"Safety always takes priority."
It may sound like a truism but, working every day with heavy equipment, it can be crucial. Because, as the ADAC instructors generally emphasise right at the start of a Unimog driver safety course, handling a vehicle safely begins even before the driver moves off. Consequently, before the practical element of the course, the timetable always includes an inspection of the Unimog and a theory lesson on its characteristics. This also includes determining the correct driving position, how to hold the steering wheel and how to use and adjust the mirrors. "These are very important aspects for the drivers; this way, we can remind them in detail of the unique features of their vehicles," says Stefan Röhn, head of the ADAC Driving Safety Centre in Gründau.
ADAC and Unimog: that's a match.
Stefan Röhn, Head of the ADAC Driving Safety Centre in Gründau
Successful collaboration with the ADAC.
For many years now, Mercedes-Benz and the ADAC have been working together on driver training. And very successfully in fact. "We were constantly getting requests from course attendees for courses specifically devoted to these great vehicles," explains Stefan Röhn.
On separate training areas, the ADAC provides Unimog drivers several times each year with an opportunity to test their personal limits. "And, of course, their limits can certainly be extended further," Stefan Röhn adds. "Helping the course participants to do just that is what our experienced trainers and instructors are here for."