With summer right around the corner, you’re probably already planning activities to keep your children happy. But with so many choices, where do you start? Going to the park may sound perfect to you, but most kids want excitement. Go-karting is fun and exciting for people of all ages.
But wait! Of course, as a parent, you want to know your children stay safe while having fun. So, what’s the best way to go go-karting? There are a few things everyone—especially parents—should know about safety and maintenance if they or a loved one is getting into a go-karting hobby. Below are a few tips on how you can keep your kids safe.
No Bumping Allowed
Go-karts are not bumper cars, so you need to teach your child this from the beginning. While it may seem funny to bump into another driver, doing so can cause the other driver to quickly lose control, tip over, or crash. Go-karts are made specifically for driving, not bumping into others. With proper protective gear, rest assured that if your child does collide with another driver, they are reasonably safe. The goal is to avoid collisions while having fun.
If your child accidentally drives their go-kart into the barrier, it’s natural that they would want to get out and try to get back onto the course. At times like this, it’s important that they stay in the go-kart until help arrives. Help your children understand that, at the go-kart track, they should wait until an employee arrives to push the go-kart back on track. Your child’s safety is worth waiting a few extra minutes for help. Getting back into the race isn’t worth the possibility of getting run over by another racer.
Whether you’re on the track or zooming down the block, make sure your child wears a helmet and buckles up. Go-karts are equipped with seat belts, so there’s no reason why your children aren’t wearing it. In the event of an accident, being securely strapped in can prevent serious injuries.
Did you know that go-kart accidents can occur even when they aren’t in use? Invest in proper storage for your go-kart, such as a Streeter basic stationary kart stand. Designed to keep the go-kart from rolling unintentionally, go-kart stands prevent moving if someone bumps into it or climbs on it.
Go-karting is both a fun and safe way to spend an afternoon with your family. Make it the most positive experience possible by following basic safety rules while behind the wheel. Take the time to educate your family about go-kart safety, what to do if involved in a collision and how to protect themselves while zooming around the track.