free winter driver training courtesy Continental and Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes Benz World, Brooklands, Weybridge - free winter driver training courtesy Continental and Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz and Continental Tyres have joined forces to offer free winter driving driver training at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge between 25 October and 2 November.

The event will focus on the use of winter tyres and let drivers get practical experience in a new Mercedes-Benz on a simulated icy track, with a qualified instructor.

UK drivers are six times more likely to have an accident during the winter months and it’s believed that many motorists are unprepared for wintry conditions. Continental Tyres claims there is a huge lack of awareness in the UK about winter tyres, with its research identifying that nearly half (47 per cent) of motorists are unaware that winter tyres even exist.

The free winter driver training will let motorists experience two cars through a slalom on a simulated icy track. One fitted with Continental summer tyres and the other with Continental winter tyres, providing first-hand experience with the notable difference in stopping distance.

As well as the icy track, drivers will be able to get behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz ML and head off road to get a better understand of four-wheel drive.

The driver training will take about 30-45 minutes and visitors will be granted free access to Brooklands Museum, which houses Formula One cars driven by racing heroes such as Senna and Hakinnen. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day.