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  • PRESENTATION OF THE DRIVING COURSE

    The program is divided into 12 modules that alternate between classroom learning, self-study and on-road instruction. This alternating approach lets learners put the knowledge and competencies acquired in the classroom and from self-study into practice during the in-car sessions. This formula also promotes better integration of the knowledge, skills and behaviour covered in the course.

    The course's 12 modules are grouped together into 4 phases:

    • Phase 1, which is the prerequisite for a learner's licence and includes Modules 1 to 5
    • Phase 2, which includes Modules 6 and 7, during which learners undertake their first guided driving sessions on the road
    • Phase 3, which includes Modules 8 to 10, during which learners undertake semi-guided outings on the road
    • Phase 4, which includes Modules 11 and 12, during which learners undertake increasingly independent driving on the road

    THEORETICAL TRAINING

    The theoretical training includes both classroom learning and self-study. Each module includes 2 hours of classroom training during which instructors encourage thought and awareness through educational activities related to the concepts covered in the module in question. Instructors evaluate the learners' acquisition of knowledge and competencies at several stages in the theoretical training throughout the entire course.

    PRACTICAL TRAINING

    The practical training is composed of 15 in-car sessions, each of which lasts approximately 1 hour. Before each session, instructors discuss the manoeuvres learners will have to perform and the behaviours they will be required to adopt. At the end of each session, learners fill out a self-evaluation form and talk to their instructor about their strengths, what they can improve upon and what they should practice in subsequent in-car sessions. Practical training evaluations are carried out by the instructors during in-car sessions 5, 10 and 15, the latter being the summary session before the SAAQ road test.

    THEORETICAL EVALUATIONS

    After completing the first 4 modules, learners undergo the first theoretical evaluation in the form of a written test. This test, which assesses the learners' knowledge of the theory covered so far, was designed by the SAAQ and is administered by the driving school. Passing this test allows learners to obtain their learner's licence.

    At least 10 months after obtaining their learner's licence, learners must pass a knowledge test at an SAAQ service centre. It is recommended that learners take this test once they have seen all of the course's theoretical content, namely all 12 modules. They must make an appointment to take this test.

    ROAD TEST

    Twelve months after obtaining their learner's licence, learners who have passed the SAAQ knowledge test and received an attestation confirming that they successfully completed the driving course can go to an SAAQ service centre to take the road test. It is very important that they make an appointment to take this test.

    DOCUMENTS USED DURING THE COURSE

    PowerPoint presentations: Presentation of the course
    Classroom Activity Workbook (PDF, 8.9 Mo)
    In-Car Session Workbook (PDF, 5.8 Mo)

    MANOEUVRES AND BEHAVIOURS

    Presentation that includes 14 video clips, that is, 1 sclip for each in-car session. Viewing these clips allows learners to recognize the right and wrong behaviours to adopt in various driving situations and to apply the OEA (Observe – Evaluate – Act) strategy. At the end of a classroom theoretical module, instructors can take a few minutes to present the video clip for the in-car session associated with the module. If the video-clip cannot be viewed in the classroom, learners are encouraged to view the video clip at another time, by referring to the presentation.



  • MODULE 1 – THE VEHICLE

    You have to know your vehicle in order to drive it.

    With this module, you will learn about an automobile's characteristics, controls and devices, especially its safety devices. You will also learn how to prepare the vehicle for travel and transportation and be introduced to the principles of eco-driving.

    RECOMMENDED READING

    We recommend that you read all of Module 1 in your driving school manual.


  • MODULE 2 – THE DRIVER

    Drivers are influenced by various factors (values, norms, parents, friends, the media, etc.), that can affect their attitude behind the wheel and the way they drive.

    With this module, you will establish the profile of a safe, cooperative and responsible driver.

    RECOMMENDED READING

    We recommend you read all of Module 2 in your driving school manual.

    EXERCISES


  • MODULE 3 – THE ENVIRONMENT

    Driving an automobile requires being attentive to one's environment: other road users, road signs and traffic signals, pavement markings, and other factors such as the type of road taken, weather conditions, and the condition of the roadway.

    With this module, you will learn about the rules of proactive and courteous driving and think about the main sources of irritation that can have an impact on driving a vehicle.

    RECOMMENDED READING

    We recommend that you read all of Module 3 in your driving school manual.


  • MODULE 4 – AT-RISK BEHAVIOURS

    Drivers may be tempted to take risks. They must be aware of the possible consequences.

    With this module, you will learn about the factors that increase the risk of accident: speed; failing to wear a seat belt; faculties impaired by alcohol, drugs or medication; fatigue; and distractions.

    RECOMMENDED READING

    We recommend that you read all of Module 4 in your driving school manual.


