Family Mountain Biking

SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND WHILE BIKING WITH KIDS

Mountain biking is a great physical outdoor activity you can share with your kids. In a way, it’s also educational since you can teach your son or daughter lessons about nature and survival. However, things can go awry while you’re out biking with kids. To keep your children safe while out on a biking trail, keep in mind some of these biking safety tips.

MAKE SURE YOUR KID IS READY

The first thing you need to do before taking your kids off to the mountain tracks is to make sure they’re ready for it. Your kids need to know the basics of riding a bike before they can go with you on the mountain trail. First, they must be able to ride straight without swerving. Your children also need to know how to look behind them without swerving. Additionally, your kids must know how to stop and how to control their speed.

BUY THE RIGHT BIKE FOR YOUR KIDS

One of the things that keep your children safe while on the mountain biking trail is having the right bike. Make sure the bicycles your children are using fit their physique well. You must never get your kids bikes that are too big for them since doing so makes them more prone to having accidents. A single-speed bike would be enough for your child to use.

PREPARE FOR THE TRIP

Prior to the trip, you must ready everything your kids need. First, check if you and your kids’ bikes are working properly. Also, check if your kids are wearing their protective gear properly, especially their helmets.

Apart from preparing the equipment, you also need to familiarise yourself with the mountain trail you’re going to ride through. This is going to make it easier for you and your kid to avoid accidents and problems along the way.

ALWAYS WEAR HELMETS

All bikers, especially children, need helmets. In any outdoor activity, accidents and undesirable situations can happen, and it’s best to be ready when they do. Injuries to the head are probably the most dangerous ones you or your children can get. Wearing a helmet can prevent you from suffering one, even if you hit your head.

KNOW THEIR LIMITS

Another safety tip for biking with kids is that you have to know their limits. You have to know if the terrain is too rough or if the slope is too steep for them to go through. This makes it easier for you to guide them and help them as you ride through the trail. Your kids can also push themselves too hard, which can ultimately cause some accidents and injuries. By knowing what they can and can’t do, you can stop this from happening and prevent them from getting hurt along the way.

Spending some time with your kids while enjoying outdoor activities are not without any risks. This is why you must always prioritise their well-being. Following these safety tips for biking with kids will eliminate most of your worries. This, in turn, makes the activity more fun and exciting.

 


 

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Peter Williams
peterwilliams@dinga.com.au

Peter loves bikes of all kinds. He has a passion for mountain biking right through to cycling long distance. He is sharing his experience here OnDECK.