- The 11th Toyota Driving School and first in Maharashtra, launched in Mumbai.
- Toyota plans to launch 50 driving schools across India by 2020.
- Toyota Driving School has enrolled 5,800 plus students across the country.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) launched the Toyota Driving School in Mumbai today as a part of its ‘Safest Car with Safest Driver’ mission. This is the 11th driving school by Toyota in the country and the first in Maharashtra. The Japanese carmaker plans to launch 50 such schools in India by 2020.
Toyota Driving School is part of the company’s safety initiative. The institute makes use of a one-of-a-kind driver simulator mechanism to provide the students with a better understanding of road safety. Features like the instrument panel, steering and seats of an actual Etios model have been incorporated into the simulator. Trainees can learn various car controls before they take the wheel of an actual car on the public road. The simulator can also create various road and weather conditions like fog, dim light, rain, and uphill-downhill terrain. The simulator also has local language support. There is also the flexibility for learners to design a special curriculum of their choice. Meanwhile, the standard curriculum of the driving school covers topics like traffic management, rules and discipline, safe driving concepts, manners and responsibilities of a driver, driving in various road and climate conditions, and emergency handling.
The chief guest at launch of the Toyota Driving School was Hemant Patil, Assistant Regional Transport Officer, Andheri, Mumbai. N. Raja, deputy managing director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor India, commenting on the inauguration of the driving school, said, “In our continuous efforts to make road safety a habit among commuters, we are delighted to launch our first driving school in Mumbai, Maharashtra. As per the statistics in India, more than 1.5 lakh people are killed each year in traffic accidents. That’s about 400 facilities a day and primary reason for road accidents are poor road safety practices. Road safety goes beyond the transport sector, with a direct impact on public health, societies, and economies. Road traffic crashes most countries 3 per cent of their gross domestic product”
Since its inception in 2015, the Toyota Driving School has enrolled more than 5,800 students till date. This institute is a part of Toyota’s integrated three-part initiative - Safe Drive, Safe Car and Safe Environment. Toyota Kirloskar Motor already have ten other driving schools in Kochi, Lucknow, two in Hyderabad, two in Chennai, Kolkata, Faridabad, Vijayawada and Surat.