Go Karts 101
Go karts are the motor vehicles of choice for those not old enough to get a driver's license. These scaled down versions of an automobile serve as learning tools for aspiring young racers who want to learn how to drive. Kasey Kahne and Jimmie Johnson are two NASCAR drivers who started out racing go karts. Find out how you can get your start!
Go Karts - Types of Go KartsGo karts come in many different sizes, speeds and styles. Here are the three main types of go karts.
Go Karts - PricesUnless you're Bow Wow or Hilary Duff, go karts might be a little out of your budget. The cheapest yard go karts cost around $800 US. Trail go karts on average are $2,000-$3,000 a piece, while buggies start at $3,500. Renting is a good alternative to buying these expensive toys. Generally you can rent a buggie for around $100/hour, but you have to be over the age of 18 to be allowed to rent. A lot of amusement parks have go kart courses where the pre-16 year-old crowd can ride yard go karts for about $20/hour.
Go Karts - SafetyGo karts are motorized vehicles that go a lot faster than a bike or skateboard - so the risk of injury is a lot greater. Don't ride a go kart without adult supervision. Make sure they teach you how to drive one first, because driving a real go kart is a lot different than playing Mario Kart on Playstation. Also, always wear a helmet and safety goggles if you can. When riding in streets and neighborhoods, you must watch out for cars, especially cars backing out of their driveway. Typically go karts are low to the ground and are hard to see - so you need to be extra careful. That's why it's best to ride in parking lots or closed courses.