Bicycle safety is extremely important for the well-being of your children. For a child, riding their bicycle can be adventurous, exciting and eventful. However, if they are not properly trained and taken the necessary safety precautions, the excitement can turn deadly.
The following tips and suggestions can be extremely helpful to ensure your child has a great time, but also stays safe. Of course, if you have any further questions, please consult your doctor here at Riviera Pediatrics.
- Protect your head. Wear an appropriate-sized helmet. Ensure the strap is attached and appropriately adjusted. Make sure the helmet is squarely on top of the head and not tilted backwards.
- Stay visible. If the drivers on the road can see you, there is less likely of an accident. We suggest you install blinking lights on the front and back of the bicycle to ensure your child can be seen.
- Look, signal, and look again. Teach your child the appropriate hand signals when turning. This helps other drivers know where your child is intending to go. Make sure your child makes eye contact with the driver before proceeding. Never assume the car will stop.
- Stay alert. Make sure your child stays focused on the road and other obstacles in their path.
- Go with the flow. Teach your child to bike with the flow of traffic, not against.
- Act like a car. Drivers tend to get used to a normal flow of traffic from other cars. Teach your child not to weave in and out of their path. Of course, always be aware of your surroundings.
- Don’t get distracted. Listening to music or talking on the phone while riding a bicycle can pose a dangerous distraction. A child needs to be able to see and listen to what is going on around them.
- Always obey all traffic laws and lights. Disobeying such laws can lead to dangerous results. Make sure your child understands and respects the laws.
- Assure bicycle readiness. Make sure the bicycle is properly adjusted both for comfort and safety.
- Do a quick bicycle test. Just like we are taught as adults with our cars, make sure the child understands that a well-maintained bicycle is a safe bicycle. Make sure the tires are properly inflated and secure. Also check the brakes to ensure they are functioning properly.
If these simple tips are adhered to, your child is going to be put in a much better position to be safe and successful. Of course, if your child has an accident, please call our office to either schedule an appointment to see the doctor or to speak with a nurse.
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