5 important things to know about SAAQ

On the eve of getting your license, you are no longer allowed to ignore what SAAQ is. At Omega Driving School we work to train responsible and educated drivers, and to that end we recap a list of what you need to know.

The Société de l’assurance Automobile du Québec -SAAQ- is the government agency in charge of road administration in Quebec. Its main function is to issue driver’s licenses to drivers.

It is also in charge of providing public automobile insurance. It protects all those involved in an accident, whether they are drivers, passengers or pedestrians.

If you want to get your driver’s license soon, we recommend you to read this section of curiosities of the SAAQ. With this article we want to guide you so you can pass your driving test the first time!

1. Origin of SAAQ

Generally, to obtain a driver’s license, you must go to City Hall. However, unlike in the other states of Canada, in Quebec, SAAQ is the agency in charge of managing these administrative processes.

SAAQ is a Crown corporation. In other words, its administration combines commercial objectives with public policy. How does it do that? We will see in the next two points.

2. For better driving

2. For better driving

Have you ever seen a commercial on TV that left you a bit traumatized? Commercials that don’t hold back a bit when it comes to showing graphic accidents and deaths.

Well, SAAQ has been behind these awareness campaigns for years. The government has invested a lot of effort in keeping us in a healthy fear of the roads.

And this strategy is also reflected in the composition of the driving tests. We guarantee that without proper preparation you will not be able to pass them. We will see how they are developed later on.

3. The SAAQ and motorcycles

3. The SAAQ and motorcycles

Due to the climate and the extension of the territory in Quebec, having a vehicle is indispensable. However, we recommend that you always choose a car and now you will understand why.

As mentioned in the previous points, the road administration in Quebec has political interests at stake and these are to keep the streets as safe as possible.

Motorcycles represent a big risk in cold weather. In order to be able to drive them, it is necessary to obtain a registration and the costs vary according to the motorcycle’s cylinder capacity.

These costs range from $200 to $800, provided they are not considered motorcycles at risk, in which case they could cost up to more than $2,000. A fee that does not apply to risky cars, but only to motorcycles.

Taking into account that this registration must be paid once a year and that there are times, such as winter, when it is forbidden to use motorcycles, but at the same time, this time is not deducted from the registration fee…

You can draw your own conclusions. Once again, we recommend you to choose a car as a vehicle to move around in Quebec, because this choice will make your life much easier in all aspects.

 

4. Driver’s license for immigrants

If you come from another country and plan to drive in Quebec, you should know that your foreign driver’s license will be valid for sixty days only. During this time, you will have to prepare yourself and apply for the SAAQ test.

For immigrants, apart from the regulatory paperwork, one of these documents will be required: The CSQ and the CAQ.

The CSQ is the Quebec Selection Certificate. A document that indicates that you are settling in the country legally, and with it you can apply for your driver’s license without any problems.

The CAQ is the Quebec Certificate of Acceptance. A document that indicates that you are legally and temporarily in the country, either for studies or for work, and with it you can also apply for your driving test.

5. SAAQ driving test

5. SAAQ driving test

The SAAQ theory test is similar to the one taken in the other states, but it is structured with a unique format.

There are 3 categories of 64 questions. The first category consists of 16 signaling questions; the second category has 16 driving and safety questions; and the last category has 32 regulatory questions.

In the first two categories you are allowed to make up to three mistakes. If you make a mistake a fourth time the program closes and the test is over. In the third part you can be wrong up to eight times.

It is not a time-limited test, you can take as long as you need.

To conclude, you should know that if you fail the test you must wait 28 days to retake it. The best thing you can do is to prepare yourself to pass it the first time.

At Omega Driving School we offer you a list of very useful links to prepare you for the test.

Now that you know what SAAQ is and the complications you are going to face, book your driving course and prepare yourself properly for the practical test.

Driving school in Sherbrooke for professionals

Driving school in Sherbrooke for professionals

Learning to drive is difficult, but at the driving school in Sherbrooke you will become a professional driver. In this day and age, it’s becoming increasingly necessary to learn how to drive properly, as the roads are unpredictable.

Therefore, at Omega Driving School we will tell you about the services offered by our driving school in Sherbrooke. In addition, we will discuss the different courses we have available for you, all the benefits and why we are the best in teaching.

Our claim may sound pretentious. However, our students attest to the vast experience of the instructors we have at your disposal. So, venture out and discover the wonderful world we offer at our driving school in Sherbrooke.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

 

What driving courses are offered in Sherbrooke?

Undoubtedly, a driving school has to take care of a curriculum according to the needs of our time. For this reason, it is essential to offer updated courses, as this is the way to achieve an optimal and efficient learning.

With this in mind, our courses are divided into phases endorsed by the Quebec government. In this way, we seek to train drivers who respect and know the guidelines of the automobile law of the region. Below, we will tell you more in detail.

 

Phase 1: requirement to obtain a driver’s license

Are you thinking of obtaining a driving license issued by the SAAQ? In this phase you will be able to do it. It doesn’t matter if you are 16 years old or a little older, since obtaining this license is the first step to be part of the imperious roads.

To achieve it, you will only have to complete 5 theoretical modules, during 5 weeks. Then, when you reach the fifth, you will be entitled to take a 30-question (multiple choice) test. Upon passing this test you will receive a certificate and you will be able to obtain your driving license. Fantastic, isn’t it?

Phase 1: requirement to obtain a driver's license

 

Phase 2: guided driving

After passing our first phase, come the long-awaited in-car sessions. However, to start driving, you first have to complete 2 theory modules. Once this is done, the 4 hours of in-car sessions will be fundamental for you to put what you have learned to the test.

 

Phase 3: Semi-directed driving

Starting with this phase means you are half way through learning to drive. Here comes the most critical part, but equally exciting when taking a car. This phase is contemplated to be completed in a minimum of 56 days, in which you will see 3 theoretical modules and 6 hours of in-car sessions.

The thrill of driving like a professional will be closer and closer to your hands. However, it is important to mention that the 5th and 10th in-car sessions will be evaluated by an instructor.

Both the instructor and the student will observe the strengths and weaknesses in driving, in order to reinforce them as soon as possible. On the other hand, it is possible to combine 2 sessions and turn them into a single 55-minute session (with the exception of the aforementioned 5 and 10, for evaluation purposes).

