Learning to ride scooters can be a huge boost in confidence for kids. Whatever the outcome, they’re going to have plenty of fun whether they’re riding for the first time or have been doing it for some time.
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Benefits Of Riding A Scooter
Some of the benefits of learning to ride a scooter are an increase in general balance, spatial awareness, coordination between limbs and other movements. Confidence can lead to overcoming negative emotions like shyness, and kids learn to be more assertive and forth-coming about their wants, joys and troubles.
Scooter rides are always something kids look forward to; this makes their day more interesting and they remain physically engaged. Usually, neighborhoods have a ‘gang’ of kids riding their scooters; cooperating and making new friendships increase emotional intelligence.
Pointers To Consider When Buying A Scooter For Your Kid
Consider the following factors when buying your child a new scooter.
Age: There are scooters for all age categories – young, teen and even adults. Although inexperienced buyers overlook this fact, you have to take into account the maximum carriage weight of the scooter as well as the height of the handlebar to ensure a proper riding experience.
Tires: There are inflatable tires which gives a comfortable ride as well as those built for speed. Is the scooter meant for roads where there are bumps and other small obstacles or are they meant for smoother riding surfaces? Depending on the usage, you should select the brakes you would want on the scooter.
Material: Inquire about the build material of the scooter. Ensure it is sturdy as kids can wear it out easily with constant outdoor usage.
Let’s briefly get into the main types of scooters available.
Classic: This is the regular one with the standard 2-wheel design that can used daily for school and park trips. They are often accompanied with handlebars that can be folded for storage and transportation conveniences, and brakes on the rear. With the basic configuration, they can get a bit difficult to steer and balance.
Glider: These offer 3 wheels – 2 in front and one at the back for better steering and stability for the young riders. With wider decks, this would be something you should consider when first starting out.
Flicker: These are not your standard fare scooters meant for long journeys. Built for performing tricks and stunts, the riders don’t push against the ground to propel the scooter forward. Instead, they shift weight from one side to another giving the rider a reasonably fun workout.
Besides the above, there are many other factors to consider before selecting a scooter for your child. Like the color (remember it’s for the kids), electric variations and additional accessories. Scooters come in all sizes, for youngsters to teens, so make sure you select the right one for a fun and safe riding experience. Here are 10 Best Scooters for Kids in 2017 for a more detailed look at the top performing models this year.