We all remember the ride on toys we had as kids. It all started out as simply little push wagon, a plank of wood fitted with a set of wheels (most of the time the wheels squeaked, or at least one of them did).
It all started when horses were the main form of transportation and the humble hobby horse and the wooden rocking horse evolved so children could emulate and copy the adults old enough to ride a horse or wealthy enough to afford a horse!
The ride on toys from yesteryear, however, where either pedal powered or push powered, but there were numerous models that came out in the 1960’s that looked like the real thing. This started the evolution of the ride on toys we now see in almost every household with children .
The most famous ride on vehicles, back in the ninth century right through to current times, is the bicycle. The bike these days comes as either pedal powered, electric powered or gas powered from many different manufacturers. Younger kids, on the other hand, had to make do with the bicycles little cousin, the tricycle, which only usually came in pedal powered or push powered.
Most popular ride on vehicles come in many different shapes and sizes with manufactures building powered ride on toys for kids as young as 2 years old going all the way up to ride on toys for teenagers and even older enthusiasts.
Ride on Toys for the Young Ones
Ride on vehicles for the younger generation are mostly sold as pedal powered versions, with only a handful of them sold with battery power. The battery in these versions is small 6 volt packs that only propel the vehicle from 2 – 3 miles an hour. Your little ones can enjoy fun filled hours on these little vehicles.
Ride on Vehicles for Toddlers
Toddlers ride on cars come in two variations, battery powered or gas powered. These toys are propelled at a higher speed than the 6 volt versions. These batteries are 12 volt packs and last up to 30 minutes.
This means that if you want your child to enjoy his or her toy for longer than 30 minutes you will have to keep a spare fully charged battery on hand. The 12 volt version of these vehicles can run up to 5 miles an hour.
Ride On Cars for Older Kids
For the older children in the family the 24 volt battery powered version of the cars will make a great gift. These also last up to 30 minutes and can drive at speeds reaching 8 – 10 miles an hour. The 24 volt version is a great way for kids to explore the back yard or the neighborhood in style.
Gadgets and Doodads
These ride on cars are great fun for any member of the family, but the lower the price of these vehicles the less goodies you are going to get with them. Most of the vehicles come with a reverse function, but if you are willing to dish out a little extra cash you are sure to find models that cater for the hip and happen’n in the family, with some models coming with built in MP3 players, radios, rare view mirrors and much more. Spend a little more and you will find models that are endorsed by major car manufacturers like Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes Benz and more.
Other Types of Ride on Toys
Ride on vehicles do not just mean cars. Like the bicycle of yesteryear, ride-ons these days can be little motorcycles that range from 6 volt to 36 volt or even all the way up to 50 or 60 cc. However, the most famous, and probably the most used type of ride on vehicles on the market these days (for older children that is) are go karts and quad bikes.
These ride on vehicles come out in all shapes and sizes reaching speeds that some older full sized cars dream to reach when they grow up. Other types of ride on toys are scooters, boats and trains, which are push powered, battery powered or gas powered, as well as wooden stationary toys like horses and other animals which are usually push powered rocking variations.
It is safe to say that there is a large choice when it comes to models, speeds and goodies, but when you are looking to buy for the little ones as a starter pack, the safe bet would be John Deere or Fisher Price with their farming and Disney inspired designs. The Harley Davidson fans among us will be glad to know that there is also a huge range of Harley Davidson endorsed ride on toys.