At some point, your child may decide that they want to bike to school. At first, you may shut them down over fears about their safety. However, you realize that giving in at some point will probably be necessary.
If your child is biking to school for the first time, here are some tips:
- Help plan their route. You should go along for a ride with your child, showing them the best route to and from school. This way, you always know where your child will be and what types of safety risks they may face along the way.
- Buy the right safety gear. Even though you hope your child is never part of an accident, this could happen. That's why wearing the proper safety gear at all times is a must.
- Have a plan for them to carry everything. It can be difficult enough to maintain control of a bike with nothing on board. If your child has to carry books and their lunch, among other items, it can be an even bigger challenge. Help your child plan for this.
For a child, biking to and from school may often be of the most enjoyable parts of their day. As a parent, however, these rides can be nerve-racking on many levels.
If your child is ever part of a car-bike accident, learn more about what went wrong so that you can better determine what to do next. If the driver was acting in a negligent manner, such as texting and driving, you may be able to hold them responsible in civil court in addition to whatever criminal penalties they may face.