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The Best Safety Tips When Your Child Rides Dirt Bikes

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When your child learned to ride a bike, you were likely filled with pride. However, hearing that they want to take up dirt bike riding might give you some dread. How can you ensure your child is safe while they’re taking on this kind of activity? These are the top safety tips for kids riding dirt bikes.

Proper Terrain

Dirt bikes didn’t get that name by accident. Riding one on the street or sidewalk can be extremely dangerous, as they may not be equipped with the safety measures for those environments. 

Make a rule for your child that they can only ride their dirt bike on approved trails. They should have another bicycle that is for other situations. As always, they need to be following proper safety measures no matter what kind of bike they’re riding or where they’re riding it.

Proper Equipment

Proper equipment is of the greatest importance when your child rides dirt bikes. They need to have protective gear that’s properly worn. A secured helmet, pads for their knees, elbows, and chest and proper boots, gloves, goggles, and pants should never be considered any necessary expenses. 

If you have any trouble persuading your child to wear these dirt bike accessories, try using the power of role models. Show them pictures of their dirt biking heroes, adorned in the proper regalia. 

It might be a pain to put it all on, but it’s far better than having to deal with the pain that can come from not doing so. They can also enjoy the cool styles of these garments and be a good influence on their friends who are also interested in dirt bikes.

Be Mindful of the Weather

Weather conditions must be kept in mind when your child is riding dirt bikes. They shouldn’t be riding in any kind of rainy or snowy situations. They also should be riding anywhere that is hazardous due to recent precipitation, such as a muddy field. 

If they’re practicing, and things start to become inclement, call it a day. Your child needs to know that safety must reign supreme, even if they really want to keep going. Another, clearer day will always come, and it’s one that can be a lot more rewarding.

Progress Gradually

Calling dirt biking inherently dangerous is misleading. While there are definitely risks involved, these can be mitigated through starting slowly. A child doesn’t learn to walk out on a crowded sidewalk, after all. 

Your child isn’t going to get their first taste of dirt biking by doing some kind of daredevil jump off a course full of obstacles. Every lesson should be about making your child feel comfortable before going onto the next stage. None of these should be rushed through. Before they can try operating the dirt bike, they need to be able to balance it properly.

Proper Sizing

Maneuvering a dirt bike is hard to get used to, but it can be easier for your child if you find one that isn’t too heavy. By thinking light, you can help them adapt to sitting on any controlling their bike. 

However, you don’t want to get them one that’s so small they’ll be too big for it within a year. While your child growing is inevitable, you should be able to find a dirt bike for them that matches whatever their present and pending needs are.

Allow Accidents

Someone who has never fallen off a dirt bike is someone who’s never ridden one. If you become preoccupied with concern about them stumbling, they’re never going to feel truly comfortable. The training your child receives, whether from you or from an instructor, will be very useful in helping reduce accidents and injuries. 

But this is an activity that can only be mastered through repetition and learning from mistakes. Some of these mistakes will have physical consequences, but the whole world is full of risks. Your duty as a parent is not to shield your children from harm but to give them the guidance to prepare for how to best protect themselves from it.

Protecting your children should come naturally to you as a parent. But you also want to make sure you’re not letting these protective instincts prevent them from trying something worthwhile. There will be some scrapes and bumps along the way, but the right safety measures can really minimize potential damage.

Tim Esterdahl

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