Many of us have seen kids whiz by on hands-free scooters, motorized skateboards or electric scooters. The question is: Can these be considered legitimate forms of transportation? Below are the pros and cons of using a board as a toy as opposed to a form of transportation to get from point A to point B.
Even if used simply as toys, hoverboards can actually be greatly beneficial for children. Hoverboards can be great exercise, especially for core muscles. This can encourage your child to get more activity in their days, rather than staying inside and playing video games. In addition, being on a hoverboard can give children opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Anything that encourages your child to be away from the television and go outdoors is important for their growth and a great way to meet new friends.
As modes of transportation, hoverboards are quite convenient. Hoverboards are smaller than a Segway, making them more compact and light. Hands-free scooters are small enough to stow in a duffle bag, weighing in between 20-25 lbs., so they can be carried by most children ages eight and up. This makes a hoverboard a good way to get to the bus stop if it is allowed in your area. This is a great way to go short distances, with speeds reaching up to ten mph and most can travel up to fifteen miles on one charge.
Moreover, the ease of use for hoverboards is good. With practice and balance and very little effort, boards can be used as a means to get from here to there for your child.
As children grow, it’s only natural that they will outgrow their toys. So you may be hesitant on spending too much; however, hoverboards may last years as oppose to few months to a year for many other toys. Today, a hoverboard can cost upwards of 170 pounds, or as much as two thousand. It all depends on the features and reliability of what you’re looking for in a board.
For transportation, there are always safety concerns when riding a motorized piece of equipment, and a hoverboard in no different. The problem with considering the hoverboard as a form of transportation is that you can’t rely on the people around your child being safe. Furthermore, serious injury could occur if the balance is not maintained. Make sure your child wears all protective gears when riding the board, such as a helmet, knee, elbow and wrist pads, and even padding on the lower back area. You will also want to check that your town doesn’t have limits on where these scooters can be used.
Whether you consider a hoverboard as a toy or transportation really depends on how you intend for your child to use it. You’ll want to weigh the pros and cons to determine if it is suitable for your child just to play with or to get to and from school.
One important takeaway is to check reviews of hoverboards to make sure you’re getting the right one for your child. Here at My Self Transport, we have numerous reviews on what makes a good hoverboard purchase.