 

Phase 4: semi-autonomous driving

The last phase is the most crucial of the process, as it will determine how much you have learned and how you will perform on the road. Here the theory modules are only 2 and the in-car sessions will cover 5 hours. However, the minimum time to complete it is 56 days, which implies a lot of effort and will.

But there will be no greater satisfaction than completing this phase, as it will be the beginning of a life on the roads. The course and all the experiences of the classes will help you to perform well when you travel the world as a professional.

 Phase 4: semi-autonomous driving

What are the benefits of studying at our driving school?

After getting to know our courses, you may wonder about the benefits of studying at our driving school. Therefore, we have compiled a list of the 5 most outstanding benefits at our driving school.

 

1. Courses in French and English

Many people do not venture to take driving lessons, because they only master one language and, in many schools, there are only courses in French or English. However, our driving school in Sherbrooke offers specialized lessons and materials in both languages!

2. Accessible schedules

In order to optimize your learning process, or for any questions you may have, we are open from Monday to Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. Likewise, on Saturday we are available for you from 10:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m. On Sunday we are closed.

Besides, we know how difficult it is to have free time nowadays. Therefore, in order to meet everyone’s schedules and needs, we offer day, afternoon, evening and weekend courses. Because we are committed to you and we want to see you as a professional.

 

3. Payment facilities

If you think that driving schools are very expensive, it’s because you didn’t know about ours. So that you don’t have any excuse and learn to drive, we offer you our payment method that consists of paying our 4 phases in 4 installments. This way, it will be easier and more convenient for you.

 

4. From the age of 16 you can learn

However, if you are a few weeks away from turning 16, you can also come to our driving school in Sherbrooke. This way, when you turn 16, you can celebrate your birthday by going to the SAAQ to get your learner’s permit.

 

5. Courses at a certified institution

Since January 17, 2010, we have been certified to teach courses. We also have the new 39-hour course requested by the SAAQ. This is very important, since only certified driving schools can provide valid documentation for driving.

5. Courses at a certified institution

What services are offered at this driving school?

Every 6 months, the cars at our driving school in Sherbrooke are checked for compliance with government regulations. Thanks to the quality certification that we always obtain, we have a car rental service.

If you will take the test at SAAQ Henri-Bourassa, SAAQ Dorval or SAAQ Longueuil, and you don’t have a car yet, you can opt for our services. We assure you that you will come out as a winner of the test.

 

Omega Driving School, the best driving school in Sherbrooke

Now that you know more about our driving school in Sherbrooke for professionals, what are you waiting for to venture into the courses that will take you to the roads? We are Omega Driving School, highly trained professionals in automotive driving, always at your disposal.

We have been available to the public since 1984, offering different services for you to become a professional behind the wheel. So, if you want a rewarding and effective experience, in Quebec we are your best option to learn to drive.

Because a driving school must watch over and ensure the learning of its students. Quality education leads to great achievements in the course of life. So, contact us, because we are Omega Driving School and we are here to serve you.

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How to drive a manual car like a pro

Learn how to drive a manual car perfectly! Yes, it’s time, don’t procrastinate anymore. It’s time to tackle this great goal.

Did you ever, when you were a kid, put yourself in the driver’s seat and pretend you were driving the car? Well, let me tell you: that little childhood fantasy wasn’t about moving, it was about control.

That’s right, the person who takes the wheel is a person who seeks control. And you will say: “Well, anyway, I’m in control with an automatic vehicle”, but no. The automatic vehicle does everything for you.

The automatic vehicle does everything for you, your control is limited only to “stopped” and “in motion”.

Would you like to take true control of your vehicle and fulfill your childhood dream? In this article we will teach you how to drive a manual car like a pro.

How the gearbox works in manual driving

The impatience of every first-time driver drives him to want to take the wheel, before knowing how the machine in front of him works.

But knowing the set of materials that make up the engineering of the vehicle will undoubtedly make you a better driver.

So, when we talk about manual driving, we mean manual transmission driving. But what is it and what is the transmission in a car for?

The power generated by the engine flows through the transmission before it reaches the wheels. The basic function of the transmission is to control the speed and torque available to the wheels under different conditions.

How the gearbox works in manual driving

 

You’re probably already getting overwhelmed by all this technical mumbo-jumbo, so we’ll make it even easier for you:

Low gears

The numbers on the lever indicate the speed. The lower the number, the lower the speed, but the higher the vehicle’s power and the larger the gear.

For this reason, cars are started and driven on steep uphill slopes with the first few gears.

High speeds

On the other hand, the higher the number, the higher the speed, but the lower the force it uses and the smaller the gearing.

It is very simple. At the same speed, a large circumference takes longer to rotate than a small one. This is why slower speeds have larger gears, and faster speeds have smaller gears.

If you’re going downhill, logic tells you to step on the brakes. But this does a lot of damage to the brakes.

Now that you know how gears work, what would be a better solution? Simple, go down the hill at a slower speed. The gearing will prevent the vehicle from going faster than it should.

Another interesting question: What is the smallest gear in the transmission?

High speeds

If your answer was: the gear with the fastest speed, we have good news and bad news for you. The good news is that you have grasped the logic of this mechanical process. The bad news is that your answer is incorrect.

Reverse

The smallest gear is the reverse gear. This gear is placed in the middle of two larger gears, so by doing this it reverses the orientation of the motion and direction of the wheels.

Since this is a very small gear, and is placed in the middle of two larger gears, it is important to use it at low speed.

Although reverse is only used for parking, or getting out of a traffic jam, there are always those who want to imitate the crazy maneuvers of Fast and Furious. Don’t try these things with your vehicle! Always use reverse at low speed.

Eliminate bad practices for driving a manual car

Whether you are learning to drive from scratch, or you already know how to drive an automatic, it is important to eliminate bad practices in order to properly master the manual transmission.

Pedals

A very common practice, in people who drive in automatic mode, is to use one foot for the accelerator and the other for the brake.

This is a bad habit that must be eliminated, because there will never be a situation in which you have to accelerate and brake at the same time.

The right foot is for the accelerator and brake, and the left foot is for the clutch. In the case of automatics, the left foot should be kept idle at all times.

