A go-kart will provide you many years of service and pleasure if you take responsibility for your own safety and understand the challenges you can meet while driving. There are a lot of things that you can do to protect yourself while operating a go-kart or buggy. Here are a few important precautions.
Always Wear a Helmet
It's a proven fact that helmets significantly reduce the number and severity of head injuries. Always wear a D.O.T. approved motorcycle helmet. It is also recommened that you wear eye protection, boots, gloves and other protective gear.
Drive Off-Road Only
Go-karts are designed and manufactured for off-road use only. The tires are not made for pavement, and the go-kart does not have the necessary D.O.T. safety precautions.
Take Time to Learn & Practice
Even if you have driven other go-karts in the past, take the time to get familiar with how the new go-kart works and handles. Practice in a safe area until you build the necessary skills and become familiar with the kart you are driving.
Drive Within Your Limits
Pushing limits is a major cause of go-kart accidents. Never drive beyond your personal ability or faster than conditions warrant. Remember that alcohol, drugs, fatigue and lack of focus can significantly reduce your ability to make good judgments and drive safely.
Do Not Operate Go-Karts at Night
Driving at night can greatly reduce a driver's visibility and judgment. Driving at night is dangerous and can increase the possibility for an accident.
Never Run a Go-Kart Indoors
The exhaust from the engine contains an odorless and poisonous gas called carbon monoxide and can be detrimental to your health.
Stay Away From Moving Parts
The operator of the go-kart should never place their hands or other parts of their body near any moving part on the go-kart. Failure to adhere to this warning could cause physical harm to your body.
Skidding or Sliding
The terrain can be a major factor affecting turns. Skidding in a turn is more likely to occur on slippery surfaces such as snow, ice, mud or loose gravel. If you skid on ice, you may lose all directional control. To avoid skidding on slippery terrain, keep speed to a minimum and drive carefully.
Follow all safety and warning labels located in various places on the go-kart. The labels are designed to keep you aware of the potential dangers when riding the go-kart.
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