10 Reasons Why the Lexus Performance Driving School Made Me a Better Driver

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The Lexus Performance Driving School was an incredible experience.Credit: Gigi Leonard

I love to drive. So, a day whirring around a track in a performance vehicle? You can imagine how big the grin was on my face when I rolled down to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, to attend the Lexus Performance Driving School. COTA, as race fans call it, is the only purpose-built F1 track in the US, but it’s used for other races like Moto GP and NASCAR. And, it’s used for test drives, performance driving classes and more. Everyone else drives on it, so why can’t I, and why can’t you?

If you have ever experienced an all-day thrill like this, you know it’s not just for kicks and adrenaline. Sure, we learned to hit the curves on an autocross course, how to approach the apex on a road course and how to drift, all in one day. But the skills learned at programs like this expand our driving education. You hone your skills for daily driving when you attend performance driving school.

Still, it was intimidating. What made it better were the pro drivers and friendly Lexus team who guided us through the experience. They all reassured us that we would be safe doing all the activities, which included autocross in the Lexus IS 500 F Sport, road course laps in the LC 500 and a lesson in drifting in the Lexus RC F. I was there with consumers who paid $1,195 for the experience. There were a few folks who were nervous, but as the day progressed the worry lines on those faces were replaced by smile lines.

So, what was the day like at Lexus Performance Driving School, and what did I learn?

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Warm Welcomes Abound at the Lexus Performance Driving School

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Learning the Fundamentals of Driving at Lexus Performance Driving School

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Precision Matters On Every Road

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Keep Safe Intervals — So You Don’t *Tap* the Bumper of Your Lexus

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Maintain Your Energy Behind the Wheel

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Learn to Trust Yourself Behind the Wheel

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The Cars are Capable Can Be Gorgeous, Too

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Your Car’s Safety Features: Like Having Your Mom Protecting You

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Reinforce Your Initial Driving Lessons

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The Ultimate Benefit of Lexus Performance Driving School? Fueling Your Passion

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