As a bucket truck driver in the United States, the possibility exists that one could take those skills over the Canadian border, as this country is right next to the United States. This could present a wonderful job opportunity for some people. What does it take to transfer those skills to Canada as a visiting truck driver? Following are some things that are important to learn about Canadian roads as well as tips for a hassle-free trip across the border.
Driving in Canada is very similar to the United States, with a few exceptions. Transport Canada is the agency that governs road safety; however, each province and territory has the authority to make its own traffic rules and regulations. Therefore, if there is a need to drive from Quebec through Ontario and Manitoba to arrive at a destination in Saskatchewan, be aware that the laws may change from province to province.
In addition, the speed limit signs are measured in kilometers and in some parts of the country, particularly Quebec which would include Montreal just across the U.S/Canada border, the road signs are written in French. Unless otherwise posted, on city roads such as Winnipeg or Victoria, the maximum speed limit that is often set is 50 kph, and 80 kph on highways. If driving on a rural highway in any of the provinces, the speed should not exceed 100 kph. Always be mindful when traveling across roadways in the northern part of the provinces and especially in the Northwest Territories and Yukon Territory of deer, elk, and moose that could be crossing the road, especially at night.
Transport Canada is very particular when it comes to road safety and is similar to the United States and other first world countries. Seatbelts are mandatory for all occupants inside the vehicle. It might be awkward to turn the headlights on when driving during the day, but in some provinces and territories of Canada, daytime headlights are actually mandatory to aid visibility.
Be advised that winter driving in this country can be dangerous due to the extreme weather conditions. Heavy snowfall and icy conditions from Toronto to Calgary can make driving hazardous. In fact, Highway 401, which connects Montreal and Detroit, is the scene of numerous traffic accidents caused by extreme weather conditions. It is not uncommon for roads and bridges to be closed during the winter especially in the Yukon Territory cities of Dawson and Whitehorse, so it is important to plan the route carefully, especially when traveling during the winter months.
Tips for Driving Across the Border
A United States citizen can cross the Canadian border without a visa as long as the visit does not exceed 180 days. For a hassle-free entrance and exit from the border:
- Have all the necessary documents ready for inspection, particularly a passport and other supporting identification.
- Roll down the windows and take off any sunglasses for easy identification.
- Turn off any radio and cell phones.
- Have the vehicle’s registration ready as this will also be inspected by the authorities.
During inspection such as in Winnipeg, there are several questions that will be asked regarding this trip, so be prepared to answer them. The questions you can expect may include things such as: how long a person will be staying in the country; the reason for the trip; and the address where the person or persons will be staying. Be concise and straightforward with any answers to avoid further questions from the authorities.
The truck’s cab compartment as well as the bucket truck itself will be checked at the border. Make sure that there is no illegal cargo in the truck such as fire-arms, pornographic materials, or controlled substances, among other things, or there is the possibility for arrest and detention and even prosecution if caught carrying illegal items. Check at the nearest embassy, or visit the website to see the full list of items that should not be brought along when traveling across the Canadian border.
These are just a few of the things that are necessary to know when traveling in a bucket truck to Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Quebec or Halifax. Canada is a great destination where there are many things to see and pleasant experiences to offer. Just remember to follow these important reminders to make the trip smooth and uneventful in a bucket truck in Canada!
Christopher M. Hunter is an expert in commercial specialty trucks. Click here to find out more about Bucket Trucks for Sale Canada.