Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) today inaugurated the Toyota Driving School at Lakozy Toyota in Mumbai. This is Toyota’s eleventh driving school in the country and its first in Mumbai. By the year 2020, TKM plans to open 50 such Toyota Driving Schools across India. The company aims to instill safety sense among drivers to bring a behavioral change on safe driving, developing change agents to further campaign ‘Safety’ at large scale with an aim to attain Zero Fatality mission.
The occasion was graced by Chief Guest Mr. Hemant Patil, Assistant Regional Transport Officer – Andheri, Mumbai in the presence of Mr. Amar Pawar, Dealer Principal – Lakozy Toyota, along with the senior management of Toyota Kirloskar Motor represented Mr. N. Raja, Deputy Managing Director.
Toyota Driving School curriculum will cover the following topics:
- Traffic management, rules and discipline
- Safe and right driving concepts
- Manners and responsibilities of a driver
- Simulation of driving on real vehicle before getting onto road
- All aspects of practical driving on road
- Driving on various road and climate conditions
- Know your car – Basic maintenance and repairs
- Emergency handling
- Systematic evaluation and feedback
The Simulator is a key part of the teaching program in Toyota Driving School. Learners will get a hands-on experience of all car controls like steering, accelerator, brake and gear shift on the simulator itself before driving an actual vehicle on the road. The simulators can also create various road and weather conditions like fog, dim light, uphill and downhill terrain.
Commenting on this new Toyota Driving School launch,Mr. Amar Pawar, Dealer Principal – Lakozy Toyota said,“It is a privilege for us to be associated with Toyota Kirloskar Motor in contributing towards improving road safety in Mumbai and playing an active role in their endeavor to promote good driving habits amongst citizens. Increasing population and rising traffic in urban areas has compromised on road safety, leading to increase in road accidents.The steady rise in the number of road mishaps in the city is an issue that needs to be addressed promptly and with our driving schools we take on the onus of educating our citizens on achieving the ultimate safety mission of zero accidents.
We believe that Toyota Driving School with Toyota’s world-class know-how, professional trainers and a comprehensive curriculum, will be able to inculcate a safer and cautious driving behavior amongst the people in our city.”
Speaking at the occasion Mr. N Raja – Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “In our continuous efforts to make road safety a habit among commuters, we are delighted to launch our first driving school in Maharashtra, Mumbai. As per the latest statistics, in India, more than 150,000 people are killed each year in traffic accidents. That’s about 400 fatalities a day and primary reason of 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 cost most countries 3% of their gross domestic product.
Road safety is an inherently cross-sectoral issue, real progress can only happen if all relevant stakeholders unite their efforts. As safety leaders in the industry, it is our primary mission to ensure safest cars with safest drivers in the country and significantly reduce the traffic accidents with our safety initiatives.
We at Toyota have established Driving Schools across the country, in line with our mission of ‘Safest Car with Safest Driver’. Toyota Driving Schools are of one of its kind in the country that focus on making every student a responsible and safe driver. With futuristic training modules coupled with world class technology, extensive training offered by professional trainers and an all-encompassing curriculum comprising of theoretical-practical sessions of highstandards, we aim to develop responsible road users who shall be the change agents in promoting road safety to the larger society.
Besides, the simulator also has several credits, it is the first car simulator in India with Full High Definition Computer graphics in an immersive Curved Projection environment, and it is the first simulator in India with real complete car cabin along with actual car gear. In addition, it also offers extensive local language support for effective training and extensive sessions for both novice and advance drivers.Through these driving schools, we aim to bring down the rising number of road mishaps in the country caused majorly due to human error.
We would like to thank our dealer partner – Lakozy Toyota, who has associated with us in setting up this state-of-the art driving school infrastructure in Mumbai. We are confident that our Toyota Driving School will set a new standard for quality driving and traffic safety.” he added.