Auto$mart Facilitator Guide
AutoSmart – a program that gives driver educators FREE,
top-quality tools and resources so you can teach your students about fuel efficiency
and environmental responsibility WHILE teaching them to become the next generation
of safe, informed Canadian drivers.
By the way – thanks – right up front – from the folks at Natural Resources Canada…
for taking on what we consider is a very special, very important role.
And thanks for using the AutoSmart program, too.
We believe it will give you and your students a real edge
over other types of driver education programs.
By the way – this course is fun to teach…
and fun for your students to learn as well.
We’ve just freshened it up with new content,
and we think you will really enjoy presenting it.
So, what’s the point of this course? Simple.
We want to integrate fuel-efficient driving techniques into the core
of your new driver training or driver refreshment program,
so that your learners can:
Describe the effects of driving on the environment
Name the five fuel-efficient driving techniques
Identify the environmental AND financial benefits of fuel-efficient driving;
And know how to choose the most fuel-efficient vehicles
when it’s time to consider lease or purchase.
Everything you need to teach your learners is contained in this kit:
A student workbook with quizzes and exercises: you should have one of these for each student;
An Instructor’s guide – your guide to the course
A set of five short, entertaining, and highly informative videos
A PowerPoint presentation chock full of course content and links and;
An AutoSmart registered magnet that you can affix to the back
of your driver-training vehicle
How AutoSmart Works
We know you are pressed for time in the classroom.
That’s why AutoSmart is divided into five manageable chunks of information
that work progressively toward achieving the objectives we talked about a moment ago.
Module 1 is called “Driving and the Environment”,
and it’s just that: you and your learners will explore the correlation
between driving (and burning fossil fuels) and the health of the planet.
Module 2 is called “Behind the Wheel”,
and it covers five simple driving techniques students
can use to cut their fuel consumption, operating costs, and environmental impact.
Module 3, “The Vehicle for You”, will help your learners
make wise choices when it’s time to lease or buy a new or used vehicle.
Module 4, “Driving Tune-Up”,
is a full review of all the lessons, and a wrap-up of the course.
You can incorporate all or some of these modules into your curriculum in any order.
Each module is designed to be about a half-hour in length,
and all modules are structured this way:
A warm-up exercise (5 – 10 minutes) in the form of a quiz
A theory section (5 – 10 minutes) that can be read aloud or studied by the learners
A video module (3 to 7 minutes) that reinforces the theory
and helps your visual learners absorb the content.
By the way, these videos are lots of fun…
A review activity (5 to 7 minutes) where learners re-visit
the quiz from the warm-up and apply what they’ve learned
A group work section (5 – 10 minutes)
to encourage discussion and dialogue in groups or as a class
Each session wraps with a 3 minute review of key points.
We asked a number of veteran educators to help us make up this section.
Here are their best ideas:
Keep the learning active – use the kit’s elements
like interactive exercises and videos to keep the pace moving and hold interest
Give students a voice – give learners the chance to voice questions,
and get them working together
Build on the students’ commitment to social consciousness –
many, if not most of your learners are already thinking about the environment and doing things about it.
Capitalize on their interests to reinforce the learning of this program
Maintain a positive mood –
show how simple things done individually can make a big difference collectively
Make the connection between fuel efficiency and safety –
fuel efficient driving techniques are always based on the safest approaches behind the wheel
Make the “economic argument” –
the connection between fuel efficient driving techniques and,
as the video modules say, “Money in the bank”.
Remember to accommodate a variety of learning styles, cultures, age
and experience levels with lots of examples and analogies
Give the students the time they need – don’t rush through the content,
and consider adding a bit of additional time beyond the suggested 30 minutes to get the job done
Transfer lesson content over to your in-vehicle sessions –
apply the AutoSmart principles behind the wheel in practical ways
Create a welcoming classroom – and have fun! Excitement is contagious,
and if your learners feel welcome and involved in all aspects of the course,
you will all have a great time while learning.
Remember, a full instructor’s guide is in the kit.
Refer to it for more information and ideas.
Enjoy the course and, once again,
thanks from Natural Resources Canada and the AutoSmart team.