Teach Your Kids Bike Safety
When you're teaching your child to ride a bike one of the most exciting moments is the first time they hold the handles steady and pedal away without your guidance. You're just as thrilled as they are when they say, "Look! I'm doing it." However, you should take a moment to make sure they have a firm grasp of bike safety. Before they pedal too far, go over this quick guide to bike safety.
Inspect Your Bike Before Each Ride
Teach your kid to give their bike a quick inspection before they go for a ride. They should start by making sure their tires are inflated properly. Then double-check their reflectors. They should have reflectors on the front, rear, pedals, and spokes so they can be seen at night. Next, make sure they have a horn or bell attached to their bike. Before each ride, they should make sure it's working. Finally, show your child how to adjust their seat to the proper height and make sure it is locked in place.
Make Yourself Visible
Teach your little one how important it is to be seen by motorists. The first thing they should do is plan to ride their bikes during the day and wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright clothing. If they have to ride at night, they should wear reflective clothing and use flashing lights.
Wear Protective Gear
No matter how uncool they think it is, your child should always wear a helmet and, if possible, other protective gear. Their helmet should fit snugly on their head. You can adjust the size with padding or a fitting ring. Position the helmet one to two inches above their eyebrows and buckle and tighten the chin strap. You shouldn't be able to fit more than two fingers between the chin strap. If they have elbow and knee pads they should be worn as well.
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Learn The Rules Of The Road
Bicycles are considered vehicles and bicyclists, like motorists, are responsible for protecting everyone they share the road with. So, make sure to teach your children traffic and bike laws. You can get acquainted with Virginia bike laws here.
Teaching your kids about traffic laws early will give them a foundation for learning how to share the road when they start driving. When they're ready to trade their bike in for their first car, come visit us at Warrenton Toyota.
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