kartSTART Unveils Two Accessible Karts for 2019


The popular kartSTART presented by Toyota young driver training program is set to tour Canada again this summer.

“We are thrilled to embark on our ninth season of teaching Canadian youth a little about driving a motorized vehicle,” kartSTART owner Russ Bond said.

In the past 8 years, kartSTART presented by Toyota has given close to 10,000 Canadian youth the opportunity to learn a little about driving a motorized vehicle on their own. In addition, the families that visit kartSTART get to experience the latest Toyota vehicles and safety innovations in those vehicles. The minimum age for the kartSTART experience is 10 years old but there is no upper limit. All ages over 10 are welcome to participate.

“This year is really exciting as we have new locations and a second accessible kart so even more young Canadians can take part in our program” said Bond.

This is our second season of offering a professionally designed accessible go-kart. It is made specifically for children with physical disabilities affecting the lower body so they have an equal opportunity to learn safe driving fundamentals with their peers. This year, we will have 2 of these specially designed go-karts available to be reserved each session.
Hand-Controlled Accessible Go-Kart

The kart looks identical to a standard go-kart, with hand-controlled throttle and braking that has been incorporated into the design of the steering wheel. This year we have also made some modifications to the original design so that a person who uses a wheelchair can participate seamlessly with all the other participants at kartSTART! Plus, they won't feel out of place because we make it our mission to make all participants feel as confident and comfortable as possible while they are learning Safe Driving Habits. The Hand-controlled Karts are available to ages over 14 years. Additional upper body strength is required to control the throttle brake and steering in unison.

The 2019 tour will kick off in Chilliwack, BC on June 29-July 1. From there the tour will continue east with stops in Red Deer, AB; Saskatoon, SK; Winnipeg, MB; Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario.

The eastern leg sees the tour stop at Ottawa, Montreal and then the new venue of Québec City before wrapping up in Halifax in late August.

Please visit Toyota to learn more about their cars and trucks, and the safety innovations in those vehicles.