If your child recently approached you asking for their first bike or they are now ready to begin riding without their training wheels, you probably felt a little excited as you likely remember what it was like when you first learned to ride a bike. But, like most parents, those feelings of excitement dwindle away and are followed by feelings of fear and anxiety. What if my child falls? What if they ride in the street when a car is approaching? What if they lose control of the bike while riding? Although those are all valid concerns, the fact is, you can ease these feelings by preparing your child for the worst so they can enjoy riding their bike, and do so in a safe manner.
You see, when a child wants to begin riding a bicycle, they need to become aware of the many responsibilities they will take on. While riding a bike seems exciting and fun, it can be dangerous and this is something that must be reiterated to your child over and over again. The reality is, “more than half a million collisions between motor vehicles and bicycles occur in the United States each year” that result in injuries and deaths [Source: AAA Exchange]. So, to help prevent your child from becoming the next victim of an accident, you are encouraged to read through these safety tips and implement those you feel will work best when teaching your child how to ride a bike safely and responsibly.
- The first thing you need to do is choose the right type of bike for your child. The AAA Exchange has some tips on how to choose the appropriate size bike for your child.
- The next thing you will want to do is choose the right type of helmet and one that is approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
- Once your child has their bike and helmet, you then need to go through the basic instructions necessary to teach them how to ride a bike. During this time, it is important that you always ride with them and only travel in areas with little traffic going through it. As you work with your child to help them improve their skills, the AAA Exchange says you should emphasize the following:
- Remind your child that they should always wear a helmet.
- Always stop and check for traffic before entering the roadway.
- Teach your child to ride on the right side of the road and in the same direction as traffic.
- Obey all traffic signs and signals.
- Ride with caution around parked vehicles and remember to keep an eye out for opening doors.
- Be sure to always use the appropriate hand gestures for when you need to communicate your intentions to other drivers.
- Familiarize with yourself with vehicle rules and regulations and explain them to your child.
- Never carry a passenger.
Teaching your child to ride a bike is both enjoyable and frightening all at the same time, but serving as a good role model and continuously reminding them of the safety precautions they should be taking can help them avoid an accident. The last thing any parent wants is to see their child suffer from an injury caused by a distracted driver who wasn’t looking out for bike riders. However, if your child recently engaged in an accident in Alexandria with another driver and you are looking to hold them accountbale for the damage they have caused, contact Alexandria, LA personal injury attorney Davey Jones. Our office will work endlessly to see to it that justice is served and that you and your child are properly compensated for the injuries they have caused your child to sustain.
You can call or visit the Jones Law Firm at:
1330 Jackson Street
Alexandria, LA 71301