The miniature versions of retail vehicles that are ever-popular with kids are a lot of fun, while also being unbelievably cute – however, they do come with a risk. According to The Atlantic magazine, ride-on electric mini cars are some of the worst offenders when it comes to child injuries from toys, and this comes down to a number of factors. Choosing a product that’s both fun and safe is sometimes not as easy as it seems, and you’ll want to consider a range of factors before spending your money.
Your first concern should be product safety features.
Despite this, currently most reputable and good quality kid’s car brands will come equipped, at the least, with seat-belts and doors.
This will prevent the driver from falling out of the vehicle when reaching higher speeds (sometimes up to 5mph), or when taking tight turns.
More advanced and safety-conscious models come with remote control systems that allow parents to put a brake on the vehicle if they find their child is acting recklessly or about to enter a dangerous situation – consider finding one such product to give you the ultimate peace of mind.
Safety features are important and will often go hand in hand with a quality product.
When this comes to ride-ons, you want to look at a few key factors.
Firstly, look at the build of the vehicle – does it look and feel sturdy? In the hands of kids, these items are likely to get bashed and beaten around a bit and should be durable.
Next, look at the speeds of the vehicle.
Ride-ons typically get a top speed of somewhere between 2.5 and 5 mph – look for this range, and be suspicious of anything slower as poor quality and anything faster as unsafe.
Finally, if it’s a branded vehicle, ensure it’s licensed – an unlicensed reproduction of a major car brand is likely to be fraudulently produced and poor quality as a result.
Appealing to interests
One of the best parts of the ride-on vehicle industry is that there is a huge range of vehicles out there.
These range from cars and semi-trucks through to tractors – meaning that whatever obsession your kid has in the vehicular world, it can be serviced with something they’ll really enjoy.
To add to this, ride-on manufacturers are taking a positive approach towards providing options for children living with a disability.
A 2018 review published for the Journal of Pediatric and Physical Therapy highlighted the positive role these cars are playing in both accommodating disability and also providing a genuine method of independence and transportation for children with mobility requirements.
A ride-on can help to enable your child if they are living with a disability.
Picking the right ride-on will make your kid’s day. Just make sure the product is good quality and safe.
If it’s durable, it’ll last until it’s outgrown.