There may come a time when you will be looking for the perfect size 4-wheeler for your 12 year old to ride. A good recommendation comes from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and they state that a child of average stature between the ages of 12 to 16 should ride 4-wheelers that are between 70 and 90 cubic centimeters (cc) - a measurement that correlates with engine size. If your child is smaller than average in stature, get them a 4-wheeler that correlates to their smaller size. Ditto if you child is on the big side.
No one knows your child better than you. Problems can arise when you allow your children to ride unsupervised or purchase a 4-wheeler too big or too small for your child to handle. Many states have adopted laws that require any child between the ages of 12-14 must ride with a licensed adult over the age if 18, even if the kids have taken the recommended 4-wheeler safety course.
When you purchase a 4-wheeler, make sure you purchase the necessary safety equipment that is necessary for a good and safe ride. This includes gloves and goggles. Sign your child up for safety classes. In many areas it is the law that anyone under 18 must take an accredited safety course.
No one knows their child better than a parent. If you judge your child to be on the large side, you may get them a 4-wheeler of an appropriate size. If your child is very small in stature, you may want to wait for another growth spurt to get them a 4-wheeler of their own.
Most riders will agree, it's not difficult to operate a 4-wheeler, but all riders should know the trails they are riding on and follow basic safety rules. Such as no passengers, never ride alone, always wear your safety gear and always be alert to what other riders are doing.