Canada

Driving

With the huge population south of Canada's open border with the United States of America there was little alternative but to follow her larger neighbour. Canadians, therefore, drive on the right side of the road. Because of its geographical location cold climate driving techniques have to be learnt by the whole driving population of Canada. Ice and snow cannot be avoided in this country. In major cities the local authorities are well equipped to keep traffic moving in the worst of conditions, at least a short time after a major weather effect occurs. This is unlike the United Kingdom where even a slight "dusting" of snow can cause major disruptions to public transport systems on road and rail and at airports and also for private road users. The Canadian travelling public, like that in Australia, are accustomed to driving, riding or flying great distances within the country.

The links provided at the "Resources" tab of this site will be useful as will the book How to Retire in Canada" by Les Johns which is available from this site.

Driving Licenses

Driving licenses are issued by the state and territory governments and driving rules and regulations are also the responsibility of the governments of the states and territories. There are, therefore, slight variations of emphasis between the states and territories. Licenses issued in any state or territory are valid in all areas as are other foreign licenses and international driving permits.

Again the links given under the "Resources" tab on this site and reference to the book "How to Retire in Canada" by Les Johns, which can be purchased from this site, will save much research time for intending retirees.