History of Bumper Cars

Bumper Cars

Newton 's third law of motion comes into play on the bumper cars. This law, the law of interaction, says that if one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on the first body. It's the law of action-reaction, and it helps to explain why you feel a jolt when you collide with another bumper car.

How do bumper cars work?
Bumper car rides are designed so that the cars can collide without much danger to the riders. Each car has a large rubber bumper all around it, which prolongs the impact and diffuses the force of the collision.

The bumper cars run on gel celled batteries. These batteries create the electricity that runs the car. Electrical energy carried to the cars from the batteries is converted to kinetic energy, some of which is converted to heat.

What happens to the drivers?
When bumper cars collide, the drivers feel a change in their motion and become aware of their inertia. Though the cars themselves may stop or change direction, the drivers continue in the direction they were moving before the collision.

The masses of the drivers also affect the collisions. A difference in mass between two bumper car riders will mean that one rider experiences more change in motion than the other (or more of a jolt). The type of collision, velocity of the cars, and mass of the individual drivers all come into play in bumper car collisions.

Predict the Outcomes of
Bumper Car Collisions

Bumper cars are a good way to look at Newton 's second and third laws of motion. These laws say that:

  • The greater the mass of an object, the harder it is to change its speed. This is the law of acceleration .
  • For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is the law of interaction .

A vinyl, low pressure shock absorbing tube is what makes this ride so safe. It absorbs the shock, allowing for head-on-fun! The seat design, head and back pad, steering pad, and seat belt are all part of the safety design as well.

Incredibly Responsive
Demanded by rider and enjoyed safely by all riders as well. Suitable for drivers ages 4 and up. Cars can spin 360 degrees so they cannot be boxed in a corner. This provides more rider fun and eliminates the need for a second operator to untangle traffic jams. Cars can go in all directions, spin around and pursue their targets going backwards or forwards.

Seat Belt
Fits loosely so the pivot point of the rider's body is from their seat, not their neck. Feet and leg positions make the riders legs act like stabilizers in a natural manner.

Joy Stick Lever Steering
Provides the ultimate in steering control and safety. Riders young and old find joystick controls to be exciting and futuristic.

Protective High Back Headrest
The importance of this protection can't be overstated due to its importance in head, back and neck protection.