Winter driving course

Winter driving course

Driving the roads of Quebec in winter can be quite challenging for motorists with our unpredictable weather conditions:  black ice, snow storms, ice storms, etc.  

National Bank General Insurance
03 December 2015

Even experienced drivers can find themselves in a dangerous situation where they must act quickly to avoid the worst.  Yet, there is a solution to prepare for winter driving:  a defensive driving course.

A defensive winter driving course can help anyone feel safer behind the wheel.  This training is designed to help develop the skills and reflexes that will make a difference in a difficult situation.  By learning the right techniques and how to better control their vehicle, drivers gain confidence and can adjust their driving to all weather and road conditions. 

What drivers are taught

  • Emergency breaking technique
  • Negotiating curves on snow and ice
  • Skid control
  • Evasive manoeuvres

Some courses also explain how antilock or antiskid braking systems work and how to adequately use these devices that are now commonly found in vehicles.  Supervised by professional driving instructors, these courses also go beyond the theory:  every participant gets to practice on a closed-track circuit in real snowy or icy road conditions.

Who are these courses aimed at?

To attend this type of training, participants usually need to have a valid, unrestricted driver’s license.  The courses are open to men and women of all ages and it is even possible to arrange private courses for particular groups, such as the employees of a company.

In terms of road safety, the mandatory driving course, reinstated in January 2010, aims to train safe and responsible drivers.  So a winter driving course is the perfect complement for those who want to improve their techniques and skills on the road and be able to keep an exemplary driving record.  


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