& Skid School

Driving Academy, LLC

First Gear


Safety is Our Priority!

About us

Michal Michalkow, Owner

Michal Michalkow has been serving the public as an EMT for 12 years starting in New York, New York and then moving to Colorado in 2003.  His career has given him extensive knowledge in operating emergency vehicles under all kinds of circumstances and in all weather conditions. After being called on and attending hundreds of accidents, Michal realized that many could have been prevented if the drivers had a little more knowledge and experience. He decided to combine his two passions, saving lives and driving, and opened First Gear Driving Academy to help others prevent what could be another very dangerous situation on the road and to keep all of our drivers safer. Michal has been certified as a SkidCar Instructor by the Adams County Sheriff's Dept.

John Reynolds, Instructor

John Reynolds our instructor has been in the transportation system for 27 years. His experience has been over the road tractor trailer driver and expediter services in 48 states and 4 provinces of Canada. He has logged over 2 million accident free miles.   These miles came in all terrains and conditions. During this, he has seen the need for Skid Control training to improve the skills of old and new drivers in all conditions but more in the inclement conditions. John is very eager and happy to share all of his driving knowledge with our students because safety is something we must never be complacent with.