Hands

Have you heard the famous phrase that your hands should always be at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock on the steering wheel? Well, this phrase is correct, but only for prolonged, non-stop driving, such as on a highway.

In the case of manual vehicles, in traffic, it is best to keep your right hand on the lever for the entire journey. Since you will be constantly starting and braking.

Lever

Once a person has reached regulatory driving standards, he or she falls into the lie that he or she has learned to drive.

The truth is, most of the time when we learn to drive, what we learned to drive was our practice vehicle.

But there are many vehicle options on the market, and as obnoxious as it may seem, each one brings a different interface in the commands. Especially on the lever.

For example, some vehicles have the reverse after the last gear, others have it before the first gear, and others have a small ring that you have to lift with your fingers to put it in reverse.

Our recommendation is that, when you get into a vehicle, be sure to check how the lever works before starting.

Lever

As we mentioned at the beginning, even if you have a vehicle with automatic transmission, any user should learn to drive a car in manual mode.

This will allow you not to retrain yourself in manual transmission, to drive any type of car and to increase the operating resource of the transmission.

Now that you know the secrets of how to drive a manual car like a pro, visit our website to book your course and take a look at our blog, for more information.

10 tips for safe winter driving

10 tips for safe winter driving

Just because many people love winter, it doesn’t mean that snow is without risks and dangers.

Expert drivers know the consequences of driving without caution in winter. However, not everyone is an expert, and this is the main reason that inspired us to prepare this list of 10 tips for safe winter driving.

But before we continue with the tips, we want to share with you some ideas that will make you think.

Snow and how to prevent accidents

Snow and how to prevent accidents

It’s probably not necessary to say the following, but we’ll say it anyway: “Concentration and caution are vital”. In freezing weather, knowing how to drive safely in winter is an important task.

Driving in the snow with caution allows you to match your pace, control your vehicle’s movements and anticipate any eventuality.

The possibility of suffering an accident is a latent evil that attacks life, so prevention should always be the priority. Part of this evil possibility is built from elements such as the visibility of the road, the speed of the car, the weather (cloudy, snowy, rain, etc.), ice on the road, and many more impossibilities.

Facing this long list of obstacles can be frightening, but winter driving is not difficult. To do so, you can know the rules of how to drive preventively and drive better.

How to drive safely in winter

For us, safety is the most important pillar of all. It should not be assumed that driving in extreme weather situations is easy; in fact, the opposite is true. Even for the most confident drivers, traveling in winter often causes anxiety.

Now, if you want to drive safely in winter, reading these 10 tips will be of great help.

1. Get plenty of rest the day before

1. Get plenty of rest the day before

Resting before setting out on a trip, whether it is a short or long journey, is a wise decision.

The body is a reflection of our decisions: if we take care of it, it will look good. Conversely, if we do not pay due attention to it, our body will show the neglect we have given it and impair our judgment.

The act of driving is not a game. Certain responsibilities are precarious and require a lot of caution to take care of your family members and other drivers on the road.

Therefore, rest well before driving.

2. Make sure of everything before leaving home

Driving in the snow is not the most advisable idea, considering the high rate of accidents caused in these conditions.

If you travel in winter, it must be for something important and necessary. Therefore, you should have a plan to execute, such as: what you will do, what you will buy, where you will go, what time you will leave home and what time you will return, how long it will take, etc.

3. Check the weather forecast and its possible difficulties

Living in an area with such frequent weather changes, it is normal to know what are the possible difficulties that may occur.

However, a last phase of verification will not be a waste of time. Check the weather, the forecasts for the day and the next few days, to have a much clearer idea of what to expect.

4. Prepare your car with what you need

Driving in winter is totally different from driving at other times of the year, in other weather, and under other circumstances.

This tip requires a lot of insight and foresight. The sense of caution may be more powerful in some people who know the risks in more detail, or people who simply tend to be wary of any situation.

For example, make sure your car has enough fuel. Also make sure that the power, battery, ignition system, windshield wipers and mirrors are working properly. Finally, don’t forget to check the lighting: this is an essential parameter, so you can see and be seen, especially when it snows.

Also, an extraordinary idea is to prepare a tool kit in case of a panner. As well as a scraper to remove the frost, and a rake to remove the snow in case it piles up on the road.

5. 4 snow tires are better than 2

When the snowy season arrives, everyone prepares to welcome winter.

However, we must also remember to change the tires. Special snow tires are the best choice, as they run on snow, ensure the safety of drivers, have better grip on snow and ice, resistance to low temperatures, and their deep grooves remove traces of snow to the outside.

Preferably, change all four tires of the car for better safety.

6. Reduce your speed

As you may already know, snow may look beautiful, but it is deceptive.

If a car is going at high speeds, the chances of accidents caused by skidding or brake failure increase. The likelihood of a car being able to brake abruptly on a snow-covered road is low, so it is advisable to slow down.

Driving in snow at a reduced speed avoids unnecessary accidents.

7. Respect the signs

7. Respect the signs

Signs are strategically placed on the road for one reason: to avoid accidents and save lives.

If a sign is coming, be aware that something is coming: a curve or an intersection, and you need to react to these signs.

8. Try to anticipate

Sometimes, a driver who frequents the same roads may feel confident, but when the weather is different, confidence does not help much.

Preferably, take the safest option: anticipation. Take the wheel with caution and drive without haste. Pay attention to the signs and everything around you. Concentrate and drive calmly.

9. Drive on main roads

Why the main roads? These are the first to be cleared of snow, which is a great relief for many.

Also, because it is the main road, there are signs and signals that tell you when something is coming up, whether it is a bridge, a curve or an alternate route.

However, keep your precautions and your sense of alertness on in case of any eventuality.

10. Keep a safe distance

Driving in snow carries many risks, especially if you are going at a slightly higher speed.

The distance on the road should be prudent, neither too close nor too far, an intermediate distance. This way, in case of any eventuality, the brakes can do their job and stop the car as soon as possible, without running the risk of crashing.

The truth is that learning to drive safely in winter is an initiative that we should all do, if we are drivers. If we are just passengers, it’s not a must, but it’s not a disappointing idea either.

Learning to drive in the snow can be productive in keeping you and your family and friends safe.

How to avoid falling asleep at the wheel?

