"Advanced driving courses teach vehicle dynamics, skid control, proper reactionary techniques to road hazards, proactive hazard evaluation, and so on; they cost $300 here, and you can go all the way to $1500 for driving/racing combined classes"
That's cheap. Here in Netherlands, a regular driving license will cost you around 30 hours(*) of instruction, plus 10 or so hours to study the traffic rules in all kinds of edge cases, and about 1500 euros for instruction, theory exam, and driving exam. It doesn't include skid control.
Traffic fatalities (per capita) are a factor 3 lower in Netherlands and Germany, compared to the US.
(*) it took me more like 75 hours of instruction and considerably more money... started at later age and generally bad body coordination/multitasking....