Across the United States, schools that specialize in performance driving offer courses that include instruction in open-wheel race cars, rally competition, winter drifting, evasive driving maneuvers, and even four-wheel-drive rock crawling. As for the curriculum, students can expect coaching on the importance of vision, progressive throttle input, the often-overlooked principles of braking, selection of the proper driving line, and how to cope with—and control—understeer and oversteer.

Everyone from teenagers who just earned a license to longtime amateur enthusiasts to professional racers can benefit from purposeful exercises intended to hone such fundamentals. What’s more, the training at any of the following academies is intended to also make you a safer driver on public roads—and that’s always a win.