So here’s the deal – you love RC’s and your child is begging you to let them drive. You really want to pass on the hobby to your young boy or girl but aren’t sure if they’re ready for it? Well, not every child is the same and a lot of it depends on the maturity and the interest of the individual child. But there are a few general rules and advice I can give you.
First off, I would start them off with a non-expensive RC like the one to the right from Toys R US, Target, or wherever. Or go with one that you don’t use too often or isn’t one of your best cars. This way,you can figure out if they like the hobby. If they really seem to enjoy it and are able to operate it, then you can move onto the next level with your child.
The general consensus is that 10 and under is too young for any hobby-grade RC. But like I said, a lot depends on the maturity of your child as well. Some 8 year olds are much more mature than others. And some are likely to break anything they touch :/. My brother loved racing cars when he was little, but he was so aggressive that he broke every one of them! So use your discretion with your child. You know them best and what they can or cannot handle it.
In terms of electric vs. nitro RC’s, definitely start out with electric. They are a lot easier to work with, do repairs, and the like. After they master the electric, feel free to help them work with a nitro.
Last but not least, make sure you supervise your kids at any age you decide to allow them to race at!