MONTREAL, Sept. 24, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - CAA-Quebec recently opened two new driving schools, bringing the total number that it runs in Greater Montreal to four. This reflects the organization's commitment to applying the highest possible quality and traffic-safety standards to training the drivers of tomorrow.
"CAA-Quebec firmly intends to play an active role in the driving-schools market and to improve the quality of instruction provided to new drivers," said President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Lachance.
To that end, all CAA-Quebec Driving Schools are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Each offers multimedia classrooms as well as a driving simulator that allows students to hone their skills in various road and weather conditions, even in manual-transmission mode. Moreover, almost all of the schools' vehicles are hybrid models.
Wanted: ratings and comments online
CAA-Quebec is also eager to assist consumers who are ready to choose a driving school. "These days, it's easy to go online and find consumer reviews of hotels, restaurants and so forth, so it's only natural that we should provide comparable information to people looking for a driving school," explained Hamid Rekouane, Assistant Director, Driving Schools, CAA-Quebec. "We'll be posting comments from students on our website, along with the schools' certification assessments from the Association québécoise des transports," he added. With this demonstration of transparency, CAA-Quebec is turning words into action, providing consumers with relevant information and inviting other driving schools in the province to do the same.
On the website, drivingschool.caaquebec.com, which is easy to use and is a rich source of road safety advice, consumers will also find a checklist tool entitled "How to Choose a Driving School," consisting of 10 questions they should ask when looking for a school. Here again, the goal is to improve standards of quality, which are so important in an industry that is in the business of training future drivers.
Plenty of personal touches to meet learners' needs
One initiative taken by the schools to ensure students' success is the Assistance + guarantee, exclusive to CAA-Quebec. Students who fail the practical exam at the SAAQ, for example, are guaranteed one-on-one follow-up sessions with an instructor to refine their driving skills.
CAA-Quebec's first driving schools opened their doors in October 2012 in Pointe-Claire and downtown Montreal, and two more were added this past June in Longueuil and Brossard. Besides passenger-vehicle driving lessons, they also offer instruction in motorcycle driving, winter driving, driving with a trailer, specially adapted refresher courses for seniors, as well as practical sessions in both automatic- and manual-transmission vehicles. Lastly, all courses are available in both English and French.
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges to its 1,280,000 members. As a leading advocate for road safety at every stage of life, its actions and services in this area include child car-seat verification clinics, a school safety patroller program, and awareness activities for seniors as well as secondary school students.
For further information: Anne-Sophie Hamel, Communications Advisor and Spokesperson, 514 861-7111, ext. 5478, [email protected]