Safety messages delivered in half-day of fun for whole family

kartSTART, a driving safety program aimed at youngsters and their families, has opened up their reservation books for another season of fun.

The program puts kids as young as 10 into go-karts to show them the basics of driving before heading out onto public streets.

“I always put it into a hockey sense so it’s easier for parents to understand. If you have two 16-year-olds and they want to start playing hockey, but one has been playing since he was 12 years old, and one has never been on skates, it’s easy to tell who will be the better hockey player,” explains Russ Bond on the kartSTART website, summing up the aim of the Toyota sponsored program.

This year, kartSTART will start in Chilliwack, BC on July 7th through to July 10th. It will make its way east though the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and finally the Atlantic provinces, finishing in Dieppe, NB on August 17-20.

Participants (the kids) must be at least 60 lbs and a family member must remain on-site for the duration of the half-day program.

To reserve your child’s spot, head over to the kartSTART website. The cost per child is $79 plus applicable taxes.

UPDATE: Autos.ca readers are eligible for discount for this program. Just add “autos.ca” as the promotional code and the price will be $59 plus taxes. It pays to read!

Full Schedule:

July 7-10 – Chilliwack, BC – Greg Moore Raceway

July 15-17 – Nisku (Edmonton), AB – Castrol Raceway

July 21-23 – Saskatoon, SASK – Martensville Speedway

July 28-30 – Delaware (London), ON – Delaware Speedway

August 4-7 – Innisfil (Toronto), ON – Sunset Speedway

August 11-14 – Saint Eustache (Montreal), Québec – Autodrome

August 17-20 – Dieppe (Moncton), NB – Champlain Motorsports Park




About Mark Stevenson

Mark Stevenson is a former IT professional turned freelance automotive writer and news editor for Autos.ca. He's a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada and former member of the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). Mark spends an inordinate amount of time on motorcycles and resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with his two dogs - Nismo and Maloo. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.