Bikes are one of the first forms of transportation that your kids will have control over, and you should encourage them to go out, exercise and enjoy the fresh air that riding bikes provides. However, there are some safety issues that come up with riding bicycles that all parents should be aware of in order to keep their kids happy and healthy.
In many states, children have to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Even if it’s not the law in the state where you live, wearing a helmet is an essential aspect to bicycle safety. Some children may protest at the idea of wearing a helmet, but with the many options of designs that are available nowadays, you may even be able to find a helmet that would appeal to them. However, helmets should always be worn, whether your child likes the design of his helmet or not to help prevent concussions, brain injury and other head injuries when biking.
When buying a helmet, there are a several features that should be looked for. There are two different organizations that test the effectiveness of helmets in terms of impact: Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) or the Snell Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit group that tests helmet safety. Look for one of these two names on the helmet that you’re buying to ensure that the helmet is actually functional. Sometimes, the names will be on a sticker inside the helmet. Second of all, a brightly colored or fluorescent helmet will help your child stay safe from drivers, especially if they play in the late afternoon or evening times when it starts to get darker. Additionally, children who bike to school may be riding before the sun has fully risen which makes a brightly colored helmet a good investment, and will help drivers see your child earlier. Finally, make sure the helmet fits your child.