Teenagers are four times more likely to be involved in a car crash than adult drivers, and those crashes are all too often fatal, making crashes the number one killer of teens. But with the right education and hands-on experience, teen drivers can gain the skills they need to help them stay safer on the road. At Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy in Los Angeles teens are prepared for the real-world driving environment with both classroom and on-road training sessions.

Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy is a state-certified driving school using a variety of teaching methods to engage student drivers in decision-making activities. With Mercedes-Benz at the forefront of safety innovations, this teen driving academy represents the next logical step toward the company's vision of achieving accident-free driving. In this video, Academy Director Carolyn Duchene gives an overview of the program and how it contributes to helping create safe and responsible drivers for life.

Taking teen drivers beyond basic car control and memorization of traffic laws, the academy integrates six basic components: a parent-teen workshop, classroom sessions, a distracted driving workshop, a safety workshop, behind-the-wheel training and an online learning module. Depending on their driver status (non-permit, permit, license), students can participate in the Integrated Program, a 10-Hour On Road Program, or create their own customized learning experience.

Approximately 90 percent of all car crashes are attributed to driver error, including distractions and dangerous decisions. The Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy's hands-on distracted driving workshop involves a driving course that allows students to experience first-hand what distracted driving is like, and recognize the reasons to avoid it. Students will also learn about basic vehicle maintenance and how to identify safety hazards like compromised vehicle conditions.

This comprehensive Integrated Program curriculum exceeds current California Department of Motor Vehicles requirements with 16 hours of on-road training. All Driving Academy offerings incorporate a coaching approach, which is a learner-centered method that makes students active participants in their own learning, and helps develop decision making skills to ease the transition from a student to a solo driver.

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