Why Attending a Performance Driving School Is Worth It


Why Attending a Performance Driving School Is Worth It

If you’re planning to take your car to the track or already regularly attend track days, a performance driving school can help you improve your skills by learning from professionals. Some automakers offer these programs—three Car and Driver editors just attended schools with BMW, Porsche, and Lexus—and there are other options, too. C/D staffers have also gone to schools such as the Bridgestone Winter Driving School, the Radford Racing School (previously Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving), and the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School.

These schools offer similar programs with anywhere from one- to multi-day schools covering things like car control, cornering techniques, and timed laps. Attending an automaker’s own program is especially beneficial if you own one of its vehicles, but you don’t have to be an owner to get a lot out of the experience. We’d suggest attending a two-day program for the most in-depth experience, but start where you can.

One-day schools are generally more affordable and meet a range of driving interests and needs. For instance, winter-driving safety and performance programs from Bridgestone start at only $309; the Skip Barber Racing School has a Roush Performance Intro to Racing four-hour course for $1195; and the Radford Racing School has a one-day performance driving class for $1899. Expect pricing in the $3000 to $4000 range for the two-day schools described below, with prices going higher as the level gets more advanced.

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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