Now that the weather is finally warming up this year, it is
time to head outside with the little ones for a few rays of sunshine and a
breath of fresh air. You can grab some sports equipment for an afternoon of
fun, or even find a pair of binoculars to go on a nature walk with the kids.
Of course, if you are looking for an activity that will
guarantee your children have a blast this summer, consider bringing out the
bikes, rollerblades, or skateboards for some fast-paced fun. Before you do,
however, make sure to grab the
T-Rx Bonez Mohawk Helmet
from the Imagine Toys® online store to keep your children safe and protected as they cruise
down the street
In addition to wearing helmets, though, there are numerous
safety guidelines you should
follow to ensure your little ones
safe on wheels
this summer. Consider the following bike, skateboard, and
safety tips for kids for
a fun and stress-free summer.
Helmets Are Always Necessary
If you plan on having your children use bikes or any other
wheeled devices this summer, it is absolutely imperative that they always wear
a helmet during the process. Children between five and 14 have some of the
highest rates of
non-fatal bicycle-related injuries, with many taking trips to the emergency
department in the wake of an accident. Of course, in the event of an accident, having
a helmet strapped to your child’s head will protect him or her from a
Are there ever any reasons to be lenient about the helmet
rule? Should you allow your kids to ride without a helmet if there are no cars
around, or even on softer surfaces like grass? Absolutely not – even if
children beg to take a trip without a helmet, stay strong and require them to keep
it on their heads and all time.
Furthermore, what’s the best way to ensure your kids wear
this protective device on a bike? Lead by example. If you toss a helmet on your
head each time you hit the road, showing your kids that it’s a requirement of
everyone, your little ones are much more likely to do the same.
When the Sun Goes Down, It’s Time to Come In
Along with requiring your little ones to wear a helmet each
and every time they hop on their bikes or skateboards, it is also important for
you to bring them inside the moment it becomes
too dark to see out on the street. Even if you live in a
residential neighborhood with no cars, and your kids ride on perfectly
manicured streets with no potholes or other blemishes, riding should still be
restricted to the daytime hours. Riding during the night, when visibility is
highly diminished or near zero entirely, is extremely dangerous, and can put
your children at risk of a serious injury. To avoid this,
set a time limit for riding, and stick to it once the sun goes down.
Always Ride Together, or Supervise Street Riding
Learning how to ride a bike is a large milestone in the life
of any child. To be sure, the ability to ride a bicycle provides a sense freedom
or kids of all ages; as such, kids who have mastered the skill of bike riding
may ask to ride around the neighborhood by themselves, or with their siblings
No matter how adamant your child is that he or she can ride
safely without being supervised, you should never let him or her out of your
sights on a bicycle during younger years. Even when only riding around the
neighborhood streets, make sure to stay close at all times.
Obey Rules of the Road
Before heading out for a ride into town with your little
ones, make sure they understand the importance of abiding by the rules of the
road. This includes
stoplights and stop signs, yielding for pedestrians, and signaling when making
. Failing to do so may be against the law, but more importantly it
could put you in unnecessary danger.
And in some cases, it may ultimately make more sense to
leave the bikes at home, and instead walk, drive, or even take the bus. Bicycling
is an extremely efficient and healthy way to get around town, but you should
only do so with your children in a safe manner. If you are concerned that traffic
will be heavy or there won’t be any bike lanes, don’t put your kids at risk and
avoid biking into town.
Ride Your Bikes and Stay Safe
The summer months provide the perfect time to ride bikes,
skateboards, and rollerblades. But before you head out on your wheels, pick up
a new helmet for your kids, and read through these tips to stay safe on the
road with your little ones.