Kids’ Go-Karts. How to Choose the Best Go-Kart?
What started as simple soapbox derby challenges in 1934 has evolved into one of the most loved motorsports of all time. More than adults, kids love to race their go-karts. Simple, fun and safe, kids can enjoy the pure thrill of racing without waiting until they are 18 years old. Today, hundreds of thousands of kids from all around the world have made go-karting their favorite activity, and with good reason too.
What are Go-Karts?
Go-karts are scaled down version of cars, particularly Formula-1 cars. For any kid who has ever been to an amusement park and been on the bumper cars, that is what go-karts are. Simple to control and loads of fun, go-karts have become popular with kids all around the world. Best of all, it costs less than their gaming system, requires a fraction of the maintenance and it definitely more fun.
In most cases, there are 2 distinct types of go-karts, characterized by the engine type. The third most simple type of go-carts is pedal go-karts. For any child who loves go-karts, the decision between a gasoline go-karts and electric go-kart is not easy. Fortunately, parental intervention makes the decision easy. The question is, which one is better?
- While gasoline go-karts have higher top-speeds, electric variants offer significantly higher acceleration.
- Gasoline go-karts cause significantly more pollution than electric variants.
- Electric go-karts are heavier than gasoline variants but this ensures better stability.
- Gasoline go-karts are expensive to run indoors due to the high cost of a large and efficient ventilation system.
- Gasoline go-karts have a lower up-front cost and are less costly to maintain.
- Electric go-karts do not require the shifting most gasoline variants do.
One of the main reasons why kids love go-karts is their simplicity, brought on by a multitude of features. The main features of any go-kart include:
Steering wheel – The steering wheel is rather simple and can be replaced very easily, allowing kids to customize their steering wheels.
Paddle Shifters – This feature is only available on gasoline go-karts, normally found as paddles on the side of the wheel. When you hold the clutch down, simply pull on the paddles and your go-kart will change gears. For most kids, their go-karts do not have these shifters, as most junior go-karts are electric based.
Pedals – Kids love go-karts because they provide the thrill of racing without any technicalities. For most, the only pedals they have to press down on are the acceleration and brake pedals. Of course, some go-karts have hand accelerators and brakes.
Support Bumpers – When going at relatively high speeds, it is essential to ensure that your kid’s safety is maintained. As such, you will find different support bumpers around the go-kart. Different go-karts have various bumper designs and are also made out of different materials. However, some may not come with bumpers but they can be installed.
To Go or Not to Go, That Is the Question
More often than not, questions arise whether letting children drive go-karts is a good idea. Of course, you have to decide for yourself. To help make it easier, here is a closer look at the pros and cons of go-karts.
It is incredibly fun
Go-karts do cost a few hundred dollars
Driving a go-kart is easy
Maintaining a go-kart can be budget constraining
Done indoors, it is a safe activity
Not every kid can drive a go-kart safely
A great birthday party activity
Better and more affordable than indoor consoles
They are simple, affordable, fun and a great way for a kid to experience the thrill of driving in a controlled environment. Whether you choose an electric or gasoline type go-kart is up to you. However, one thing is for sure – “if your kid drives a go-kart, he is going to have a great time.”
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