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Backgrounder

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) launched the first Auto$mart Driver’s Education kit 15 years ago to help educate novice drivers on the importance of, and relationship between, safe and fuel-efficient driving behaviours. The Auto$mart driver education initiative has evolved over the years as a result of numerous consultations with road safety experts, driver educators and provincial stakeholders.

The Auto$mart program provides driver educators with tools and resources to teach students about fuel efficiency, including lower fuel and maintenance costs, and reduced impacts on the environment. The program was designed to complement and reinforce the safety skills already covered in provincial and territorial driver education curricula.

The latest version of the kit contains a driving instructor’s guide, student manuals, videos and other presentation materials. Depending on the needs of individual instructors, any part of the kit or of the videos can be used to teach students about fuel-efficiency.

The kit contains four modules:

  • the effects of driving on the environment
  • specific driving techniques students can use to minimize fuel consumption, save money and minimize their impact on the environment
  • key automotive technologies that reduce fuel consumption and tips on how to choose a fuel-efficient vehicle
  • a summary of modules one to three so that driver educators with limited time can discuss fuel-efficiency in a classroom setting

NRCan’s goal is to equip all driving schools and educators in Canada with the appropriate tools to teach students about fuel efficiency. The content has been delivered by the Road Safety Educators Association, the Ontario Safety League, master trainers and other industry partners throughout Canada.

To learn more, please visit: http://vehicles.nrcan.gc.ca.

Media may contact: 

Patricia Best
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-996-2007

or

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447