Canadian Immigrants – Basic Tips on Driving in Canada

When you visit or emigrate to Canada from the UK or Japan lets say, there is an obvious difference you notice when driving. If you find that a large commercial vehicle is driving towards you on the public highway on what you think is the wrong side of the road, then all you do is move over quickly to the right hand side of the carriageway and drive on that side! Obviously people from continental Europe or the USA will not have this problem. When you get out into rural parts of Canada or not even that far out from built up areas, its important to be aware of large animals. We noticed this when we first arrived as Immigrants into Canada. In the USA about a million incidents per year occur between motorized vehicles and animals like Moose. Canada does not have quite so many of these events but they do occur.

I understand that Moose, Elk, Caribou are most likely to come out from forests or wooded areas at sunset and or sunrise and this is often when people are either still not canadian immigration sonsultants with it, ie in the morning, or tired after a hard days work in the evening. Moose, Elk and Caribou are large creatures, heavier than a horse and a collision with one can be serious or even fatal. So in the twilight zones, keep your eyes peeled and your speed down especially if you are driving along side or within a forest or wooded area. Another thing about emigrating to Canada and driving, is the winter driving and driving out into the wilderness. Canada is a very snowy place in the winter generally speaking though the Southern part of British Columbia is often quite rainy, much of the year. If you are a new Canadian resident you need to carry out several precautions when driving in the winter:

1. Never have less than half a tank of gasoline on board in case you break down and have to keep the engine running to keep warm. Also have a pre winter service check of your vehicle. 2. Always have some additional warm clothing and some food like crisps (chips) and chocolate with you and a fully charged up cell phone. 3. Have a shovel gloves a flash light, and a pair of foldaway tracks or grips with you, which will help tire traction if you are stuck in snow and are trying to drive out of it. 4. Don’t drive fast especially in swirling snow as you can be in a ‘white out’ without any warning and have zero visibility so you will not know where you are steering the vehicle to. 5. Buy a set of winter tires. Not all places allow winter tires with metal studs but some do. 6. Never cut the corner when turning on a small road when it is covered in snow. Guess which new Canadian immigrant ended up in a two foot drainage ditch in this situation? 7. If you are making a long journey, make sure that people know when your expected arrival time is and what route you are taking etc. 8. Don’t make long journeys.

Outdoor experiences can be great if you emigrate to Canada, but if you go off road in the Country, even in the Summer, you could end up somewhere that nobody else will pass by for weeks or not at all. Again make sure people know where you have gone to, take a supply of food, a small well maintained bike on which to get back to civilization if your car breaks down (there is a difference between a 5 – 6 hour walk and a 1 hour cycle) and check that your cell phone has a signal in the place you are at.

Obviously the above is not a definitive list. Seek advice from motoring organizations and other motoring safety experts. If you are looking to immigrate to Canada, a great place, which promises opportunity, stability and freedom, we recommend Canada. We did it and would like to help you too.

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