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The Latest In Xtreme Machines For Teens and Tweens:

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

I realize it’s only September, the warm weather is still here, and it’s only the beginning of the school year…but with Halloween decorations already adorning store windows with Christmas (and holiday) décor discretely “lurking” in the background, I can’t help but start to wonder about starting my holiday shopping.

If you’ve got an older teen, you may expect him/her to hit you up for a set of wheels, but younger teens and tweens will most likely be wheeling and dealing for a different kind of “ride”.

Electric skateboards are all the rage, but experts caution parents to BEWARE!

Now, cheaper than ever, they are the most recent “must-haves” for teens and tweens…but with expanded features and increased speed, these motorized machines could be dangerous. Things to be aware of:

1. Speed: Many models can go too fast. With the ability to reach speeds of up to 18 miles and hour, inexperienced skateboarders may be at increased risk for loosing control and facing injury.

2. Inability To Stop: Skateboards are controlled via a gun-shaped device. Kids pull the trigger and push it to stop. However, recent test revealed that braking distances were too long, and children were at risk for collision. Also, riders motoring at increased speeds risked being thrown off the board.

3. Lack of Control, Especially At High Speeds: Testers, many of whom were experienced skateboarders fell of the boards while attempting even “simple” maneuvers, like making sharp turns. The danger risk is increased for beginners.

4. Built In Handicap: According to researchers, some models have the control attached to the motor by a thin cord that can easily wrap around the wheels. While some models have made recent “upgrades” (in safety) experts remind parents that these skateboards are not a “toy” but a vehicle for the pursuit of xtreme sports and their main concern should be total confidence and safety.

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