It can sometimes feel like we’re leading more and more ‘workaholic’ lives, with less time than ever to get everything done. It’s a problem that is simply contributing to the obesity crisis, as many of us struggle to find the spare hours to exercise.
That’s just one reason why scooting can be so great for the school run. You and your child will get to feel the wind in your hair and tone up, while also reaching school quickly!
But here are some vital scooter safety tips for you to bear in mind as a parent.
Plan The Route In Advance
If you have never scooted a particular route before, we strongly advise you to go on a ‘test run’ by yourself first. This way, you can better spot potential problems for any children who may attempt the route – such as busy roads or steep hills – and perhaps find an alternative way if necessary.
Check The Scooter Is Safe To Ride
It isn’t just the route that may pose safety issues for scooter users! That’s because the scooter itself needs to be in tip-top shape for the school run.
Remember to regularly perform the ‘L’ check on any scooter that you or a child is set to ride to school. This is so-called because it involves starting at the top of the ‘L’ and working your way down, and then along.
Pay particular attention to the handlebars – they should be set at the appropriate height, and the clamp holding them needs to be tight.
The wheels should also be fully attached and spin freely, the brakes securely bolted and the folding mechanism completely locked in the riding position. You should be mindful, too, of any missing or badly damaged parts.
Ensure Your Child Observes The ‘Etiquette’
You should encourage your child to be mindful of other footpath users when scooting. You won’t want them to frighten or inconvenience anyone else walking along the pavement. Putting a bell on your child’s scooter could be handy so that they can alert anyone on the pavement that they are fast approaching. This might even be a legal requirement depending on the state (e.g. Victoria)
Another vital tip is to not use a scooter on the road! That should include your child stopping and getting off their scooter before crossing the road. Sticking to the footpath is the best way to keep your child safe.
And as with other wheel related sports: wearing a helmet is essential for safety!
Bring Along The Essentials For The Journey
Even if the school run isn’t that long, riding on a scooter means being much more exposed to the elements than would be the case if you were in a car.
So even if it isn’t wet, we would suggest that you bring a raincoat with you. A bottle of water can also be invaluable for keeping yourself hydrated – and again, these things equally apply to any child on their own scooter.
Finally, you and your children should also wear helmets when scooting. This especially applies for young children, but of course, parental influence is vital here. If you ride your own scooter at the same time as your kids ride theirs, always wearing a helmet enables you to set a great example!
Remember that above all, scooting is supposed to be fun – for all of you! So, don’t take it too seriously. Follow the above scooter safety tips, and you can concentrate fully on enjoying you and your kids’ scooter ride to school each morning.
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