High-performance driving schools: Your complete guide (2023)

NOTE: This article is updated regularly. Even if you fancy yourself the next Lewis Hamilton, the best way to become a better high-performance driver is to take lessons from folks who know more than you do. That’s where performance driving schools come in: Located at racetracks around the country, these schools feature a curriculum designed to help you master car control on a road course, including turning, braking, throttle application and mental training.

High-performance driving schools differ from true racing schools, though the latter often require that the former be completed first. Driving schools focus on the driver’s relationship with his or her car, with a goal of improving solo lap times. Racing schools are significantly different due to their focus on wheel-to-wheel racing in a dedicated race car.

Bottom line: If you have a 911, M3 or Corvette (or even a beater Civic) in the garage and you want to knock off tenths at a local track day or club event, these high-performance driving schools are a great place to start.

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AMG Driving Academy

AMG Driving Academy

Cost: $1,895

Location(s): COTA, Austin; Road Atlanta; Lime Rock Park, CT; Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA

Car requirement: School supplied -- varying selection of AMG vehicles

Contact information: www.amgacademy.com; (888) 604-1766

School overview: "Five tiers of high-performance dynamic driving awaits. Gain top-level skills from expert instructors. Test the limits of some of Mercedes-AMG's most legendary models and push to finish first in an unforgettable experience that will literally turn you into a fast learner."

Our experience: TBD

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Aston Martin Driving Experience

Aston Martin Driving Experience

Cost: $2,128

Location(s): Millbrook Proving Ground, U.K.

Car requirement: School-supplied

Contact information: www.astonmartin.com/events/driving-courses; events@astonmartin.com

School overview: "During the day, the blend of theory and hands-on practice will allow you to drive in a number of different environments, where you will experience safe high-speed driving, car dynamics on handling and hill routes, and straight-line power delivery and braking on the straights."

Our experience: TBD

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Audi Driving Experience

Cost: $1,995

Location(s): Sonoma Raceway

Car requirement: You don't have to bring your own car

Contact information: simracewaydrivingschool.com; (800) 466-5792

School overview: "The Audi sports-car experience offers you the opportunity to push the envelope of Audi technologically advanced Audi R, RS and S models on one of America’s most challenging racing circuits, Sonoma Raceway, and the surrounding areas."

Our experience: TBD

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Cost: $180-$499 depending on event, location, duration and early registration

Location(s): Nelson Ledges (Garrettsville, OH), Mid-Ohio (Lexington, OH), GingerMan Raceway (South Haven, MI), Pittsburgh International (Wampum, PA) and Putnam Park Road Course (Mount Meridian, IN)

Car requirement: Bring your own

Contact information: www.autointerests.com; (330) 754-3363

School overview: “Experienced drivers can escape high pressure racing and strict clubs to enjoy a safe and simple format. Never driven on a track before? Try our Road Course Acclimation Program! With no exclusivity and no "membership" required, we make it easy for drivers of all makes and models to enjoy themselves. Our events provide a comfortable, fun and safe experience for everyone - from novice to very advanced track drivers.”

Our experience: TBD

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Skip Barber Racing School

Cost: TBD: Skip Barber has filed for bankruptcy and the school is currently in limbo

Location(s): TBD

Car requirement: School-supplied

Contact information: www.skipbarber.com; (866) 932-1949

School overview: "The time-proven Skip Barber Racing formula, experienced behind the wheel of a variety of high performance sports cars. You drive them hard in a multitude of settings: autocross, skid pad and threshold braking zones."

Our experience: We enrolled in the two-day Skip Barber high-performance driving school in April 2016; check out our write-up here.

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Allen Berg Racing School

Allen Berg Racing School

Cost: $1695-$6995

Location(s): Circuit of The Americas/New Orleans Motorsports Park

Car requirement: School-supplied GP Experience includes time in Benetton B198 F1 car

Contact information: www.allenbergracingschools.com; (888) 722-3220

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School overview: "In this fast-track school, you'll learn and apply all of the fundamentals and skills needed to control a very quick formula race car. This program will give you the sort of seat time that it takes to really understand and enjoy the kind of incredible feedback that a real carbon-fiber formula car gives its driver."

