My dear daughter recently had her birthday wish come true when she was given her first bicycle (she had been hinting for months!). Mommy and Daddy found a pretty pink bike that we knew she would love but forgot about all about the helmet and had to rush out to find one so that she could actually enjoy her new present.
Simply wearing a helmet is not enough, though. Your child has to wear it correctly for it to keep him/her safe.
- Use foam pads inside to fit the helmet snugly so it doesn’t move on the head.
- Teach your child to wear a helmet so that it covers the upper part of the forehead and sits level on the head.
- Adjust the two side straps so they meet in a “V” right under each ear.
- Adjust the chin strap under the chin.
Here are 10 Tips for Safe Riding:
- Check to ensure that your bike fits your current height, weight, and age.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Always check the brakes on your bike before you head out for a ride.
- Stop and check for cars or other vehicles before riding into a street.
- Don’t ride at night.
- Obey traffic signs and signals.
- Give cars and pedestrians the right-of-way.
- Wear light or bright-colored clothing so that motorists can see you.
- Avoid broken pavement, loose gravel and leaves – which can cause you to lose control of your bike.
- Always remember to play it safe and to be aware of your surroundings.