For most kids, getting their first car is a landmark in their lives, whether new or second-hand. These days, it’s not uncommon for kids to look forward to getting a scooter instead. It’s amazing that kids are getting more environment-savvy than adults and have a keener sense of practicality than being just a social show-off when attending parties.
A bike for your kid remains the best option if your family lives close to your kid’s school, say less than a kilometer or two away. Anything farther than that will certainly exhaust your kid unnecessarily and a small powered scooter can be a better and more practical alternative. Here are come things to consider when getting a scooter for your kid.
Safety is always the over-riding concern when getting the scooter for your kid. There are electric scooters on the market that are quite safe and are primarily designed for kids to start with. You can read a number of consumer reviews online to get a good handle on them. Otherwise, a typical 50cc scooter capable for reaching 30-35mph is the best option. For schools, within your neighborhood or village, you don’t need anything more powerful than this, even for adults. Kids often get into the temptation to max bikes and scooters so that a modest one should put them within a safe riding speed even when maxed out.
Get the accessories the kid needs for safe ride. That includes a helmet, elbow and knee pads and even a pair of gloves -things you’d also get when buying a bicycle. Check out the storage compartment to ensure that at least the helmet fits so the kid can leave it there when going to the classroom. In addition, you may want to consider getting an accessory compartment which can be large enough to accommodate books as well as a rain jacket.
The last thing you should do is get a scooter that’s too big or too small for the kid. There are models out there that are meant for grade schoolers and those that are large enough for teeners and adults. Get one that’s meant for the child’s age group.
Pricing and Reliability
Once safety is out of the way, your next consideration is getting the best value for your money. You certainly can’t go wrong with the more established brands like Yamaha, Honda or Suzuki out there. If you can afford a Vespa, that’s another brand to consider. Do some research online on the various makes like Direct. Be wary about some unheard-of brands that are often cheaper. Do more online research or ask around for information if you plan on getting cheaper brands.