Before teenagers can get their licenses and drive cars, they get around by riding bikes. However, cycling also comes with risks.
Cycling accidents are pretty common throughout America. Road accidents kill 1,000 and injure 130,000 cyclists every year in the country. However, you can take measures to help lessen the risk for your teen.
Rules for cyclists in Ohio
Ohio enforces strict cycling rules. Keep your teen safe by teaching them these regulations, including the following:
- Ride on the right-most side of the roadway.
- A maximum of two cyclists can ride side by side on the same lane, except for bike lanes.
- Avoid cycling near the edge of the road if the lane is crowded or obstructed.
Violating these cycling laws can lead to a minor misdemeanor. However, repeat violations can result in a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge and fines, depending on the circumstances.
Taking safety precautions
You can also ensure your teen’s safety while biking by making them take these precautions:
- Always wear a helmet that fits properly.
- Wear reflective or fluorescent clothes to increase visibility, depending on the lighting conditions.
- Ensure installation and maintenance of active lights on their bicycles.
- Avoid cycling in harsh road conditions.
Additionally, you can impose curfews and area limits when they go out cycling because roads can be more dangerous during nighttime or in urban areas.
Other ways to keep them safe
Even after giving them protective gear, you can never tell how teenagers behave while cycling unsupervised. You can cycle with them and teach them how to act on the road. With experience, they can develop safety habits that will stay with them even after they switch to driving cars.