More and more children are riding scooters as their first mode of transport. With many learning to ride a scooter before they can ride a bike, it’s easy for simple safety skills to be overlooked.
Keeping your child safe when they are first learning to ride is important. However, you’ll need to be prepared for the odd accident while your child is mastering how to ride. Falling off, scratched knees, a few bumps and bruises are unfortunately all part of the learning curve.
Now kids will be kids, but if you teach your child about how to scooter safely, respect the rules, use the appropriate equipment and be generally responsible, there’s is a good chance that they will be able to avoid serious injury and accidents with the added bonus of using those skills throughout the scootering period of their life.
Here are some of the basic safety skills you can teach your child about riding a scooter:
Basic Road Safety Laws
- Scooters may be ridden on footpaths unless signs specifically prohibit them for doing so.
- Scooter Riders must keep to the left and give way to other pedestrians.
- Scooter Riders are not allowed to scooter on the roads
Safety Advice To Teach Them Should Include:
- On the footpath, scooter riders may need to slow down or dismount in busy areas.
- Be respectful of pedestrians, especially the elderly.
- Scooters are best ridden in recreational areas designated for their use.
What To Wear:
- Helmet – They will need to wear the helmet with the chinstrap firmly fastened and not twisted. (For the best protection, choose a bicycle helmet that is Australian Standard Approved).
- Protective Gear – teach them to wear knee and elbow pads from an early age. Once they have a little more experience riding and want to start showing off their fancy moves, wrist guards might be needed too.
There are equipment safety checks that you as a parent should regularly carry out to ensure your child’s scooter is safe. It’s also a good opportunity for you to teach your child how to check the safety of the equipment that they are using as well.
Check That The Scooter Has:
- Good Brakes
- No Sharp Edges
- The Steering Column Locks Easily, Won’t Collapse And Isn’t Too Short For Your Child
- A Bell or Horn
- Handlebar Grips Don’t Swivel
- The Running Board is High Off The Ground
- Anti-Skid Footboards are intact
Learning To Scoot
- Find a safe area for your child to learn how to use their scooter like your backyard or a park, that’s away from roads, driveways and steep slopes before heading onto a footpath
- Supervise your child when they are riding a scooter on the footpath before judging whether they can scoot ahead safely.
- Always make sure a grown-up is with your child while they are riding, at least until they are 10 years old.
- Teach your child the road safety rules.
What’s a Good Scooter Choice?
When considering what scooter to purchase, choose the Globber EVO Comfort. This 3-wheel Scooter has been designed to grow with your child from 12mths to 9yrs.
Globber scooters are built to outlast even the most robust kid. The new EVO Comfort also allows you to adjust the product to the exact height, comfort and movement stages of your child, giving it even more longevity.
A My Child Magazine mum reviewed the EVO comfort and here what she had to say:
“From the moment I received my daughter’s EVO comfort scooter, I knew this was a quality product. The Evo was easy to put together and I love how you can use the scooter as a ride on until your child is ready to scoot all on their own. The ride offered is very smooth, even on bumpy footpaths. I assume this is because the wheels are made with a higher quality material than other scooter’s available in the market. The stability and easy steering are just amazing, all these little things are what make the Globber EVO Comfort exceptional. I will be recommending this scooter to any family and friends that are looking to purchase a scooter for their child”.
Globber was founded in 2014 by experts with more than 20 years of experience in the riding & scooter industry. Globber has quickly established itself as a key player in the scooter market. With toddler, kids, teenager and adult scooters available, Globber transforms the conventional scooter with its reliable and innovative design. Globber encourages a fun and healthy lifestyle, while making everyday life a whole lot easier (and stylish)!
Now, that’s a good reason to consider a Globber scooter.