The Ride On toys and Pedal Cars have no brakes, besides the feet, so avoid hills and bodies of water. If the speed builds the child may not be able to stop and the chance of getting hurt increases.
Making sure clothing is secure as not to get tangled in the drive chain. Shorts or fitted outfits without excess fabric are best.
There are no floorboards, so shoes are a must to protect the feet. Preventing scrapes, skinning, or bruising while driving can be done with foot protection.
It may be tempting to push the car, to help with the get up and go, but don’t push your child’s car, their legs may get bent, run over or tangled. They will learn to operate the car with practice.
The toy cars are close to the ground, and the child needs supervision when in areas where the lifesize vehicles, moving or not, are present. Find a safe place to ride and enjoy being with your child, it is worth it!
If looking at vintage cars, make sure they have been equipped with modern safety features and that they are not painted with lead based paint. Check the moving parts, that all are in working order and make sure the pedals are adjustable for a longer period of use.
Judy Durrett the owner of RidePedalCars.com has said “Our goal is to help parents with some safety tips to keep in mind while searching and making a final decision on a kids car.” Parent-child bonding is a great time and very exciting, especially while watching the imagination at work, coordination forming and energy being burned. New or vintage you are in for a lot of Fun! Fun! Fun!