The Ultimate Guide To Kids Cars

When it comes to children’s toys, kids aren’t really that picky. Give a child any toy, and they’ll already be more than pleased and happy. For parents or adults, however, you have to be a tad bit more selective with the toys you’re buying or gifting your kids. Play is an important part of learning and developing social, motor, and cognitive skills, so you’ll want to be sure that the toys can actually contribute to their intended purposes, while at the same time allowing kids to have fun.

One of the best toys are kid’s cars. Nowadays, those cars come in a diverse range of models and sizes. They give kids a feel of real driving, and girls and boys alike enjoy using such toys!

Ride-on kids’ cars come with quite a hefty price tag, so it’s very important to be equipped with an informative guide before you even buy one. Here’s a video of a sample car you may want to consider buying, just so you know what you’ll be looking for in the shops:

Then, continue reading this article for a more comprehensive guide.

Consider Your Child’s Age And Size

There are many different electric kids’ cars out today on the market. Each has its own pros and cons. But, a good starting point to narrow down your options is to choose according to your child’s age and size. Generally, you’ll want to choose a car size in which your child can comfortably fit and one that they can maneuver with ease. However, it should also be big enough that they can still use it for at least one to two years more.

Apart from the size, here are other useful tips to remember, taking into consideration your child’s age:

  • Don’t go for a manual steering option if you have a very young toddler, as they may not have a strong grip yet.
  • Don’t give a car that’s meant for smaller kids, even if they still fit in it, as this car won’t be able to stimulate your child’s thinking and play-pretend ability.
  • Don’t go for a car that can’t support outdoor play, meaning it can’t withstand your garden’s terrain.

Ask About The Battery Size And Number Of Motors

If this is your first time buying an electric car for your kid, then you’ll need all the explanation and assistance from the sale representative regarding the number of motors and battery size. This is very important as it’s the motor that makes the car’s wheels move forward and backward.

Here’s a brief explanation of the difference between single-motor and dual-motor vehicles:

  • A single or one-motor ride-on car slows down depending on the child’s weight. Typically, this is best for children below 15 kilograms.
  • A dual or two-motor ride-on car has a motor on the left back wheel and another one on the right back wheel. Because of this, the ride will also be smoother. If your child is around 18-25 kilograms, then a dual motor ride-on car is the best choice.

As to the battery size, the general rule to follow at all times is that the bigger the batter size, the better. 12V is usually the most ideal for kids’ ride-on cars. If you want a car that’s larger and sits two children, a 24V is your best bet.

Ask About The Safety

Whatever choice you go for, never let all the other features be at the expense of your kid’s safety. In fact, safety should always be top priority. No toy is 100% safe for any child, but, at least, look for one that has the best safety features. This means that the car you go for must be one that minimizes the likelihood of injuries to your child.

Here are some useful tips to have in mind:

  • If you’re going for a foot-powered vehicle, choose one with a slow speed but a high-powered brake, to ensure ease of use for your child.
  • If you’re going to buy a tricycle or motorbike-type of ride-on vehicle, a sensible and easy-to-apply brake component, both by hands and feet, is best.
  • Make sure the car’s battery is always inaccessible to the child.
  • Never buy a ride-on car without any seatbelt in it, especially if you’re buying a used vehicle.
  • Purchase safety add-ons, like knee pads and helmets, just to give yourself that added peace of mind.

Key Takeaway

When you come to think of it, ride-on cars have really become quite popular with children. If you get a good-quality one, a toy car can also be an investment as your kid can enjoy it for many years to come. Apart from the inherent fun factor, kids’ cars are also quite educational. These can exercise their minds as they properly maneuver the vehicles. These can also give kids that sense of adventure. Especially when you have the yard space for it at home, a ride-on car is definitely one for you to consider buying for your child.

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