To safely operate a motor vehicle, it's important to be aware of your surroundings, especially now that stop signs are obsolete and drivers are required to duel at every intersection. Prepare for extreme trips to the grocery store with today’s Groupon: for $37, you get a basic learn-to-drift experience at U-Drift (a $75 value).
The skilled staffers at U-Drift teach unschooled drivers to perform daredevil drifting maneuvers on 200,000 square feet of asphalt practice track, featuring two skill levels of barrel courses and three drifting routes on the main track. Before diving into the action, motorists meet their very own driftmobiles, which will serve as their companions through the entire 20- to 30-minute experience. Once the friendship is forged, an expert drifter demonstrates the ins and outs of performing slick clutch kicks, power-overs, and triple axels, guiding drivers through six practice laps and one spontaneous run into the bleachers. U-Drift recommends checking upcoming schedules before reserving an open track time, as dates of operation can vary.
Although it looks easy in the movies, the automotive technique known as "drifting" is about more than just smoke and burnt rubber, which is why U-Drift employs professional stuntmen to teach students how to throw their cars into controlled slides. Featured in Vegas Seven magazine, the pros at this auto academy teach e-brake and down-shift maneuvers on U-Drift’s 200,000-square-foot track, and offer instruction packages for drivers of every level. Students hop into a rental car, usually a Nissan 240SX, then drift, burn out, or drive with one foot on the dashboard as they cut loose during lessons. The track also hosts free-style sessions during which drivers can bring their own cars for a fee, however cars must pass U-Drift's inspection to ensure they meet drifting specifications.