Autocar has launched a new safer driving initiative for learner drivers. Autocar Start includes a new Smart Fortwo, comprehensive insurance and 40 hours of tuition from the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, for a £500 deposit and £299 per month over three years.
The scheme provides learners with both the peace of mind of knowing all their fixed costs upfront and the guarantee that they are driving a fully insured, reliable vehicle with training from professional instructors.
After six months, each Autocar Start member will be rewarded with cashback on his or her insurance policy for driving safely, ascertained via Carrot Insurance’s in-car black box data recorder. The cashback is paid to a pre-paid Mastercard and can be used wherever credit and debit cards are accepted.
The scheme has been launched in the wake of the government’s green paper investigating the introduction of a minimum learning period before candidates are permitted to sit their driving test. This would enable learners to take lessons on motorways, in adverse weather conditions or during darkness.