Our experience: TBD

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Bertil Roos Racing Schools

Cost: $5,675 for five-day road-racing race week; $3,625 for three-day road-racing school; $2,350 for two-day advanced road-racing school; $1,150 one-day adventure; $545-$525 for half-day adventure; $495 for drive-your-own-car performance-driving class

Location(s): Pocono Raceway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, Palm Beach International Raceway, Dominion Raceway, Roebling Road Raceway

Car requirement: School-supplied or bring your own

Contact information: www.racenow.com or (800) RACE-NOW

School overview: “As a pioneer in the industry, the Bertil Roos Racing School has been training students in the art of motor racing for over a quarter of a century. Graduates of our school can be found at every level of racing, from the hobbyist up to the top levels of professional racing. All programs are 'arrive and drive.' All you need to bring is a positive attitude!”

Our experience: We did the five-day open-wheel school at Bertil Roos at New Jersey Motorsports Park, check out all five pieces here, here, here, here and here.

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BMW Performance Driving School

Cost: 1/2-day car control ($849/$1,699); 1/2-day M School ($1,550/$3,999); Advanced M ($4,999)

Location(s): Spartanburg, SC; Thermal, CA

Car requirement: School-supplied

Contact information: bmwusa.com/pds (888) 345-4BMW

School overview: "The driving school is for those looking to raise their driving abilities by teaching you cornering, braking and wet pavement handling. Teen driving school will throw teens into a variety of high pressure situation where they will learn car control and accident avoidance maneuvers. In M school you'll learn to drift, accelerate, brake and corner around a racetrack at high speeds."

Our experience: TBD

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Bondurant Racing School

Cost: $1,225-$3,999 (SRT 392); $1,650-$2,795 (Viper SRT TA 2.0); $1,650-$4,299 (SRT Hellcat)

Location(s): Chandler, AZ

Car requirement: School-supplied

Contact information: bondurant.com; 480-403-7600

School overview: "Three different types of programs are offered with a variety of cars offered within those programs. There's high performance driving school, Viper SRT road racing, advanced road racing, F3 Mazda open wheel, Polaris off-road driving and advanced teen driving."

Our experience: We visited Bondurant in May with the SRT folks; here's what we learned about taking the school's high-performance driving program.

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Brainerd Raceway Performance Driving School

Brainerd International Raceway Performance Driving School

Cost: $320, you can add another driver for $120

Location(s): Brainerd International Raceway, Brainerd, MN

Car requirement: You (and your additional driver) must use your vehicle

Contact information: www.birperformance.com; (866) 511-7606

School overview: "See what your own car is capable of on the track or take the wheel in one of their race cars. The BIR Performance Driving School has been running for over 20 years and offers the opportunity to drive your car or take a turn in one of their purpose-built race cars."

Our experience: TBD

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Bryon Dorr

Cadillac V-Performance Academy


$2,470 or Complimentary with every new Cadillac V-Series vehicle purchase

Location: Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club, Pahrump, NV

Car Requirement: School-supplied Cadillac CTS-V or ATS-V

Contact Information: https://www.springmountainmotorsports.com/driving-school/cadillac-v-series-academy; 855-556-2878

School Overview: There is no better place on the planet to learn about everything performance that Cadillac has to offer. On top of learning a ton about Cadillac, you’ll also learn a lot about car control, making you a faster and safer driver. The world-class luxury experience throughout your stay at Spring Mountain is the cherry on top. If you don’t already own a V-Performance car, you’re sure to consider one after this program. If you do own a V-Performance car you’re sure to push it much closer to its limits, both on and off the track, which is sure to cost you in brakes, tires and fuel.

Our experience: We attended the full V-Performance Academy -- check out the story here.

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Chin Motorsports Driving School

Cost: $250 and up, depending on level of instruction

Location(s): Multiple events at 15 different tracks

Car requirement: Supply your own

Contact information: chinmotorsports.com; 855.799.CHIN

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School overview: Chin Motorsports provides sports car enthusiasts with the opportunity to drive their own cars at the track, with expert in-car coaches providing advanced high-performance driver training.

Our experience: TBD

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Danny McKeevers Fast Lane

Danny McKeever's Fast Lane

Cost: $995 or $595 if you use your own vehicle

Location(s): Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, CA

Car requirement: Drive your own or use a school-supplied vehicle

Contact information: www.raceschool.com; (888) 948-4888

School overview: "Fast Lane Racing School is one of California's top SCCA Accredited Racing Schools and offers various programs that cater to High Performance Driving, Advanced Road Racing Techniques, and Race Licensure for those seeking the next level of competition."

