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Getting Around by Car

An excellent road system makes Alberta easy to get around. Wide highway shoulders allow plenty of room for cyclists. Highways between major urban centres are 3 to 4 lanes in each direction. Secondary highways and rural routes are well maintained.

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Road Safety and Laws

Seatbelts must be worn at all times and it is against the law to use cellphones or mobile devices while driving.

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Speed Limits

Speed limits in Canada are measured in kilometers per hour (km/h) and are usually marked by signs on the side of the road. When the speed limit is not marked, drivers should keep to the provincially set speed limits. Motorists passing stopped emergency vehicles or tow trucks must drive at 60 km/h (37 mph), or at the posted speed limit, whichever is slower. Find out more on the Alberta Transportation website.

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Driver's Licenses

You must have a valid driver’s licence to drive legally in Canada. Your own is valid for up to 12 months. International Driving Permits from your home country are also valid for one year.

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Auto Insurance

If you are driving your own vehicle into Alberta, bring vehicle registration forms and a free Canadian Non-Resident Insurance Card from your insurance agent, or the policy itself. If you’re driving a rented car, bring a copy of the rental contract.

Road Reports

Weather, construction and other activities result in different highway conditions across Alberta. For road conditions dial 511 or visit the 511 Alberta website.