Carlos Tomas, president of Canada’s first school exclusively devoted to teaching manual shift driving, isn’t just your run-of-the-mill driving instructor. He’s had extensive racetrack and skid pad experience and has taught at George Brown College, Ontario Safety League and Young Drivers of Canada. In addition, he designed and judged the on-road segment of the Wheels/Bridgestone Ontario Driver of the Year Challenge, a high-profile driving contest held between 1990 and 1995 organized by The Toronto Star.
Since 1987, the year he founded Shifters, thousands have grown to appreciate Tomas’ school for what it is—truly unique. Many have literally come from all over the globe to receive instruction.
Why? Well, as one satisfied student put it:
“I never thought learning to drive shift could be so easy!”
“Thanks for not making it scary.” “Having a calm instructor makes a huge difference. Thanks Shifters!”
“I learned a lot more than I had expected. Now I realize that most people don’t really know how to drive a manual transmission.”
“I’m so glad I bought a standard and learned to do it. I was really afraid of it before taking Shifters.”
“I’m glad I did it. It’s always good to know how to drive standard, just in case.”
“It’s a whole lot different than trying to learn from your husband. You guys actually explain how things work!”
- What does the clutch actually do? (February 7, 2013)
- How can I keep my car from rolling backwards when starting on a hill? (February 7, 2013)
- How do I move in very slow bumper-to-bumper traffic? (February 7, 2013)
- Why do I need to downshift when turning? (February 7, 2013)
- Can I brake without depressing the clutch? (February 7, 2013)
- Can I start my car’s engine while it’s in gear? (February 7, 2013)