kartSTART Presented by Toyota is a unique family driving education program that travels across Canada every summer (see our schedule here). kartSTART is designed to give kids, teens and their families a true, real-world understanding of the physics behind driving motorized vehicles.

This course gives children and teens as young as 10 a driving experience in a vehicle that fits them — our go karts. The driving experience includes: interactive safety briefing by professional driving instructors including one-on-one interaction; use of a professional racing kart; Snell approved helmet, and CIK racing suit. Karting participants take part in safety oriented lead/follow sessions with our instructors. Families will experience our Toyota Safety Sense demonstration exercises that are fun for the whole family. And of course we include a catered lunch for all attendees.   REGISTER NOW

Our goal at kartSTART is twofold. First, to give young drivers an initial understanding of driving a motorized vehicle., and then to give them their first experience behind the wheel.

Secondly, to give the entire family a better understanding of current Toyota Safety Sense safety systems available on Toyota vehicles. Find out more about the Toyota Safety Sense systems at www.toyota.ca

ALL ON THE SAME TRACK

An accessible go-kart, designed specifically for youth living with physical disabilities affecting the lower limbs is now available so everyone has an equal opportunity to learn safe driving fundamentals with their peers. 

The accessible kart is looks identical to a standard go-kart, with hand-controlled throttle and braking that has been incorporated into the design of the steering wheel.  A specially reinforced transfer seat gives anyone using a wheelchair the ability to easily move themselves from the chair into the accessible kartSTART go-kart.

Everyone should get to experience the freedom of movement, and with the accessible kart designed for youth living with physical disabilities affecting the lower limbs, this is possible. Watch Taylor's story to see how kartSTART presented by Toyota puts everyone on the same track. Together, we're breaking down barriers to movement.

kartSTART Presented by Toyota is an ASN Canada FIA Safety-endorsed program.

Overview of a typical kartSTART Session

Morning Session

8:30 - 8:45  Guest arrival & Sign in ( Coffee & Snacks for all)
8:45 am – Equipment assignment
9:00 am – Classroom safety briefing from Russ Bond/head instructor; outdoor safety briefing and kart fitting; participants split into groups
9:30 am – Lead-follow sessions in karts (two 15-minute sessions per driver)
10:30 am – Toyota Safety Sense briefing
10:45 am – On track Toyota Safety Sense demonstration for everyone wishing to take part (parents and kids)
11:30 am - Noon – Lunch provided for morning group and their families/friends

Afternoon Session

Noon -12:30 — Guest arrival & Sign in 12:15 - 12:45 pm — Lunch provided for afternoon group and their families/friends
12:45 pm – Equipment assignment
1:00 pm – Classroom safety briefing from Russ Bond/head instructor; outdoor safety briefing and kart fitting; participants split into groups
1:30 pm– Lead-follow sessions in karts (two 15-minute sessions per driver)
2:30 pm – Toyota Safety Sense briefing
2:45 pm – On-track Toyota Safety Sense demonstration for everyone wishing to take part. (parents and kids)