Our experience: TBD

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Evolution Performance Driving School

Cost: $260

Location(s): Multiple locations around the U.S.

Car requirement: You have to bring your own car

Contact information: evoschool.com; (804) 380-0091

School overview: They have several phases of driving school you can go through, ranging from lower-level car control schools to more advanced sessions. Classes are offered all across the country to anybody who has a car and is interested.

Our experience: TBD

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Ron Fellows Performance Driving School

Ron Fellows Performance Driving School

Cost: $3,895

Location(s): Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club (NV)

Car requirement: School-supplied

Contact information: www.springmountainmotorsports.com; (800) 391-6891

School overview: "Whether you’re seeking improved driving technique, professional racing instruction, or you simply want to drive one of the fastest production race cars in the nation, we have a high-performance driving school to meet your needs. Spring Mountain’s professional instructors are second to none. They will help you test the limits of our cars (and yourself) on an exhilarating, purpose-built road course. You’ll squeeze every ounce of performance out of a car in a safe, controlled environment."

Our experience: We spent an exciting couple of days driving new Corvette Stingrays at the Ron Fellows school: Check out complete details here.

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Ford Performance Driving School

Ford Performance Driving School

Cost: $1,695 for one day; $3,195 for two day

Location(s): Grantsville, UT at the Utah Motorsports Complex

Car requirement: School-supplied

Contact information: fordperformanceracingschool.com; 1 435-277-7333

School overview: Regardless of your skill level or experience, each class will identify your strengths and weaknesses and advance your ability. Start with a one-day school and continue learning by adding additional days. You’ll learn: Fundamentals of track driving from professionals; Proper posture and seating position; Vehicle Dynamics in a safe environment; Heel/toe braking techniques; Setting your track line – corner apex identification; The thrill and joy of performance driving using basic to advanced techniques

Our experience: TBD

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Go 4 It Racing School

Cost: $450 for six hours; $750 for 10 hours

Location(s): Louisville, CO (Some classes offered in Illinois, Oklahoma and Texas)

Car requirement: Can bring own car or use school-supplied vehicle for extra cost

Contact information: www.go4itservices.com; (303) 666-4113

School overview: This is an SCCA full-competition, road-racing license issuing school. You get one-on-one training on a racetrack with an instructor who has been extremely successful in SCCA events over his lifetime. They have a sequence of classes you can take to improve your skills over a few days of training.

Our experience: TBD

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Hooked on Driving

Hooked on Driving

Cost: $250-$650

Location(s): Several locations all over the U.S.

Car requirement: You must use your own car

Contact information: www.hookedondriving.com; (925) 328-0800

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School overview: "Hooked On Driving is primarily focused on providing high-performance driver training for those with capable cars, in the controlled environment of a race course -- with NO competition or training for competition. With a focus on safety, coaching, learning and fun, Hooked On Driving drivers are able to experience their cars at a higher level on a track than would be safe or prudent on the public highways."

Our experience: TBD

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Jaguar Driving Academy

Jaguar Driving Academy

Cost: $895 or complimentary to R owners within 12 months of purchase. If Levels 1 and 2 are registered for and taken together the cost is $2,350. ($1,950 for jaguar R model owners who are eligible for the discounted Level 1 rate of $495)

Location(s): Las Vegas, NV

Car requirement: School-supplied

Contact information: www.jaguarusa.com/experience-jaguar; (888) 535-8588

School overview: "Put a Jaguar XFR, XJR, XKR or F-TYPE R Coupe through its paces under the guidance of our highly accomplished professional drivers. Here's your opportunity to explore the limits of our highest performing Jaguar models on a track and find out what makes these cars so appealing to drive."

Our experience: TBD

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Mid-Ohio Acura High Performance Course

Cost: $650 with your street-legal car; $150 additional for use of an Acura ILX

Location(s): Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH

Car requirement: Bring your own car, or use a school-supplied one

Contact information: www.midohio.com/School/Courses; (419) 884-4000

School overview: "Learn why your vehicle performs the way it does and how to maximize that performance on the street for more driving enjoyment and to be prepared for any emergency situation. This course covers the physics and dynamics of precision driving, then tests participant skills behind the wheel in intense off-track performance driving drills. The highlight of this entry-level program includes an hour-long, on-track lapping session at day's end."

