Follow These Safety Tips If Your Child Rides a Bike to School
Depending on where you live in relation to your child’s school, you may decide that it is safe for him to ride his bike to school. This can be a great form of exercise and a way to teach your child to be independent. However, riding a bike can be dangerous, and you need to know what you can do to help your child avoid being the victim of a bicycle accident.
Tips to Keep Your Child Safe When Riding to School
Child bike safety begins with the parents, and when you do not provide your child with this valuable information, a tragic accident can occur that causes him to suffer life-altering injuries. Here are ways to keep your child safe when riding his bike to school:
Wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet can help prevent a devastating brain injury if your child falls off his bike or is injured in a bicycle accident. Teach your child to always wear a helmet when riding his bike to school or anywhere else.
Be visible. Explain to your child that bike riders can be less visible than cars due to their smaller size. Have your child wear bright clothes or a reflective jacket to be more visible to drivers. If he must ride when it is dark, be certain that he uses his headlights.
Follow safety rules. Bikers must follow basic traffic safety rules, like stopping at a stop sign until he has the right of way and signaling before turning. Teach your child these rules and be certain that he follows them before allowing him to ride a bike to school. In addition, make certain that he understands the importance of remaining alert to potential dangers at all times.
Pick the safest route. Picking the route that you believe is safest may be common sense, but far too often parents neglect to weigh the risks when designating these routes. Selecting a route that has few intersections, busy roads, and abandoned areas is best, as doing so drastically reduces the number of potential dangers. However, if avoiding these areas is not possible, make sure you teach your child how to navigate through these areas in a safe manner.
Talk about safe behavior when riding independently. Teach your child to not talk to strangers, not to accept rides from anyone, and to always be aware of his surroundings. You cannot assume that your child knows about these safety guidelines, especially when he is in elementary school.
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