When deciding whether to buy an electric scooter for your child, you must take your location and the areas available for riding into consideration before the purchase. The child will need dry smooth surfaces to ride their new toy.
There are several good places to ride that are safe for your child in and around neighborhoods. The most obvious choice is the sidewalks in the neighborhood. Because of the low speeds they travel, smooth sidewalks are safer than the road when riding. It also keeps the child away from other vehicles that could cause accidents and dangerous situations.
Nearby parks are also appropriate places for your child to ride his new scooter. Parks have paved sidewalks and trails that are perfect for riding the scooter. Just make sure you teach your child to be courteous to others along the trails. It is very likely the child will meet walkers, bikers and joggers along the way.
The scooter’s quiet motor means your child can hear as well as see others and be aware of his surroundings. Skate parks are also an option. The child must know the rules for the skate parks and if they allow motorized scooters. If so, this is a great place for riders who want to learn to do some tricks on the scooter.
Parking lots are a good choice, but they should be empty, so the child would have to ride when the lot is not in use by vehicles. Some neighborhoods may have a vacant lot nearby giving your child a large open space to ride. Not everyone lives in a neighborhood with sidewalks or near parks and parking lots.
For children living in rural areas, they can ride their scooters on packed dirt trails. You must make sure the trail contains hard-packed dirt and no gravel or rocks. Gravel and loose dirt pose a safety risk for your child as the scooter is meant for these conditions.
Sometimes it takes some creative thinking to come up with suitable areas to ride a scooter. Your home can be an area safe for riding if you have a large patio or unfinished basement. Both are great places to ride on rainy days as well. Other places may be community places such as outdoor tennis courts, basketball courts or hockey rinks. These areas are only an option if the weather conditions are favorable for riding.
Just use common sense when choosing an area for your child to ride and you will find some suitable places.