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    Driving in Quebec

    Not sure if there is an automatic drivers license that arrives in the mail here and no test but the driving in Quebec is very poor. Signals are almost non existent, 4 way stops most have no clue what to do, speeding always done, driver courtesy Bahahahahahahaha. I remember 2 or 3 years ago with the radio ads I was hearing " Why is that person stopping? He is waving me through, how nice.. Be courteous while driving ". IT DID NOT WORK. You signal here and 8 out of 10 times the gap will be closed to avoid letting you in. Signaling lets people know what you are doing before you brake, helps traffic move smoothly if done right. Coming in to Montreal last night about 35 Km east of the city on Hwy 20 a huge traffic lineup was starting sometimes coming to a complete stop or going no more that 15 Kph, about 15 min later the whole issue was an accident on the other side of the Hwy and nothing even near our lanes then traffic magically went up to 120 again... keep your eyes on the fucking road and drive, no concern what happened over on the other side. When I first arrived here if I was at the front at a set of lights I would go on green.... until after the second near collision with someone running a red, not I look both ways and still see people running reds constantly. My visit before this one I was on the Cartier bridge and was almost run into the side barrier by someone until I laid on the horn, could seethe driver was terrified while driving on a snowy bridge. A cop from Alberta would have his ticket book full by noon. There my venting is done.
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    when you drive into quebec you don't need the bienvenu or bonjour signs to let you know you enterd belle province. you just know by the bumps and craters and potholes in the road. it is amazingly true. once yuo cross the ontario border the road is significatly different and once you pass the usa border you notice the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsou xxx View Post
    Recently the changes were made to getting your licence and I think it's really improved. Takes a year to get a probationary licence and costs $1000 between theory classes and on the road classes.
    That is a scam that should be changed, when my son took the course it was not mandatory and cost $600.00, the week after it became mandatory the price jumped to $1000.00- $1200.00
    I do not think outside the box, I do not think inside the box, I do not even know where the box is.

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    They should change the regulations for Quebec cars No Indicators but big inflated bumpers and extra loud horns. Also do away with the no fault insurance. You crash and its your fault you pay, and the premiums and deductibles go up. Two or more at fault accidents and you loose your licence for 6 months.
    Re Pedestrians and cyclist's the traffic lights are for you also. Not just motor vehicles.
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    I will agree with Sol Tee Nutz that a Calgary or Edmonton cop would have a good time handing out tickets in Montreal. I gave up renting cars there from the airport and getting downtown 2 years ago. Too much stress and tough parking. I just get the 747 bus from the airport and sit there for 30 minutes for $9 and let someone take me downtown. It can even be an adventure crossing the street on a green light walking. I almost got run over twice last October with cars trying to get going through pedestrians. A few manners are always appreciated with hobbying and with driving. Thanks for the time gents.

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    Driving in Montreal traffic reminds me of when I lived in Shrewsbury, MA. At the time I was driving a small white TR-7 and never had the right-of-way. In MA the driver with the largest most dented car has the right of way.

    The last time I drove in Montreal was during the Jazz Festival several years ago. I had to navigate around the parade and got in a horrible traffic jam in Old Montreal. Asked a policeman for directions to the airport and he had no idea. This of course solidified my opinion of Montreal Policemen as several varieties of Simians, not including humans.

    Don't confuse Quebec with anything like Anglo Canada. Driving in Montreal should be equated to driving in Paris, thus right of way is determined by the horn and lacks any courtesy. Just go with it and learn to drive competitively while in Quebec....LOL

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    Anyone who's afraid to drive in Montreal should get off the roads before we run you over. All you are doing is getting in our way and slowing us down.

    As for driving schools, most of them are crap and teach little to no practical driving skills. Driving courses should be given in high school as part of the curriculum. The ability to drive a car properly is a necessary life skill in our day and age and should be taught in high school. And the driving tests to get a license are nowhere near difficult enough. The practical road test should reflect actual driving conditions and habits, not simply following the speed limit while going around the block.
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    Montreal driving is a piece of cake after NYC

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    GO to Cairo and after that tell me what you think about Mlt,i can tell you that we all live in a marvellous placew.

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    Montreal is no better and no worse than any other city of similar size and population density.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonpaul View Post
    GO to Cairo and after that tell me what you think about Mlt,i can tell you that we all live in a marvellous placew.
    Hey, let's leave Cairo out of this.

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    You should always use your signals. How else will the other guy know you want to enter his lane and thus speed up and block you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnhenrygalt View Post
    Montreal is no better and no worse than any other city of similar size and population density.
    I drive in small towns also and there is no difference, they most all have no courtesy and poor habits.
    I do not think outside the box, I do not think inside the box, I do not even know where the box is.

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    Nobody is worse than Ontario drivers who just sit in the left lane and don't pull over when you come up on them. I'll take Quebec drivers any day!!

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    I agree with OP, especially on the lack of signals. I think it's so ridiculous because I see it over and over when I'm cross the street and someone is turning towards me with no light on. It's not like forgetting your signal is on because that's not that common, not signalling is really common here and I don't get why. I wish police would ticket people for that.

    One thing I want to point out here is that there's the no-fault insurance system, so if you get run over as a pedestrian, you're not suing anyone and most likely getting a tiny sum of money and there will be no significant penalty unless the driver has intent, even if you're crippled or seriously injured. So you actually have to dodge the cars because they have nothing to lose.

    OK wassisname's post totally cracked me up! Great post!

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