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Dadco Hobbies & Wheels Safety Guide for Using Ride-On Cars with Your Kids

Have you recently purchased a ride-on car, motorcycle, kids ATV, or truck for your child? These toys provide tremendous entertainment and build lasting positive memories for your kids. As their caregiver, there are ways you can ensure that they are safe while they explore the outdoors on their new ride. In this blog post, we will provide you with safety tips for using ride-on vehicles with your little ones:

1. Wear Safety Gear

One often overlooked safety rule with ride-on cars is using appropriate safety gear. We recommend that your child wears a helmet and closed-toed shoes while operating their ride-on car. Additionally, elbow and knee pads can be worn. For units with seat belts, ensure it is buckled and adjusted to your child each time they drive. These items help to protect them from injuries in case of a fall or collision.

2. Choose the Right Riding Surface

Ride-on cars operate best on flat and even surfaces, free from large debris and obstacles. Avoid steep slopes, hills, and overly bumpy terrain, as these areas can increase the risk of an accident.

3. Supervise Your Child

Children should always be supervised when they're using a ride-on car, especially in unfamiliar surroundings. Avoid high traffic areas so that your child can learn freely with less risk of collision. Do not allow your child to drive on the road or around adult vehicles. One of the best places to let your kid learn to drive is in an open field where they can get familiar with the operation of the vehicle.

4. Use Your Parental Remote

Parental remotes are easily one of the most important safety features in modern-day ride-on cars and power wheels. If your child's ride-on car comes with a parental remote, be sure to have it in your hands at all times when your child is driving. There is an emergency stop button and the option to completely control the vehicle's speed and direction. You should be ready to use these features at any time. Make sure to change the batteries of the remote regularly. Additionally, ensure you are following close enough behind your little driver so that you are well within the range needed to control the ride-on car.

5. Follow the Age Recommendations

Each type and size of ride-on car has been designed for the age groups they are best suited for. Be sure to follow the age recommendations for the ride-on car you have chosen. This ensures that the car is safe for your child to use, and they can handle it adequately.

6. Teach Safe Driving Habits

By teaching your children proper driving habits at a young age, you are setting them up for a lifetime of safe driving skills. Teach them to keep their hands on the steering wheel, to look both ways before crossing intersections, to avoid sudden turns or stops, and to follow the rules. Safe habits prevent accidents.

7. Maintain the Ride-On Car

Regular maintenance is crucial to keep your child's ride-on car in good condition and to ensure its operation is as safe as the day you bought it. Make sure to check the battery, tires, and other parts of the vehicle on a regular basis to troubleshoot and ensure everything is in working order.

By following these simple safety tips, you can ensure that your child is going to make amazing memories with you all summer. Not only will these preventative measures help to avoid accidents and injuries, but you will have peace of mind knowing that your child is exploring the outdoors safely.

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