What Parents Should Know About Motorcycles and Children
Have you ever taken your child for a ride with you on your motorcycle? If so, then you probably know how much fun they had and how likely it is that they will want to ride kids motorcycle helmet with you again the next time you go. Giving your child a ride on your motorcycle can be a wonderful experience, but can also go horribly wrong if you are not careful and do not follow standard safety procedures.
The first thing to remember is that is illegal to give your child, or any individual for that matter, a ride on your motorcycle if you do not have a license. Always be sure that the individual giving the ride is properly licensed and capable of doing so.
It is OK to let children ride in front and in most cases it may be more safe and comfortable to have them ride in front. A smaller child may be more safe riding in front than a larger child. Larger children, however, are encouraged to ride in back.
You should always make sure that your child is wearing a helmet, and if you have to choose between styles, then the full face motorcycle helmet should be chosen since they provide the most protection to the rider. Other types of helmets may be worn, but they will not protect your child as well as the full face version.
As far as where you take your child is up to you and really depends on your level of comfort as far as having them ride with you goes. You can take them on the highway, but you may or may not be comfortable doing so because of the dangers that are involved.
For safety purposes, you should never allow your child to ride a motorcycle with another child, or allow your child to give another child a ride on a motorcycle. This is just not safe because of the fact that kids like to show off for their friends, and that’s when accidents can occur. The motorcycle becomes more difficult to operate when there is more than one person on it so if the child driving is not that experienced, he or she could have trouble operating it under these conditions.