When a child rides his or her bike to a Utah high school, there should not being any chance of damage. Unfortunately, in this day of cell phones, quick breakfasts, coffee and other distractions in cars combined with road rage from drivers who are in a hurry and don’t have time to wait for bicyclists, children are at greater risk than ever for being involved in an accident and getting hurt while on the road.
There are some things that parents can do to help keep their children safe on the road. On the top of the list parents need to make sure that they know about any legislation that may be coming up through the state or city governments that will make it safer for bicyclists and to support the legislation. That includes the maintenance of roads and the establishment of bike paths. Parents have the power to advocate for their children at the government level, and they should do so. Not only will they be making the roads safer for bicyclists, they will also be setting a good example for their children.
For more hands on type of safety, parents should make sure that their child is properly outfitted for the weather and to ride. When the cold weather blows, protecting the child means supplying a way for the child to remain warm while biking. Clothing should also be purchased that is reflective. If it is cost prohibitive for a child to get reflective clothing, reflective tape can be used. It is just important that the bicyclist standout in the dark and against shadows.
The bicycle should undergo yearly inspection to make sure that all of the parts are in working order. The chain needs to be properly lubed, the tires inflated to standard levels and the brake pads should not be worn down too far. A bicyclist’s greatest asset on the road is the bicycles agility. The ability to get out of the way is too valuable to give up because of a lack of maintenance.
A helmet is the best defense against traumatic brain injury. Protecting the child’s brain, especially when he or she is on the way to high school, is very important. Helmets provide a physical insurance against paralysis, memory loss due to injury and long hospital visits. Whether the child is riding a bicycle because he or she wants to help the environment, stay fit or the family needs to save on gas money, he or she should be able to do so in safety. Parents can be a great help in making sure that the child is prepared to face the dangers of the road with the correct equipment, clothing and gear.