Tweens and teens often shrug off the idea of wearing a helmet when bike riding. They think they're too old. They think they've got bike riding mastered. But they can't control what others do on the road, which is why even older kids need to wear a helmet every time they ride.
Yet recent studies have shown that more than half of young bicyclists don’t always wear helmets - despite the fact that helmets can reduce the chances of head injury by 85 percent and severe brain injury by 88 percent!
Here are some bicycle safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide to consider:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Check that the helmet fits. That means it should sit on top of the head in a level position and the straps must be buckled. The child should be able to look up and see the bottom rim of the helmet. The straps should form a “V” under the child’s ears. The straps should hug the child’s head.
- Make sure the bicycle is the right size for the child. The child should be able to sit on the seat and have both feet touch the ground.
- Make sure the child is not wearing long or loose clothing to avoid getting tangled up in the bicycle.
- Check that reflectors are secure, brakes work, gears shift smoothly and tires are inflated.
- When riding at dusk or dawn, make sure the child can be seen on the bicycle with reflectors or clothing and accessories that have retro-reflective material.
- Tell your children to ride with traffic and not against it. Teach them proper hand signals and to obey all traffic signs.
• Safe Kids Worldwide