Weird Laws

Canada has a lot of driving laws, but some of them really stand out as the weirdest. Fortunately, for the peace-loving, back-to-the-land types among us, none of these laws prevent you from driving your car while barefoot. However, you might want to know what these strange pieces of legislation say if you want to stay out of trouble.

Solid Yellow Lines in Ontario

The first law, which may come as a surprise, has to do with solid yellow lines. Usually, the solid line is an indicator that passing is not allowed, but that's not the case in Ontario. There, the solid yellow line is more of an indicator of passing dangers than anything else. If you feel like you won't get into a crash, by all means, you are permitted to use your own judgment. In fact, Ontario's Ministry of Transportation said, "In Ontario, lane markings generally serve an advisory or warning function and by themselves do not possess any legal force."

That said, you do have to use good judgment. Passing when it is clearly not safe to do so will ultimately get you a citation, or result in your being faulted in any accidents that ensue.

Horn Honking on Prince Edward Island

The second law we'll bring up has to do with honking your horn while driving. On Prince Edward Island (PEI), road rules require drivers to honk their horns when passing other vehicles. Although this law isn't frequently enforced, you might want to follow the guidelines. A PEI driving instructor said you can give a simple double or single tap of your horn before passing other vehicles to alert other drivers of your presence. New Brunswick has a similar piece of legislation.

Barefoot Driving in Canada

Finally, this isn't exactly a law, but rather a myth that simply isn't true. A lot of Canadians think that it's illegal to drive barefoot, but in reality, nothing on the books prevents you from doing so. Furthermore, drivers are not required to wear any kind of clothing if you refer to the Highway Traffic Act, which doesn't appear to say anything on the topic.

There are a lot more driving laws in Canada, and each province has its own book of legislation that applies to drivers. Therefore, any U.S. motorist who finds him- or herself visiting our northern neighbor will definitely want to brush up on the unique laws of the region before getting behind the wheel of an automobile.

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