An Age-By-Age Guide to Buying Kids Ride On Cars

Kids ride on cars are an absolute delight for children of all ages. Whether it is a simple kids balance bike, a self-propelled foot to floor ride on or a thundering Jeep with massive wheels, odds are your little driver will fall in love with their new outdoor toy! 

But with so many glossy models and designs available, selecting the correct ride on car for your aspiring driver’s age can become a truly overwhelming task.

If you’re considering buying a ride on toy for your little one, you’ve landed at the right spot! Read our age by age guide to buying kids electric cars to choose the perfect toy for your child. Let’s dive right in!

Ages 18 months to 2 years old

Young children in this age group are still developing their motor skills and sense of balance, and that makes them vulnerable to tumbling and falling. That’s why you should be extra careful when picking a ride on toy for very young children. 

The toy you pick should have added safety features. If you’re picking an electric ride on car, a powerful parental remote-control system is a must.

For very young children, we recommend simple and manual ride on toys such as balance bikes and toddler ride on cars. Balance bikes help your baby develop their balance while toddler ride on cars are great for your baby’s motor skills. 

Foot to floor ride ons, as the name suggests, need to be pushed forward using feet so they’re a brilliant option if you want your child to get sufficient physical activity during playtime. You can also choose a toddler ride on car that comes with a handle so you can help them steer if needed.

From age 2 onwards toddlers will be suitable for some ride on cars with parental remote controls. 

Ages 3 to 5 years old

By the age of 3, most children have developed the motor skills, balance, coordination, and reflexes required for handling an electric ride on car. 

If your child is in this age range, they’re likely filled with an urge to wander, ask curious questions and find out more about how the world works! So, encouraging them to explore the outdoors in an electric ride on car is an amazing idea. 

Toddlers are observant too, meaning aesthetics matter when you go car shopping! Pick a vehicle with detailed bodywork, a glossy and vibrant paint coat and added security features such as seat belts and a parental remote-control system. 

Electric ride on cars for children aged 3 and up like this kids ride on Audi R8 have various in-built features that keep your child engaged throughout their drive. Opt for a vehicle with realistic engine sounds, working headlights and MP3 slots for additional fun! 

Keep in mind that children this age can handle cars that speed up moderately. However, we recommend capping the speed limit to be on the safe side. To do that, pick a 12v ride on car with a top speed of 5 km/h. 

You may also want to consider an electric ride on car with parental remote control. These cars give parents the added advantage of being able to control the speed and steering so your child can enjoy their toy while remaining safe. 

Age 5 to 8 years old

Preschoolers are a powerhouse of excess energy and excitement. Their motor skills are significantly developed and they can easily navigate. That’s why children aged 5 to 8 can drive a more advanced ride on car. 

In fact, if you’re selecting a kids electric car for this age group, make sure you pick one that offers a realistic experience. That’s why we recommend popular licensed vehicles such as Jaguar, Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini ride on cars

Pick a car with a range of in-built features such as headlights, display board, MP3 ports and realistic engine sounds. Kids aged 5 and above can easily manoeuvre heavier vehicles. If your little one is adventurous and great at driving, you can even go for a Jeep! 

We recommend you pick a vehicle with a dual motor system for this age bracket. Twin motors allow for more horsepower and multiple gear options, which provide a more life-like driving experience for your little one.

Ages 8 and over

By the age of 8 and over, your child will be ready and set for a bigger, more realistic and more powerful electric ride on car. If you have a child aged 8+, you can go all out on these gorgeous kids ride on SUVs and 4x4s and even kids electric quad bikes

Electric ride on cars designed for this age bracket are often more detailed and realistic, with most models looking like a mini version of the real deal! They’re also more powerful and can be driven on a range of terrains including grassy plots, driveways and private land. 

For children aged 8 and above, we recommend a powerful 24v ride on car with twin motors and multiple gear options. Make sure the car you pick has rubber tyres that provide enough traction. If your child is social and enjoys playing with other children, you may also want to consider a 2 seater electric ride on car with enough room for two little travellers!

Discover the perfect ride on car for your little one

At Electric Ride On Cars, we’re always on hand to help you find the perfect ride on car for your child. Drive your kids development and encourage them to have fun at the same time with our extensive range of some of the best kids electric cars!

Read some of our other guides for some more help on how to buy the right ride on car for your child’s age: