Go Kart Racing is a Dangerous Sport

Go Kart Racing is a Dangerous Sport. All motorsports are dangerous and risky. Are you doing this as a regular hobby? There is a good chance that your life insurer will not cover you or your kids for injuries. Go karting is also a form of motorsport.

There are however, on average, at least ten thousand reported go kart related accidents every year, in the US alone. It is not a safe sport by any measure, thus you must take the necessary precautions.

Go Kart Racing is a Dangerous Sport
Adrenaline pumping. Fun. But Dangerous.

What types of accidents occurr with go karting?

Dangers associated with go karting, include:

  • Serious injuries for the driver and passengers from collisions
  • Injuries to drivers and spectators from flying debris
  • Burn injuries. Go karts typically run on gasoline, which means there is always a risk of fire.
  • Electrocution from electrically powered go karts

The most horrific injury from a go kart injury is probably scalping from long hair or head covering (like the hijab) caught in the wheels of a go kart.

Data from research done in Holland provide insight on how the injuries due to go karting is distributed:

Annual Number of Emergency Department Admissions and Injuries after Go-Kart Accidents Divided into Different Anatomic Regions

The areas of the body exposed have the most injuries – hip, leg foot, trunk and spinal column. This implies that protective gear is not enough to prevent gross injury.

Go Kart Racing is a Dangerous Sport: How to stay safe while go kart racing

When go kart racing, safety is of the utmost importance. There are a few things you can do to make sure you stay safe while enjoying this dangerous sport.

First, always wear a helmet. This will protect your head in case of a crash.

Second, be aware of your surroundings at all times. Pay attention to other drivers and be ready to react if necessary.

Third, use protective gear such as gloves and neck braces. This will help to keep you safe if you do have an accident.

Fourth, drive defensively. Don’t take unnecessary risks on the track and be aware of other drivers who may be doing so.

Finally, if you have long hair and can not tuck it away safely or you can not remove your hijab, then best not to get into that gokart!

By following these simple tips, you can help to ensure your safety while go kart racing.

Remember, safety should always come first!

Need more detailed safety precautions? Find them in the Kart Bible!

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