USA announced that in late 2011 they plan to offer driver's education with the aim of teaching teenagers the skills and competencies for safe and enjoyable driving.
At the core of Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy is an innovative driver's education approach that reflects the best teaching methods from around the world that is currently being finalized and specifically tailored to the U.S. environment.
The goal of the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy is to prepare students for today's driving environment by going beyond basic car control skills and rote learning of traffic rules.
"Despite the dramatic changes in vehicles, highways, and the driving environment over the past 60 years, driver education remains relatively unchanged in the U.S.," said Alexander Hobbach, Senior Manager, Daimler AG. "The skills required to simply get a license do not fully prepare young drivers to meet the demands of the road. Mercedes-Benz recognizes this issue and as a result is creating an educational program for the U.S. that is based on the best teaching methods and tools available."
"As a company, we have a long history and continuous efforts to improve vehicle safety so the Driving Academy is a natural extension of Mercedes-Benz desire to achieve accident-free driving," said Hobbach. "With only 10 percent of crashes being a result of technical failure and 90 percent due to human error, Mercedes-Benz sees an opportunity to actively improve drivers' skills, focusing first on novice drivers, who are most at risk on U.S. roads."
Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy's approach seeks to achieve greater compliance with policies that have successfully been implemented to increase driver's safety such as the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) rules. The GDL framework provides for compulsory driver's education, combining classroom or online learning, on-road training, mandatory supervised practice, and restricted driving privileges once a novice driver starts driving solo. By using an integrated program to reinforce learning points throughout the learner driver period, as well as involving parents in the process, the students can realize greater benefits of GDL.