A helmet is the most important piece of equipment you can use when riding a bike. In fact, it is so important that Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a division of the federal government, devised safety standards for helmets. When purchasing headgear, always make sure that your helmet contains a sticker stating that it meets the requirements of the CPSC.
STAY SAFE AS YOU PEDAL
Here are some important reminders about helmets:
- Always wear a helmet.
- Helmets should be worn so that they cover your forehead with the straps fastened.
- Take care of a helmet by placing it in its proper storage place and not throwing it around when you are not wearing it.
- Place reflective stickers on helmets, especially for kids, so that motorists can see them on the road.
- If you fall down, get a new helmet, as it may not be as effective after a crash.
Be sure to follow the rules of the road while biking:
- Keep an eye out for motorists, even if you are on a sidewalk or trail.
- When crossing a busy road, walk your bike through the intersection instead of riding it.
- Always keep your hands on the handlebars.
- Obey traffic laws just like motorists. That means stopping at stop signs and obeying streetlights.
- When riding in a group, do so in a single-file line.
- Always be on the lookout for common fall spots, like potholes.
Wearing the appropriate attire is important for staying safe.
- Wear brightly colored clothing and place reflective material on your bike.
- Do not wear loose pants or have long backpack straps or loose shoelaces.
- Always wear sneakers when biking.
- Wear riding gloves to get a better grip on the handlebars.