Our experience: We tackled the 3-day Mid-Ohio Acura program and came away with a whole new respect for this highly complex race track. Check out our full writeup here.

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Richard Petty Driving Experience

Richard Petty Driving Experience

Cost: $449-549 prices vary by track

Location(s): Atlanta Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Daytona International Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Texas Motor Speedway

Car requirement: School-supplied

Contact information: www.drivepetty.com/experiences; (800) 237-3889

School overview: "Experience the real-life thrills by riding shotgun in a two-seat NASCAR race car driven by one of our professional driving instructors. Three-lap qualifying run at speeds up to 165 mph. The Ride-Along program is operated at NASCAR racing locations nationwide."

Our experience: TBD

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Porsche Experience Center

Porsche Experience Centers

Cost: $300-$1000 (depending on what car or program you choose)

Location(s): Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA (opening in late 2016)

Car requirement: School-supplied

Contact information: www.porschedriving.com/experiences/driving-experiences; (888) 204-7474

School overview: "Learn about the major performance characteristics of our Porsche cars as we help you learn more about your driving capabilities, improve your safety awareness and techniques while extracting the vehicles performance the way our engineers in Weissach, Germany, intended."

Our experience: TBA

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Porsche Driving Experience

Porsche Sport Driving School

Cost: $1000-$6,600

Location(s): Barber Motorsports Parki in Birmingham, AL

Car requirement: School-supplied

Contact information: www.porschedriving.com/experiences/sports-driving-school; (770) 290-7000

School overview: "PSDS is a great starting point for those that are interested in entering formal racing or just participating in club events. Under the guidance of our Porsche certified instructors , you will learn not only the basics, but the fine points of the race track as well. Perfecting the most efficient driving line, the importance of being smooth, trail braking techniques, heel/toe downshifting and refining your car control skills are all part of the curriculum."

Our experience: TBA

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Road America High Performance Driving School

Road America High Performance Driving School

Cost: $450 per person (school-supplied version); $350 per person (participant-supplied version)

Location(s): Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI

Car requirement: You can bring your own car or use one of theirs

Contact information: www.roadamerica.com; (800) 365-RACE (7223)

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School overview: "Anyone looking to become a better, safer and more confident driver should check out one of the Road America driving schools. Four programs are featured including: Teen, High Performance 1 and 2, and Winter Driving."

Our experience: TBA

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Jim Russell Performance Program

Cost: $395

Location(s): Le Circuit Mont Tremblant in Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Car requirement: You have to bring your own car

Contact information: www.jimrussell.com; (819) 425-5700

School overview: "This program is a day of lapping, with lots of seat time, small group sizes, and the chance to challenge Canada’s premier racing circuit while receiving professional one-on-one feedback from our team of certified race driving instructors."

Our experience: TBD

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National Corvette Museum

Corvette Museum Driving School

Cost: $485

Location(s): Bowling Green, KY at National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park

Car requirement: You have to bring your own car

Contact information: www.motorsportspark.org; 270-777-4508

School overview: "You’ll learn, practice and apply advanced car control skills. This intense program is led by highly-trained classroom and certified in-car instructors and teaches vehicle dynamics, car control, cornering, braking and driving fundamentals in the classroom and on the track."

Our experience: TBD

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RMVR Driving School

Rocky Mountain Vintage Racing Driving school at Pikes Peak

Cost: $350 or $300 if you sign up early

Location(s): Fountain, CO at Pikes Peak International Raceway

Car requirement: You have to bring your own car

Contact information: www.ppir.com; 970-420-8785

School overview: “During this two day school you will participate in approximately 8 classroom sessions and 8 on-track sessions where you will: Receive specific instruction targeted to Precision students; Learn to exercise precise and expert car control; Get specific instruction from a team of expert driving instructors and learn about driving the PPIR track.”

Our experience: TBD

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Lotus Driving Academy

Lotus Driving Academy

Cost: $2,839 for Lotus license 3 day course; $708 for level one course; $993 for level two course; $1,276 for level three course

Location(s): Hethel, Norfolk, UK at the Hethel track

Car requirement: School-supplied

Contact information: www.lotusdrivingacademy.com; +44 (0)-1953-608547

School overview: “At the Lotus Driving Academy you can explore the Lotus range right on the limit, honing and developing your skills behind the wheel and maximizing your driving enjoyment. All of the programs feature 1:1 tuition and they welcome drivers of all levels of experience.”

