Strange Canadian driving laws that surprised us the most in 2015

Nope, it isn’t illegal to drive barefoot anywhere in Canada. And, yes, there really is a law that says you have to honk before passing another car in P.E.I. — but you probably won’t get fined. Canada has 13 different sets of driving laws. That’s bound to make for some strange and unexpected rules. Here are a few that surprised us in 2015: Ontario’s the only province where it’s not illegal to cross the solid lines on the highway. “A solid line is a restrictive marking that is meant to signal to the driver that passing is unsafe,” says Ontario’s…

Can I be ticketed for driving slowly on bad roads?

I drive a small car that’s low to the ground. I drove from Vancouver to Kelowna, B.C., on the Coquihalla Highway after Christmas. There are two lanes in each direction, but there were long stretches where there was only one lane free of packed snow. Sometimes that clear lane was in the middle of the two lanes. There were places where I couldn’t go much faster than 70 or 80 km/h (the speed limit is 120 km/h) without starting to either slide or hit snow. I had cars on my tail, some flashing high beams and honking to make me…

What is the actual speed limit on a highway ramp?

While there usually are “recommended speed” safety signs for the 100-series highway on- and off-ramps, what is the actual legal speed limit for these ramps? I’d like to know how much fun I can legally have. – Dave, Nova Scotia Yellow speed limit signs on exits are just suggestions. But they’re good suggestions, the provinces say. “Yellow signs are warnings, advising drivers of what the recommended speed given the geometry of the turn,” says Brian Taylor, a spokesman for Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, in an e-mail. In Nova Scotia, if there’s not a posted speed limit on a…

This snow cover is a fast way to clear the windshield without scraping

Subzero ArcticGuard Snow and Ice Windshield Cover Available at: , , Amazon.ca Price: $9.99-$14.99 Don’t you love people who scrape just enough snow or frost off the windshield so they have tunnel-vision of what lies ahead? They pull up to an intersection hoping the defroster will kick in to melt the windows before the light changes. There are plenty of tools to scrape away the obstructive white stuff but that takes time. Maybe a little foresight will make clearing at least the front a breeze. There are tons of blankets to protect your windshield from the snow and frost –…

A cozy coat safe for kids to wear in a car seat

Cozywoggle toddler coat Available at: Price: $57.99 (U.S.) Bundling up babies and toddlers for the cold is a necessity, but strapping them into the car seat with all that fabric between them and the harness can be problematic. After the car warms up, the jacket becomes unbearably warm and the occupant fusses. More importantly, the extra padding causes major safety concerns. Bulky snowsuits can affect the harness with respect to additional compressibility, according to Transport Canada. We tend to loosen the belt to accommodate that bulk, but if the vehicle stops suddenly, combine the loose strap with the slippery material…

Waterbed in back of truck improves winter traction

ShurTrax Available at: , Price: $90-$280, depending on size Anyone driving a truck knows that when there isn’t a load in the back and you hit a patch of ice, control of the truck can be compromised. Bags of sand, cinder blocks and concrete sidewalk blocks placed over the rear axle are commonly used to maintain control, but can also create a safety issue during sudden stops. Here how to improve handling with a secure weight that looks like a frozen waterbed bladder. The ShurTrax all-weather traction grabber is a tough vinyl chamber made of UV-resistant black woven nylon mesh.…

Six British classic cars from Jaguar to Lotus tipped for a return in 2016

Six UK-made classics ripe for a boom priced from £15,000 to £3 million Quintessentially British brands, including Aston Martin, Jaguar and Lotus Or instead of buying an iconic car, you could buy an icon’s car with Sir Elton John’s old Maserati up for auction By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk Investing in a classic car is all about timing — get it right and you’ll be revelling in automotive glory and a healthier bank balance. But while they may often dominate the hottest classics lists, it’s not all about Ferraris, Porsches and other overseas exotica — there are plenty of highly-sought after…

Owner of the first diesel Land Rover puts tatty 4×4 up for sale for £200k

Optimistic Ebay listing for battered barn-find Land Rover legend There’s an engine but it’s not connected to the vehicle …and isn’t even the original that makes the car worth so much By Rob Hull For Thisismoney.co.uk ‘For sale: Land Rover unrestored condition. £200k.’ Unrestored, you don’t say? You may find yourself asking why this shed of a 4×4 is demanding such big bucks, but, according to the owner, it’s part of Land Rover’s history. That’s because this battered, unloved, crumbling Series I is claimed to be the first ever production Land Rover to feature a diesel motor. The problem is,…

Can Kia’s new Sportage deliver the goods for Britain’s SUV-loving drivers?

By Ray Massey for the Daily Mail The Kia Sportage, a nifty family sports utility vehicle, first hit the road in 1993. UK Sportage sales in 1995 were a mere 680. But a record 23,010 were sold last year — a quarter (28 per cent) of all Kia sales in this country. How times have changed. Kia is now a serious challenger to mainstream established European and Japanese brands, with a UK headquarters in Surrey’s Walton-on-Thames. So what’s the new car like? Kia’s new look Sportage is hitting the showrooms to tempt Britain’s SUV-loving drivers THE GOOD I drove the…

TfL say motorists’ uncertainty on unmarked roads found to make them drive more carefully

White lines are being erased from busy road in bid to slow down motorists  Highway bosses said more uncertain motorists drive more carefully On some London roads, the measure reduced speeds by 13 per cent See more news from Transport for London at www.dailymail.co.uk/tfl By Tammy Hughes and Richard Marsden for the Daily Mail White lines are being erased from busy roads in a bid to slow down motorists, it has been revealed. Highway bosses say roads without the lines introduce a sense of uncertainty that makes motorists drive more carefully.  In some roads in London, the traffic-calming measure reduced speeds…