Electric scooters provide an efficient way for your independent tyke to cruise around and travel to school and back. But take heed: Since easy-to-rent electric scooters have popped up in major cities around the world, scooter-related injuries have increased.
That's not to say that something will happen to your little one if you put them on a scooter. You can take precautions to ensure your child stays safe. Like learning to drive a car or testing for a motorcycle license, picking up a scooter will require your child to learn the rules of the road and how to ride their new vehicle safely.
Ready to get your kid on an electric scooter? There are plenty of scooter options, but we narrowed those down a few of the models specifically built with kids in mind.
The E100 provides the best way to introduce your child to an electric scooter. It comes in a wide variety of colors, so your child can find one that suits her or his style. This scooter features twist-grip acceleration controls and a hand-operated front brake. It tops out at 10 mph, so it's fast enough for your kid to get to school on time but not so fast that it ventures into dangerous extreme sports territory. The Razor E100 can manage up to 40 minutes of drive time, or up to 10 miles of distance.
The Razor Power Core E90 electric scooter is one of the best budget scooters available for kids. Like the E100, it tops out at 10 mph and can manage up to 70 minutes of continuous cruising. It features push-button acceleration and a hand-operated front brake, as well as a retractable kickstand, so it can stand upright without tipping over. This little scooter is also small enough to bring on board the bus or to stow at the back of the classroom during school hours.
Stylish kids who prefer to sit down instead of standing up may like the Razor Pocket Mod Miniature Euro electric scooter, a seriously cool ride. Like the rest of the Razor family, it comes in a variety of colors and even features a cubby for stowing books, jackets or whatever else needs to be stored. Like the Vespa you'd see around the streets of Paris or Rome, the Pocket Mod features a twist-grip throttle and a rear suspension system, so it's a comfortable ride. The 12-inch tires are a bit bigger than the norm, but that's to help sustain its top speed of 15 mph for up to 40 minutes of riding time.