Kid’s electric toy cars offer a fun and safe way for children to play and learn while they drive. These cars come in different shapes and sizes, with various features and accessories to match the needs and preferences of kids of all ages.

Buying a ride-on car can be a tricky process. But, with the correct information and guidance, you can find the perfect one to provide hours of fun and thrills for your child.

This guide will answer everything you need to know about kids ride-on cars. We will cover the different types and features available, age appropriateness, safety considerations, and cleaning and maintenance tips to help you make an informed decision and ensure that your child has a safe and enjoyable experience.

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Part One

What are the Recommended Age Ranges for Kids’ Electric Cars?

The recommended age range for kids’ ride-on cars is generally 3 to 8 years old. 6-volt toys are great for very young children, while 12v and 24v vehicles are suitable for slightly older kids. Although it is worth keeping in mind that non-electric push-along ride on cars are suitable for toddlers aged 1+.

It is essential to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for age appropriateness, as some toys may have specific age guidelines due to the vehicle’s size, voltage, and other features.

It is also important to supervise children using these toys and ensure they are used safely and responsibly.

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Picking the appropriate car and following safety guidelines can ensure that your child has an enjoyable and safe experience.

Part Two

Kids’ Ride-On Car Safety Advice

Kid’s ride-on cars include many safety features, such as seat belts, a parental remote control, and some types of toys such as ride on motorbikes, feature stabilisers to stop the toy tipping over. Following all safety guidelines and warnings when using these fun-filled toy vehicles is essential.

This may include wearing appropriate protective gear, such as a helmet and knee pads, and staying within the recommended age and weight limits.

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It’s also important to supervise children while they are using these toys and to ensure that the vehicles are used in a safe and responsible manner.

Additionally, we recommend regularly inspecting the ride-on for any damage or wear and following proper maintenance guidelines to ensure that the vehicle remains in good working order.

Part Three

How Fast do Children’s Electric Cars Go?

The top speed of kids’ ride-on cars varies depending on the size of the toy and its voltage. Some 6-volt vehicles may have a top speed of just a few miles per hour, while others, such as 24v toys, may reach speeds of up to 8mph or more.

Always check the manufacturer’s specifications for the toy car to determine its top speed.

Additionally, it’s essential to follow any safety guidelines and warnings provided by the manufacturer to ensure that the car is used in a safe and responsible manner. Parents looking to increase the speed of the toy can read our expert-level guide.

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Part Four

How Long Does a Ride-On Car Battery Last?

On average, a 12v battery for a kids’ ride-on car can last for around 60 minutes of continuous use, with 24v batteries lasting up to 2 hours.

However, this can vary depending on a number of factors. For example, if the surface the car is being driven on is rough or uneven, this can put additional strain on the battery and shorten the time it can be used. Additionally, if the car is driven at high speeds or with a heavy load, this can also decrease the amount of time the battery will last.

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In order to get the most out of your battery, it’s important to follow proper maintenance and charging guidelines. This can include regular charging, appropriate storage, and always using a charger specifically designed for the battery.

Following these guidelines can help ensure that the battery stays in good working order and extends its lifespan.

Part Five

How to Assemble a Kids’ Ride-On Vehicle

The assembly time and level of complexity depend on the specific model of the kids’ toy car. Some models may be relatively easy to assemble, such as push along toys, while others will be more complex and require more time and effort.

As a general rule, parents will have to connect the battery and attach the wheels and steering wheel to the vehicle.

It is important to carefully read the assembly instructions and follow them closely to ensure that the car is assembled properly and safely. Our team have put together some handy assembly videos for our most popular models.

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Part Six

How Much do Childrens’ Ride-On Cars Cost?

The cost of a children’s ride-on car can vary greatly depending on various factors, such as licensing, size, features, and battery voltage. Some smaller models can cost just over £100, while some top-of-the-range 24v cars can cost nearer £500.

It is important to consider the long-term cost of ownership, including the cost of batteries, maintenance, and repairs.

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Part Seven

The Differences Between Licensed and Unlicensed Ride-On Car Models

The term “licensed” can be confusing regarding ride-on kids’ cars. In short, a licensed toy maker has paid a licensing fee to the manufacturer of the car it is replicating.

These toys are typically created with the guidance of the parent company’s engineers and often feature greater attention to detail in construction, paintwork, and electronics compared to unlicensed models.

However, it is important to note that this superior quality often comes with a higher price tag. An unlicensed ride-on toy may be more cost-effective if you’re on a budget or looking for a first-time vehicle.

While unlicensed cars can still be just as fun and safe, they may have a different level of style or finishing touches than licensed models. To distinguish the difference, it is relatively simple, licensed ride-on cars usually come with official badges and stickers. In contrast, unlicensed cars typically have words like “lookalike” and “inspired” in their name.

Part Eight

Ride On Car Accessories

In addition to the basic ride-on car features, several accessories can enhance the play experience and provide additional functionality. These include:

Covers

While this might not be the most exciting accessory on the list, it’s undoubtedly the most practical, especially if you’re planning on storing the toy outside. Available in various sizes to fit all types of ride-on, simply pop the cover over the top and fasten it around the car’s bottom edge to keep the elements at bay.

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Training Cones and Traffic Lights

These accessories are fantastic for helping children develop their hand-eye coordination and teaching them essential skills like judging distances, braking at speed, and turning sharp corners without swerving off course. Plus, they transform any boring old driveway into a mini racetrack, instantly amping up your little one’s driving experience.

