If you plan on driving in the United States, whether in a rental car or your own, there are certain steps you can take to make sure you’re trip is safe and enjoyable.
Have the Right Identification
First, make sure you have a valid Passport or WHTI-compliant identification like an enhanced driver’s license (EDL) or NEXUS card. Since June 2009, Canadians traveling to the U.S. by land or sea are required to present an approved document that shows identity and citizenship.
Also make sure to carry your valid Driver’s Licence and proof of insurance. An up-to-date pink insurance liability slip includes important telephone numbers and proves you have insurance.
Be aware that you must declare any meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, seeds, and animals you have in your vehicle or are carrying, including checked baggage and carry-on luggage.
If you are considering renting a vehicle, it is a good idea to extend coverage from your own Ontario automobile policy to the rental vehicle. By adding an OPCF 27 to your auto policy, you won’t have to worry about buying extra insurance when you rent a car anywhere in the United States or Canada.
Like Ontario’s hands-free law, many states ban the use of cell phones while driving. The states of Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio and Pennsylvania even allow cities or regions to implement their own bans. Be safe and smart and avoid electronic distractions while behind the wheel.
It’s impossible to know when, where or if you’ll get into an accident, but if you do, call us for advice and we’ll help guide you through the claims process.