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Old 02-03-2010, 04:45 PM   #1
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Driving in Canada

While it will be quite a while until our 5.0 is completed (mid-September), I like to be prepared. In support of that, I just finished reading the Rules of the Road (Ontario version), and see very few difference between Canadian rules and those of the U.S. I have a few questions and would appreciate your help:

1. I understand my radar detector is illegal. Can I bring it into the country if it is just sitting in my glovebox?

2. May I have a GPS device sitting on top of my dashboard?

3. Where is it legal to make a U-Turn? For instance, in California, you may make a U-Turn in the intersection, in Illinois, you must make it at least 100 yd from an intersection, and in Memphis, they are illegal entirely (!!!!!!!!!)

4. If I have an emergency what number do I call? Does 911 work?

5. What rules and regulations are in place in BC that I might not see in the Ontario Rules of the Road? (I couldn't find an on-line version for BC)

Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-03-2010, 05:25 PM   #2
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Go ahead. Prove how little I know by I asking questions.

As far as I know a radar detector is not illegal in BC. I believe that is because they mostly don't work anyway.

You can have GPS on dash or wherever it doesn't obstruct your vision. As of Feb. 1 you cannot operate that GPS while driving ( ie. entering address or changing volume ). You also can't operate an iPod or cell phone or other hand held device. You can use a hands free ( ie. Bluetooth ) cell phone. If you Google "cell phones in cars" and Vancouver Sun, you'll find stories on this.

911 works pretty much everywhere there are phones.

I've only made U-turns at an intersection and only if there is no signage forbidding U-turns.

For almost any question you could possibly ask Google DriveBC. You'll get highway cams, regs, ferry line-ups, weather etc.

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Old 02-03-2010, 05:26 PM   #3
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Re: Driving in Canada

Address is:

http://www.drivebc.ca/
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:40 PM   #4
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Thank you

btw, radar detectors work great. I've been using one since they first became available and am currently using a Valentine One....which has paid for itsef several times over. I guess I could just drive the speed limit, but where's the fun in that?

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Not much good against laser-based speed detection, like they use here. They just tell you that you've been caught.

You don't want to be speeding while hauling a trailer anyway. Your high-speed manoeuverability is diminished, and your fuel mileage gets very poor.
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Re: Driving in Canada

Quote:
Originally Posted by Garand
While it will be quite a while until our 5.0 is completed (mid-September), I like to be prepared. In support of that, I just finished reading the Rules of the Road (Ontario version), and see very few difference between Canadian rules and those of the U.S. I have a few questions and would appreciate your help:


5. What rules and regulations are in place in BC that I might not see in the Ontario Rules of the Road? (I couldn't find an on-line version for BC)

Thanks in advance.

Dave
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:15 PM   #7
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Hi: All... Down here on the north shore being so close to Detroit and Buffalo we drive by the American rules. Green means GO!!! Yellow means HURRY UP AND GO!!! Red means THERE"S ROOM FOR TWO MORE!!! Alf
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Re: Driving in Canada

1. I know lots of people that use radar detectors here. I have thought about it, but pulling a trailer I usually keep it within 15 km/hr (10 mph) of the speed limit up to 110 km/hr, which I rarely exceed. I have gotten a few tickets without the trailer in tow though, especially from cameras which the detector won't help with anyway.

2. A dash mounted GPS is no issue.

3. Not really sure where U-turns are allowed. I just make sure it is safe and do them, except in controlled intersections (most of the time ). Some places post no U-turns though.

4. 911 is pretty much universal.

5. I dunno.

One thing to watch for driving in BC, are these plates.

We Albertans refer to them as learner plates.
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"We Albertans refer to them as learner plates."

I'd declare war, but you guys have all the oil.

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Glenn do you remember a while back when they used to give the bad drivers yellow license plates...
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