Driving Safety Training for RoadStars in Linthe near Potsdam

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Testing the limits and making new friends.

48 participants, 13 countries, one experience: community members with a blue steering wheel learn about what's really important in tricky situations and what it means to be part of the RoadStars family.


Lukas and Vlastimil climb out of the white Actros. The last rays of sunshine are just disappearing behind the pine trees. "I could have carried on doing that forever," says Lukas, looking over to the track where Vlastimil and he have just been drifting – the crowning finish to an action-packed day.

Together with 46 other RoadStars, the two Czechs have been out and about since the early morning on the grounds of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Centre. The participants from a total of thirteen countries had a lot of items on their list at the Driving Safety Training course: emergency braking, slalom courses, swerving on wet and dry roads, and driving with the "tipping trailer" were all on the agenda.


At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.
At an exclusive training course on the premises of the Berlin-Brandenburg Driving Safety Training Centre, 48 RoadStars from 13 countries spent an unforgettable day.

Prize draw to win a training course.

Eight hours earlier: the RoadStars bus stops in front of the main building of the Driving Safety Training Centre in Linthe near Potsdam. After chief instructor Thomas has welcomed the guests, the first teams head for the tractor units. On this icy cold Saturday, the RoadStars split up into four groups of twelve to experience the "Driving Safety Training PLUS" course conducted by Mercedes-Benz TruckTraining.

The central topic is how to handle a truck correctly in dangerous and tricky situations. All those things we all hope we won't have to deal with in everyday driving – here, the participants can practise them first-hand. The drivers come from Belgium, Denmark and Germany, Finland and the UK, Italy and the Netherlands, Poland, Austria and Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. All of them registered to participate in the event via the RoadStars platform and were picked at random. "When I heard I'd got a place, I could hardly believe it," says Hjarne, one of the four Danish participants. His normal work involves him driving his tipper truck around Aarhus to roadworks sites.



Braking on slippery roads.

Here in Linthe in Brandenburg, Hjarne has just done an emergency stop on a soaking wet surface that is as slippery as a road covered with snow and slush. "At work I've never had to slam on the brakes so hard. It's really valuable being able to test that here. It's become really clear to me that keeping the right distance and the right speed is absolutely crucial," says Hjarne, on his way to the theoretical part which is now on the schedule for his group. The blocks of theory in the seminar room complement the practical exercises: what difference does a change in road surface make? What is the connection between speed and braking distance? How do the assistance and safety systems support the driver?



Testing limits.

A drive on a winding section with a so-called "tipping trailer" demonstrates just how much the assistance systems support the driver.  The trailer has been deliberately loaded so that it has a high centre of gravity. First, instructor Harald takes to the wheel. In the cab there are four RoadStars at a time as passengers. On the first trip, Harald keeps the electronic stability program (ESP) activated. Just to demonstrate, he keeps his foot on the accelerator pedal even on bends. The system detects the unstable situation, brakes automatically and adjusts the acceleration downward accordingly. It initiates an emergency stop in time. Then the second trip: Harald deactivates ESP using a switch next to the steering wheel.

In order to prevent the truck and trailer from actually tipping over, the semitrailer has stabiliser wheels, one on each side. And sure enough: with ESP deactivated, the outside stabiliser wheel touches the ground. Kel from the Netherlands is highly impressed: "It's amazing the difference the system makes." Then Kel himself gets behind the wheel, steering the Actros into the bend. Now ESP is activated again and keeps the vehicle safely on-track. "It feels unnatural staying on the accelerator pedal in this situation," says Kel as he gets out. "It's a unique experience, being in these borderline situations in person. I'll always keep that in mind when I'm driving."



Safe slalom.

Jenny drives the Actros tractor unit through the slalom course with full concentration. Instructor Wolfgang has just repeated over the radio: "Remember: hands at nine and three o'clock." Before they switched drivers, Carolina was driving. The two German women are professional drivers: Carolina drives a three-axle truck with swap bodies in the Stuttgart area and Jenny from Fulda drives a tractor unit with a semitrailer. "Every driver ought to do a training course like this once," says Carolina, while Jenny is steering round the pylons. Jenny nods in agreement. She's just mastered the slalom with confidence. "You really notice how the right seating position improves your control of the vehicle," says Jenny.

Swerving on wet and dry roads.

