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Time is running out for new drivers to join Autocar Start, which provides new driver training and a brand new Smart Fortwo

A small number of places are still available for Autocar Start, a new scheme to help get new drivers on the road.  

The Autocar Start programme allows new drivers to participate in the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy and take delivery of a new Smart Fortwo with fully-comprehensive insurance. New drivers can register interest in the pilot at

“Road safety is a subject that should be taken seriously every day of the year and it is vital that new drivers are fully prepared. Learning to drive with Autocar Start gives young drivers the very best start to their driving life", said Jim Holder, Autocar editor.

“New drivers learning their skills with Autocar Start, we believe, will be the safest new drivers when they finally drive solo; the unique scheme will see new drivers complete 80-hours of accompanied driving before they do so. Nothing is better for new drivers that good driver tuition and driving experience.” 

Autocar Start offers new drivers with a provisional licence a brand new Smart Tortwo coupé pulse, 40 hours of tuition from Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy and fully comprehensive cover from Carrot Insurance for a £500 deposit and a fixed monthly fee of £299 over three years. 

Full details can be found at

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