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How To Stay Safe When Go Karting

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 by in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are interested in trying your hand at go karting, whether you decide to have a corporate event at a go karting track (like 401 Mini-Indy Go-Karts), or decide to pick up the hobby, you should know that it is a safe sport, but you need to take certain precautions when you take to the track in order to avoid injury. If you stay safe, you can have a lot of fun in this adventurous family activity. This article will give you a good idea of the main areas you should focus on for safety on the track, so that you can sit back, relax, and have some fun.

Inspect all Equipment

While not common, once in awhile an accident will happen because of a problem with the equipment. If the kart were to roll over, gas spilling out is a major concern. So make sure that the gas caps are tight and the gas tank is in good condition. Also look over the tires, steering and brakes. Have someone look over the chains to make sure they are secured to the kart properly. Tire pressure should be checked, and make sure the safety harness and seat belts secure properly. 

Avoid Wearing Loose Clothing

Another uncommon, but dangerous situation is the rider or driver wearing loose clothing. The loose clothing can get caught in the wheels and that’s when tragedy strikes. Make sure all clothing is secure to the body, and any ties or pull-strings from hoodies are tucked inside your top and has no way of escaping. Under no circumstances should any rider or driver wear a scarf.

Seat Individuals Properly 

This is a more common occurrence in private go kart ownership, but there is no reason for anyone to be riding on the drivers lap. There are go karts that are made for double occupancy and that’s the only way two people should be inside of a go kart. And there is no reason for someone to be riding in the lap of a passenger, either. Even going very slow on private property, as any small accident can result in a catastrophic injury with someone who is riding unrestrained. 

Exercise Good Driving Skills

Every driver should know how to drive a go kart correctly. Many younger people don’t understand how fast a go kart can go, and even experienced automobile drivers should have some knowledge as to how a go kart handles. A driver must be responsible at all times in order to ensure the safety of their passengers and others on the track. 

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