How to avoid falling asleep at the wheel?

One of the best rewards after a tiring day is sleep. As we know, sleep is very important for the survival of our organism. However, while driving a car, falling asleep can cause irreparable damage.

Incredible as it may seem, fatigue at the wheel causes so many accidents that the Quebec government has launched several awareness campaigns to reduce their number. Therefore, at Omega Driving School we join these campaigns, seeking to make your driving experience the best it can be.

Based on the opinion of highly qualified experts, in this article we propose 10 fundamental tips to avoid falling asleep while driving. These tips are mainly aimed at new drivers.

However, never forget that, regardless of experience or respect for road laws, accidents can happen. Based on our experience as a driving school, we want to help you reach your destination safe and sound.

So, without further ado, let’s start our engines!

10 tips to avoid falling asleep at the wheel

The diversity of recommendations is immense. For this reason, after an extensive study and questions to experts, we have selected the 10 best tips to avoid falling asleep at the wheel, which will help you conquer the road.

Tip 1: Get adequate sleep

When driving, it is important to stay alert in all senses. Therefore, getting the right amount of sleep will help to ensure that the processes you perform while driving are accurate and consistent.

We must remember that sleep deprivation hinders our ability to learn and perform daily tasks. Knowing this, no matter how well we have learned to shift gears, if we have not rested, it is very likely that we will fail behind the wheel.

Tip 2: rest on the road

Tip 2: rest on the road

During long journeys, it is almost impossible not to get frustrated by the heat, the seemingly endless straight roads or boredom. There are many factors that could turn us into just another press number.

For this reason, to avoid falling asleep at the wheel, we recommend that you rest every 2 hours or every 200 kilometers. Stretching your feet or stopping at a gas station will make a big difference in you.

In addition, if you have the opportunity to travel accompanied, you can also take turns at the wheel. If your companion has a driver’s license, the solution will be as simple as switching seats. By doing this, you’ll have someone to talk to, and you’ll even get some sleep before continuing your journey.

Tip 3: Avoid heavy meals

The drowsiness that comes after eating is no mystery to anyone. This is because our body activates a process consisting of rest and digestion. This process, which is inversely proportional to the “fight or flight” reaction, is what causes tiredness.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you avoid heavy meals. This way, you will not have any inconvenience in your driving. What you can consume, however, is something that requires active and constant chewing.

It can be chewing gum or mentholated sweets, as long as their flavor does not distract you from the road. These sweets will clear our minds and focus our energies on the road: they are a real treat to avoid falling asleep at the wheel.

Tip 4: plan your trip

Tip 4: plan your trip

To prevent any mishaps on the road, it is substantial that you organize your trips, regardless of the duration. This way, you will be prepared if something out of place should happen.

Planning a trip is not only limited to establishing a schedule, but also to analyzing all the details of the road. Once the forecasts are laid out on the table, you’re ready to start your car.

Tip 5: avoid bad hours

One thing you should avoid, as much as possible, is driving during the time you normally sleep. If you do, you run the risk of your body shutting down and misfortune will befall you.

Those who are used to driving late at night say that the least convenient hours are from midnight to 5 am. That is to say, if you drive at those hours there is a greater chance of ending up in the hospital, because our body is more prone to fall asleep.

Tip 6: take off your shoes!

 Tip 6: take off your shoes!

It may sound like a joke, but taking off your shoes is an effective remedy against drowsiness. This is because, barefoot, we feel the base of the car and the pedals in a different way. Such a sensation will keep us alert during the trip.

Tip 7: play music and sing?

Music, without a doubt, can never be missing in our lives. However, a trick to avoid falling asleep at the wheel is to play music you don’t like or don’t know. This way, you will not be absorbed and you will avoid losing your concentration on the road.

Tip 8: Open the window or turn on the air conditioning

Opening the windows is another great way to avoid falling asleep while driving. The air on your face will take away your drowsiness and keep you cool. In addition, constant oxygenation is essential for you to be in perfect condition.

On the other hand, it is important to remember that heat is a natural enemy of those who drive. For this reason, you can also choose to turn on the air conditioning and regulate it until it reaches about 20ºC. However, on days of excessive cold, you should follow other guidelines, such as the use of heating or comfortable clothing.

Tip 9: Do not take substances that make you sleepy.

Many medications produce sleepiness as a side effect. In view of this, the most recommended thing to do is not to use the vehicle, since any mishap could happen due to drowsiness.

Likewise, never forget to avoid intoxicating drinks or any kind of hallucinogens. Driving under these effects, besides being an irresponsible gesture, will lead to a great tragedy.

Tip 10: Consider coffee or other energetic beverages

Tip 10: Consider coffee or other energetic beverages

Finally, we recommend consuming caffeine, if it is strictly necessary. We are well aware of the effects of coffee, which is why it can become an excellent ally for a long-distance trip.

Of course, you do not necessarily have to resort to coffee. There are also teas that can give you the same effect and, why not, the famous energy drinks. Also, never forget to stay hydrated. If you don’t, your body will suffer and, eventually, you will feel sleepy.

Where can you get more tips on how to avoid falling asleep at the wheel?

Now that you know how to avoid falling asleep at the wheel, what are you waiting for to hit the road? At Omega Driving School we are here to provide you with all the tools and knowledge you need to make your driving experience second to none.

With over 30 years of experience, we have seen many generations of expert drivers, in road safety issues and with the ability to navigate all roads. This has been achieved thanks to our commitment to teaching and the services we offer in the Quebec region.

Our courses and modules, approved by the SAAQ, will make you an excellent driver. We will teach you how to avoid falling asleep at the wheel and other techniques to make your car your new home.

We have accessible schedules. So, if you want to know more tips, in Omega Driving School we will give you classes and advice according to you. Don’t wait any longer and check out our blog, to learn about other interesting topics, and contact us: it will be a pleasure to have you visit us.

Driver blind spots: what they are and how to reduce them

Driver blind spots: what they are and how to reduce them

In recent years, the influx of cars on the roads has been on the rise. According to a 2016 estimate, there are 1.2 billion cars in circulation in the world. This astronomical number represents a 70% increase over the estimate made in 2011.

