Since January 2010, the requirement to take a driving course is part of the Government strategy to improve Québec's road safety record. Eighty percent of new drivers are young people between the ages of 16 and 24. These new drivers are involved in a disproportionately higher number of accidents and traffic violations. But they are not alone. It has also been shown that all new drivers, regardless of their age, are at greater risk during their first few years of driving.
The contents of the driving course have undergone a comprehensive review to enable new drivers to acquire the competencies necessary to become safe, cooperative and responsible drivers. The course focuses on anticipating risks, dangerous behaviour (speeding, alcohol or drug consumption, distractions) and sharing the road. The knowledge tests and road tests have also been updated in light of the latest knowledge about driver training and testing.