Rules for Racing Go Karts

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Rules for Racing Go Karts
Safety rules must be heeded in go-kart racing. (Two racing endurance karts image by Nicola Gavin from

Done safely and intelligently, go-karting makes motorsports accessible to everyone. But safety should come first, and there are a few simple rules to follow to make it a fun time for everybody.

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A proper helmet should completely cover the head. It should fit securely, and will be tested by a judge. Helmets should have padding on the inside of the helmet and a hard shell. There should be enough room in the helmet for a rider to wear glasses, if needed. A motorcycle helmet or sturdy crash helmet is acceptable for go-kart use.


Different-coloured flags waved by race officials give signals to the go-kart racers. A green flag means that racers are free to continue. A yellow flag means there is a problem on the course and that racers should slow down and drive carefully. A white flag denotes one lap remaining in the race. A red flag means all racers should stop immediately in a safe manner. And, of course, a checkered flag means you have finished the race!


A racer must not consume any substance that may impair his coordination or perception before racing; this includes consuming alcohol or any prescription drugs. If the racer has any medical condition that might affect their driving, they should not race. Any required eyewear must be firmly secured to the racer's face.

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