Such a rise also means a greater number of new drivers, who are adapting to the rules of the road. For such a reason, in this article we will tell you about driver blind spots, what they are and how you can reduce them.

With these guidelines, you will surely be prepared to face the traffic jungle. In addition, you will be able to avoid calamities arising from ignorance of blind spots and overconfidence while driving.

Just remember that, despite the latest technologies to reduce traffic accidents, all cars have blind spots. Relying on mirrors or experience does not always bring good results.

Join us in this brief journey, together with Omega Driving School, hoping that the article will help you when driving. So, without further ado, let’s get started!

What are driver blind spots?

A lot is said about driver blind spots, but very few actually know what they mean when they mention them. A blind spot, also known as a blind spot, are the places that limit the driver’s field of vision.

From the driver’s seat, the view is restricted due to the parts of the car, and this situation creates zones of risk. Such zones have caused many accidents in recent years.

In addition, another thing to take into account is that rear-view mirrors also have blind spots. But why is this? The blind spots in mirrors arise due to their size, the distance between the driver and the mirror, as well as the inflection of light as it is projected onto the mirror.

A more experienced driver can anticipate these changes. However, for new drivers, the situation requires a lot of experience and specialized driving tutoring.

Below is a diagram depicting the driver’s blind spots:

driver's blind spots

 

Something to consider is that a blind spot can hide anything from a motorcyclist to a sizable car. It is undoubtedly worrying, because, when making lane changes or other maneuvers, an accident can occur that leaves injured or even dead.

6 tips to reduce blind spots

So, now that we know about blind spots, how can we reduce them? In view of the impending need, and in the quest to lessen traffic accidents, here are 6 tips to reduce blind spots.

First tip: adjust the driver’s seat

First tip: adjust the driver's seat

 

A correct seat adjustment will allow you to get a peripheral view of what is going on around you. Therefore, so that you don’t have any mishaps, you should consider the following:

  • To verify that the seat is at the correct distance, the left leg should be a little stretched, when you press the bottom of the clutch pedal.
  • The seat should be about four to five centimeters from your head. In addition, the height of the headrest should strictly match the height of your eyes. This way, you will avoid possible neck injuries.
  • In addition, the backrest should be kept at a maximum inclination of 20 to 25 degrees: the more upright, the better.

Second tip: keep the mirrors in perfect condition.

Second tip: keep the mirrors in perfect condition.

 

Before starting the vehicle, be sure to clean the mirrors. In the same way, make sure they are not cracked. This should be done without fail, because the mirrors are an important extension of our life.

So much so, that not checking them can be detrimental when embarking on the road, because we would be limiting our field of vision. In short, it is important to have mirrors in perfect condition, so that they provide us with a clear and calibrated view of the road.

Third tip: keep an eye on your mirrors

Third tip: keep an eye on your mirrors

 

When you are already driving, it is of utmost importance that you keep an eye on your mirrors, especially when performing maneuvers such as lane changes. By doing so, you will be preventing a calamity.

Fourth tip: be aware of other vehicles.

Fourth tip: be aware of other vehicles.

 

As mentioned above, all vehicles have blind spots. Therefore, you need to be aware of them. Also, it is never advisable to put yourself under the blind spot of a larger car.

This way, you will be able to avoid an accident when the other vehicle makes a maneuver.

Fifth tip: check the rearview mirror and install reverse sensors.

Fifth tip: check the rearview mirror and install reverse sensors.

 

If you need to park your car, it is necessary to keep an eye on the rear-view mirrors, so as not to collide with another car or surrounding objects. You can also choose to install a reverse sensor.

These sensors have the particularity of helping in the inspection of the available parking space. As their name indicates, they are installed in the rear bumper, in such a way that they send visual and audible signals to prevent accidents.

Sixth tip: always use your turn signals

Sixth tip: always use your turn signals

 

One of the first things you learn when driving is the function of turn signals. However, it is no wonder. Always use your turn signals every time you make a lane change or other maneuver to prevent you from catching another driver by surprise.

It is your responsibility to use your turn signals. On the other hand, other drivers must also be aware of the changes you make in your car. This way, they will be able to drive without any mishap.

Reducing blind spots: adjusting mirrors

To reduce blind spots, it is important to adjust the mirrors correctly. Keep in mind that there are three types: flat, circular and convex. However, it is important to note that convex mirrors are the most suitable for reducing blind spots when driving.

However, it is important to know how they should be positioned before even starting the car. Therefore, here is how to adjust them to reduce the driver’s blind spots.

Right side mirror

When adjusting this mirror properly, you should make sure that the right edge is reflected all the way to the rear of the car. The space that is left free should reflect the lane.

Left side mirror

On the other hand, to adjust this mirror you should verify that a small fraction of the rear of the car is reflected. The rest should focus on the lane, so that the rear door and a complete car can be seen.

Rearview mirror

Rearview mirror

 

Now, to adjust the rearview mirror you have to consider the height of your panoramic view, with respect to the rear of your car. That is, you must consider how much of what is behind you you observe with the mirror.

Once this is achieved, you will have to adjust it until you can completely see the rear windshield medallion. Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to hit the road.

If you are afraid of driving, this article might interest you.

How to learn more about driver blind spots?

After this brief tour, where we learned about “driver blind spots: what they are and how to reduce them“, we can only talk about Omega Driving School. There you will find, without a doubt, the most qualified professionals in automobile driving.

Founded in 1984, Ecole de Conduite Omega Driving School is the best option when it comes to road safety and learning. This is due to its commitment to quality teaching and the different services it provides.

With the courses and modules offered, approved by the SAAQ, you will be a great driver. This way, blind spots will not be a problem for you. In addition, you will acquire other useful knowledge when taking the wheel.

If you want to know more about blind spots and how to reduce them, Ecole de Conduite Omega Driving School is your best option in Quebec. So, contact us: it will be a pleasure to help you conquer the road.

 

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Comment se préparer à l'examen de licence d'apprenti ?

How to prepare for the Learner’s License Exam?

Learning to drive is one of the basic requirements for life. Driving a car gives us autonomy, confidence and the ability to explore the world, on four wheels. However, many times we do not know how to prepare for the Learner’s License Exam, which is fundamental to achieving our dream.

