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First Gear

Developed specifically for young drivers, as we believe that the earlier you develop confidence and defined driving skills, the safer you’ll be on the road.

Open to Mercedes-Benz and non Mercedes-Benz owners.

Register your interest for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Driving Events Calendar here

 A half day Mercedes-Benz drive day.

Sandown Raceway, Victoria - 17 October
2018 Calendar will be released February 2018.   Please register your interest here


Driving Safety

Teaching vital driving and safety principles, skills and behaviours.

First Gear is simple; to help save lives. Developed specifically for the younger driver (17 to 24 years*), the program addresses the attitudes and behaviours that affect young drivers when they take to the road. As most accidents start long before the actual collision, under the focused guidance of our professional driving instructors, you will learn to understand, recognize, avoid risks and handle critical driving situations. This drive day will raise your awareness of typical dangerous situations and ensure you develop a new understanding of the vehicle and your skills, keeping you safer on the road. 

$350 - half-day program, including lunch and afternoon tea.

Session Time:

  • 11.45am for registration followed by lunch
  • 1.00pm driver briefing
  • 1.30pm on track 
  • 5.00pm finish

Experience models across the Mercedes-Benz range and you will even drive an Actros truck.

With a focus towards the young driver the following topics will be covered:

  • Correct seating and driving position including mirror setup
  • Understanding modern motor vehicle technology
  • Understanding vehicle capabilities
  • Recognising risks
  • Avoiding dangers
  • Handling critical driving situations
  • Emergency braking practice
  • Brake and avoid techniques
  • Recognising loss of control on the road (skid pan)
  • Recognising stopping distances relevant to driving conditions
  • Experiencing how different sized vehicles respond

Participation available to drivers between 17 years and 24 years who hold a valid probationary or full licence.

For Full Terms & Conditions please click here

For all inquiries please email


First Gear Programmes