Operating a Moped or Scooter
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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.

Prospective moped or scooter operators must take their answer sheet, found in the middle, to the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec service centre when going for their licence test.

In addition to this publication, the Driver’s Handbook will prove essential in learning about moped or scooter operation, road signs and traffic signals and the rules of the road.

Operating a Moped or Scooter is indispensable in preparing for the SAAQ licence test.

Table des matières

Table des matières
Operating a Moped or Scooter 1
Operating a Moped or Scooter 2
Definition of Moped 2
Licence required 2
Conditions for obtaining a moped licence 2
Keeping the licence 2
Validity period 2
Vision and knowledge tests 2
Required ­documents while ­operating a moped 2
Equipment 2
Helmet and ­protective clothing 2
CONDUCTING yourself properly on the road 2
Traffic rules 2
Self-Evaluation EXERCISES 2
Chapter 1 2
Before Riding 2
The owner’s manual 2
Pre-ride inspection 2
Emergency equipment 2
Spare parts 2
Other equipment 2
Planning your route 2
Characteristics of a safe route 2
Self-Evaluation Exercises 2
Chapter 2 2
Basic Manoeuvres 2
Riding in a straight line 2
Foot position 2
The most stable position 2
Unstable positions 2
Slowing down and stopping 2
Braking 2
How to get the most out of your brakes 2
Negotiating a curve 2
Leaning 2
Body position 2
The lean varies depending on: 2
traction 2
What can reduce traction? 2
When to slow down 2
How to avoid ­accidents when taking a curve 2
Looking far ahead 2
Self-Evaluation EXERCISES 2
Chapter 3 2
Make your ­presence KNOWN 2
Headlight 2
Taillight and brake light 2
Reflectors 2
Helmet and clothing 2
Making your intentions clearly known 2
Always signal your intentions 2
Signal clearly 2
Signalling at the right time 2
Self-Evaluation EXERCISES 2
Chapter 4 2
observation 2
Signs of danger 2
Look in front of you 2
Look behind you 2
Look beside you 2
Seeing ­everything… clearly 2
Road signs and traffic signals 2
Regulatory signs 2
Warning signs 2
Road work signs 2
Information signs 2
Pictograms 2
Self-Evaluation EXERCISES 2
Chapter 5 2
Road Usage 2
Choosing the best lane 2
Changing lanes 2
Selecting the best position within the lane 2
Middle of the lane 2
Left side of the lane 2
Right side of the lane 2
Positions to avoid 2
The middle of a wet roadway 2
Shoulder 2
In other vehicles’ blind spots 2
Prohibited manoeuvres 2
Riding in a group 2
Checking your position when visibility is poor 2
Self-Evaluation EXERCISES 2
Chapter 6 2
Keeping a Safe Distance 2
Safe distance 2
Stopping distance 2
Maintaining a safety margin 2
Self-Evaluation EXERCISES 2
Chapter 7 2
Traction 2
Wet surfaces 2
Riding on wet pavement 2
Braking on a wet roadway 2
Identifying dangerous surfaces 2
Warning signs 2
Preventive measures 2
Hills 2
Speed when going uphill 2
Speed when going downhill 2
Maintaining a reduced speed on a downslope 2
Self-Evaluation EXERCISES 2
Chapter 8 2
Traffic lights 2
Yellow light 2
Flashing yellow light 2
Red light 2
Flashing red light 2
Green light 2
Flashing green light 2
Green arrow 2
Road signs 2
Stop sign 2
Yield sign 2
Where to stop 2
Crossing an Intersection 2
The proper order in which to check for vehicles coming from the various sides at an intersection 2
When your view is obstructed 2
Being in the right ­position to cross 2
KEEPING to the middle of the lane 2
The path to follow when crossing an INTERSECTION 2
Turning right 2
Signalling your intentions 2
The proper position to turn right 2
The path to follow when turning right 2
Turning left 2
Left turn 2
The safest time to change lanes 2
The proper position for turning left 2
The path to follow for standard left turns 2
Self-Evaluation EXERCISES 2
Appendix 2
Self-EvaluationExercises 2