Summer is here, which is the perfect time to spend time with your family with fun adventures and activities to do. This is the perfect time for bike riding, even if it is around your neighborhood, a trail, or a park. Patents always worry about their kids’ safety when they head out. Are they careful with traffic? What do they do when they get hurt?
Helmets are good and they save lives because they provide protection from serious head injuries. If you want to keep your kids safe when riding their bikes or their kids’ electric scooters, always let them understand the importance of having their helmets. You can have a sign next to their bikes in the garage that reminds them to put on their helmets.
The helmet has to meet the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards. Check the helmet to see if it has the CPSC helmet. You need to make sure the helmets fit them properly. It needs to fit the head and not tip forward or backward. If they don’t have helmets, then visit a local bike shop and choose a good helmet for your kid. If something goes wrong and your child gets into a crash, you need to replace the helmet, even if it looks okay.
Kid helmets today come in fun designs, which is going to make the child feel cool and stay safe at the same time. You should involve the child in picking the helmet. When kids are part of the selection process, they are more likely to put it on.
Make sure the kid’s bike is the correct size. If they are a beginner, then it is important to make sure they can place both their feet on the ground while seated on the bike. The tires have to be properly inflated and the spokes tightened. The handlebars should be adjusted to the appropriate level and the handlebars adjusted. If you think there is a problem with these checks, then you should consider taking the bike to the local shop for it to be tuned up.
- Following the Rules of the Road
You need to teach your kids the rules of the road before they get on their bikes and hit the road. Let them know why it is important for them to be aware of their surroundings. They should always obey the traffic laws like other motorists. They have to follow all the traffic devices such as traffic lights, signs, and markings. Make sure your kids know how to use the right lanes heading in the direction they are traveling to.
- Being Visible
Make sure the kids are visible to other road users like motorists. They need to ride where drivers can easily see them. Let them wear brightly colored clothes and avoid riding their bikes in the evening unless they have a red rear taillight and headlight on their bikes. If you think the ride is going to extend to the evening, then it is important to have reflective clothing or tape. Being visible on the road is very important because that is how they can stay safe and avoid getting involved in accidents.
- Anticipating Conflicts
Accidents are common on the road and can happen once in a while, which makes it important to be ready. Take the time to teach your kids braking and turning techniques that are going to help them avoid crashes. They also need to watch for pedestrians, fences, fire hydrants, rocks, potholes, and bushes because they cause a lot of accidents. Being on the road means being extra careful and watching out for any potential hazards.
Riding a bike is a good way of having a good time with your family. With the safety tips above, you can relax knowing that your child is ready to have a time of their life riding the bike.
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