With summer quickly approaching, there is no doubt that more and more children are going to be out and about trying to find fun things to do to occupy their time. One thing many children love to do is ride their bike. Not only do kids enjoy riding their bikes as it allows them to explore their outdoor freedom, but it also serves as a great form of exercise. Maybe they can work off all the popsicles and ice cream you said you bought for them, but if we are being honest, probably bought for yourself. While children should be encouraged to explore the outdoors more often, safety is something that should be reiterated over and over again so that your child does not meet an unfortunate accident.
Therefore, below we share with you a few important bike tips all parents should be aware of that can be implemented now and especially when summertime hits harder than a mailbox could if your kids do not remember these tips.
- Purchase a properly-fitted helmet for your child. org says that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent. You may even allow your child to choose a batman helmet so cool that you are jealous of it. Just make sure it complies with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission as they will be more inclined and excited to wear it when they ride.
- Ride on sidewalks whenever possible. Maybe take advantage of the copious amount of bumps in most sidewalks to get some sweet air. If there is no sidewalk to ride on, ride in the same direction as traffic as far on the right-hand side as possible.
- Teach your kids how to use hand signals (except for that special bird that we all love to use) and follow the rules of the road. Remind your child, no matter how old they might be, that it is never wise to ride their bike in between cars. Instead, make sure they know that they should ride off to the side and keep their bike in a straight line.
- When going out for a bike ride, encourage your child to wear bright colors, especially when they are riding at night. By wearing bright colors, it only adds to a driver’s ability to see you and your children while out riding. You also want to discourage your child from wearing any long or loose-fitting clothing as it could get caught in the bike chains or wheel spokes. Maybe this could be your opportunity to make some tie dye shirts and finally be that one mom or dad that still wears tie dye.
- Before your child goes out for their bike ride, be sure their reflectors are secure, brakes work properly, gears shift smoothly, and tires are tightly secured and properly inflated. Unless of course your child wants to be the next Evil Knieval; and if this is the case, go ahead and disregard this tip.
- Until you are comfortable with allowing your children to ride on their own, be sure you all stick together. This could be a great opportunity to break out a tandem bicycle, but if you are not into looking awesome, just make sure everyone is close, out of harm, and in control.
As a parent, you want to be sure that your child understands the dangers associated with riding a bike and the steps they can take to help avoid an injury or an accident. And if we are being honest, it has probably been a while since you rode a bike, so maybe keep some of these safety tips in mind too.
However, as much precaution as we can take, sometimes, accidents still occur. If you or your child sustained an injury in an accident in Greenville or Spartanburg, SC that was caused by a negligent individual, contact Greenville personal injury lawyer Paul Hammack at 864-326-3333. Hammack Law Firm will not only assess the details of your case but determine how much your injuries entitle you to collect.
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