Be go-kart smart! Getting behind the wheel of a go-kart is the ultimate way to get around. But it's important to be careful when you're making your way around the track. Find out what it takes to be a safe go-kart rider before you rev that engine.

 
  • Make sure your helmet fits tightly and that it doesn't wobble from side to side. Plus, always tighten the helmet's strap to keep your noggin protected.
  • If your hair is longer than your shoulder, tie it back so it doesn't get tangled up in any part of the go-kart.
  • Always wear the seat belt that's found in the go-kart. And be sure you're wearing it properly. If you're unsure how to put it on correctly, ask the attendant to help you out.
  • Listen to the attendants. It's their job to make sure you have fun and stay safe.
  • This is no time for a joy ride! Stay on the track at all times.
  • Remember: bumper cars are for bumping and go-karts are for driving! If you're bumping, swerving, or stopping on the track you could hurt yourself and others.
  • Find out what the rules are for the go-kart track you're visiting. Each track has its own set of rules that you must follow.
  • Get the facts. You'll need to know what age, height, and weight you have to be to ride a specific type of go-kart.
  • Don't touch! Always keep away from hot engine parts.
  • Get to know your go-kart before you hit the track. Make sure you know which pedal is for the brakes and which one is for the gas. Just like with traffic lights, the green pedal means "go" and red pedal means "stop."
  • Keep your eyes and ears on what's happening around you. For instance, listening to music on your iPod as you're driving along is a big no-no. It can be dangerous for you and other drivers.
  • Common sense rules the road when you're go-karting. Keep scarves and long, dangling jewelry at home because they could get caught in the go-kart. If the weather happens to be cool, wear a turtleneck to keep warm.