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Keep your child safe on the roads with these biking tips

Bicycling safety is important for adults on the roads, but more important is education for youth. Children are at a higher risk of injuries and collisions than adults, particularly because they have less experience on the roads.

Children love going out on their bikes. They get to see friends and get the exercise they need. What can you do to make sure your little one stays safe on and around the roads? Start with wearing a helmet. Helmets should always meet the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) standards. Additionally, if a helmet doesn't have a CPSC sticker, then it's time to get one that does. The helmet should be worn each time your child goes on a bike ride.

Helmets need to be fastened and fit correctly. It shouldn't be too small or too big. It should fit snug on the head. The front should come forward and cover the forehead. Then, if your child is in a collision, the front, sides and back of the head is protected.

If you notice your child's helmet has a lot of wear and tear or has straps that don't fit correctly, purchase a new helmet. This inexpensive item could save your child's life if he or she is in an accident with a vehicle or on his or her own.

Drivers have to be patient and slow down in neighborhoods and around schools. If a negligent driver speeds through a school zone or neighborhood, that person can be held responsible for his or her poor decision. Your attorney can help you get the compensation you need to help your child get the right medical attention.

Source: KidsHealth, "Bike Safety," accessed March 15, 2017

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