Setting a Good Example: Wear a Helmet when Biking with Children
Helmets are continuously advocated because they save lives, end of story.
Helmets are there to keep you safe while you engage in bicycle and other cyclist activities, yet there are still instances where people are severely injured due to not wearing one.
Children are very susceptible to their surroundings and pick up on more things in a day than the average adult notices. In order to keep everyone safe, wear a helmet that fits properly when biking with children and ensure that they are wearing one as well.
A helmet will make any crash or accident much less traumatic and if the following statistics don’t convince you to wear a helmet, then we suggest you refrain from riding a bike.
- According to the Live Strong foundation and the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, head injuries are linked to 62.6% of bicycle-related fatalities. This is an astonishing amount when you think of how easily a helmet can reduce the percentage.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration informs us that by wearing a helmet, you will reduce your risk of head injury by 85%-88%.
- “The lifetime medical cost savings will total between $197 and $256 million,” for those who do wear a helmet, according to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.
- According to KIVITV, taxpayers who support medical insurance costs receive indirect costs totaling $2.3 billion, due to cyclists who choose to not wear a helmet.
According to the Children Safety Network, Bicycle injuries and deaths affect children and young people more often than any other age group.” This may be due to children riding bikes without parent supervision, or to parents not continuously instructing their children to wear a helmet when biking at all times.
While biking with children, you should get into the habit of putting on a helmet each time you get ready to ride and also teach them responsible bicycling precautions. Small steps can make all of the difference and if you start enforcing the importance of wearing a helmet while they are at a young age, they will continue to wear one as they grow.
Not wearing a helmet when riding a bike or motorcycle can cost not only an extensive amount of money, but it can cost you your life as well as the lives of those around you. It goes without being said that bike helmets are not an option, but a necessity to avoiding common accidents.