Many adults remember the feeling of exhilaration and freedom that comes from learning how to ride a bike. Over the years, those feelings likely subsided as cars become the preferred mode of transportation. However, some continue to ride for pleasure while others may pick it up again as they teach their own children how to ride.
The older and wiser parent cyclist will be more aware of the potential for injury or accidents, and ideally, they should pass that experience and knowledge along to their kids. Even if children are just riding around the neighborhood, it is important for parents and children on bicycles to follow these safety measures.
Teach them to use their helmeted head
Teach the young riders various strategies to avoid accidents. These include:
- Follow the rules of the road: Obey street signs if you are riding on the street and use the bike lane when one is available. Children are allowed on sidewalks if they ride slowly, but they always need to be mindful of corners, alleys and driveways.
- Make sure motorists see you: Bikers should engage with drivers of cars by making eye contact to ensure that they see you. Teach young riders what a blind spot is and why it is important to avoid riding in them.
- Ride in control: Always be prepared to stop or avoid obstacles, particularly when the road surface is wet or slippery from gravel.
- Use hand signals: Letting others know your intentions can avoid misunderstandings and accidents.
Safety Gear First
The other part of the equation is making sure they use safety gear. There are countless gadgets that cyclists can get for their bikes these days, but safety gear should always come first. This includes:
- Wear a properly fitted helmet: This goes for all cyclists, adults or children, regardless of where they ride and if they are on a road. According to Safekids.org, helmets reduce the chance of head injury by 45 percent. Buy one that fits.
- Visibility is important: Make sure that children’s bikes have reflectors and even lights. Wearing bright colors is also a good idea.
Bike safety is a combination of using your head and protecting your head. There are no guarantees in life, but these tips can help reduce or avoid injury to cyclists of all ages. If you or your child is injured in a bike accident, it’s always advisable to seek medical attention. An attorney can also be helpful if the injury is the result of negligence of a motorist.