Road Safety Tips for Kids: Cycling, Skating and Skateboarding

In-Line Skating

You may be nervous to allow your child to in-line skate, but it gets them moving. And in-line skating is a great sport to build your child's core and coordination. When your child heads out, make sure he or she is protected. Again these tips can help prevent trips to the emergency room.

The following tips are from the National Safety Council and the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Get instructions. Learn how to use the brake pads and stop safely.
  • Skate on smooth surfaces; avoid uneven pavement, gravel or driveways.
  • Don't skate at night. It's hard to see at night. Cars may not see your child or your child might not see obstacles or road problems ahead. Once the sun starts to go down, just put the skates away.
  • Check skates often for wear and tear. Make sure the wheels are tight and the brakes are not worn out.
  • Wear a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, wrist guard and gloves.

When you purchase your child's skates, make sure the skate fits right. Have your child take socks to the store to ensure it's the right fit. Or buy socks at the store that your child can wear with the skates. If you can squeeze the plastic boot, then the material is not strong enough and will not give your child enough support.

Skateboarding

You should always make sure your child avoids the surface streets. Take your child to the skate park to ensure safety. Remember, the most experienced skateboarders' fall; make sure your child learns how to fall safely to protect them.  

  • If your child loses their balance; crouch down on the skateboard so the fall is short.
  • Try to land on fleshy parts of the body.
  • Roll as you fall. This will prevent the arms from all absorbing all the force.
  • Go with the fall; be relaxed rather than stiff to prevent further injuries.

Other rules to follow:

  • Only one person on a skateboard is allowed.
  • Do not let bikes, cars or skaters pull your child while skateboarding.
  • Do not attempt tricks you see on TV on the streets. Go to a designated skate area.
  • Wear protective gear: helmet, gloves, wrist guards, knee pads, elbow pads and closed toed shoes.
  • Always check the skateboard for any wear and tear.

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