Friday, January 4, 2013

Child Safety Tips for Playing with an Electric Car

Technology has given us so much in the past years. It has made our lives easier, better and more fun! Kids also benefit from advances in technology. They now have electric cars or battery operated cars that they can ride and drive. But, how safe are these toys? If you are planning on buying an electric car for your child, read these safety tips to ensure a fun ride with the kids.

Buckle up

First of all, a battery-powered car usually runs at 5 km/h. If you want a fast car, make sure that it has seatbelts. Well, actually, fast cars should not be driven by children. Skip the speed and go for safety.

Skip the streets

The streets are unsafe for your kids. Don’t let them drive on your street as there are many dangers out there that your kid driver may not be prepared for. Go to the park or designate a safe zone in front of your house where they can drive around in. If you do let them on the streets, make sure that you are there to supervise them.

Build their own track

If you have a big backyard, why not build your kids their own race track? This way you can be assured of their safety. You can use a gravel path or have the track paved but that would probably require a small investment on your part.

Watch out for grown up cars

Your kids can’t easily be seen by adults driving a normal-sized car. They are just not high enough. Tell your children to watch out for grown up cars and get out of the way as soon as they spot them. They should also press on the horn until they get the adult’s attention. Cars that are backing out are also dangers to watch out for. When a car is backing out of the drive away, your child can easily be run over because they are not visible in any of the mirrors.

Watch out for pedestrians

Teach your children to stop when there are other kids or adults crossing the street. They should learn to be respectful of pedestrians. An electric kid car won’t cause serious injuries but it can cause some cuts and broken bones.

Don’t chase other cars

Whether they are on foot or in another car, teach your child not to chase or go racing with other cars. This can also cause injury.  

Driver’s Ed

Finally, a toy car is still a car and there are rules of the road to be taught. Teach your child some basic driver’s education so that he can be safe. Teach him what signs mean, what the traffic lights mean and how to respect other drivers and pedestrians.

A toy car can be a fun learning experience for your child when used properly.

 

 

This article was written by mom blogger Norma Brown. For more tips and ideas for Christmas presents for kids, check out my site. 

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