It is no mystery to anyone that having a car influences almost every aspect of our lives. It also makes transportation easier and allows us to get from one place to another more easily. Our lifestyles are determined by this important invention.

That is why at Ecole de Conduite Omega Driving School, we are committed to your learning, from the earliest possible age. Having your own car is a great responsibility. Therefore, in this article we will help you to conclude, in a satisfactory way, the exam to acquire the apprentice’s license.

If you want to know more about driver’s license classes in Quebec, follow the link below.

6 tips for your Learner’s License Exam

In this article, we have kindly provided you with 6 tips to make your apprentice licensing exam a success. With the help of professionals, and people whose licenses have already been issued, we will go through these 6 tips, which will make your exam completely simple.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

First tip: get permission from parents or legal guardians

First tip: get permission from parents or legal guardians

It is important that you get permission from your parents or guardians. It is true that at Ecole de Conduite Omega Driving School you can start your theory lessons a few weeks before your 16th birthday. However, you should consider your caregivers when making any decision.

However, once you turn 16, have completed the Module 5 exam and have your certificate in hand, you can go to the SAAQ (Société de l’assurance Automobile du Québec), to get your apprentice’s license. Remember that, from now on, you will be a new driver.

Second tip: get an apprentice license manual

When taking driving lessons, it is important to study as much as you can, to make things easier. That’s why getting a manual is essential, to start taking the licensing exam.

You can request this material with us, so that you can reinforce all the points that will be touched in the learning modules. Studying this manual, and any relevant information, will be useful for you when taking the written test.

 

Third tip: review everything seen in the modules

Third tip: review everything seen in the modules

At Ecole de Conduite Omega Driving School, we work by “phases” divided into modules. To obtain your Learner’s License, you must have completed Phase 1 and successfully passed your theory exam at our school.

This first phase consists of 5 theory modules (divided into 2 hours each), taught by the most qualified professionals in automotive driving. It is important for you to know that in the fifth class you will take the exam to obtain your learner’s license.

Also, in order to satisfactorily conclude this first phase, you must have spent a minimum of 4 weeks in the course. With all this hustle and bustle you will have to review, since here your cognitive abilities will be determined, to take the reins of your car.

Fourth tip: ask questions

Asking questions will make you more capable, because you will solve the enigmas that may arise in your learning process. Consulting your teacher, or people with experience, is the best idea to ensure success.

But remember to be pertinent to your questions, so you don’t get confused. Likewise, make notes to maximize your newly acquired knowledge and get the much-desired apprentice license.

Fifth tip: make sure you remember the day of the test

Be sure to put reminders on your phone, on a wall calendar, or in notes, on the day of the test. In addition, be patient and be ready to take the test and go to the SAAQ to get your learner’s permit. Time is money, so you must be clear about your responsibility.

Fifth tip: make sure you remember the day of the test

Sixth tip: keep all documents in order

On the day of the test, you should have all your documents in order, so that you do not fall victim to any mishaps. Also, present at least two forms of identification (consider that photocopies are often not accepted).

Now, once you have finished Phase 1, and obtained your apprentice’s license, you will be able to continue with the following phases, to obtain your driver’s license. Remember to study hard, be attentive and organized, so as not to fail the exam.

Sixth tip: keep all documents in order

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Ecole de Conduite Omega Driving School, your best option

Ecole de Conduite Omega Driving School, your best option

If you want to prepare for the Learner’s License Exam, Ecole de Conduite Omega Driving School is for you. Founded in 1984, we offer the best services for you to learn to drive, with highly qualified instructors.

As a driving school, we are committed to the quality of our teaching and services. In addition, the safety of all is our priority. We are certified, to offer you the tools you need.

With our phases and modules, you will be able to prepare for the Learner’s License Exam. That is, because of our methodology and effectiveness in instructing exemplary drivers, our 39-hour course was approved by the SAAQ as mandatory.

If you want to prepare for the Learner’s License Exam, Ecole de Conduite Omega Driving School is your best option. If driving a car is your passion, contact us: we will be happy to guide you on the way.

How to choose a driving school?

How to choose a driving school?

Before thinking about buying a vehicle, you need to know how to choose a driving school, because not all of them can be the right ones for you, and that’s why it’s essential to spend some time looking for the one that best suits your needs.

But how do you know which driving school to choose?

It may not be as different as the moment you chose a university to study at, or the country you decided to travel to, but it all starts with research, and here we will help you think about what criteria you should take into account when you start your research to choose a driving school.

What to expect from a driving school?

What did you expect from the last restaurant you visited? Maybe you expected it to have a great variety on the menu, a comfortable atmosphere, excellent treatment, music or some kind of entertainment. The truth is that our human nature has been predisposed to expect something that makes us feel good about our decision to go to that restaurant and not the one next to it. Our nature is to choose.

The same goes for choosing a driving school, which will train you and provide you with the tools and knowledge to learn how to drive. Even so, do you still think about what to expect from a driving school?

Here are a few things a driving school should offer you.

Variety of payment methods

From the freedom to pay in installments to various forms of payment, a driving school should offer you a variety of methods to cancel fees in your courses.

Payment facilities, such as canceling 50% to formalize your registration, and canceling the remaining 50% at the time of the theory test, is a good start. But don’t forget that these modalities should be able to be cancelled in cash, debit or credit card, besides having also online methods like Western Union, PayPal or some digital wallet.

Flexible schedules

You should not accept that the driving school does not respect your personal and professional schedules.

To choose a driving school you should focus on one that can receive you in the free time you have available. This can be on weekends, before work or after work. Make sure that their flexibility in terms of class times is suitable for you.

Fair rates

There are academies or institutes that sometimes take advantage of their students by charging them exorbitant fees.

It is acceptable for a driving school to charge a high fee if it can be justified, as long as its results are verifiable. Make sure that the institution has references, certifications, personalized attention and excellent reputation: everything you consider appropriate to justify its costs.

Online platform

It is no surprise to most that an academy or institution has an online platform for its students, and driving schools should be no exception.

Although it is not mandatory, having a platform where you can find educational material, which will work perfectly for you to resort to essential information, is a resource that many aspiring drivers appreciate.

Comprehensive training

And you can’t fail to make sure of the curriculum.

If it is available on the institution’s website, it would be a great idea to review the curriculum and make sure that there are classes with a minimum of standard, to prepare good drivers.

