Driving Calgary to Toronto - any tips?
Replies: 22 - Last Post: Feb 4, 2013 8:19 PM Last Post By: RoxyGyn
Jan 28, 2013 11:36 PM
Feb 2, 2013 10:10 PM
16The Trans-Canada Highway is primarily a 2 lane highway, north of Lake Superior and until you are well south of Sudbury. Traveling through the States will be on 4 lane divided highway once you reach the Inter-State. A much easier drive and as mentioned already, gas is much cheaper in the States.
The Chicago and Detroit areas have major expressways going through them. You won't be stopping. If you go that route, time it so you do not hit them at rush hour.
Check your oil before you go, possibly have it changed before you leave. Check and take extra windshield washer fluid. Never pass up a gas station for a fill-up once your tank is below half. Never pass up a toilet either!
Invest in a road map if you do not have one already. You should not attempt any long distance driving without one. Have an emergency kit with you and a cell phone with roaming.
I did this drive in the winter and it can be boring with no redeeming scenery to keep you alert. There are no set hours that you should drive. If you get tired, stop for a break or for the night. It is a long drive, so don't force it.
Also, you won't encounter those horrible Toronto drivers until you get there.
Feb 3, 2013 1:24 PM
17Thank you wdm. Very helpful information. I think I'm just about set to do this. The only change is that I will be taking a passenger with me. I decided that it will be much easier with somebody to relieve me at the wheel. Actually I've caved to the pressure of my family and friends.
Thank you to everybody for their advice!!
Feb 3, 2013 1:44 PM
Feb 3, 2013 5:45 PM
Feb 3, 2013 8:22 PM
Feb 4, 2013 7:43 AM
21#20 the cc companies charge the station so why shouldn't they pass it on to the customer?
It's only in small business unfriendly Canada where a legitimate cost can't be passed on.
Feb 4, 2013 8:19 PM
22Yes, I did think of bringing US cash. I went to the AMA and they gave me some tourism books with motel and gas station info; they also gave me some maps. They were very helpful. I'm taking my car in for oil change and I'll ask them to remove the hubcaps off my summer tires (which I will leave behind). So I will buy summer tires in Ontario and use my hubcaps which are off while my car has winter tires on.
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