Stickers & Decals

From police badges to taxi signs, racing stripes to speedometer gauges, decals are one of the easiest ways to give a ride-on toy authentic flair. Our favourite vinyl stickers are personalised number plates as you can add the driver’s name and, on some, the flag of their national country. Now would seem a good time to mention that all of our cars come with free personalised number plate sticker kits!

Transport Handles

Make picking up and packing away your child’s car a breeze by mounting a transport handle to the rear. They also offer extra grip for you to grab and direct the vehicle if it looks like they might be heading towards trouble.

Part Nine

Can Kids’ Electric Cars be Driven Indoors and Outdoors?

Kid’s ride-on cars can be enjoyed both inside and outdoors. However, when using the toy indoors, it’s important to take into consideration the size of the drivable space and any potential safety hazards. Additionally, it’s worth noting that cars with hard plastic wheels may not perform well on wet or uneven outdoor terrain.

When it comes to indoor use, safety is of paramount importance. Parents should make sure that the space in which the car will be driven is clear of obstacles and that there is enough room for the child to safely manoeuvre the car.

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To ensure optimal performance and traction on outdoor surfaces, it’s recommended to opt for a toy with EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) rubber wheels. These types of wheels offer improved grip and stability for a more enjoyable experience.

Part Ten

Weight Limits for Children’s Electric Cars

When it comes to the weight capacity of kids’ electric ride-on cars, it’s important to consider the voltage of the vehicle.

On average, 6-volt ride-on cars can safely support a weight of up to 20 kilograms, while 12-volt toys can typically accommodate a weight of up to 30 kilograms. For the higher-powered 24-volt kid’s car, the maximum weight capacity is 35 kilograms.

It’s essential to keep these weight limits in mind to ensure a safe and enjoyable riding experience for your child.

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Part Eleven

Kid’s Ride-On Car Battery Charging Times

The charging time for a kids’ electric car battery depends on the model and battery capacity. On average, it takes 8-10 hours to fully charge a 6v, 12v or 24v kids’ toy car battery. It’s also worth noting that the first charge of a new battery may take longer than subsequent charges.

The manufacturer’s instructions for your specific car will advise exactly how long the vehicle needs to be charged initially and thereafter.

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Ride-on cars can be charged using a standard UK mains charger, but it is crucial to use the charger that came with the toy to avoid damaging the battery, meaning the battery would need to be replaced. Utilising an incompatible charger can negatively impact the battery’s ability to retain a charge.

Part Twelve

Choosing the Right Ride-On Car for your Child

When choosing a children’s ride-on car, you may come across options with 6v, 12v, or 24v battery sizes, with the “v” representing volts – the unit of measurement for the electrical energy supplied to the car’s motor.

Generally, larger battery sizes offer higher power output, resulting in faster speeds for the vehicle.

Some ride-on toys feature adjustable speed settings, enabling you to customise the velocity based on the driver’s proficiency. However, for most, the appropriate voltage level should be chosen based on the age of your child.

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Part Thirteen

Do Children’s Electric Cars Have a Remote Control for Adult Supervision?

Yes, most kid’s ride-on cars have a 2.4 GHz remote control for adult supervision. This feature allows a parent or guardian to control the vehicle remotely, providing an extra layer of safety for children using the toy.

This feature can be used to set the speed, stop the car if necessary, and even control the car’s direction. Read our handy guide to pairing your parental remote control with your toy car.

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Part Fourteen

How To Clean and Maintain Your Kids’ Car

Maintaining the cleanliness and upkeep of a kids’ electric car is crucial to guarantee its longevity and safe operation for your little one.

Finding an appropriate storage space is one of the first steps in maintaining the car. It is important to note that lead-acid batteries should not be stored in extreme hot or cold temperatures. It’s always best to store the car indoors. However, if outdoor storage is the only option, purchasing a dust and rain cover that fits tightly over the vehicle, including the wheels, will help protect it from bad weather.

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The battery, similar to the engine of an actual car, acts as the power source of the ride-on toy, and proper maintenance is essential to ensure that it continues to function correctly. It is highly recommended to charge the battery at least once a month, even if the car is not in use. However, it’s important to avoid overcharging the battery by unplugging it after 8-10 hours, as this can significantly decrease the battery’s lifespan.

If the battery needs replacing, it’s important to consult the manual for guidance on choosing a compatible battery and adequately connecting it to the car.

Regular cleaning after use is vital to keep your kids’ electric car in great shape. A simple cleaning routine can do wonders for the longevity of your toy. Using a damp cloth or sponge, wipe down the car’s exterior, being mindful to avoid any electrical components or openings.

For particularly tough stains or grime, a mild detergent can be used to aid in removing dirt and debris. Afterwards, rinse the car thoroughly with clean water and dry it with a soft cloth to prevent any water spots or damage to the paint. This will help keep your vehicle looking new and prolong its life.

Part Fifteen

Can Ride-On Cars be Driven by Children with Special Needs?

Yes, it is possible for children with special needs to use kids electric cars. Some brands or models may offer additional safety features, or be more easily adaptable for children with different abilities.

It is always advisable to check the manual or product specifications for any specific information on the product that may be relevant to the needs of children with special needs.

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About the Author

Hannah

Hannah Hill

Entrepreneur, and mother of three. Hannah is a toy expert with 20+ years in the online toy industry, founding the Kidaroos website that sells 10,000+ toys per year. Hannah is always looking for new, innovative ways to keep everyone's kids active and energised in a world full of screens and social media and has been featured in publications such as Authority Magazine.

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