Yesterday (4/10/2013), I finally completed my MDS Learner course at Premier Car World (MS Platinum Dealership) Kolkata.
Enrollment Date : - 17/05/2013
Starting Date : - 29/05/2013
Ending Date :- 04/10/2013
Class Allotment / Consistency : As irregular as it can be, In Aug - I'm able to attend only one class.
Vehicles provided : WagonR VXI, A-Star ZXI, Ritz ZXI
As provided type Class are :
Theory Session : 2
Demo : 1
SIM : Usual 5 + Lost count how many - Whenever they unable to provide Car / Trainer.
Practical Session :
P1 to P10 and PE = Nothing but another Practical Day.
First four practical class I attend was 45 mins of driving time provided at the car but from then on all my remaining Practical session lasted 20 to 25 mins (max) by the professional trainer of MDS, Only two class I attained which last 1hrs 5 min when the trainer beside me is the guy who live at my locality in stone throw distance.
PE was 22 mins max at fairly deserted road & they don't let me to do any reversing or parallel or perpendicular parking. There is no practical roundabouts in the whole training except at SIM session. 'H' formation and '8' formation with cone is out of question.
All practical class they provide without usage of IRVM to the candidate as well no mention of 2-sec rule and MSM or PSL technique.
SIM session : this session is pretty much OK and provided fairly good amount of time to me, Actually this is the particular segment they don't bother much and provide plentiful if they unable to arrange practical class.
Theory Session : Everything is going to OKish as it seems , but if a student curious enough and ask question about Dashboard notification lights in details like (SVS/Glow Plug or Immobilizer System Light or simple how many TRIP meter is there ?) without wasting any other students class timing - then he is not welcome there.
Now the feedback (my observation) :
If anyone want to experience / gather knowledge of driving control and stuff then this MDS course is the perfect way to go. But if anyone's target is after completion of the course want to drive his/her car of their own and regularly commute (other than joy ride), The course is far more less to meet that target.
This course is perfectly suitable for those people who lived in pre-planned luxurious community/city (Like here in Salt Lake,Kalyani,Rajarhat) to drive in & around but not for the real Rest of Kolkata / India road mayhem traffic.
The whole training session they hardly gave any instruction to me apply brakes (because they got the control and they are in hurry to wrap up the session ASAP
) but when I take out my car for practice the situation is completely different with my driver (according to him if we don't/can't accelerate due to traffic condition like pedestrian/bike/cycle then our right leg must on top / in front of Brake Paddle ready to engage and only time we shift the leg from there when the coast is clear).
I can add many other flaws but the post will be lengthy, So I stop talking here by mentioning last one,
During enrollment they promised if I buy any MS car in this dealership or any other I will be entitled for 1k discount which I bring into attention of Sales Dept during my purchase but it was duely not met as this was very old offer in past and it is over long time ago.