Our experience: TBD

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Summit Point Motorsports Park - Friday at the Track

Summit Point Motorsports Park - Friday at the Track

Cost: $250

Location(s): Summit Point, WV - Summit Point Circuit

Car requirement: You have to bring your own car

Contact information: summitpoint-raceway.com; 304-725-8444

School overview: “It’s an introduction to high performance driving. It is an instructional event where you can bring your street car for a day at the track. You will receive classroom instruction, skid pad instruction in our cars (including front and rear skid control), and four 20-minute sessions of in-car instruction in your own car.”

Our experience: TBD

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The Drivers Edge

The Drivers Edge

Cost: $305-$335 for a two day school

Location(s): Texas World Speedway - College Station, Texas; Motor Sports Ranch - Cresson, Texas; Houston MSR - Angelton, Texas; Circuit of the Americas - Austin, Texas

Car requirement: You have to bring your own car

Contact information: www.thedriversedge.net; 903 303-3000

School overview: “The first day starts out with driver's meeting. Drivers are already pre-assigned into one of four different levels of run groups with in-car instructors assigned accordingly. Each run group has instructional classes each day in-between their 8 on-track run sessions over the course of the weekend. Each time a Novice or Intermediate driver goes on the track they will have an assigned instructor seated beside them for live feedback, guidance, instruction and evaluation at the end of the course to be able to further guide us in serving your performance driving needs.”

Our experience: TBD

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How much does a high performance driver make? ›

The salaries of High Performance Driving Instructor and Performance Driving Coaches in the US range from $19,050 to $73,610 , with a median salary of $36,680 .

How do you become a high performance driver? ›

How to become a professional driver
  1. Develop your driving skills. To compete against professional race car drivers, you must have excellent driving skills. ...
  2. Join a racing club. ...
  3. Obtain a vehicle and equipment. ...
  4. Obtain a competition license. ...
  5. Practice and train. ...
  6. Look for a team or a sponsor.
Aug 25, 2021

What is HPDE racing? ›

High Performance Driver Education (HPDE) refers to driving schools held on dedicated race tracks designed to teach drivers proper high-speed driving techniques.

How much are driving lessons in Florida? ›

Please give us a call to discuss how we can help you, or a family member, survive Florida's dangerous roadways. Effective 01/01/2022 Lessons are $85/1.5 hours or $110/2 hrs. An Additional Fee of $5 applies to all credit or debit cards.

What is the highest paid driver? ›

Verstappen is F1's highest-paid driver for 2022 with a pretax total of $60 million from his salary and bonuses, according to Forbes estimates. Hamilton, who has been the series' top-earning driver in Forbes' athlete rankings every year since 2013, sinks to second with an estimated $55 million.

How long does it take to become a perfect car driver? ›

"Perfect Driving" is a vague term. If you're talking about Steering / Throttle / Clutch / Gear / Brake co-ordination 1 - 2 months should be enough. More important than that is learning to drive safe.

Can you become a racing driver with no money? ›

Can you become a racecar driver with no money? It's certainly not easy but at the same time, it's not impossible. You're going to need sponsors if you have any chance at progressing through the ranks.

What are the 3 levels of higher driving skills? ›

The 3 levels of driving ability
  • At the base level, there are the operational abilities. These are the physical components of driving, which after many decades of driving become automatic. ...
  • At the second level, there are the tactical abilities. ...
  • Finally, at the top level, there are the strategic abilities.

How much does HPDE cost? ›

How much does HPDE cost? Most one day events are $225 - $325 range for four 30 minute, or five 20 minute sessions (2 total hours of track time per day), and $350 - $700 for two day events. Price is mostly dictated by the cost to rent the track. The more popular the track the more it costs to rent it.

What do I need to bring to HPDE? ›

For the driver, first and foremost, bring lots of water. Racetracks are hot places during the summer and driver hydration is critical. It's also good to bring nutritious snacks like nuts, beef jerky and fresh fruits and vegetables to help keep you going throughout the day. Driving in HPDE takes a lot out of you.

What is HPDE 1? ›

This group is designed for first time track day participants and drivers requiring in-car instruction to understand and learn the basic principles of road course driving. In HPDE 1 you will learn the fundamentals of high performance driving in a controlled environment using both the classroom and on track instruction.

