Go-Karts can provide hours of entertainment for children and adults alike. No matter where you go on your travels, you’re likely to find a Go-Kart race track. Building a Go-Kart together can also be a memorable bonding experience for the entire family.
Yes, driving a Go-Kart is lots of fun…but going to the emergency room for cuts, bruises, breaks, and burns is far less enjoyable. In order to make sure your kids have a good experience, teach them the following eight safety rules for Go-Kart use.
1. Offroad Karts – Always, Always Wear a Seatbelt
A Go-Kart is designed to have a light, open frame. It tips over easily during a collision, and you don’t want your child thrown from the vehicle onto the ground or against one of the walls. A seatbelt will keep your child safely inside until help arrives.
2. Wear a Helmet
A helmet can protect your child from a serious head injury in the event of an accident. Like the seatbelt, it should be a non-negotiable piece of safety equipment.
3. Stick to Designated Areas
Make sure your child only uses his or her Go-Kart in areas where the use of a Go-Kart is allowed. Depending on your local ordinances, that probably means he should not be zipping around on the sidewalk in front of your house or, worse yet, in a public street.
4. Inspect the Go-Kart Before Each Ride
Teach your child how to give the Go-Kart a once over for problems like loose screws, deflated or over-inflated tires, fuel leaks, and problems with the frame. If your child has any doubt that the Go-Kart is safe, she should not attempt to drive it.
5. Pull Over If Something Feels “Off”
Your child knows his Go-Kart better than anyone else. This means he may notice a problem with the way it is handling even before an adult realizes that something is wrong. Teach your child to pull off the track and get the vehicle examined at the first hint of trouble.
6. Choose a Safe Speed
Part of the fun of driving a Go-Kart is being able to race other drivers. Nevertheless, teach your child to start slowly if she is navigating a race track for the first time. The speed can come later, once she is more familiar with the layout and the tricky spots on the track.
7. Wear Fire Retardant Clothing
Although Go-Karts don’t carry much fuel, they can catch on fire after an accident. Fire retardant clothing can protect your child from painful and debilitating burns.
8. Avoid Loose, Flowing Clothes
Whether you’re a contractor accounting software programmer or a racecar driver, you’ve probably heard the story about how dancer Isadora Duncan was killed when her silk scarf became entangled in the wheels and rear axle of an Amilcar, breaking her neck. When your child is preparing to ride her Go-Kart make sure her clothes fit snugly and that her hair is tied back out of the way.
If driving a Go-Kart is a favorite hobby of your child, enjoy the activity with him, and be sure he has all the information he needs to stay safe.
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