Car Driving Rules In Canada

At Least Two Bells are Required on Sleighs

Your sprint through the snow on a one-horse open sleigh is unlawful under Ontario's Highway Traffic Act unless your sleigh is equipped with not one, but two bells.

Failure to comply with this law is punishable by a $5 fine.

It's unclear what kind of bell is necessary, but according to CBC's This is That, it's also unlawful not to laugh all the way through.

In Ontario, solid lines are more like suggestions

Our next strange law keeps us in the province of the Heartland. In the rest of Canada, double solid lines are seen as impenetrable barriers, while in Ontario, they are more of a suggestion.

In practice, crossing the double solid line to pass is still not recommended, and you can still get a ticket in Ontario if you pass when it isn't safe to do so. “Lane markers primarily serve an advising or warning purpose and do not carry any legal force,” according to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

In Prince Edward Island, honk before passing.

In Prince Edward Island, cars are required to honk before passing other vehicles. But don't worry; most people don't bother, and if you don't follow the rules, you're unlikely to receive a citation.

Isn't that so Canadian? We basically get away with a grin and an "I'm sorry."

According to driving instructor Stewart Brookins, it's "essentially unenforced" and "the majority of individuals don't do it." […] But, in general, it's a good idea to make your presence known.”

Let's hope this law isn't widely used outside of Prince Edward Island. Consider the headaches we'd all suffer if we spent a long time stuck in rush hour traffic with a cacophony of horns blaring.

You are not permitted to drive on private property to avoid red lights.

At least, that's the case in Quebec.

This rule aims to prevent motorists from pulling into parking lots at petrol stations, convenience stores, restaurants, and other businesses in order to avoid red lights.

Even if the legislation didn't exist, this shouldn't be a reality. Brushing your teeth in the shower is similar: it saves you absolutely no time and makes you look foolish.

Quebec, on the other hand, isn't buying it. If you try to evade following the rules of the road by driving past private property, you could be fined $100.

T-shirts are not permitted to be worn by taxi drivers while on duty.

The fashion police are a genuine thing for taxi drivers in Halifax. Drivers must wear shoes and socks, maintain their apparel clean at all times, and refrain from wearing a t-shirt, according to the Halifax Regional Municipality's list of legislation for taxis and limousines.

On the highway, don't hold on to a moving vehicle.

Some laws should not be written down since they are common sense. But, given the Tide pod debacle, we can't say we're surprised.

Some individuals are simply stupid, and you must safeguard them from themselves.

“No person on a roadway shall directly or by any attachment hang onto a moving vehicle other than the one in which the person is riding,” says Section 240(1) of Saskatchewan's Traffic Safety Act.

This is what I like to call the Back to the Future rule.

In Neutral, You Can't Go Downhill

This unique provision in British Columbia's Motor Vehicle Act prohibits drivers heading downhill from coasting with the vehicle's gears in neutral or the clutch disengaged.

However, the argument that shifting into neutral when driving downhill saves petrol is debatable, thus this law may not be that strange.

It is quite legal to drive barefoot.

The ancient wives' tale that we must wear shoes when driving is just that: a tale.

In truth, there is no law prohibiting you from going barefoot. When it comes to footwear or the lack thereof, the world is your oyster when you're behind the wheel. You can go barefoot, wear flip-flops, or wear those strange-looking toe shoes.

Whatever the case may be, we strongly advise you to drive in safety footwear. If your footwear choice leads you to drive recklessly, you may still be penalized for careless driving.

Going barefoot is also inconvenient for meeting friends. As a result, do your passengers a favour and tie your shoes.

On the highway, you can't "furiously" race animals.

It's difficult to write about Canada's strangest driving laws without mentioning Ontario. This one, though, takes the cake.

“No person shall race or drive aggressively any horse or other animal on a highway,” says Section 173 of Ontario's Highway Traffic Act.

The authors of the Fast and Furious franchise have just been inspired by the idea of their upcoming film somewhere out there

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