Defensive and Advanced Driving Courses in Montreal, Canada

Whether it is due perhaps to long-term rigorous traffic enforcement, to the mandatory driver training for all young drivers, or to a good safety culture in general, drivers in Montreal certainly appear to have a better-than-average attitude towards Vulnerable Road Users [VRU], and in turn, this makes the city a pleasant place for training (or learning) defensive and advanced driving.

Cars in Montreal typically stop well before the stop line at crosswalks, creating greater safety for pedestrians.
As is common in Montreal, the cars in this photograph have stopped well before the crosswalk ‘stop’ line (rather than on it or even after it) which makes things much safer for pedestrians.  (Copyright image, 2018.)

Driver attitude is a crucial aspect of safe driving and therefore of driver training, yet it is a complex subject and very clearly it is not even remotely included, in any detail (if at all), in the curriculum of those training companies who will teach you or your staff only a few basics about driving — things which, in fact, are actually included in the student driver tests in other countries!  By comparison, at Advanced Drivers of North America [ADoNA] we teach up to 100+ relevant driver-safety topics (based upon very diverse and statistically-proven causes of crashes).

A two-way, separated cycle lane in Montreal.
On some of Montreal’s streets, two-way cycle lanes have been physically separated from motorized vehicles by a raised curb/kerb, which is the safest method of all, but naturally this is not physically possible in some places. (Copyright image, 2018.)

Clearly, one major difference between Quebec province and the USA or the rest of Canada is the fact that the main language is French, so it is most important that anyone planning to drive there learns enough to understand the road signs.

The traffic sign for stop, in French: Arret!
Arguably the only truly international road sign in the world is the one for ‘Stop’ because the red octagon shape is used only for this purpose virtually everywhere you might go.  The language for the word ‘stop’ for once becomes irrelevant! (Copyright image, 2018.)

If anyone driving in Montreal or the rest of the Quebec expects all signs to be bi-lingual, they are in for a disappointment.  Even some directions signs are in French only.

Traffic sign in French - priorite aux pietons - means priority to pedestrians. Montreal.
Not too difficult to work out but trying to “work out” what foreign-language signs mean, while you are actually driving, is clearly not the best or safest plan! (Copyright image, 2018.)

ADoNA has instructed in dozens of cities all over the USA and Canada, and ‘attitude’ — mentioned above — is  a key feature of our research-driven and best-practice guided approach.

Training is based closely on the very carefully North Americanized version of the ‘System of Car Control’ which in turn has been developed and continually refined over an astonishing and unique period of more than 80 (yes, eighty) years by the world’s top safe driving experts.

For city-based courses, we strongly recommend that the training base for the actual driving days (as opposed to classroom days) should be away from the city center in order to avoid time being wasted in heavy traffic in early mornings and late afternoons.  Hotels are ideal for this purpose, and this is an issue we can advise on.

Apart from protecting your own staff and other people from injuries or death, high-quality, adequately-comprehensive driver training can protect your corporation from massive expense and from a bad corporate image.

A person riding a mobility scooter on a city street.
Low, often hard-to-see, and moving either fast or very slowly, the riders of bicycles or mobility scooters are extremely vulnerable, so making sure your company drivers will never hit one is of extreme importance.   Yet again, this is as much to do with attitudinal training as with specific driving skills.   (Copyright image, 2018.)

Whether in busy or quiet areas, reversing is often a key issue in fleet safety and management, and whether it is in relation to city driving, such as the parallel parking, as shown in the photograph below, or safer use of driveways, or issues on parking lots, ADoNA can significantly help your team.

Parallel parking in an SUV.
Reversing increases risk and is a very common factor in work-related collisions.   (Copyright image, 2018.)

Wherever your drivers are based in North America, we will come to your locations and radically improve safety while helping you cut expenditure.

road sign in French: Fin (End)
End!   (Copyright image, 2018.)


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Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at:

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