What is Pedal Go-Kart?
A pedal go–kart or go–cart is a small, non-suspension, four-wheeled vehicle whose power source is foot pedals which the rider or riders pedal like a bicycle. Pedal go–karts may be pedalled as fast as the operator’s legs will power it. On a downhill track this can be surprisingly fast.
Beyond the sheer fun of go-karting , there are a number of reasons why it is wise to choose a pedal go-kart for kids under ten.
Why Choose a Pedal Go-Kart?
1. Understanding driving basics
Pedal go-karts are a great way for younger children to learn the basics of driving including steering, forward motion, backward motion all at speeds the child controls.
2. Beginning experience
This type of go-karts offer kids the thrill of driving and being on a track where they have to accommodate other similar vehicles. In a sense, this is a good first driving experience learning to share the roadway.
Pedal go-karts are a fraction of the cost of electric or fuel powered ones. You can get a new vehicle for under $300. Fancier ones liked the Berg Toys Junior Ferrari 150 Italia run about $600. Electric karts run from just under $300 to over $2,000. Gas-powered karts run anywhere from $500 to several thousand dollars for racing go-karts.
In addition to the original cost there are added savings in maintenance. Pedal go-karts are practically maintenance free and fuel costs are nil. Electric carts are high maintenance and batteries are not cheap. Gas-powered go-karts are not as high maintenance but fuel costs are high.
Pedal karts are the safest because the driver controls the speed and stops, and starts. The vehicle will go only as fast as the driver can pedal. Gas-powered go-karts can ignite or explode. Electric carts can short out. Drivers are also required to wear helmets, a good habit to acquire for driving any ATV, bicycle, or motorcycle in the future.
These go-karts are easy to load and unload at the track. One person can move them into and out of a vehicle. They are lightweight and can be moved onto and off the track by pulling or pushing. There are no complicated brake release mechanisms to contend with.
6. Improved depth perception
Beginning drivers get an opportunity to learn about spatial awareness and depth perception in a safe environment. Crashing into other go-karts or the track enclosure is a lot safer than driving on the street or sidewalks.
7. Better hand-eye control
Before children graduate to externally powered pedal vehicles ensure they learn hand-eye control. These kills will also help them in other non-driving tasks.
8. Good driver etiquette
Through operating pedal go-karts on a track, young drivers learn such driver etiquette as: anticipating other driver moves and avoiding collisions, signalling, manoeuvring around other vehicles, judging distance, using your horn to alert other drivers…
Unlike other go-karts, pedal vehicles provide a form of exercise similar to running, or biking.
10. Impulse Control
Driving a pedal kart gives youngsters an opportunity to practice impulse control in a safe environment.
Go-karting provides fun for kids in a relatively safe environment. Pedal go-karts are an excellent first vehicle for children under ten to learn beginning driving, driver etiquette and safety that will make them good car drivers in the future. If you are not sure which type of vehicle to buy read this buying guide. Hope this will help you to make a decision.