Summer is ending and school is about to begin. All over Seattle, you’ll see parents and children purchasing school supplies and new clothes. Only a few families, though, will give a thought to a school-related purchase that’s as important: bike safety equipment is a must for those who are using this mode of transportation to get to and from school.
Keeping Your Kids Safe While They’re Traveling to School
Child biking safety begins with the parents, and when you don’t provide them with this valuable information, trouble can ensue. Here are three tips that may keep your children out of trouble this year:
Help them know their bikes. If you’re considering purchasing a new bike, now is the time to do it. Comfort is important when it comes to biking safely, and if your child isn’t used to the new bicycle, he may become injured. Give him plenty of time to become familiar with the way the bike works, and let him learn how to fix routine problems such as a chain that needs lubrication or a tire with low pressure. Also, get him accustomed to riding while wearing a helmet, and make sure you choose the proper type. You may be surprised at just how much donning head protection can make an impact on his riding capabilities.
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 isn’t 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. Even if you assume your child knows about this type of safety, you can never know for sure how he will respond in such a situation. Don’t find out the hard way.
We Want to Help You and Your Child
If your child was the victim of a bicycle accident in Seattle, Tacoma, or the surrounding areas, the Andrew Kim Law Firm may be able to help. Contact us today to learn how.