And your questions this year reflected that. Sure, you asked us more than ever about autonomous safety tech, plug-in hybrids and electric cars — but we still got plenty of old-school questions about confusing driving rules and ways to cope with lousy drivers (you know, everybody else on the road).
Here are a few of the things you asked about the most in 2018.
It depends. If you’re caught speeding in Saskatchewan but you don’t live there, the ticket will show up on your driving record everywhere in Canada except British Columbia, Quebec and Nunavut.
Those are the three places that aren’t part of an agreement to share records of traffic violations with everybody else. Tickets from those places won’t show up on your home record, either.
Quebec and Ontario have their own agreement — so an Ontario driver would get demerits from a Quebec ticket, but drivers from other provinces wouldn’t.
If you don’t pay an out-of-province ticket, you probably won’t be pulled over and asked to pay it if you go back there.
"There’s no warrant that is issued,” says Cpl. Nancy Joyce, with the RCMP’s E Division traffic services in B.C. “They should pay it, though. My goodness.”
Instead, that province might send your unpaid ticket to a collections agency – or go through the Canada Revenue Agency and take the amount owing from GST rebates and income tax refunds.
Will I get a speeding ticket if I’m only going a few km/h over the limit?
“You know what my answer’s going to be,” said Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, with the Ontario Provincial Police highway safety division. “Technically, anything over 100 km/h on an Ontario highway is breaking the law.”
That’s true in every province: there’re no ticket-proof speed. Police say tickets going 1-5 km/h over the limit are rare, but they happen.
And in six places – Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and the Northwest Territories – the fine goes up for each km/hr that you’re over the speed limit.
Quebec is the only province that bans driving in the left-most lane on highways unless you're passing or turning left. In B.C., you have to get out of the left lane if another car is coming up behind you. But other places, including Alberta and Ontario, just require slower traffic to keep right.
Still, it’s a good idea to keep right unless you’re passing another car.
“If people are passing you on the right, then you’re not going with the flow of traffic and you’re in the wrong lane,” said Angelo DiCicco, with Young Drivers of Canada.
Which lane are you supposed to turn into?
When you’re turning at an intersection, stay in your lane.
If you’re turning right, turn into the rightmost lane, even if it’s ending. if you’re turning left, you have to turn into the lane closest to the left side. If there’s more than one turning lane, you stay in the lane you’re in.
Safety tech is reducing crashes. But, it doesn’t always work – and, if you don’t know how to use it, it can be distracting.
“The bottom line is that some of this technology is working to prevent crashes,” said Russ Rader, spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). “But the systems are not 100-per-cent effective.”
Even the lowest-range PHEVs don’t come with range anxiety. They don’t have the electric range of pure electric vehicles — Chevy’s pure-electric Bolt gets 383 km on a charge while the PHEV Volt gets you 85 km.
But if a PHEV runs out of juice, you can just keep going on gas. If you didn’t charge it at all on the 2,400 km from Quebec to Florida, you’d still make it there — you just wouldn’t get the advertised fuel economy.
Have a driving question? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Canada’s a big place, so let us know where you are so we can find the answer for your city and province.
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