It is not enough that a driving school only sells courses, but also that they care about training pedestrians in certified and well-educated drivers.

They will get a reputation and you will get an excellent education.

Tips before choosing a driving school

Sometimes it is not only the responsibility of an institution to ensure the success or failure of its students, but it is also their responsibility to ensure their victories or defeats.

Tips before choosing a driving schoolIf you want to pass the driving course as an outstanding student, take into account these tips before choosing a driving school.

Fight your fears

Yes, fighting your fears is vital, if you want to learn to drive.

Remember the scary Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies and his terror of spiders? Well, maybe he didn’t overcome his fear, but he did learn how to fight them, using magic to scare them away or scare them off.

Overcoming a fear is not an easy task, but fighting it in a way that helps you not to remain motionless or petrified is a great advance.

Use any means possible to learn

Since we live in a world surrounded by technology and educational material everywhere, any medium becomes a useful form of learning.

You can resort to watching videos from YouTube, Instagram reels, or as simple as asking your family and friends, to solve your doubts and questions. And if you need more practice, we’re sure they’ll give you the help you need.

Listen to your instructors

“Only the art of listening means more than you can imagine”. -Bob Nelson.

As Bob Nelson puts it, the art of listening is perhaps just what you need. You must remember that it is you who are taking the course with a purpose: to learn.

Learning also means listening to those who have knowledge greater than ours, whose wisdom would serve us well with excellence, in order to accomplish a goal, which in this case is learning to drive.

Anger Management

Controlling anger can be a complex thing to achieve, but it is not impossible.

From something as simple as listening to a song to relax to dancing, they are effective mechanisms in controlling anger.

Anger can result from external factors such as endless traffic, or internal factors such as stress. But there’s no harm that doesn’t come.

Don’t be discouraged

Believe us, not everyone is born prepared to be a professional driver by birth. Even the scientists who made it possible to take astronauts to the Moon had to study hard, too, before their dreams come true.

If you fail a test, what’s the worst that could happen? You will still have the opportunity to take it again. And with the prior knowledge, you can refresh it and have a better chance of succeeding.

The greatest public figures are used to failure, and that didn’t stop them. The obstacles you face in life are only a test, to show your commitment to your goals and dreams.

Don’t be discouraged!

Choose the right time to learn to drive

Choose the right time to learn to driveSometimes, we human beings are clouded by the idea of wanting to have or wanting to achieve things that we set out to do, without first taking the time to analyze whether it is really the right time to do so.

An example as simple as this is wanting to have your own vehicle at the age of 12. Do you think it is the right time to have your own vehicle?

It could be a vehicle, a house, a new phone, that pair of shoes that you long for: there are things that need more attention in a shorter period of time.

For some people it may be difficult to understand, and for others not, but the truth is that if you make the decision to choose a driving school to learn to drive, make sure it’s just what you need at that moment in your life.

Criteria to take into account before choosing a driving school

Every institution, academy or any major change you may make in your life deserves the opportunity to be evaluated and analyzed, to determine the pros and cons.

Making sure that that specific driving school is the right one for you will save you from many unpleasant eventualities. So, here are some tips that will help you to know a driving school better, before you enroll:

Check their website in advance

Credibility has a fine line between a website’s fraud and its reputation.

Distrusting an institution that does not have a website is acceptable, since in a world full of technology it is unheard of to think of not creating a website for a company.

So, if the driving school you were recommended to, or the one you saw in the corner of your home, does not have a website, you better run before it’s too late!

Check references and experiences of students, alumni or acquaintances

One of the best ways to blindly trust a company is if someone you trust recommends it.

On a marketing level, referral sales are the goal to which many companies aspire. And if you are the one who helps them make their dream a reality, it better be a great dream.

Don’t be afraid to ask and investigate former students, as they will be able to give you a quality opinion about their stay at the academy.

Make sure you are comfortable with the curriculum

Maybe it’s a small thing, but feeling comfortable with what you’ll be studying never hurts.

Imagine that you want to study baking and you want to learn how to make profiteroles. You sign up, start the course, bake and, without warning, you are already certified, and you never learned how to make profiteroles. What do you think happened?

Make sure you read the curriculum beforehand, because it will save you time and energy at the end of the course. There will be driving schools that will teach a certain number of educational elements, and others that will need resources. That’s why it’s so important to review them first.

To conclude, the choice of how to choose a driving school should not be so simple, because eventually you will be part of a community that is in the eye of the hurricane of disasters, if you do not learn how to avoid them.

Learning will give you the tools you need to execute your knowledge in the best possible way, without causing collateral damage. Remember that driving is not just for fun, as there is a huge degree of responsibility that only wise and responsible drivers understand and accept.

If you want to learn how to drive in the right way, you are always welcome at our Omega Driving School.

The 10 rules of preventive driving

Road accidents are present and always have a reason to be. That is why it will always be important to take a precautionary attitude, when driving.

But what is preventive driving? How can we do it? Today we will talk more about preventive driving and provide you with 10 essential rules to achieve it.

What is preventive driving?

Preventive driving is adapting to all circumstances that can influence driving and anticipating dangerous situations.

Within preventive driving you can obtain a set of techniques that allow the driver to depend on his behavior, to avoid any accident.

It is not necessary to avoid an accident in order not to be harmed on the road, but it is only necessary to know how to anticipate, to know what will happen and how to act.

Preventive driving is based on three principles: Vision, anticipation and space management.

Vision technique

It makes the driver look in advance at the area where he will be located in a short time.

Anticipation

It allows, among other techniques, the driver to react to any obstacle with enough time to avoid any risk.

Space management

Anticipation is taken into account, to evaluate any management within the space. In this case, the road or any street in the city.

Keep a safety distance that guarantees 3 seconds minimum of reaction.

Observe your space at the sides, to avoid areas of uncertainty that may be invaded by other drivers.

Without a doubt, in this period the number of accidents increases considerably, due to weather conditions, and that is why we also want to provide you with 10 basic rules of preventive driving.

Rules of preventive driving

Respect traffic signs

The first rule of preventive driving is to respect traffic signs. According to research, most traffic accidents, whether urban or on highways, have been caused by drivers who have violated traffic signs or regulations.