  • MODULE 5 – EVALUATION

    Module 5 is a review of Modules 1 to 4.

    With this module, you will prepare for the knowledge test you will take at the driving school. Passing this written test will allow you to obtain a learner's licence and begin the practical training and accompanied driving.

    RECOMMENDED READING

    We recommend that you read all of Module 5 in your driving school manual.

    EXERCISES

    As this module is a review of Modules 1 to 4, you can redo the exercises in those modules to prepare for the written test.

    DOCUMENT USED IN THE CLASSROOM

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  • MODULE 6 – ACCOMPANIED DRIVING

    An accompanying driver is a person who guides and assists a learner driver during the learning period.

    With this module, which speaks to both the learner driver and the accompanying driver, you will learn about the role and responsibilities of accompanying drivers, as well as the conditions that facilitate accompanied driving. You will also receive practical advice to help the accompanying driver fulfill his or her duties.

    To serve as an accompanying driver, a person must:

    • have held a valid Class 5 licence to drive a passenger vehicle for at least two years
    • know the various driving techniques and be able to explain them to the learner driver
    • adopt safe, cooperative and responsible behaviour

    Holders of a probationary licence are not authorized to serve as an accompanying driver. Furthermore, the number of years during which a person held a probationary licence cannot be included in the required two years of driving experience.

    We recommend that accompanying drivers read the Accompanying Rider's Guide (PDF, 636.5 ko)022-.36-.037-.546-.037-2.45 0-4.446 1.998-4.446 4.453 0 2.456 1.994 4.453 4.446 4.453 2.45 0 4.446-1.997 4.446-4.453 0-.172-.012-.34-.03-.508l1.768-1.77c.263.71.413 1.476.413 2.278 0 3.643-2.96 6.607-6.596 6.607S.01 12.036.01 8.393c0-3.643 2.96-6.606 6.597-6.606.813 0 1.59.155 2.308.425L7.147 3.977z" fill-rule="evenodd">This link will open in a new window before undertaking accompanied driving.

    RECOMMENDED READING

    We recommend that you read all of Module 6 in your driving school manual.


  • MODULE 7 – OEA DRIVING STRATEGY

    In order to quickly recognize, evaluate and manage actual or potential risks in the road environment, drivers must apply the OEA (Observe – Evaluate – Act) driving strategy.

    With this module, you will learn about the OEA driving strategy. This strategy enables you to better anticipate at-risk situations and react accordingly so as to adopt safe, cooperative and responsible behaviour in the presence of various road users, particularly vulnerable users.

    RECOMMENDED READING

    We recommend that you read all of Module 7 in your driving school manual.



  • MODULE 8 – SPEED

    Speed is a leading cause of offences and accidents among young drivers.

    With this module, you will learn about speed limits, the effects of speed and the penalties that apply if you commit an offence.

    RECOMMENDED READING

    We recommend that you read all of Module 8 in your driving school manual.


  • MODULE 9 – SHARING THE ROAD

    Drivers must learn to share the road with other users. They must exercise caution at all times.

    With this module, you will learn important points about driving in the presence of other drivers, but also more vulnerable users (pedestrians, cyclists, scooter operators, motorcyclists, etc.). You will also learn how to share the road with heavy vehicles, whose driving manoeuvres are more complex than those of an automobile.

    RECOMMENDED READING

    We recommend that you read all of Module 9 in your driving school manual.


  • MODULE 10 – ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

    Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in Québec.

    With this module, you will learn about the effects of alcohol, drugs and medication on driving an automobile, as well as the possible consequences of impaired driving.

    RECOMMENDED READING

    We recommend that you read all of Module 10 in your driving school manual.



  • MODULE 11 – FATIGUE AND DISTRACTIONS

    Driver distraction is one of the causes most often mentioned by police officers with regard to accidents resulting in injury or death. Fatigue is also a significant cause of traffic accidents.

    With this module, you will learn about the effects of fatigue on driving an automobile and the measures to take if fatigue sets in. You will also gain awareness of the risks posed by distractions at the wheel, in particular as regards the use of electronic devices, and the penalties that apply if you commit an offence.

    RECOMMENDED READING

    We recommend that you read all of Module 11 in your driving school manual.


  • MODULE 12 – ECO-DRIVING

    It is in the interest of every driver to practice eco-driving, which means safe and economical driving that is respectful of the environment. This is a responsible driving behaviour that is within everyone's reach.

    With this module, you will learn how to practice eco-driving on a daily basis, namely when purchasing a vehicle, selecting a mode of transportation, planning your travels and driving an automobile.

    RECOMMENDED READING

    We recommend that you read all of Module 12 in your driving school manual.