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Home > Blog > Performance > Driver’s Ed Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz Blog
Kevin Butler

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May 29th, 2012


Driver’s Ed Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

To make sure that no driver crashes one of their own vehicles, Mercedes-Benz has opened its own driving academy. Hit the brakes - that’s only partially true.

Parents around the Los Angeles area can now enroll their eager adolescents into the Mercedes-Benz’s driving academy, an official state-certified teen driver training and education center.

The academy covers the basics (essential information that any Driver’s Ed class should be providing) by offering classroom sessions and workshops simulating numerous driving situations on the road. The program also includes 30 hours of interactive online courses and 16 hours of actual behind the wheel training with professional drivers riding shotgun.

With the addition of the online courses, it seems like Mercedes-Benz is taking note that Generation Y (or is it Z?) are more akin to all things web related. But is the 30 hours of interactive courses more valuable than half the time students will be spending on an actual road?

Yes, new drivers must familiarize themselves with the rules of the road and interactive classes may be the safest solution to do so, but ultimately it’s their experience actually driving on it (with a qualified driver at their side) that will make them not only better but also comfortable operating a vehicle. (Source)

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