If you plan on driving in the United States, whether in a rental car or your own vehicle, there are certain measures you can take to ensure the trip is safe and enjoyable.
An obvious one perhaps – make sure your passport’s valid (and you have it with you!).
When entering the United States by land or water, Canadian citizens are required to present one of the following: a passport, NEXUS card, Free and Secure Trade ( F A S T ) card, enhanced Driver’s License/Identification Card or a Secure Certificate of Indian Status.
Be aware you must declare any meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, seeds and animals you have in your vehicle, including checked baggage and carry-on luggage.
Make sure to carry a valid Driver’s License and proof of insurance. An up-to-date pink insurance liability slip includes important telephone numbers and proves you have insurance – check that you have your insurance company’s toll-free long distance claims number on hand.
If you’re considering renting a vehicle, it’s a good idea to extend coverage from your Ontario Auto policy to your rental vehicle.
Like Ontario’s hands-free law, many states ban the use of cell phones while driving. Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio and Pennsylvania allow cities/regions to implement their own bans.
Be safe and smart, and avoid electronic distraction while you’re behind the wheel.
Remember, the vast majority of US states have reciprocity agreements with the Province of Ontario regarding traffic violations. Meaning, traffic offense convictions in the US will most likely appear on your Ontario driving record.
So be safe! And ask your insurance broker any questions you might have about driving in our neighbours’ backyard.