Rules of the Road

Saskatchewan has more roads per capita than anywhere else in Canada. Getting around is easy, once you know the rules of the road.

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Rules of the Road 

Speed Limits: across Canada, distances and speed limits are posted in metric (kilometres and kilometres per hour). 1 kilometre or km = 0.6 miles; 1 mile = 1.6 km, and 100 km/hour = 62.5 miles/hour.

Cell Phone Usage: All drivers are prohibited from using hand-held cellphones. The vehicle must be safely stopped on the side of the road and in park before using your hand-held cellphone. The penalty for using a cellphone while driving is $280 CAD.

Emergency Vehicles: All drivers must slow down to 60 km/h when passing emergency vehicles stopped on the roadside that have their lights flashing. This includes city police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances and tow trucks.

Children in Vehicles: Child Car Seats are mandatory in Saskatchewan. Children who are under the age of 7 years, less than 145 cm (4'9") or weighing up to 36 kg (80 lbs) must travel in safety-approved car seats. The fine for failing to secure a child in an appropriate booster seat or child car seat is $175, the same amount charged for an adult failing to wear a seat belt. 

Seat Belts: Seat Belt use is mandatory for all drivers and passengers in Canada.

Drivers' Licences: Tourists from any other country are permitted to use their valid licence for a period of 3 months.

Insurance: Vehicle Insurance is compulsory in Saskatchewan. US visitors are advised to obtain a Canadian Non-Resident Inter-Provincial Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card, which is accepted as evidence of financial responsibility in case of accident. This card is available in the USA through US insurance companies.

Vehicle Accident: If you are involved in an accident on the highway or in a rural community, contact the nearest detachment of the RCMP and your vehicle insurer for assistance. In cities, contact the local police service. For all emergencies call 9-1-1.

Trailers & RVs: visitors travelling in RVs or vehicles with trailers are welcome. Trailers must not exceed 8' 6" in width and 75' 6" in length ; exceeding these limits may require you to pay a customs assessment. Any permits required are issued at the port of entry. Trucks pulling campers and boats should also ensure they meet these regulations.

Fuel: Gas and Oil are sold by the litre (1.0 U.S. gallon = 3.78 litres). Diesel fuel is available along major highways and urban centres; propane is easily available in most centres.

Motorcycles: Motorcyclists are required to wear helmets. Motorcycles are permitted to drive two abreast.