Lewis Hamilton helped launch the first Mercedes-Benz driving lesson academy in Weybridge on Saturday 13th June.

In a lively question and answer interview session, the reigning Formula 1 world champion talked with youngsters about his own experience of learning to drive, before giving a precision driving display performance.

The Mercedes-Benz driving academy, which is set to revolutionise the way teenagers learn to drive by starting at a younger age, aims to coach its students to become good drivers, rather than just getting them to a level to pass their driving test.

Encouraging safer driving on the UK’s roads, the academy’s scheme has 3 modules for different age groups.

The Pre-Road module is for children aged 12 to 16, while the Provisional Licence module is for 17+ year olds and helps prepare them for their test. The Post-Test module is for those who have already passed their test.

Commenting on the launch, Peter O’Halloran, Mercedes-Benz World Marketing Director said: “Learning to drive should be like learning to play an instrument. The more practice you have the better you master it and the more confident you become.”

Peter continued, “With Mercedes-Benz, students start learning to drive at a younger age, which removes the stress of passing the actual driving test. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy provides young people with the skills and thought-based experiences that go beyond the requirements of just passing the test.”

“It will prepare them for the actual demands of driving on the public roads, making them better and safer drivers when they have their licence.”

The academy not only offers practical on the road tuition, it also provides off‐road practice, self‐evaluation, risk assessment and peer group discussion seminars. Parent sessions are also available to teach parents how to be the best possible in‐car advisors.

Interested readers can find out more at the Mercedes-Benz driving lesson academy website.