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 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!
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.
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 $1,500 off the lease or purchase of a new vehicle through our Fleet Incentive Program.
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 my Road Test in your car?
Yes. We offer a Road Test Package that includes a pre-test coaching session with your personal driving coach, and the use of the Mercedes-Benz vehicle you’re familiar with for your test. The package also includes transportation from your home to the ICBC Driver Services Centre closest to you, and back again.
Will I have the same Coach for all my In-Car lessons?
Yes. When a coach is assigned to a student they work together for the duration of the in- car training. In rare cases, such as when a coach is sick or on vacation, you may have a different coach for a lesson.
Will I ever share the car with another student?
No. Your time with your instructor is your own. Also, a second coach could ride along as part of our Quality Assurance program for continual coach development.
Can Parents ride along during lessons?
Yes. Parents are encouraged to ride along to observe how their new driver is doing and to learn techniques that will help them in their role as co-drivers.
Can I contact my Coach between lessons?
Yes. You will have your coach’s email and cell number so you can contact them any time with questions, to book lessons, or help with on-line training. Parents can call to discuss progress or get advice on effective supervised practice. Because coaches can’t talk to you while they are engaged in other lessons, our customer service centre is available at any to answer questions.
How do I book my in-car lessons?
Our coaches maintain their own schedules so you should always contact your coach to book lessons. Keep the coach’s contact info handy in case you need to reach them. Many students find booking their next lesson at the end of their current lesson to be the most convenient.
What days and times are Coaches available?
You can take lessons during the day, after school, in the evenings and on weekends. Coaches will make every effort to fit your lessons into your schedule.
How much do your courses cost?
There are a wide range of courses available. We have taken care to price our services competitively – students can experience the benefits of Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy training for prices similar to other respected schools. There are always lower cost alternatives available when choosing any product or service – consumers should take care to compare the quality of the services before they make a purchasing decision.
We recommend you call a representative at Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy for expert advice on which training program is the best choice for you.
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?
Do to the lack of demand, we no longer offer training in manual transmission vehicles.