Driving in BC
Getting around the City of Vancouver is easy – great for walking enthusiasts and cyclists alike – as it is well serviced with a transit system, small commute ferries and taxi firms. However, hiring a car can give you greater flexibility and convenience when going further afield to explore Vancouver Island, the Okanagan, and other communities and regions.
Getting to know the area by road is straightforward too and before setting out on your excursion, familiarize yourself with BC driving laws. Following are just a few driving tips and things to know that might be different from your hometown:
- In Canada driving is done on the right hand side of the road (unless the street is designated one-way!)
- From January 1, 2010 it is against the law in British Columbia to drive while using a handheld cell phone (mobile), and typing, texting or dialling on a handheld device or watching a video – set up your GPS before starting your trip, not while driving.
- Seatbelts are mandatory in Canada for all passengers and child car seats or booster seats for children (check with your car rental company for child passenger requirements). Buckle up!
- Roads are generally well posted with warning and road signs.
- Speed signs are posted in kilometres (km/h).
- Speed limits apply for school and playground zones during certain hours which will be posted as you approach the zone. Watch out for these signs especially.
- If a school bus stops with alternating red flashing lights all traffic on both sides of the road must stop, until the flashing lights are turned off.
- The first vehicle that arrives at an intersection with a 4-way stop has the right-of-way.
- At traffic lights watch for overhead signs which may restrict turning left or right during peak hours, or signs that designate one-way streets.
- At a red traffic light, vehicles may proceed to turn right after first stopping completely and ensuring the intersection is clear of other vehicles, cyclists or pedestrians.
- Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks. Please give way.
- Requirements for renting a car include presenting a credit card and valid driver’s license. Age restrictions and/or extra charges may apply. Pick-up and drop-off services may be available.
- Road rules apply the same to riding bicycles, scooters, and motorcycles. Helmets must be worn.
RV is an abbreviation for Recreational Vehicle, and also refers to motorized campers and trailers used for camping and other recreational activities. This style of vacationing is popular in British Columbia and across Canada and allows freedom to travel around to secluded campsites within a self-contained motorhome.
Bicycle, Scooter and Motorcycle Rental Companies
|Bayshore Bike Rentals||(604) 688 2453|
|Cambie Cycles||(604) 874 3616|
|Cycle BC Rentals||(604) 709 5663|
|Eagle Rider Motorcycle Rentals||(604) 668 7232|
|English Bay Bike Rentals||(604) 568 8490|
|Simon’s Bike Shop||(604) 602 1181|
|Stanley Park Cycle||(604) 688 0087|
|Trev Deeley Motocycles||(604) 291 2453|
Car Hire and RV Rental Companies
|Alamo Rent-A-Car||(604) 231 1400|
|Avis Car & Truck Rental||(604) 606 2821|
|Best Price Rent a Car Vancouver||(604) 733 1221|
|Budget Car & Truck Rental BC||(604) 688 7000|
|CanaDream RV Rentals & Sales||(604) 940 2171|
|Discount Car & Truck Rental||(604) 207 8180|
|Dollar Rent-A-Car||(604) 279 0045|
|Economo Rent-A-Car||(778) 395 7701|
|Enterprise Rent-A-Car||(604) 688 5500|
|Fraserway RV Rentals||(604) 527 1102|
|GN Auto Rentals||(604) 437 4434|
|Go West RV Centre||(604) 528 3900|
|Hertz Rent A Car||(604) 606 4711|
|Lo Cost Auto Rental||(604) 986 1266|
|Mr Rent-A-Car||(604) 874 7777|
|National Car Rental||(604) 609 7150|
|Platinum Touch||(604) 274 2369|
|Prestige Luxury Rentals||(604) 738 4111|
|RIZ Rent a Car & Truck||(604) 689 1231|
|Thrifty Car Rental||(604) 606 1666|
|Traveland RV Rentals||(604) 530 8141|
|Westcoast Mountain Campers||(604) 279 0550|
|Zipcar||(604) 697 0550|
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