7 Bike Safety Tips for Kids11:05 AM
While riding is a favorite pastime if many families, it is important to remember that, as with any physical form of activity, it can become dangerous if the proper safety precautions are not followed. To keep your family safe when riding, check out these not to be missed safety tips for kids.
Always Wear a Helmet
While it may seem like an obvious safety tip for cyclists, it would most likely surprise you to know how many cyclists still do not wear helmets. Whether you’re riding in your backyard or planning a family outing to the local bike tracks, be sure to lead by example and always wear a helmet. Lives are saved by helmets every year, so make sure that your kids are aware of how important wearing a helmet really is.
Caring for your Bike
While cycling is a great deal of fun, it is also important to teach your children about maintaining the care of their bike, to increase their level of riding safety. Every month, set aside a day with your children to check their tyres, apply lube to the chain and check for any service issues.
Child Seats & Trailers
If you’re planning on taking a small child on your bike for a fun day out, always double-check that your child seat or trailer is securely fastened to your bike, as per the safety and instructions manual.
Follow Road Safety Rules
Whether you plan on taking your children for rides on the road or not, you should always make them aware of the road safety rules for cyclists. While you may not be planning on riding on the road, your children are likely to come across a time where they will be near motorists, such as crossing the road to reach a park. Children who are aware of the proper road rules are more likely to show caution and take the correct safety measures when needed.
When embarking on a riding adventure, always prepare your children following sun safety rules. Sunscreen, a hat or visor, long sleeved clothing and sunglasses should always be worn.
Choose a Reliable Bike
With department stores lowering their prices every day, it is easy to opt for a cheaper model bike for your child. Kids bikes should only ever be a reliable make and model, ensuring that your child is protected by the utmost safety standards. Apollo, Merida Mongoose & Schwinn are all tried and tested models that will keep your child safe.
The Right Sizing
Choosing the right size of bike for your child will play an important role in their riding safety. While every child is different, there is a basic guide to follow when choosing your child’s new bike. Children aged between 3 and 4 years old should opt for a 20 inch bike size, while 5 to 70 year olds commonly require a 16 inch size and 8 to 10 year olds requiring a 20 inch bike. While these size guides provide a great starting point, it is always a good idea to get your child professionally fitted by a specialist at a reputable bike store.