Scooters are definitely more advanced these days and come in designs that can perform complicated tricks. When buying a scooter for a child, most parents look into building the child’s motor skills and confidence. During the buying process, one should consider the following;
The physical ability of the child
The child’s physical ability should be a great predictor if the child is ready for a scooter as opposed to the age or size of the child. Children can start using them from two to three years old. Choose a scooter that is age appropriate and matches the child’s weight capacity.
There are different models of kids scooters such as the stunt scooter, kick scooter, caster, snow scooter, and off-road scooter, each performing different functions. The appearance of the scooter should be appealing to your child. Don’t buy a product that will embarrass your child during a great family outdoor fun. A bright colored scooter with reflective elements will make your child visible on the road. Be sure to get a proper assessment of the scooter by trying it out yourself to find out if it stands on its own, if it is fast, glides smoothly over the road with proper hand or foot brakes. Check if it comes with any lighting features or some sound maker that hones when in use.
Scooter wheel design
The overall size of a kid’s scooter is directly proportional to its wheel size. The standard market sizes vary from small to medium and large to very large. Scooters with small wheels are comparably lighter as opposed to scooters with large wheels. This makes small wheeled scooters agile and more comfortable to use. The small scooters can be used in a relatively rough terrain, can brake-hard, and offer fast style of riding for aggressive riders. Large-wheeled scooters take more effort to push and steer and take longer to brake. As a result, these are more challenging for small children to ride. On the other hand, the large-wheeled scooters are more stable due to their extended wheelbase, allowing for better performance on uneven surfaces. Apart from that, the number of wheels on a scooter also matters. For instance, a three-wheeled steering type of scooter is easy to ride and maintain balance compared to the two-wheeled variety.
Scooter size safety and stability
If your child is riding a scooter with a height-adjustable handlebar, keep the handlebars below the height of the neck as a safety measure. If the handlebar is in front of the child’s face or neck during a collision, there is an increased chance of the handlebar causing injury to the face or neck Extra accessories should be factored into the budget. These include the right size of the helmet with straps that fit well under the child’s chin, gloves with good grip, as well as elbow and knee guards or pads.
Apart from the above factors, you also need to remember that scooters for different ages come in different propulsion forms such as kick, electric and swivel. Therefore, when it comes to buying one, choose a scooter that enhances balance, stability, and maneuverability.