Driver training: "I can't train tomorrow's drivers with yesterday's technology"

German driver training school Verkehr & Ausbildung Hartmann recently invested in a new Mercedes-Benz Actros with Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA 4), pedestrian detection, sideguard assist and more. The aim for them is to train truck drivers with current technology, not outdated equipment.

Driver training: "I can't train tomorrow's drivers with yesterday's technology"
Driving school manager Hartmann (right) explains the new radar-based Active Brake Assist 4 and Sideguard Assist to a learner driver.


"I can't train tomorrow's drivers with yesterday's technology," said Jörg Hartmann, owner of Verkehr & Ausbildung Hartmann.

This sentiment spurred the driving school, located in Plochingen near Stuttgart, to start training learners with the latest generation Actros.

The approach Hartmann uses is to teach drivers more than just how to get the truck from A to B, instead ensuring they develop a precise knowledge of their truck's safety and economy features.

"For me, what counts is that our customers should not just have a theoretical knowledge of such systems, perhaps based on hearsay, but that they should try them out for themselves and really get to know them in real-world use," Hartmann said.

"This is the best way to guard against unhealthy superficial knowledge, scepticism towards technology and even fear of doing something wrong."

First, the theory of systems such as Lane Keeping Assist, Proximity Control Assist, Attention Assist and Active Brake Assist 4 is taught to the learner-drivers, who then go on to receive practical instruction behind the wheel.

During the driving lessons and on overland trips along national highways or motorways, the systems are also put to practical use in selected situations under the direction and supervision of the driving instructors, who are able to intervene at any time.

In addition to the aspect of safety, the training naturally also focuses on teaching a driving style that is as fuel-efficient and environmentally acceptable as possible.

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