How many lessons do you need to pass your driving test? ›

The average learner needs 20 hours of practice to pass the driving test, in addition to 45 hours of driving lessons. Once you've started learning, ask your instructor for advice about when you are ready to start practising between lessons.

How many driving lessons is enough? ›

If you are a beginner, and have never driven a car before, research from the DVSA (Driving Standards Agency) has shown that on average a minimum of 45 hours tuition with a driving instructor is required to pass your practical test.

How many driving lessons do you really need? ›

As mentioned above, there is no set amount of hours or lessons legally required when you're learning to drive. However, on average, a learner driver needs 20 hours of practice and approximately 45 hours of driving lessons to successfully pass their test. The truth is that everyone is different.

What kind of loads make the most money? ›

The size and weight of a truck load

Heavy-haul loads may require specialized operators, permits, or even heavy-duty equipment. Oversized loads and cargo over 80,000 pounds of gross weight will usually be a better-paying job.

What type of trucking is most in demand? ›

Flatbed drivers are some of the most in-demand drivers in the trucking industry today.

Do truckers make 100k a year? ›

Yes. You can earn $100,000 or more a year as a truck driver. It generally takes a few years, and usually means that you have become a trainer or work as a team driver. Drivers who transition from company drivers to owner-operators often earn more than six figures annually.

Can a truck driver be rich? ›

Some people think with long working hours that truck drivers are rich. Truckers earn a median annual wage of $37,930, which is $4,000 more than the median wage for all jobs, according to the BLS. Only the top 10% of truck drivers make more than $58,000 per year.

How much do truck drivers make a week? ›

Average truck driver pay per mile is between 28 and 40 cents per mile. Most drivers complete between 2,000 and 3,000 miles per week. That translates into average weekly pay ranging from $560 to $1,200. If you drove all 52 weeks in a year at those rates, you would earn between $29,120 and $62,400.

Which driver job is best? ›

3 best-paid driving jobs
  • Tanker driver.
  • Tractor-trailer truck driver.
  • Owner-operator driver.
  • Automobile hauler.
  • Ice road truck driver.
  • Hazardous materials hauler.
  • Heavy equipment transporter.
  • Mining truck driver.
Nov 2, 2021

Can you learn to drive in 3 months? ›

As a rule of thumb, learning to drive takes around 45 hours of professional lessons and 20 hours of practice. That could be spread out over three or four months. The trouble is, everyone is different. There's no guarantee that 45 hours with an instructor will be enough.

How can I get over my fear of driving? ›

6 Key Steps to Help You Get Over the Fear of Driving
  1. Have Someone with You. ...
  2. Take a Driver's Training Course. ...
  3. Stick to Daytime Driving at First. ...
  4. Get Right Back on That Horse. ...
  5. Learn To Love Highway Driving. ...
  6. Listen To Music.

How can I drive a car without fear? ›

How to be a more confident driver
  1. Practice, practice, practice. ...
  2. Know your route. ...
  3. Know where everything is in your car and how it works. ...
  4. Go out on your own. ...
  5. Force yourself to drive somewhere new. ...
  6. Don't worry about other drivers. ...
  7. Stick to the speed limit. ...
  8. Sign on for advanced driving courses.
Apr 30, 2018

Do Race Car Drivers make good money? ›

The salaries of Race Car Drivers in the US range from $19,910 to $187,200 , with a median salary of $44,680 .

Can you make money as a race car driver? ›

Secondly, drivers can make insane prize money from winning races. The higher they rank, the more money they get to take home. For example, in 2022 some reports indicate that the 2022 purse for the league's most prominent race, the Daytona 500, is $23.6 million.

What is the average salary of a Top Fuel driver? ›

The base salary for Top Fuel Drivers in companies like NHRA range from $40,997 to $55,446 with the average base salary of $47,918. The total cash compensation, which includes bonus, and annual incentives, can vary anywhere from $41,258 to $55,970 with the average total cash compensation of $48,240.

At what age do most truck drivers retire? ›

The Average Retirement Age for Truck Drivers

However, according to the OOIDA, most independent drivers plan on retiring at 67 years of age. While the average retirement age for drivers is a good estimate, it does not accurately reflect how individual drivers feel about retirement.

What state pays truck drivers the most? ›



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