One of the greatest challenges faced by those immigrating to Canada is, without a doubt, driving.
by Marta Almeida
If you come from Brazil, with all the rules and differences in relation to traffic in Brazilian cities, it becomes more difficult. After all, total attention while at the wheel is not is not a strong point for many Brazilian motorists.
Even so, Fabrício was not intimidated. “For me, the complicated thing is to decipher the signs! Parking on a street is the real dilemma… You can park on one side of the street on the first 15 days from April to November, the other side, on the second half of those months!
Until you figure out what you can and cannot do there is some stressed out person behind you, honking, and you end up losing that spot!”, says the São Paulo native who also couldn’t understand the signs that let you make a left at an intersection: “At an intersection, you cannot turn from 9 am to 6 pm from Monday through Friday, on the other, from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Saturday – There is no standard! A confusion! It is already difficult to stay in the middle of the intersection waiting to turn… very complicated!” he stated.
But the worst thing for him, who only spoke basic English, was explaining to the officer about a small car accident that he was involved in during rush hour on College Street. Fabrício was following behind a street car and patiently stopped whenever passengers would get off or on. During one of these stops, Fabrício got distracted and hit the street car with all his might. The TTC driver came out and started yelling at Fabrício and in the middle of all this stress, when the police arrived and asked what had happened, the only way out was to improvise: “Officer, streetcar go, I go. Streetcar stop, I stop. Streetcar go, I go. Streetcar stop, I stop. But then, streetcar go I go and streetcar stop, I go and PUM!!!”