Every parent wants to make sure that his child stays safe on the road. If you’ve just bought an e-scooter for your kid, teach him how to use it first. Talk with him about the traffic rules, safety gear, and injury prevention. Take the time to show him how to ride his new bike on the streets. Here are some tips to help you out:
Getting Ready to Ride
Most kids are able to ride an e-scooter from a young age. These electricity powered vehicles can be safely used by children ages 3 and up. However, some models are designed for older kids and adults, so keep that in mind when buying a scooter. If your kid isn’t ready yet, don’t force him.
Make sure your kid can stand comfortably on the scooter. Show him where to keep him hands and feet, how to turn on the controls, and how to adjust the seat. Do not allow him to ride the scooter without wearing a helmet. It’s essential to teach your child about the importance of safety equipment at the same time you’re teaching him how to ride. Statistics show that wearing head protection can lower injury risk by as much as 85 percent.
Help Your Child Overcome the Fear of Riding
If your child is afraid to ride, let him know that nothing bad can happen as long as he’s wearing safety gear and obeying the traffic rules. Once you teach him the required skills of braking, balancing, and steering, things will get easier. Allow him to ride the scooter at home or in the backyard in the first few days. This way, you can keep your eyes on him at all times. As he progresses, let him take the scooter out for a ride. Stand next to him until he learns to operate the bike safely.
Don’t force your child to ride the scooter when he’s tired or exhausted. E-scooter riding should be a pleasant, fun experience, not a chore. If he’s having a hard time learning to operate to scooter, buy him a pair of protective shoes, elbow pads, and knee pads.
Many of the skills required for operating an e-scooter can be applied to car driving, cycling, and motorcycle riding. This, it’s important to help your child use the scooter properly and comply with the traffic rules. The sooner he learns, the better. Do whatever it takes to make him feel safe and comfortable.