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.

Seven tips to take away your fear of driving

Did you know that the fear of driving is called amaxophobia? A high percentage of people suffer from it, so don’t think that overnight people are happy in vehicles and listening to music: it’s a process of adaptation. Like everything in life, confidence is fostered through practice.

That anxiety, the emptiness in your stomach before you get into the vehicle, or the nerves that run through your hands, can be caused by a previous trauma related to driving, or it is simply a matter of giving up the comfort of being a co-driver. The good news is that the fear of driving can be overcome.

Fear in itself is not a bad thing, remember that it is one of the most fundamental emotions of human beings to survive and stay out of harm’s way. However, the fear of driving means that we overestimate these situations and feel incapable, when in fact, we can solve everyday problems that are much more complex than driving.

Omega Driving School has over 35 years of experience, forging new drivers, so share these tips that will be useful when you start your driving lessons.

Tip 1: Encourage self-awareness

 You know, your mind and your body are in tune, so try to stay at peace and transmit that serenity. The mind is powerful and will be your main ally to overcome fear of driving. Of course, from your reading space you’ll counter with a “yes, it’s easy to say it from there”, but remember: as Omega Driving School, we have more than three decades of forging drivers.

Our experience has shown us that one step towards independence is a calm attitude in the face of this challenge. Don’t worry, a team of professionals is ready to support you and we know how to do it. We will be pleased to guide you and, above all, to keep you on your toes when you take the wheel to suggest actions that will allow you to drive like a professional from day one.

You have to know, the fear of driving manifests itself in three ways. With cognitive, physiological and observable symptoms. Cognitive refers to negative thoughts, lack of concentration, worry, for example. Observable symptoms refer to sweating, nervous movements in the hands, for example. While the physiological symptoms are related to aspects such as emptiness in the stomach, tiredness without apparent cause, dizziness, and definitely affect.

Tip 2: Change Your Thinking

You know, you need to analyze and identify what makes you think driving is a threat. Do you think you’ll lose control? Confuse the pedals? Feel overwhelmed controlling the mirrors, pedals and leverage? Can’t judge distances in the lane?

Now driving is not so complicated, even the vehicles come equipped with security cameras to broadcast live the spaces you have to maneuver. Identify your fears and try to neutralize them, if you do you are closer to the experience of enjoying driving.

Driving is not only synonymous with responsibility: it also gives you independence, relaxation, autonomy. These are positive feelings that can help you neutralize the fear of driving.

Tip 3: Increase your confidence

What would you do if you drove? Would you stop spending hours waiting for them to pick you up? Would you visit your loved ones often? Would you stop using staff transportation to optimize time? Would you take your loved ones to the hospital in an emergency?

Knowing how to drive is a skill that can even save someone’s life. So it’s time for you to increase your self-confidence to overcome your fear of driving. Challenging yourself will help you get through this stage.

It is incalculable how much time you spend when you move around on public or rental transport. A trip that could take you 30 minutes by car costs you twice as much. It can also translate into not getting a job because you lack this skill, so it’s time to start taking charge of your life with determination.

Tip 4: Go Slowly

Learning to drive is a process. You may see other people slipping between vehicles or doing calculation maneuvers without effort and feel that you can’t do it, don’t worry, in time you will drive like this. In the first months you take the wheel an exercise that will help you overcome the fear of driving will be to design your routes before you leave. If possible, drive with a person who is understanding and who knows how to advise you without getting upset.

At Omega Driving School we are aware that your guide’s temperament will encourage self-confidence. Taking lessons with our team of professionals will inspire you to drive.

Tip 5: Exercise your mind to overcome fears

You may have followed the above advice, but even so, when you go out on the road, the fear of driving torments you and makes it impossible. Contrary to what you may think, fear of driving is not exclusive to women, although they are the ones who recognize it the most.

At the Omega Driving School, we will provide you with techniques so that little by little you will be able to make driving a pleasant experience.

Tip 6: You can drive alone

Yes, the fear of driving may want to make an appearance from time to time, but remember: you already have various skills that are the tools you will use to respond on the road, so it’s time to take the wheel and drive slowly and defensively.

All the knowledge acquired with our professionals must be put into practice. As the days go by you will become more skilled and the fears will disappear.

Tip 7: practice and practice

Of course, when you sit behind the wheel you may need to mentally practice the six steps above to achieve self-control. At Omega Driving School we believe that practice makes perfect, so our learning programs are divided into beginner and refresher programs.