5 Biking Safety Rules for Kids
Isn’t it nice to look at the calendar and see several months of spring and summer ahead? Take advantage of the warm weather and sunny skies by spending time outside with your family. From walking around your city and playing sports, to swimming in your community pool, there are several ways to have fun and exercise in the great outdoors. At HomeFirstTM Certified, one of our favorite activities is bike riding.
Riding a bike has many benefits, especially for kids. In addition to being a great workout, riding a bike gives children a sense of independence. They can ride their bike around their community to friends’ houses and feel like an adult because they don’t need a ride from mom or dad!
While riding a bike is healthy and has several other advantages, it’s important to remember that bikes can be dangerous, too – especially if the people riding them aren’t following the rules. Here are 5 rules that you and your children should follow while cruising on your two-wheelers.
1) Wear a Helmet: It’s no coincidence that this rule is listed No. 1. Wearing a helmet is extremely important, as it can protect you from a potentially serious injury. Wear your helmet at all times, even if you’re only riding down the street. Parents, this goes for you, too! Set a good example for your children by keeping your head protected. Make sure your helmet has a tight strap and fits securely on your head.
2) Wear Other Protective Gear: Wearing a helmet is a good and important start, but it’s not the only safety gear you should wear. If you’re a new biker, you should also consider wearing gloves, knee pads and elbow pads. These will protect the most vulnerable parts of your body if you take a spill.
3) Be Aware of Your Surroundings: Always make sure you’re being observant of your surroundings. Look both ways when you cross the street, stop at intersections, be aware of potholes and other hazards, and last but not least, take notice of cars, pedestrians and other bikers on the road.
4) Eyes on the Road: Let this be a lesson to all future car drivers: always keep your eyes on the road! Keep your mobile phone in an area that you can’t access while riding your bike. Distracted biking is one of the biggest causes of serious accidents.
5) Check Your Equipment: Before you hop on your bike, perform a thorough inspection to ensure all parts are in good working order. Make sure your wheels are inflated and your brakes are functioning properly. Don’t leave anything to chance.