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For aspiring young motorists in the Toronto area, later this summer will breed a new choice for professional training to best handle the obstacles and challenges open road can bring. One of the largest retailers in Canada, Canadian Tire has announced plans to take new drivers to school through their new business called Canadian Tire Drivers Academy.
Launching in the pilot stage at the Leslie and Lakeshore Canadian Tire retail store August 13th, the new driver training program institutes the more than just the basic lessons in parallel parking and emergency stops. In what is a total of 20 hours of classroom time, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation's approved Beginner Drivers Education course is merged with hands-on car basic maintenance lessons. In addition, certified mechanics educate and guide students with two hours of teaching to better understand the operations of an automobile. Road lessons are performed under the guidance of licensed, experienced professionals using late model Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic small cars.
According to the website for the Canadian Tire Drivers Academy, the in-class and driving bundle of the course costs $1,324.00. Called the "Value Package" which saves $100.00 off buying all the services separately, this deluxe plan also includes usage of a vehicle using the G1 and G2 road tests. Canadian Tire Drivers Academy also offers students the choice of buying the on-course and road test portions individually. With the Beginner Drivers Course or Value Package, Canadian Tire includes some perks to the Canadian Tire Driving Academy such as 1-year free Roadside Assistance and Canadian Tire Drivers Club Membership.
Testing the response of the Toronto location, Canadian Tire Drivers Academy future outlets for Drivers Academy will be reviewed. Initially planning expansion across Ontario, Canadian Tire has also indicated interest in expanding the program nationwide. The website for the Canadian Tire Drivers Academy have already quoted prices for locations in Kingston and St. Catherines although no branch has yet to be set up in those Ontario cities.
Canadian Tire Driving Academy Website: http://driversacademy.canadiantire.ca/