The quest for the country’s safest driver has culminated, as Maruti Suzuki in association with Autocar finally announced the winner of the Maruti Suzuki presents Autocar Young Driver contest 2013. Mr. Smruti Ranjan Das was crowned as the victor of the contest at Pullman hotel.
The 5th edition of the Young Driver contest carried over a three month long competition spread over 44 Indian cities in order to instill the notion of safe driving among the Indians with a special focus on the young Indian drivers. The contest evaluated the participant’s driving skills as well as their knowledge of traffic rules, road safety awareness as well as driving responsibilities. The 2013 Maruti Suzuki Young Driver contest was open to all anyone between the age group of 18 to 30 years possessing an Indian driving license.
The 2013 Young Driver contest received an overwhelming registration figure of around 50,000 at the beginning that was narrowed down to the finest 28 finalists. The final round of the contest took place on the 27th of September at the Institute of Driving and Traffic Research in New Delhi, where all the finalists showed their driving skills on the test track of the institute for the grand finale.
At the end, Mr. Smruti Ranjan Das won the title of the Young Driver Ambassador for safe driving and was awarded the winning certificate by the Vice President of Marketing at Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Mr. Manohar Bhatt. Das also took home a brand new Maruti Alto 800 as a winning prize.
Mr. Smruti Ranjan Das was overwhelmed by his win and said that that winning or losing really doesn’t matter, as this competition is all about learning and he is glad that he has learnt a great deal by participating in the contest.
Speaking on the event, the COO at Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Mr. Mayank Pareek said that the company always believed in spreading the culture of responsible driving. The Young Driver contest offers an optimal platform to every young Indian to display his or her safe driving skills and incorporate the same into others by being role models. Maruti is are devoted to promote safe driving by communication programs, Institute of Driving Training & Research as well as Maruti Driving School. This contest tested the driving skills of the participants in the Maruti Driving schools in 44 cities of India. The candidates also participated on simulator tests in these facilities. The fact that the Maruti Driving schools are the most high-tech driving schools in India also made them the optimal testing grounds for the participants. The Maruti Driving Schools first introduce the advanced driving training simulators to ensure proper judgment as well as the correct instillation of the concept of route-maps for real time practice.
Speaking on the contest the Editor of Autocar India, Hormazd Sorabjee said that Autocar India has always endeavored to promote road safety and safe driving practice and this year the company tried its best to engage the young Indians in this contest.