RC Cars: A Car Hobby That Requires No License

Driving radio-controlled cars is hobby that requires no license and can be enjoyed by car enthusiasts from every generation. What started off as a small invention in the 1960s has grown to into a hobby that allows us to have our own dream car in the palm of their hands. If you love cars, but can't drive, RC cars may be the perfect hobby for you.

A Brief History of Remote and Radio-Controlled Cars

The first remote-control car invented in the 1960s by an Italian company named Elettronica Giocattoli. Their invention inspired similar cars to be produced in the United Kingdom. Eventually, the groundbreaking creation found its way into the hands of American developers in the 1970s. Within years, American companies, such as Associated Electronics and Traxxas, began releasing their own versions of radio controlled cars.

How RC Cars Work

RC cars are powered by gas or electricity, and both are run by remote control within a close distance. The remote control works to control the car by working in conjunction with a transmitter to send out a frequency to the car's receiver. After, the receiver translates the frequency into a set amount of pulses that dictate which direction the car should move. If moving forward takes fourteen pulses, then the receiver would translate the pulses into a forward motion causing the vehicle to move forward.

Toy vs Hobby Car

Any type of RC car can either be a toy or a hobby car, and there is quite a difference between the two. A toy car is cheaper, less durable, and can be found at most big box stores. Hobby cars typically cost more because they are made with top quality parts and are able to get an upgrade as time goes on. At the same time, a toy car can be perfect if you are just starting to work with RC cars because they'll be less complicated for you to learn with.

For those who want to advance themselves in the craft, sticking to a hobby car is definitely worth the money because it is durable. A high-end RC hobby car can withstand different types of terrain because of how strong its wheels are. Additionally, hobby cars come with quality parts that can be replaced in case of any damage or breaking.

Before You Get Started

Before jumping into the world of RC cars, there are a few things to be aware of for your safety and success.

  1. Prioritize your safety above everything else because certain parts of an RC car can be hazardous, namely the battery inside it.
  2. Get to know the field better and see what's your favorite part about an RC car driving so you can enjoy yourself much more.
  3. If you're looking to purchase your first radio controlled car, you'll be able to find the best quality both online through hobbyist sites and at specialty stores nearby.
  4. Don't buy the first car you see. Take your time in looking for the right car. The perfect car matching your personal tastes could be waiting for you among hundreds of others like a needle in a haystack; keep looking!
  5. Join hobby groups that are passionate about building and driving radio controlled cars to learn more as you go. Fellow hobbyists with a lot of experience can guide you and teach you things about these unique automobiles that you might not have known.
  6. Don't give up on yourself because once you get into the hang of it, you're going to have a blast!

Here are some additional resources on RC cars that'll give you everything you need to know to get started on your best and happiest foot forward:


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