Frequently Asked Questions
We have compiled this list of frequently asked questions to help you learn about Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy for New Drivers and getting your license. We hope that you find the information below informative, but if you still have questions, please contact us and we will be happy to get you all the information you need. You can also visit the ICBC website for general information on driver licensing.
Is the school owned by Mercedes-Benz?
Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy for New Drivers is a legal partnership between two companies: Driving Unlimited, based in Pitt Meadows BC and Mercedes-Benz Canada. The school grew out of Driving Unlimited Academy, an ICBC licensed driving school established in 2008. We formed the partnership and launched MBDA New Drivers in 2013. We work closely with Mercedes-Benz Canada to deliver our programs. The school benefits from the partnership in many ways. For example, we present classroom training for our GLP programs in Mercedes-Benz Dealerships across the Greater Vancouver area and Kelowna. Our use of Mercedes-Benz logos, name and other trademarks etc. is licensed under our partnership agreement. Driving Unlimited remains a very active driver training company, providing training to a wide range of clients across Canada and beyond. Driving Unlimited has been in business for 20 years. and has enjoyed a long-term relationship with Mercedes-Benz Canada delivering driving programs (such as the exciting AMG Driving Academy programs) for many years.
Do you really use Mercedes-Benz cars?
Yes! all vehicles used for our lessons are fully equipped Mercedes-Benz driving school vehicles.
Is the school just for Mercedes-Benz owners?
No. Our school is fully open for registrations from all people, just like any other driving school. It’s definitely not just for Mercedes-Benz owners!
How do I register for courses?
Where do I go for more information?
Is it true that I can save money on the purchase or lease of a new vehicle by enrolling in one of your programs?
Yes. If you are one of our current clients or the parent/partner or sibling a client enrolled in the Graduated Licensing Program, you can save between $500 and $2000 off the lease or purchase of a new vehicle through our Fleet Incentive Program.
What is the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) about?
ICBC implemented the Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) several years ago to help reduce risk for new drivers as they gain experience. In the Learner or “L” stage of the GLP, drivers must have a supervisor with them at all times, among other restrictions. Later, drivers who pass a road test can graduate to a Novice or “N” license with fewer restrictions. Finally, after passing the Class 5 road test, drivers become fully privileged. For complete information on “L” and “N” licenses including restrictions placed on each, go to http://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/Pages/Default.aspx
Can I add extra lessons?
Yes! You can add extra lessons to an existing lesson plan whenever necessary. Please call or email our customer service centre to make arrangements.
How long does the GLP take?
It varies, depending on your needs. You will be finished the classroom sessions after three weeks (or less in accelerated programs) and you have up to 365 days to complete the full program. For example, a student who gets their “L” licence right at the beginning of the program has 12 months before they’re eligible to take their “N” road test. In this case, the student may choose to delay taking some of the later in-car lessons, so their coach works with them closer to the date of their road test. These decisions are made after consultation with the parents and students. In-car lesson frequency is fully flexible.
What areas of the Lower Mainland do you service?
We service the entire Lower Mainland from Abbotsford to West Vancouver. When you register with Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy for New Drivers your coach will pick you up at your home or school for your in-car lessons. View our Locations section for more information.
Why should I take a GLP course?
Completion of our Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) is the most effective way to prepare new drivers for a lifetime of safe, responsible driving. Unlike traditional driver training that limits its focus on road rules, basic vehicle control, and driving in traffic, our course features in-depth study of new-driver risk factors: strategies to identify and control impulsivity, and the effects of the individual’s personality and lifestyle variables. Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy for New Drivers’ students develop self-awareness of their abilities by learning to continually evaluate their driving throughout their years behind the wheel. The responsibility for safe decision-making is transferred to the learner throughout their training so when they begin solo driving, they are used to making safe decisions on their own without supervision.
- Other benefits include a reduction of six months off the minimum time a driver must hold an “N” license, and two secondary school graduation credits upon successful completion.
How long are the lessons?
In-car lessons are 90 minutes each. Classroom sessions are three hours for evening sessions or 6 hours for weekend and accelerated classes, including break time.
Which days of the week are classes offered?
What is the “other” Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy about?
There is an advanced Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy program, too. This program is not intended for new drivers – it is designed for experienced drivers who want to improve their skills while behind the wheel of a variety of Mercedes-Benz vehicles on a closed course.
Courses range from single day Mastering Performance up to a two-day AMG Driving Academy high performance, race-track based course. Winter courses such as the AMG Winter Sporting program are also available. Courses are held at cities and tracks across Canada throughout the year.
Where are the classes held?
GLP classes are held at all the Mercedes-Benz dealerships in the Lower Mainland, at Mercedes-Benz Kelowna and at our training centre in Pitt Meadows. View our Locations.
What happens if I have to cancel an in-car lesson?
We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. Lessons cancelled within that time may be forfeited, in the case of lesson packages or a replacement lesson may have to be purchased in the case of a GLP course package. We understand there are situations beyond your control. If you have to cancel a lesson booking within 48 hours of its scheduled time, contact us – we will try to work out a solution.
Our coaches schedule a finite number of lessons every day. If lessons are cancelled, they lose the opportunity to work during that time which reduces their wages for that day. Once the time is gone, it’s gone for good.
What if I have to miss a classroom session?
Our students are very busy people and sometimes they have to miss a class. You can visit the corresponding class session at another of our dealership classroom locations, or pick up the missed class during the next series of classes at your home location. If you miss, don’t worry – you won’t be left behind. Our classroom modules stand alone, meaning you won’t fall behind your fellow students at the next class. Also, missing a class doesn’t mean you can’t schedule upcoming in-car lessons or do on-line training modules.
Remember, all classroom sessions do have to be completed before your certificate can be issued at the end of the course. Call our customer service centre so we can help make arrangements in this event.
What is taught in the classroom portion of the course?
Classroom sessions include all of ICBC’s established Learning Outcomes for new drivers including topics you would expect, such as road rules, laws and road signs, plus a lot of things you might not expect; interactive mini-workshops on common new-driver crash cases, distracted driving activities, understanding the role of impulsivity relating to new drivers, individual’s personal risk tolerance and a host of fun, educational group activities that open student’s eyes to a world of driving they may not have thought about before.
Can I take driving lessons in my own car?
An approved driving school may only deliver lessons in a vehicle that is registered with ICBC and that meets their requirements. For this reason, we are not able to have a coach ride with you in your own car to conduct lessons. There is an increased level of safety provided by an approved Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy vehicle – instructor control of braking, extra mirrors to allow the coach to thoroughly observe conditions and graphics that clearly identify the car as a training vehicle.
Why are there cameras in the cars?
Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy for New Drivers has found in-car cameras to be great training tools. We use cameras as part of our on-going coach’s training, and they provide extra piece-of-mind for students and parents alike.
Can I request that cameras not be used during my lessons?
Yes. If you prefer not to have your lessons recorded for any reason, the camera will be shut off for you. ICBC requires cameras be shut off during road tests, as well.
Do you have any manual transmission vehicles?
Due to the lack of demand, we no longer offer training in manual transmission vehicles.