Mazda partners new driver training provider

Mazda partners new driver training provider

Mazda NZ is joining forces with the TrackTime Driving Academy to help reduce the national crash rate by improving the driving skills of Kiwi motorists.

Created by motorsport figure Mike Eady, TrackTime trains all levels of drivers with a particular focus on ensuring the safe operation of motor vehicles by employees in the workplace.

The new partnership will see the TrackTime team using a fleet of new-generation Mazda vehicles including the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3, CX-5, and BT-50.

Mazda New Zealand MD Andrew Clearwater says the two companies share the same values when it comes to improving road safety through lifting the skill levels of drivers in parallel with making intelligent detection and avoidance systems more readily available to buyers.

“At Mazda, we are continually focussed on developing the very latest in advanced safety technologies,” says Clearwater.

“We also understand the need for motorists to learn how to use these technologies effectively on the open road as well as learning other driving skills that will help make New Zealand roads safer for all,” he says.

“The Academy’s focus is on decreasing the risk of crashes, and we are thrilled to be able to work with Mike’s team to lift the overall standard of driving in New Zealand.”

Eady says it is quite common for people not to have further training behind the steering wheel after completing their driver’s licence.

“The Academy is designed to hone drivers’ skills and give them the on-going driver training they need to drive safely and drive well, says Eady.

“Having Mazda onboard as a partner is fantastic as their vehicles epitomise how far safety technologies have advanced in the last few year,” he says.

According to TrackTime’s statistics, those who have undergone its driver training courses not only have fewer crashes but if there is an incident it is likely to be minor.

“Things like small reversing nudges cost companies virtually nothing whereas for a company that experiences a high number of crashes, and more severe accidents, it can be very expensive from both a repair and loss of productivity perspective,” says Eady.

The TrackTime Driving Academy is Auckland-based with much of the driver training done at the newly-revamped Hampton Downs Motorsport Park.

Training will also be undertaken in other locations throughout the country, as required says Eady.

More details available here: http://www.tracktime.co.nz

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