Hagerty has joined forces with the Skip Barber Racing School (SBRS) to offer the Hagerty Driving Academy – a series of nationwide events aimed to teach safe, proficient driving skills, including the art of driving a manual transmission. The partnership aligns with Hagerty’s mission to save driving and preserve automotive heritage.
“Hardly anyone teaches driving a manual transmission anymore,” said McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty. “But we think it’s a fantastic skill for all drivers to have. We also think they need experience in the kind of crash avoidance techniques that Skip Barber Racing School excels at teaching. This partnership is all about safety, education and fun.”
According to Hagerty, participants will be able to practice vehicle avoidance with exercises such as panic braking and emergency lane changes, as well as how to properly correct a skid, practice slides and recoveries, and the basics of operating a manual. Participants will also be introduced to performance driving on an autocross course and will spend time behind the wheel of a variety of classic cars.
A series of more than 40 events will be offered annually at iconic tracks including Road Atlanta, Lime Rock Park, New Jersey Motorsports Park and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Select events will be offered free-of-charge for Hagerty Drivers Club (HDC) members. As Hagerty Drivers Club discount partner, members will also receive a 20 percent discount on most Skip Barber Racing School programs.
The first Hagerty Driving Academy will be held April 3rd at Sebring International Raceway.
For the 2019 Hagerty Driving Academy Powered by Skip Barber Racing School schedule, see the Hagerty Driving Academy.