Does your kid love cars? Do they have a passion for racing? Or, do you think it’s time to start them on some light and fun exercise regimens? If so, then a pedal go-kart won’t be a bad idea for their Christmas or early birthday gift? Read on for a guide on selecting the best car for your youngster.
Pedal go-karts can provide hours of entertainment and exercise for your kids, both indoors and outdoors. They’re cheaper and more sedate than traditional rechargeable or petrol-engine go-karts. That’s because they have no fuel or recharging costs and can stay in shape longer with minimal maintenance. The other advantage of pedal go-karts is their slow speed; they can barely accelerate faster than regular bicycles. Therefore, your kids will have a favorable environment to grasp the basics of driving at their own pace and with less exposure to accidents and injuries.
The biggest challenge most first-time go-kart buyers face is how to identify the perfect car for their youngsters. And reasonably so—there are tens of go-kart options, and each of them has its unique sets of pros and cons. If you’ve found yourself in this predicament, worry no more. By the end of this article, you’ll have a firm grasp of go-karts, how to pick the best one for your kids to ride on, and selection tips.
Different Types of Pedal Go-Karts
Aosom has broadly categorize pedal go-karts based on three aspects:
Pedal go-karts come in different sizes and heights. Selecting the correct height is essential to enable your kid to begin using the car straight away. You might also want to ensure that the go-kart has an adjustable seat so that the child doesn’t have trouble reaching the pedals due to height constraints.
Most manufacturers categorize pedal go-karts into sizes according to age. The two main age groups include:
- Pedal go-karts for children aged 2-5 years: These are two, three, or four-wheeled ride-on toys, little tracks, or balance bikes for kids who are still working on their motor development skills. You can use them to encourage kids to have fun outdoors to gain confidence and grasp more skills.
- Pedal go-karts for children aged 5-10 years: Once your kid has mastered confidence and acquired considerable skills, you can introduce them to more advanced go-karts. These cars allow adjusting the seats to higher heights and can accelerate a little faster. Depending on your kid’s mastery level, you can acquire a go-kart without a freewheel facility.
Here, the focus is on how the car looks. We recommend allowing the kids to select their preferred colors and styles for a personalized experience. You may only have to chip in when it comes to more complex factors like the go-kart’s construction quality and chain-driven mechanism.
Pedal go-karts have different safety features depending on their age levels. Look out for impact absorption strips, freewheel facilities, tire types, and the car’s height. Closely related to safety is comfort; the kid shouldn’t have trouble riding on the go-kart.
How to Pick a Suitable Pedal Go-Kart?
As we said, there are so many pedal go-kart options in the market that finding the perfect one for your kid can sometimes be tricky. Its, therefore, crucial to know what to look for in a go-kart.
Most first-time buyers primarily consider the car’s price. While this is a good starting point, it shouldn’t be the only consideration. Cheap is often expensive, and it’s not any different when it comes to pedal go-karts. If you only consider the price, you may end up buying an inexpensive but substandard car that won’t last for long or lacks the necessary safety features.
We often advise our clients to go for clients that give them the best value for their bucks. Some factors to consider include:
- Safety: Naturally, the first and most essential consideration is the go-kart’s safety—you don’t want a car that will have you constantly worrying about your kid falling or getting injuries. Does the kart have a handbrake for an instant, unsophisticated braking, or an inbuilt drivetrain to enable slowing down through backpedaling? Some cars also have absorption strips and freewheel facilities for extra protection in case the kid loses balance.
- Tires: How thick are the tires? Generally, wider tires are the best; they offer better grip and additional comfort. Also, ensure that the car’s tires—and any other parts—are readily available in your locality. You don’t want it lying idle in the garage because you can’t find tires to replace the worn-out ones.
- Construction quality: Chunky, solid frames generally provide better stability. Also, carefully examine the joints. The stronger the joints are, the better the car can hold up in an accident or any other unfortunate event. If the seller doesn’t have a return policy, we recommend examining the car in the flesh before purchase.
- Height and weight limitations: Some go-karts come with height, age, and weight restrictions. Staying beyond these guidelines may cause the car to underperform or malfunction. Therefore, before buying a car, you might want to check its weight and height maximums against your kid’s size and age.
- Environment: Not all pedal go-karts are suitable for indoor or outdoor use. While most are ideal for both, others are environment-specific. Check the manufacturer’s usage instructions or liaise with the customer support team to find where your kids can ride the car.
Selection Tips for Pedal Go-Karts
- Ensure that the go-kart has all the necessary safety features. These include, but are not limited to, a handbrake, an inbuilt drivetrain, freewheel facilities, and absorption strips.
- Make sure that the go-kart’s frame comprises solid and chunky materials that will guarantee stability. The material’s strength and quality also affect durability.
- Find a go-kart with an adjustable seat. Without adjustability, your kid cannot use the car as they grow and become taller.
- Remember to store the go-kart in a cool and dry environment and clean it regularly. Also, don’t let it stay idle for a long time as this encourages rusting of metallic parts.
- Before you buy a pedal go-kart, check its usability—can your kids ride on it indoors or outdoors, or both.