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Electric driving is fun for more than just grown-ups. There are more and more electric cars on the market for children. But before kids can zip around the house and garden at up to six kilometres an hour, you need to find the best children’s car. Three criteria are especially important.
Electric cars for children are capable of three to six kilometres an hour, on average. This is not particularly fast, but fast enough to make a model with a seat belt worthwhile. This not only protects the child if they accidentally drive into a wall. It also protects them from falling out of the car while they are driving.
A remote control lets you guide the children’s car. This is usually included as a standard feature for beginner models for electric car drivers aged two and above. However, this is not always the case with models for children aged three or five years and older. Yet a remote control option can still be worthwhile at this age. Before buying, consider how good your child’s hand-eye coordination is and whether it would be more fun for everyone if mum and dad could take control - at least occasionally. With some models, you can even intervene in the steering via remote control during free driving.
Automatic brakes in the mini-cars ensure that the electric car brakes as soon as your child takes their foot off the accelerator. On one hand, this is the easiest type of braking and no problem at all for very young children. On the other hand, this automatic system also helps to protect against collisions if the child is distracted and forgets to brake.
There is no need to be concerned about the safety of the motor itself. In these mini-electric cars, they are always installed in the interior of the vehicle where they are inaccessible to the children – and also watertight. To protect the battery, park the children’s electric vehicle somewhere dry after they have driven the last lap for the day.
In addition to safety, the equipment also play a major role. The mini versions are often surprisingly similar to their originals. And as with the full-size versions, they are also available with a variety of extras:
Most models are not delivered ready to drive. This means that before you can use the electric vehicle, you first need to do a little assembly work such as attaching the wheels or mirrors to the sports cars, SUVs, etc. One small safety note: the future racing drivers should try out their driving skills for the first time at home. The electric vehicle can be a challenge for young children’s hand-eye coordination at first.
Thus far (as of April 2019), no independent testing institutes have carried out tests on children’s electric cars. However, alongside the safety tips mentioned, you can also take the following into consideration before buying:
And now: on your marks, get set, go!