In Britain and some of its colonies, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is a premier driver training school for 'post-graduate' work - i.e. to attend after you've got your driver's license plus a certain amount of experience. I did their basic course in South Africa during the early 1980's, and found it very helpful (although since then I'm sure I've picked up more than enough bad habits).
Miss D. and I would like to do some training like that, both to refresh and improve our driving skills, and also as something we can do together. However, I'm having trouble finding suitable facilities and programs in Texas or nearby states.
- Advanced Drivers of America claims to offer an IAM-type course in this country, but they don't respond to e-mails, which isn't very helpful.
- There are several performance and racing schools (e.g. Bondurant, Skip Barber, etc.). They look like a lot of fun, but I'm not sure their training is all that practical for non-racing purposes. They also tend to be very expensive, which we probably can't afford.
- Some schools appear to offer only specialized training (e.g. skid pans, off-road rallying, etc.). That's useful, but it's too limited for what we want.
- Online searches don't yield much else, apart from remedial driving courses for those convicted of motoring offenses, which isn't the case for us.
Can any of my readers recommend courses for people wanting to become better, safer, more competent drivers overall, improving their existing skills (and perhaps learning new ones that are useful on normal roads, rather than racetracks)? Offerings in or near Texas would be most useful, but we can travel if we have to. Please let us know about them in Comments. Thanks very much.