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On fear and loathing of stick-shifts: How One Instructor Eases the Pain

By Bill Taylor The Dodge Colt Turbo is like a rocket-propelled rollerskate, tiny and volatile. Lots of white-knuckle fun, but the last car you’d expect a driving school to use. There again, Carlos Tomas doesn’t run just any driving school. He calls his operation Shifters. He takes licensed drivers whose idea of motoring is to…

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The Toronto Star: Identity Threat and Act to Avoid Road Mishaps

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By Carlos Tomas Special to The Star Nine out of 10 accidents happen to so-called “average drivers” when they fail to identify a situation’s accident potential or respond to it correctly. Now, thanks to the accident-proofing techniques employed by expert drivers from around the world almost anyone can drive safely, efficiently and accident-free. Another bonus…

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The Toronto Star: This School Gives ’em the Gears

This school gives ‘em the gears By Linda A. Fox Call it a “driving” ambition but I’ve always wanted to walk into an upscale dealership and take a snappy, imported sports car for a spin. A few days ago, I finally did it. Top down; wind in my hair. A dream come true. What prevented…

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The Toronto Star: Drive Smart, Drive Green

Means and Ends Jody Ness Ease up and take pressure off you and environment. My 13-year old friend, Sarah loves to roller-blade she is also far ahead of me when it comes to environmental issues. Recently she questioned whether my test-driving cars all the time wasn’t potentially an eco-problem. Add to this the growing concern,…

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Globe and Mail: Megawheels – Mamma Mia! Tanya’s shifting gears!

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Specialized driving school gives actress the method for performance in traffic BY STEPHEN WICKENS Nicole Robert can’t say that finally learning to drive a manual-shift car this spring has helped her to play Tanya in the hit musical Mamma Mia! But it sure makes it easier to be herself in the real-life world of Toronto…

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The Globe and Mail: Megawheels – A Heavy Foot and Winter Don’t Mix

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Globe and Mail Megawheels – SAFETY A Heavy Foot and Winter Don’t Mix By Carlos Tomas If it makes sense to drive smoothly during winter what causes so many people to resort to the heavy hand and the heavy foot? Late perception equals late response which equals abrupt response. Dry roads will often excuse poor seeing…

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