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You don’t have to own a Merc learn the best driv­ing prac­tices

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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

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