One cannot learn to ride a cycle without falling down. Cycling never seemed to be very dangerous when we drove. Now, when our kids ride, somehow parental instincts take in and make us worry. Are you a parent who wants to make sure that your child does not get any serious injury? You need to do your part to make sure that they do not get seriously injured during cycling.
When To Send Them To The Road?
Just because your son learned to ride the big boy cycle, it does not mean that you can send him to the road. A child should be at least 11 years before he can be allowed to ride on roads.
First of all, helmet is a must. Though your child is not going to race more than 6 miles per hour, the other vehicles on the road might be fast. Thus, helmet is a must. The second part and the important part is that, a low grade helmet is equivalent to no helmet at all. You need a helmet that would safeguard your child’s head and neck during an accident. The helmet that you buy for your kid should comply with the standards in your state.
Riding inside your house or in an off-road track would require a helmet too. No matter how small or slow the fall is; injury to head and neck can be dangerous and terrifying. Helmet might not be stylish but, it is essential. Teach him the importance of helmet.
Training And Practice
The kid would need a lot of practice before he starts on road. Make sure that he is very confident in driving amidst obstacles so that he can drive on road. Teach your children about the road safety, road rules and other responsibilities before letting him on road. Do not push into roads immediately after off-roads. Take them to some riding trips. Let them drive in parks and other places with less traffic before they hit the roads.
Make sure to dress your kid in some reflective color to be easily spotted by others on road. Dress them such that no cloth gets stuck in the wheel or would disturb them during pedaling. Make sure that their dresses do not fall on their face or obstruct their vision.
Do not let them fly off when they get their wings. Monitor how they ride by following them. Give constructive feedback. This would help them to keep it within limit as they know you are always watching them.
In some cases negative motivation would help a lot. Talk to your child about what would happen if you do not follow the rules. Talk about the head injuries and the consequences. This would motivate them to ride safe. Make sure not to frighten them too much.
Set An Example
If you are ride your bike without helmet, there is no chance that your kid would wear a helmet. If you disobey the road rules, remember that he would take this up as an example. You are his first role model and thus, make sure to play it by the rules.
Family Riding Trips
Take your child to some riding trips. There are a lot of places that provide family friendly riding tracks for you to take your kid with you. This would help him to build stamina and also learn all the rules.
Choose The Right Bike
A good bike is not always the right bike. Make sure to choose the bike that would suit your child’s height, weight and other parameters. Take time in choosing the right brand and model for your child.
Maintain The Bike
The right bike is again not alone enough. The bike should be maintained properly. Make sure that the brakes are working and all the parts are in perfect shape. The main parts to check are brakes, pedal, wheel, rims and seat. Tires should not be at high pressure or at very low pressure.
Avoid Dangerous Paths
Riding during rain is a wonderful experience. But, remember that it might be slippery and dangerous. Ask your child to avoid some dangerous paths till he becomes more confident.
Kids would not listen. They tend to race up. If you restrict them, they would race when you are not watching. It is hard to restrict them. Remember that you need to teach them about the consequences of not following the rules. If needed, you can ground them for a few days. After all, the safety of your child is of high priority. On the other hand, your child has to learn everything by trying. You cannot restrict them everything and expect them to learn. Let them learn while you monitor them.