Diving into the world of go-karting is a great idea for bonding time between a father and his kids. Racing together and even building your own go-kart is a good way to spend quality time together, and develop hobbies and interests that can be shared for years to come.
There are, however, a few things you’ll need to know and think about before grabbing the kids and going for it. Here are the most important things to remember.
To Build or To Borrow?
For loads of people, the concept of building your own go-kart is just about the most exciting aspect of the sport. You might be eager to head out and buy materials, but we would recommend that you wait it out first.
Take your kids (or yourself) to an indoor go-karting track and make sure that you learn the ropes first. You’ll want to make sure that you and your kids both really enjoy the sport before investing time and money into building your own kart, which will require specialised equipment such as a hydraulic pipe bender, hack saws, metal lathes, welders and various other tools.
Once you’re all sure that you’re interested, you can go out and start building the ultimate go-kart together!
What Should You Expect?
First of all, be prepared for some speed. As dinky as they might look, go-karts pack a punch of power and you might be taken by surprise if you’re not ready for it.
Karting is also pretty physically demanding. Just a few laps around a track will probably have you breaking a sweat, and there’s always the chance of hurting yourself in a crash.
This is why it’s crucial to pay attention to the safety instructions you’ll get at the track and to make sure that you’re driving responsibly, no matter how much fun you’re having. You might also want to consider doing a little warm-up before hopping in your kart to prevent your body from struggling too much.
What Do You Wear?
There’s no specific uniform when it comes to casual go-karting, but you’re going to want to make sure that you’re comfy and not too warm. You’ll probably be fitted with a pair of overalls and a helmet once you arrive at a track, but if you’re racing in your own kart in an approved area, just try to opt for comfortable clothes and sneakers.
Your helmet is the most important aspect to remember, whether you’re racing at a track or by yourself, safety is a priority.
Where Can You Race?
Of course, the easiest and safest place to drive a go-kart is at a go-karting track where you’re surrounded by professionals. However, if you’re keen on building (or buying) your own kart for your family, you might be wondering where you can race it.
Most states will not allow for go-karting on public roads or in your neighbourhood. You’ll need to check out some laws in order to either make your go-kart roadworthy or ask locals in your area about approved tracks, trails or roads where you can legally take your own kart.
How Do You Go Pro?
Getting serious about karting is the first step towards a career in motorsports, and if that’s what you’re interested in, this is the way to go. These days, every Formula 1 driver on the track began their career with karting.
If you or your kids are obsessed with karting and want to take it further than casual weekend fun, you might want to consider your options for a karting school or academy.
Here, you’ll be able to seriously learn the ins and outs of the kart and how to handle yourself on the track. If you can, join a local kart team or club, and take part in karting championships whenever possible.
Overall, whether you want to get into karting to go professional or just for fun, it’s a challenging and exciting hobby to take up. Along with this, it’s also a great way to bond with your kids and have a bit of fun with them.
Remember that safety is the most important factor, so ensure to dress appropriately, listen to the safety instructions given to you by the pros, and avoid reckless driving even if you’re having a great time – serious injuries can occur if you aren’t careful!
Finally, just enjoy the process. Even if you’re serious about the sport and want to take it further, having a good time is what karting is all about.