A child’s first set of wheels is a huge stepping stone in their move towards independence. Wheels with a motor are even more exhilarating. Most children are thrilled when they find out they are getting a new scooter, but how do you go about selecting one and make sure your child is safe? Scooters have evolved in the last 100 years from roller skates and a wooden board to what they are today. Although helmets have only been around since the 1960s; make sure to teach your child helmet laws and ways to protect themselves when you introduce their new ride.
There are quite a few scooters out there to choose from and they all have unique characteristics such as number of wheels, color, style, and maximum weight capacity.
Pulse Safe Start Electric 3-Wheel Scooter (3+ years)
With an age limit of 3+, the Pulse Safe Start 3-Wheel Scooter might just be a popular choice for younger children. The licensed character theme choices seem to impress little ones. This scooter has a 6V battery, which will last for approximately 40 minutes of ride time and takes 8 hours to charge. One of the advantages of this scooter is the wide deck for your child to stand comfortably. Children will ride at the low speed of 1.75mph, a safe speed for your little one.
Razor E90 Electric Scooter (8+ years)
The razor E90 would be a nice choice to transition from a kick scooter to an electric scooter. It has 40 minutes of run time after the 12 hour charge time. One nice feature is it has a lighter weight than some of the other scooters out there. It also has a foot brake and can travel speeds up to 9mph with the push button throttle. There is a weight capacity maximum of 120 pounds. Your child will need to give the scooter a kick start so the motor will start and the bike will begin moving.
Razor E100 (8+ Years)
The Razor E100 is a top selling scooter for children. “It takes about 12 hours to charge the 24V sealed battery and has up to 40 minutes of continuous run time, dependent upon the riding conditions,” said Coastal Wholesales. The maximum weight capacity is 120 pounds. There are eight color choices. The scooter can go up to 10 miles per hour when your child uses the handlebar twist throttle to get moving. Another great feature on this scooter is the relatively quiet chain driven motor. The eight inch pneumatic tire helps to make a smoother ride.
Pulse Performance Reverb Electric Scooter (8+ years)
The Pulse Performance Reverb Electric Scooter is another popular scooter and receives excellent reviews from consumers. It takes two hours to charge the rechargeable battery and will run for 40 minutes. The scooter has a maximum weight capacity of 120 pounds. Although the handle bar height is not adjustable, this scooter will most likely make a great scooter for children. The raised rear traction pad on the scooter platform will help keep your child’s feet from slipping. Another safety feature is the hand brake with a switch that shuts down power to the motor when engaged.
Of course, the most important part of purchasing a scooter for a child is safety. It is imperative that your child wears a helmet, no matter what type of scooter is chosen. Head injuries are the most prevalent injury that happens on a scooter, bike, skates, or skateboard. In fact, only about 45 percent of children wear a helmet. The John Hopkins Health Library has some great tips to help protect your child on their scooter so they can be safe and have fun!