Tips for Driving a Rental Car in Canada
Public transportation in Canada’s cities is a great means of traveling between sights and your accommodations. When visiting more rural areas or remote destinations, however, a rental car is the best way to go, as trains and tour bus routes are fairly limited. With a rental car, you will be free to travel and explore the most remote and beautiful Canadian destinations, accessed with a network of highways and back roads.
Here’s what you should know before planning a trip with a rental car in Canada.
Top 5 Tips for Renting and Driving a Vehicle in Canada
1. Minimum Age Requirements
In Canada individuals over 23 years of age, with at least 12 months’ driving experience, are eligible to rent a vehicle. Travelers between 21 and 24, however, will have to pay a Young Renter Fee, which is charged on top of a basic rental price. Renters in this age group might also be restricted to renting only a particular class of vehicles.
2. Required Documentation
You must have a valid driver’s licence. If your driver’s licence is in a language other than English or French, you will need to obtain an international driver’s permit. Be ready to display both your original driver’s licence and international permit to your rental company. Your rental company might also ask to see your passport and return ticket to your country of origin. Canadian car rental companies will require credit card payment for your rental vehicle, and the name on your card must match your identification.
3. Traveling with Small Children
If you will be traveling with children who weight less than 18 kilograms (about 40 pounds), they will require a child’s safety seat. Many car rental companies can provide this with an extra fee and ample notice.
4. What to Expect with Fuel and Service Stations
Fuel in Canada is more expensive than in the United States, but less expensive than Europe. In larger cities, it’s cheaper than remote areas. If you will be driving long distances, plan to dedicate a significant portion of your budget to fuel. Once you reach more rural areas, we recommend filling up at every service station you pass, as they become less common.
5. Safe Driving During Winter and with Animals on the Road
Keep an eye out for road signs indicating animal crossings and watch for animals on or near the road everywhere. Be aware of road conditions in winter, which can change quickly with the weather.
Vehicle Rentals in Fort McMurray, Alberta
Young Motors, the oldest Hertz car rental operation in Canada, offers visitors three convenient locations for vehicle rentals in Fort McMurray. We have a wide variety of vehicles available and can help you decide which type of rental will be the best for your plans while visiting the area. To learn more about Canadian driving requirements and safety tips or to book a rental vehicle for your visit, contact one of our three locations today.
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