It becomes particularly clear how a truck behaves in borderline situations when the driver does an emergency stop and swerves at the same time. First on a wet road surface with water obstructions at 40 km/h and then on a dry surface at 80 km/h. The obstacle might only consist of pylons, but it is obvious that each driver strives to avoid touching any of them.


After the thoroughly modern training course, the RoadStars enjoyed a rustic-style evening's entertainment – with medieval music, tasty food and a roaring open fire.
After the thoroughly modern training course, the RoadStars enjoyed a rustic-style evening's entertainment – with medieval music, tasty food and a roaring open fire.
After the thoroughly modern training course, the RoadStars enjoyed a rustic-style evening's entertainment – with medieval music, tasty food and a roaring open fire.
After the thoroughly modern training course, the RoadStars enjoyed a rustic-style evening's entertainment – with medieval music, tasty food and a roaring open fire.
After the thoroughly modern training course, the RoadStars enjoyed a rustic-style evening's entertainment – with medieval music, tasty food and a roaring open fire.
After the thoroughly modern training course, the RoadStars enjoyed a rustic-style evening's entertainment – with medieval music, tasty food and a roaring open fire.

Well cared for in the community.

"It was a great group right from the start," says Hjarne from Denmark shortly before setting off for dinner in Berlin. Vlastimil the Czech has to agree. They both have RoadStars badges sewn to their work jackets. They are proud to be a part of the Europe-wide RoadStars community – a community that today has moved a little closer together again.


Were you there with us and now want to share your pictures with everyone else? Then get yourself over to the driving safety training wall right now!


Photo and video: Alexander Tempel

37 comments

Schönen guten Morgen und allen Roadstars ein frohes neues Jahr!
Möget ihr auch dieses Jahr alle die Räder auf der Straße lassen , ich wünsche euch allen ein Unfall freies Jahr !! 🍀🍀
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Świetna impreza! 😁👍👌
Zapewne każdy kierowca chciałby tam być 😄 co zresztą widać po pozytywnych komentarzach 😊

Oczywiście piszę również o sobie 😎 Marzę o takim szkoleniu, o takim dniu w moim życiu... 🙄😊
Zazdroszczę Wam Drodzy Koledzy tak pięknego dnia 😏🚚🚛💨
Jak zawsze super zdjęcia i filmy!

Jeszcze raz dziękuję za naszywkę i mam nadzieję, że do zobaczenia.
Szerokiej i bezpiecznej drogi dla Wszystkich 😊🚛👊🐢
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Da währe ich sehr gerne dabei gewesen....Hoffe das ich das nächste mal Glück habe ✊☺️ War bestimmt ein mega toller Tag super Bilder mega cooler Bericht so muss das sein 👍😎
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Zal er heel cool en leerzaam uit , had ik graag bij willen zijn !!👍👍
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It was an amazing weekend! Thanks to all of you RoadStars 👍
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You are welcome, Jyri! Thanks for being a part of it! 🚛💨💨 ❤️
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Ziet er interessant en gezellig uit weer allemaal. 👌🏼
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Dat moet een onwijs tof avontuur geweest zijn voor de deelnemers
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Awesome weekend, thanks to all involved! 🚛💨💨💨
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You are welcome, Gareth! Thanks for being a part of it! 🚛💨💨💨 😁
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Was een geweldige ervaring, blij dat ik erbij was, nogmaals dank en wellicht tot een volgende keer 💪👍
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Kiitos kaikille! Oli mahtava viikonloppu ja hieno tutustua uusiin ihmisiin.
Thanks to everyone it was a great experience! Awesome!
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It was an exciting weekend. :D
A lot of experience and awesome people.
I thank you so much!!

PS.
You ask me what you can improve - more times draw me :P :P :D
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Haha you are welcome, Michał - Thanks for letting us know you had a blast! 😁❤️
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Tnx for a great weekend and training with all. And meeting new friends.

Tnx roadstars crew 😊
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You are welcome, Mona! We are glad you've been a part of it! 😊
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Hallo RoadStars Team,
ich möchte mich nochmals bedanken für das megageile Wochenende in Berlin bedanken. Das Fahrsicherheitstraining war echt super und lehrreich. Außerdem war der ganze Event perfekt organisiert und mit nichts zu übertreffen.
VIIIIIIEEEEELLLLLEEEENN DDDDDAAAAAANNNNKKKK!👍😃😃
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Sehr gern, Johann! Schön, dass du ein Teil davon warst! 😊
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Hallo an alle,
Wenn ich das hier so sehe und lese war das wohl ein richtig tolles Erlebnis für die glücklichen Teilnahmegewinner. Ich selbst hatte leider nicht das Glück dabei zu sein, bleibe aber weiterhin am blauen Lenkrad aktiv, um vieleicht bei dem ein oder anderen Event dabei sein zu dürfen.
Ansonsten kann ich mich den Worten der Vorredner nur anschliesen.

