KIDS ELECTRIC SCOOTERS – 6 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE BUY
Kids electric scooters are increasing in popularity, as are all electric powered vehicles.
Many of us grew up riding traditional “push” scooters, and have fond memories of them.
Today’s electric scooters for kids are safe, fun, and satisfy a child’s need for independence. Many parents are unaware of what they should know if they are considering buying an electric scooter for one of their children.
I have put together 6 tips that will ensure your success in buying kids electric scooters.
#1 Check Weight Capacity Rather Than Suggested Ages
Typically, maufacturers will makes suggestions about an age range for riders of the electric scooter. While this can be helpful, it is not always accurate. My daughter,for example, has a Razor E200S seated electric scooter. Razor suggests that riders of this scooter should be at least 12 years of age. Yet, my daughter just turned 10, and handles the scooter just fine. It is light enough for her to handle, yet sturdy enough to be stable.
Suggested weight capaciites, on the other hand, are important to heed. A rider that is too heavy for the scooter to handle, can damage the scooter in a hurry!
#2 Pay Attention To The Electric Scooter’s Top Speed
Most kids electric scooters have a top speed of between 10-15 mph. While these speeds are safe for children, many kids feel more comfortable at 10 mph than they do at 15 mph.
We considered getting the Razor E100 electric scooter for our daughter. However, it has a top speed of 10 mph, and she felt like she would get bored at that speed. For other children, 10 mph is PLENTY fast!
#3 Consider A Seated Electric Scooter
Riding an electric scooter with a seat comes in VERY handy on longer rides. The Razor E300S electric scooter, for example, has a very comfortable seat. Also, the seat can be adjusted according to the height of the rider, and is detachable.
Basically, you get the best of both worlds!
#4 Buy An Appropriate Helmet
Many helmets intended for use with kids electric scooters have an open face. This is cause for concern when going 15 mph, as debris can fly in your face. “Junior” motorcycle helmets are a good alternative, becuse they have a shield for the face.
#5 Be Aware Of Your Local Laws And Ordinances
Some areas impose restrictions on the use of certain kinds of powered vehicles, such as electric scooters, on certain types of roads and protected areas. Make sure you are aware if any restrictions exist in your area.
#6 Buy Your Electric Scooter From A Reputable Dealer
Check with your local BBB, and make sure your are buying your kids electric scooter from an authorized dealer. Legitimate dealers will stand behind warranties, and offer numerous avenues for electric scooter parts and service.