Your child is aching for something to zoom through the neighborhood (or just your driveway) on, but they a bike just isn’t going to cut it. Scooters are entertaining, practical, and just plain fun.
Scooters are also really easy to use. If your child just isn’t getting the hang of riding a bike, scooters might be more their style. There isn’t a massive learning curve, which is a huge plus compared to skateboards or bicycles.
To give you a hand, Aosom has put together this guide on scooters!
- Type of scooters
- Adjustable Height
- Your child’s age
Different Types of Scooters
Before you go out and buy whatever scooter looks okay, you should consider the different kinds there are. There are usually four different types of scooters that people look for when buying one for their children:
Three-wheel scooters are perfect for kids just getting the hang of their balancing skills. The additional wheel in the back increases stability to ensure their safety.
Two-wheel scooters have less stability, but that should be no problem for an advanced rider! Two-wheelers usually have a braking system attached to the back wheel. The rider presses a metal bar on top of the back wheel to stop the wheel. Even if they are less stable, two-wheel scooters have safety brakes to keep your child safe.
Trick scooters are usually not recommended for young kids. They are designed to withstand the excessive force caused by skate jumps, tricks, and stunts. While they are incredibly durable and lightweight, they also lack some features you may find necessary.
Many pro scooters do not fold or have an adjustable height. These features may cause weak spots that cannot withstand the excessive force caused by tricks.
Electric scooters are fun just to ride around on – since they require no pushing. Your kid can go around in circles pushed by a motor. However, if you are looking for something that offers more exercise, electric scooters may not be the best option.
Many scooters have an adjustable handlebar height, so you can change the height as your child grows. This is also useful for those awkward times when your child is too big for one size scooter but too small for the next size up.
Additionally, pick a scooter that has soft grips on the handlebars. When your child brakes or rides for a long time, they’ll appreciate the added comfort.
Your Child’s Age
Your child’s age has a significant impact on what scooter is appropriate for them. A heavyweight, two-wheeled metal scooter may not be appropriate for a two-year-old just getting used to standing on her own.
A better scooter for them would be a plastic three-wheeler. It is more lightweight, and the extra wheel offers more balance. The metal two-wheeler would be better for older kids who have more experience riding a scooter.
Of course, just like with any other shopping you do, you should always consider the price. Not just for the sake of your wallet, but the quality of the scooter.
Scooters Costing under $50
You will find some inexpensive models that certainly won’t break the bank. However, that does not necessarily mean they consist of high-quality materials. They may be less durable and offer fewer features than the more expensive models.
Scooters Costing $50-$200
Between $50 and $200 is the typical price range for quality and durable scooters. If you are seeking an average two- or three-wheeled scooter for your child to enjoy for a long time, one in this price range may be suitable.
Scooters Costing $200-$500
Good quality or custom pro scooters are usually priced in this range.
Scooters Costing Over $500
If you find a scooter that costs closer to a thousand dollars, you’ve probably come across a premium electric scooter. These scooters are more sturdy and durable so that they can withstand harsher terrains.
Safety Gear When Riding a Scooter
Scooters are not mega dangerous, but it is never any fun when you do slip and fall. Children younger than age eight should be supervised when riding. To keep them safe and protected, ensure your child:
- Wears properly fitting protective gear such as a helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads
- Wears sturdy shoes (no flip flops or sandals!)
- Rides only on smooth surfaces
- Does not go into traffic
Who Can Ride a Scooter?
The answer is simple: anyone can ride a scooter! Scooters are made for all ages. Since they are so easy to use, even beginners have no trouble figuring it out.
Some adults may think riding a scooter is childish, but there are tons of benefits to them!
They Do not Require a License
Cars and motorcycles require a state license to drive. Scooters do not. If you want to ride an electric scooter, you do not need to acquire licensing.
They’re Great for Commuting
Scooters use either pedal power or electricity to go. Whichever scooter you purchase, it is eco-friendly and great for commuting.
Scooters can be great gifts for your college-age kid! They’ll be happy getting across campus quickly and easily with a scooter.
They’re Great Exercise
Scooters help develop motor skills and improve balance. They’re fun to ride to school, your friend’s house, across campus, or a nearby park.