You don’t have to own a Merc learn the best driving practices
people to feel what activating the ABS system is like— and then showing them how to get the most out of it. And that means keeping the foot hard on the brake even when steering.
‘‘ For older drivers, everything you were taught about driving a car has changed. Cadence braking, steering in the direction of a skid – technology has made that redundant.’’
‘‘ These courses aren’t about selling cars. It is about exposing people to the systems and showing them how they work and what the driver can do to maximise their effectiveness.’’
The Mercedes-benz Driving Academy programs cover all the vehicles the company sells, from the subcompact Smart to the S-class limo, vans and trucks.
Novice drivers are catered for with a First Gear course and, at the other extreme, owners of high-performance Mercs can attend ANAMG drive day for some one-on-one coaching with a professional instructor.
The courses are held around Australia but the Albert Park Grand Prix and the Phillip Island circuits are the ones to be seen at. You don’t have to own a Merc— knowing someone who does and having the course fee is enough.
‘‘ Ouramgdrive day at Albert Park before the Australian Grand Prix is the only Fia-approved track,’’ Hackett says, ‘‘ And it appeals toamgowners from around South-east Asia for just that reason.’’
Siobhan Taylor has never activated the ABS on her 1997 Falcon. That horrifies Hackett.
‘‘ It is incredible that people