Die ganzen Aktionen die von den Mädels und Jungs von Roadstars angeboten werden sind der Hammer und kaum von etwas anderem zu übertreffen.
In diesem Sinne noch ein schönes Rest Wochenende und einen schönen Sonntagabend, einen guten Start in die neue Woche und natürlich allzeit gute Fahrt.🚛🚛🚚🚚
Keep on Trucking
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Wir drücken dir weiterhin die Daumen, Thimo! 😊🍀
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Tolle Aufnahmen mit vielen freudigen Gesichtern, aus denen man schließen kann, dass es ein lehrreiches, kommunikatives u. geselliges Miteinander unterschiedlicher Nationalitäten war - so sollte es immer überall sein 👍👍👍
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Hallo ihr Lieben!
Ich kann mich nur meinen Vorrednern von ganzen Herzen anschließen! Ich habe mich riesig gefreut, für das Training ausgelost worden zu sein und meine Erwartungen wurden weit übertroffen! Es hat riesigen Spaß gemacht, jede Menge Leute aus vielen Ländern kennenzulernen und dabei festzustellen, dass Interessen sehr nah beieinander liegen können. Von den neu gewonnenen Erfahrungen hinsichtlich des beherrschen eines LKW im extremen Situationen ganz zu schweigen!! Ich danke euch ganz doll, dass ich diese Erfahrungen machen durfte und kann euch nur ans Herz legen: macht weiter so!! ! Die Unterkunft sowie das Essen waren ebenso super!
Ganz liebe Grüße an alle, die ebenso dieses tolle Wochenende genießen durften und das ganze Roadstars-Team!! !
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Wow danke für deine tollen Worte! Wir freuen uns total, dass es dir so gut gefallen hat - schön, dass du ein Teil davon warst! ❤️
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Super víkend, dekuji RoadStars za skvělou zkušenost 😉🤓👌🖒
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Jsme rádi, že jste si tuto příležitost nenechal ujít a děkujeme za pozitivní feadback 👍😊
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It was a great experience, Thank you RoadStars!
Cristian 😘 💙💛❤️
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You are welcome, Cristian! 😊
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Hallo RoadStars
Das ganze Wochenende war perfekt organisiert.
Vielen Dank.
Mein Liebe RoadStars
Gruß Richard 😁💖💋
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❤️
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Noch mal vielen Dank !!!
Für Mega Super Wochenende
MIT RoadStars Familie 😁💖💋👍
Gute Fahrt !!! 👍
Gruß Richard
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Sehr gern, Richard 😊
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Hoffentlich behält RoadStars diese erstklassigen Veranstaltungen bei, einzigartig in der Zusammenstellung, etwas Außergewöhnliches neben dem Alltag...
Gruß
Klaus
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I ja tam byłem, pilnie się uczyłem, miód i piwo piłem, świetnie się bawiłem. 👍
Pozdrowienia dla Wszystkich uczestników szkolenia i organizatorów. 😃
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Bardzo się cieszymy! My również, dzięki Wam, świetnie się bawiliśmy 😊 Pozdrawiamy i do zobaczenia następnym razem! 👌
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Thank you for a great weekend, nice to meet so many great people/drivers from other countries, hope to see you again in the future. Thank you to Nina, Pia and the rest of the roadstar crew for a great event. See you on the road.
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👍😀Sehr schöööööön es hat mir gut gefallen und ich habe viele Eindrücke mitgenommen viele Situationen die man eigentlich nicht braucht die aber passieren können und ich bin mir sicher das ich jetzt besser damit umgehen kann Danke RoadStars das ich daran teilnehmen durfte !
Ein Wochenende mit vielen Tollen Leuten,,es hat sehr viel Spaß gemacht!
Ich Grüße alle RoadStars die dabei waren ,und hoffe das wir uns irgend wann mal wieder Sehen 😀👍😇
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Schön, dass wir dich begeistern konnten! 😊
Wir danken dir und allen die dabei waren für ein tolles Wochenende!
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