Winter Driving, a new course launched by the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, is specifically designed to ensure that even the most seasoned driver is prepared for the dangers and demanding road conditions that the winter brings. Road accident figures show casualties soar in the winter months, with November 2009 having the highest number of serious accidents on Britain's roads, closely followed by December.
The specialist Wet Skid Circle and Straight at Mercedes-Benz World replicates icy weather conditions, enabling drivers to experience real life skid situations first hand, but in a safe and controlled environment, with expert guidance from a qualified Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy coach. This allows drivers to understand how their actions can cause the car to lose control, how to regain control, and the steps to prevent it happening in the first place.
Robert East, Driving Academy operations manager, commented: “Cold conditions have a serious impact on driving conditions and it is absolutely essential that drivers are prepared before the winter weather really sets in. At the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy we simulate real extreme driving conditions. Each winter drivers get caught out when the weather turns cold and it's important both new and experienced drivers know what to do, and if the weather is too bad we really advise to stay at home.”