At the risk of alienating those folks whose eyes glaze over with boredom and jaws go slack with lackadaisical apathy at the mere mention of the word safety, the fact is that operating a remote-controlled car requires you to have knowledge and comprehension of a number of safety issues and concerns.

Learning about safety is obviously not as fun as actually operating your remote-controlled car. However, if you remember a few simple safety precautions and put them into practice, you will probably save yourself some heartache and money. You will most likely also give yourself more time to drive your RC car and lengthen its lifespan.

Location, Location, Location

It is often said that the three most important factors to consider when you re thinking about investing in real estate are location, location, location. Sure, this is a clich , but the thing about clich s is that they usually contain at least a grain of truth. What does this have to do with remote-control-car safety, you may ask? Good question. Here s your answer:

Where you choose to drive your RC car is arguably the single most important decision you ll have to make as an owner and operator. Wide-open spaces, like mostly vacant parking lots or basketball courts sans basketball players, are the best choices, not only because of all the room you'll have to roam, but also because of the lack of people and full-size vehicles.

You are risking a potential lawsuit if you operate your RC car in an area with a lot of pedestrian traffic. For example, if you re zipping your car around a playground, you will not be able to predict when a child, parent or guardian is going to cross paths with your RC car. The next thing you know, the kid steps on your car, slips and breaks his or her arm, and you will have to face the consequences.

The lack of predictability is also a major reason why you should not operate your RC car among the automobiles and SUVs on the road. In a flash, your expensive RC car could be run over and crushed like peppercorns in a peppermill.

Fuel is Flammable

Now, you do not need to be a rocket surgeon or a brain scientist to figure out that there are many differences between a remote-controlled car and a full-size car. It is smart, however, to always keep in mind that there are a number of similarities between the two vehicles.

One of the most important similarities where safety is concerned is that many RC cars run on fuel. Granted, the fuel for each type of car is not the same, but the dangers are very similar.

If your remote-controlled car runs on nitromethane, or nitro fuel, you probably already know that it is exceedingly flammable. In this regard, you should treat your nitro RC car just as you would a real car: no smoking and no open flames anywhere near the nitro fuel. After you ve filled your RC car with fuel, make sure you clean up any spills and throw away any nitro-saturated rags.

Let s Be Careful Out There

The thing about safety is that we so often think that pulverized RC cars, explosions, injuries and the like only happens to other people, never us. Well, all it takes is one incident of careless neglect to ruin your RC fun   possibly forever.


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