Is your son/daughter driving safe from ROAD accident? Head scarves a must, but no HELMET.
Students learn to drive cycles on the road. But they want to drive together and talk while cycling. Many times two or three cyclists students drive on the road blocking the other vehicles. Many accidents happen while big vehicles take turn or overtaking such students. We blame truck driver or car driver, but generally fault lies with cyclist or two wheelers. I must have saved one person daily on an average on such occasions. I have to apply brakes, blow horns to ask them to give way to my car.
They never promote utility value. Many times I think why RTO is not taking any objection on such advertising promoting risky driving. LAW should be made that every advertisement of VEHICLE promotion has to get approval of RTO before releasing.
How to Make Wearing a Helmet a Habit
Establish the helmet habit early: Begin to incorporate helmet safety as soon as your child gets their first bike. If possible, start them off with helmets while they are still on tricycles to establish the link between wheeled vehicles, pavement and helmets. If they learn to wear a helmet from their first moments on a bike it will become a lifetime habit.
Wear one yourself. Be a role model for your kids; they learn best by watching you and if they see that you are wearing a helmet they will want to wear one too.
Encourage their friends to wear helmets. Use peer pressure in a positive way to get your kids wearing helmets. If several families in your neighborhood make helmet use a regular habit at the same time, it will make encouraging your children to wear a helmet easier.
Talk to them about why you want them to protect their heads
Let them know:
- Their bikes are not toys, but their first vehicles.
- That riding a bike gives them a new responsibility, but that responsibility means being safe and following the rules of the road as well.
- They can hurt their heads permanently or even die from a head injury.
Point out when watching sporting events how many professional athletes use helmets. Football and hockey players, baseball batters and race car drivers wear them. Explain why these athletes wear helmets and why they should too.
Plan bicycle outings together when all family members wear their helmets.
Don’t let them ride their bikes unless they wear their helmets. Be consistent. If you allow your children to ride occasionally without helmets or do it yourself, they will not believe your messages about the importance of wearing them.
For fun you could even give them a bike license when they have proven to you that they know how to be bike safe!