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Europe, sledding is commonly known as tobogganing, and coasting
in some regions of the world. Wooden sleds have been used throughout
history for expeditions, transporting items over ice and snow, fun
recreation and for sports competitions.
In the early 19th and 20th century, British explorers used wooden
sleds for their expeditions the Arctic regions. These historic wooden
sleds were sometimes hauled by men, sometimes by dog teams. The
first version of wooden sleds with runners in America appeared after
1870. Sleds were common in high-traffic streets as well as much
as any hilly farm. Nowadays, sledding is not a form of transportation
that people use in the street, and laws have generally prohibited
sleds from the highways. Wooden sleds are restricted to open hills
and artificial chutes and inclines.
Today, with the large variety of sleds available for kids, adults
and whole families, it can be difficult to simply choose one! Wooden
sleds are now considered to be the classic choice; many people opt
for metal or plastic. But if you are fond of wooden sleds, there
are plenty of great styles that provide both a sleek and stylish
ride down the slopes!
- Here are some facts and safety tips to keep in
mind when looking for wooden sleds:
- Avoid wooden sleds with sharp edges. The smoother
the ride, the better!
- The riders of wooden sleds with metal rails will
need to use caution. Metal rails pose risk of danger in that they
can cause serious injury when people are hit or run over.
- If you will be pulling the kids back up the hill,
an attached rope is a convenient attribute!
- Well-designed sleds will have handles for young
children and other riders.
- Babies and other young ones are safer with wooden
sleds that have back rests.
- Always check the screws and bolts and make sure
everything is tightened securely.
- Sleds come in many differing lengths. The shortest
ones are usually about 42 inches long, perfect for a small child.
The biggest design of wooden sleds developed by Flexible Flyer
was 8 ½ feet, long enough to fit a whole family!
- Wooden sleds as a general rule will be more costly
than plastic models. Expect to pay at least $50 for a safe ride.
- Wooden sleds are not only fun downhill-coasting
vehicles, but they make excellent decorations for the corner of
the living room or out on the porch in winter.
Enjoy the trip from top to bottom! Wooden sleds can be extremely
fast and fun, just be safe!
Wintertime often brings with it boredom and sadness due to being
stuck in the house while the weather is dreary and cold.
Sleds for Kids
If your children are looking for something to do this winter that
will get them out of the house, you may want to consider getting
them a snow sled.
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