KartSTART presented by ToyotaDisclosure: We received a free ticket for this event in exchange for a review. Would you seriously turn down this opportunity for your kid? All opinions are our own.
Early adoption of safe driving habits puts future drivers on the right track. That's the aim of the KartSTART program.
"I'm going to get half my license today!" Daniel, 10, was so excited to go Go-Kart driving today, he was nearly jumping out of his skin! He even wore his Mario KART shirt to get ready.
About our DayUpon arrival we were treated to a pizza buffet. Friends who went the day before told us to go a few minutes early so there would be time to eat before suiting up. Then, each of the drivers were given a suit and a helmet before they were walked through the basics of how to drive the go-karts.
The entire session was completely safety orientated. Drivers learned hand signals from the coaches, they learned what to do in they "spin out", and how to drive responsibly. It was VERY impressive.
"Now I know how a Storm Trooper Feels!"From there, the drivers were taken out in groups to the racetrack. For us, we were at the Scotia Speedworld across from the airport in Halifax. We've been here lots of times for Monster Jam, but this was Daniel's first time to be on the track! One-by-one, each of the drivers were individually coached, and they were given a chance to test the brakes, and gain confidence. Then, the drivers were divided into groups, by what appeared to be by age and ability. There were a few adults grouped together, and Daniel was with the youngest set of youth. An instructor leads the group around the track, while other instructors are going by on ATVs to give advice and to make sure everyone is safe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGg_qr30788&feature=youtu.be Each group stayed within their ability and comfort level, each going a different speed. Daniel was so nervous, he said at first, because he didn't know what to expect. To calm himself down, he reminded himself of a Spongebob episode where apparently, one of the characters is taking a driving test and says,
"Keep your eyes on the road. There is only the road."He also wrote a haiku to prevent him from getting nervous:
Driving a go-kart at Toyota's fun KartSTART I am driving well.Drivers get 2 15-minute sessions on the go-karts. The second time round, Daniel was a pro! He knew what to expect, they could go much faster, and he was so confident.
"I loved that so much!"