Maruti Suzuki India has opened its 450th Maruti Driving School (MDS) in Pollachi, Tamil Nadu.

The MDS network now covers 212 cities across India. The schools have trained over 530,000 people on safe driving in the last five years, 46 percent of them women.

“Road accidents are cause of over 150,000 deaths every year in India,” said R S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India said. “We believe that a scientifically designed driving training program will help to make Indian roads safer. Our aim is to continue expanding the Maruti Driving School network and train 1.5 million people on quality driving skills through MDS by 2020.”

The driving schools are set up by Maruti Suzuki in partnership with its dealers. They are equipped with advanced driving simulators that replicate the Indian driving conditions; practical training in specially designed training vehicles. Training also includes classroom theory based on scientific and structured curriculum. The trainers at MDS undergo a rigorous driving training by Maruti Suzuki and also follow refresher courses every year to ensure quality training.