Bells song, is legal, but you have to make sure you have the right amount of bells attached to the sleigh or the harness. That amount is two, and if you happen to have one, or none, you might be fined $5.
  6. In Toronto, it’s illegal to ride a streetcar on Sunday if you’ve been eating garlic. No need to throw away the garlic for good though, just save it until Monday.
  7. The strangest provincial law regarding the road comes from New Brunswick. To break the law in this Atlantic province, you simply need to drive on the road.
  8. In the Province of Quebec, you can be ticketed for driving in the passing lane even if you are not blocking anyone.
  9. Quebec law requires residents to have winter tires from Dec. 15 to Mar. 15. Ontario has no such law, which means if you’re driving from Ontario to Quebec in this period, you might get fined.The fine is up to $1,000.

Some laws are freaky and most often not practiced, while others are practiced frequently. Just because a law is outdated, don’t mean some law enforcement officer somewhere won’t give you a ticket for it. Obey the law, no matter how strange it might sound to you.

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