Publications du Québec

Driver's Handbook

This publication is a summary of what you need to know about:

  • drivers and their responsibilities;
  • driver’s licences;
  • vehicle registration;
  • traffic rules and regulations;
  • regulations regarding road vehicles and equipment;
  • road signs and traffic signals in Québec;
  • offences and their consequences;
  • measures and protections in the event of an accident.

This guide provides all road users, whether they are pedestrians, cyclists, passengers or drivers of any type of vehicle, with a summary of their responsibilities, rights and obligations in order to share the road cooperatively.

Driving a Passenger Vehicle

This guide is for learner drivers looking for information about driving an automobile, including proper techniques and safe conduct on the road. The six chapters cover:

  • The basic manoeuvres for controlling a vehicle;
  • A visual scanning method to see everything that is happening on the road;
  • More complex driving techniques for special circumstances, such as in poor weather conditions or when unexpected events occur;
  • Road safety tips;
  • Energy-saving and eco-friendly tips;
  • Evaluation exercises to check your knowledge.

Operating a Motorcycle

This publication is for learner drivers looking for information about motorcycle riding techniques.

Readers can progressively learn about how to prepare to operate a motorcycle. Rules and safety tips are presented in addition to riding techniques.

Risks, unexpected situations and how to deal with them are also covered. Lastly, since riding with others is also part of the fun, tips on how to ride as a group and with passengers are also included.

Operating a Moped or Scooter

This publication covers different aspects of moped (and motorized scooter of 50 cc and less) operating tasks, with information presented so users can progress at their own speed. Topics range from basic control tasks, observation, positioning on the road, keeping a safe distance, and road traction to crossing intersections. Each section has a list of objectives to be reached in this home study program.

Driving a Heavy Vehicle

Driving a heavy vehicle is a complex and demanding task.

Throughout their career, professional drivers face a variety of situations where they must make decisions based on their knowledge and skills. It is essential that they be familiar with traffic and motor transport rules and regulations. This guide provides a host of relevant information on the subject.

The Circle Check

Before taking the wheel, heavy vehicle drivers must make sure that a circle check was performed on their vehicle within the previous 24 hours. The circle check is a sight and sound inspection of the accessible components of a vehicle that makes it possible to detect any defects as early as possible, to quickly notify the operator and owner of any defects detected and to prevent the vehicle from being operated if its condition poses a risk of an accident or a breakdown. The ultimate goal is to improve the safety of all road users.

This guide is an essential reference for drivers, as well as owners and operators of heavy vehicles who wish to have a good understanding of this important road safety element. It is also intended for all stakeholders in the goods and passenger transportation industry who play a role in heavy vehicle maintenance and road safety.

Last update: May  9, 2023