When Teaching your "Little One" to drive his or her electric ride toy for the first time you may consider following these instructions for a Positive Learning Experience for both Parent and Child............
A.) If Your machine has two speeds and your child is a "first time driver" make sure you have the high speed locked out so the machine will not go into high speed.
B.) If your machine has Safety Seat Belts start with "Buckling Upn", just as you would in your own vehicle, good habits are acquired early in life.
C.) Should your riding toy have adjustable seats adjust the drivers seat so the child's foot can comfortably reach the accelerator pedal and depress it with out stretching to do so. This will eliminate the "hopping" of the Ride On Toy as it takes off.
D.) Show the Driver the function of the steering wheel or handle bars, relative to the direction of the vehicle when it will be in motion.
E.) Explain to the Driver that the Brakes are "Automatic" when they remove their foot from the accelerator the machine will stop automatically.
F.) Before letting Him or Her "Take Off" for the First Time, make sure the riding toy is on a flat surface and there are no any immediate obstacles that can be run into. Watch out for Pick Up Trucks with the Tail Gate Down, Steep Inclines, Nearby Bodies of Water, Low branches, (You Get the Idea !).
G.) Stand IN FRONT of the machine and encourage the Driver to come to you by stepping on the accelerator, this takes the fear out of loosing sight of Mom or Dad and enhances their confidence.
H.) When teaching the Driver the Forward Reverse functions don't be concerned if the Driver bounces around a bit from Fwd to Rev. Most riding toy machines are designed to take a certain amount of this.
I.) During this Driver Ed. process your Child may be a little hesitant, it is normal and acceptable for a child to be cautious. Additionally, some Kids are more sensitive to the sound of the motors combined with the new feeling of movement, be aware of this.
J.) If Your New Driver immediately want's to get into high gear with out the experience to handle it, explain that additional speed only comes with experience.
K.) Don't raise your voice while in the instruction process, this will only inhibit what can and should be a Happy and Memorable learning experience for You and Your Child.
L.) Realize it will take some time for your "Little One" to learn good driving safety habits, relax and have fun at this. Like life, Children are a game you can win. Games are supposed to be fun !
M.) Teach Your New Driver to Park His Ride On Toy in a certain designated place when he is done using it for the day. In this way he or she will develop as sense of order and not compromise others in the Family nor leave his or her ride on toy exposed to the elements.
Above All - Have Fun and Enjoy the Family Time with you Ride Toy !
As adult supervision is required with all toys, we especially encourage the need for adult supervision with ride-on toys and battery powered vehicles. Please ensure that your child wears a helmet with any ride-on vehicle. As KidsWheels is not the manufacturer of any of the items found on www.kidswheels.com, kidsWheels assumes no liability for personal injury incidents.
As with all battery powered riding toys, charging should be done out of the elements and by adults only.
The Developmental Benefits of Driving Power-Wheel Vehicles
By Kathleen Alfano, Ph.D.
Did you know that in addition to being lots of fun to ride, battery-powered vehicles foster the coordination and integration of sensorimotor skills, directionality and logical/spatial thinking? Because children learn by doing, driving the vehicles fosters an understanding of in and out, right and left, forward and reverse, fast and slow, stop and go. In addition, battery-powered vehicles have lots of fun child-friendly features to encourage and extend imaginative play. For example, your child may pretend to go to work, or to the store…and of course, will have to stop for something to eat and get some gas along the way! And just think of the positive effect accomplishing new skills provides for your child’s self-esteem!
Watch your child’s confidence grow! When you serve as a ’coach’ for your beginning driver, guiding your child with positive talk, you instill the motivation and encouragement to improve. With you there to help, your child will be willing to try harder. Be close-by for extra assurance or to assist momentarily. Then let your child do what’s needed to accomplish the goal and to experience the sense of excitement, independence and joy it brings.
For the new driver, you can expect some trial and error! The littlest ones will be busy exploring all of the play features, probably getting on and off or in and out of the vehicle over and over again. The slightly older child will most likely want to start driving right away. In either situation, you can help your child learn to drive the vehicle by showing how to start it and stop it. Practice “go” and “stop” with your child over very short distances, saying those words and indicating how far to move the vehicle. Pretty soon, your child will understand the basics of controlling the vehicle for going and stopping. When your child is ready, which may be sooner than you think, show your child how to turn and move the vehicle, starting with going around in circles. Have your child try driving in different directions, turning to the right, turning to the left, going forward, and if the vehicle has reverse, practice going in that direction, too.
Talk about safe driving and make sure your child is familiar with and follows the usage warnings listed in the instructions and on the vehicle. Set boundaries for safe driving so that your child understands what’s off limits. Of course, your child should only drive the vehicle while being supervised by an adult.
For some interesting fun, set up an obstacle course by providing objects for your child to drive around or through. Make or purchase traffic signs and place them around the “course” for your child to follow. Have road rallies in your back yard, putting clues at special locations. These are only a few ways you could add excitement to your child’s driving experience, while having some family fun at the same time.
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