What Type of Scooter Should I Buy for My Kid?

Kid in Green Shirt on Scooter

Planning to buy a scooter for your kid but unsure as to which one is the right option? When it comes to scooters, there are a lot of different types available in the market. So, yeah, figuring out which one would be the best option for your child can be a little overwhelming. Where do you even start? What are the pros and cons of each type of scooter? These are some of the questions that come up when considering the different options available. And before you make a purchase, be sure to get all the facts and make an informed decision.

Here’s a quick look at the different types of scooters in the market, and how each one differs from the others.

Push Scooters

Push, or kick, scooters are a great choice for younger kids. They offer a lot of control and are one of the safest options out there as far as scooters as concerned. Push scooters are also great for improving your kid’s coordination and balancing skills. They offer a fun mode of transport while requiring manoeuvring and acceleration efforts from the rider. If it’s going to be your child’s first scooter, then starting off with a good push/kick scooter is a great idea.

Electric Scooters

Kid on an Electric Scooter

When you want to teach your kid to be responsible, buying them an electric scooter is a good place to start. Electric scooters can be your kid’s first exposure to a motorised vehicle, giving them a sense of what it’s like to own a vehicle that operates on more than just the kinetic energy produced by your body. Electric scooters are also a great way to educate your child about being eco-friendly, doing their bit to help keep the environment clean. Instilling such qualities at a young age will ensure that when they grow up and it’s time for them to own a car, they will make the right decisions and be a responsible adult.

Freestyle Scooters

Boy Practicing Stunt on a Freestyle Scooter

If your kid is interested in performing tricks and stunts with the scooter, then a freestyle/pro scooter is what you are looking for. Freestyle scooters are specifically designed for performing stunts. Models vary depending on the type of terrain or the kind of tricks that will be done. If you’re planning to buy a freestyle scooter for your kid, be sure to talk to them and find out exactly what they want in the scooter.

Freestylers are very particular about their scooter and it can be very disappointing to your kid if you get him/her the wrong make or model. If it’s to be a surprise, find some clever ways to find out which scooter they’ve had their eyes on without them finding out. Bottom line, freestylers take their gear very seriously. So, do your research and know everything from the model, colour and any other specifics that your child is interested in.

Petrol Scooters

Boy on Race Motorbike

The first thing to remember is that petrol scooters are not toys and should not be treated as such. Petrol scooters are great when your child has to commute a long distance. Doing it with a petrol scooter instead of by foot or a cycle can save considerable time and effort on their part. Of course, the recommended age limit for petrol scooters in many cases is 12 years and above.

They can travel at a speed of up to 35 km/h on average (depending on the body weight of the rider and the quality of the terrain). If you think a petrol scooter would be a useful gift for your child, be sure to train them to use it, and make sure that there are no restrictions placed on the use of petrol scooters in your locality.

Two Kids on Push Scooters

Scooters make for a great gift for a kid. How exciting would it be to zip around on a scooter, with the wind in your face and you feel on top of the world? Scooters are exciting for us adults, so it’s only to be expected that kids would love the experience. But be warned, your child might want to take out his/her scooter every day, come rain or shine. But that’s just what we want for our kids, right? For them to get out and have some fun in the sun. In this digital age, anything that gets the kids to go out and play is a big boon. And in doing just that, a scooter is the perfect gift.