Respecting these signs allows us to travel correctly on the different roads, and they are also taken into account as advance information.

Using the seat belt

Studies show, through research, that the use of seat belts reduces the chances of serious injury by 80%, in the event of an accident.

It is a basic rule of preventive driving. If you do not take into account the other rules, the use of the belt will not help you prevent accidents, but it will provide protection at the time of any incident.

Do not drive under the influence of alcohol

One of the biggest mistakes in driving is driving on the road under the influence of alcohol. It causes distraction, sleep and speeding.

Alcohol prevents the ability to react to any space management.

Night driving

The risk of having an incident increases at night, when traffic is faster and visibility is lower.

Night driving changes the perception of the environment. You should take into account preventive or defensive driving, in order to avoid any accident by reducing speed, as this becomes more relevant.

At night dazzling occurs, the same that causes total blindness.

Take distance

Maintain sufficient separation from both the vehicle in front and the vehicle behind. This will help you to brake early and progressively, to be more alert to other drivers.

At this point, the two important factors are the reaction time of the driver and the braking time of the vehicle

The reaction time

It will be the one that passes since the driver can see from a distance any obstacle.

Braking time

This will depend on the condition of the vehicle with respect to the brakes, among other factors.

Firm position while driving

Keep both hands on the wheel, firmly. This will allow us to act immediately, in case of any emergency.

You should keep your head supported on the vehicle seat or headrest, as this is a safety feature designed to withstand the blow of the head backwards, in any impact.

Assess the climate condition

Most traffic accidents occur on rainy days. The technique, in this case, is based on discovering the potential dangers that can happen at any time.

Keep in mind that conditions on the streets get worse and lose grip, and that the ability to drive well gets worse, so you have to look for the right speed, at that moment.

It is recommended that if you encounter fog on the road, you should not stop, but rather proceed with greater caution and at a low speed, to where you can stop at a safer service location.

You may be interested in the following article: Driving in fog, how to act?

Do not park in alternate lanes

If you do this you will be impeding the flow of traffic and this will cause congestion to form.

By forcing other drivers to change lanes, you can cause a side or rear-end accident.

Use Turn Signals

It is an important rule in preventive driving. This will help other drivers know how to react better and in time, the moment you will cross to the right or to the left. You will avoid all kinds of incidents.

Keep the vehicle in good condition

It is one of the factors that contribute to avoid risks on the roads. If a vehicle is defective, it could cause any incident.

Make certain checks before leaving, to make sure you are safe when driving.

Above all, it is important to anticipate, and that is why preventive driving is relevant. If we drive slower we will have a better view and this will give us time to maneuver and react in time, in the midst of the unexpected.

Omega Driving School offers you services with a lot of experience, providing quality in your teaching, which becomes a top priority.

Within the courses you will find preventive driving classes, to provide you with more safety.

For more information, you can contact us at omegadrivingschool.com

Classes for driving licences in Quebec

There is no doubt that driving is a vital added value. Once you have learned, manage your driving license and be in good standing.

It is important for you to know that in Quebec there are at least eight types of driving licenses. Now we will let you know them so that you can determine the process that corresponds to you.

Class 1 Driving License        

This authorization is the highest ranking, it gives you the right to drive various weights of heavy vehicles, such as a tractor of about 4,500 kg or more, equipped with a fifth wheel.

It also allows you to drive trailers or semi-trailers. With such a driving license you can transport loads of equipment, tools or accessories weighing 2,000 kg or more.

If you have a Class 1 driver’s license, you may also drive any other vehicle, except motorcycles, for which you must apply for a driver’s license of either type 6A, 6B, 6C or 6E, depending on your case.

You may drive a heavy vehicle with an air brake system or a manual transmission. However, if the vehicle exceeds 25 meters, you must apply for a special permit.

Class 2 Driving License

The class 2 driver’s license authorizes you to drive a bus with more than 24 passengers. However, it does not allow you to drive cars regulated by the Class 1 driver’s license, or motorcycles.

For motorcycles, as we have already seen, you must manage your class 6A, 6B, 6C or 6E permits.

This driving license does allow you to drive cars equipped with an air brake system or manual transmission.

Class 3 Driving License

This driving license authorizes you to drive cars with up to 4500 kg net load.

You may also drive a trailer or semi-trailer with a net mass greater than 2,000 kg but not exceeding 4500 kg.

This license also allows you to drive any other vehicle except those classified with class 1 and class 2 permits and motorcycles.

Class 4A Driving License

This type of driving license allows you to be in charge of an ambulance, a fire engine or a police vehicle.

You can also drive a bus with a maximum capacity of 24 passengers. You can drive a scooter or moped, which is also allowed by a class 6D permit; as well as drive a tractor, which is also allowed by a class 8 permit.

Class 4B Driver’s License

With this type of driving license you can drive a bus or mini-bus without exceeding 24 passengers.

With this permit you can also drive a vehicle with 2 or 3 wheels but equipped with an electric motor whose capacity does not exceed 50 cm³ and has an automatic transmission.

You can also drive a car that does not exceed 4500 kg, as well as a two or three-wheeled vehicle equipped with an electric motor that does not exceed cm³ and has an automatic transmission.

This authorization also allows you to drive a tractor.

Class 5 Driving License

This driver’s license is one of the most requested. It is the one that guarantees you to drive the usual vehicles, as long as they do not exceed 4,500 kg.

It also guarantees you to drive a cab, or the habitable vehicles that are so useful in the vacations.

This class 5 driving license also authorizes you to drive vehicles equipped with tools, such as those with a built-in work station, or similar.

The Class 5 driver’s license also allows you to drive a socooter or moped (Class 5D), a tractor, which can also be driven with a Class 8 license.

With this permit you can also drive a trailer.

Other types of driving licences

Driving licences of type 6A, 6B and 6C are reserved for various types of motorcycles and similar vehicles.

Type 6D licences are reserved for two-wheeled scooters. Type 6E permits allow you to drive only three-wheeled vehicles.

While the class 8 driving license is for driving tractors.

Remember that each type of driving license has its own particularities, as Omega Driving School we have two types of driving courses, to refresh knowledge or to learn.

We will be happy to prepare you for your driving license as we know that this is the way to your autonomy.