Q: How can I protect my teen from a Vancouver bike accident?
As a concerned parent, you want to your kids to avoid Vancouver bicycle accidents and other dangers. It’s one thing to tell your 4-year-old that she can’t use her training bike without wearing her character-themed bicycle helmet. It’s another thing entirely to tell your rebellious 15-year-old son that he needs to suit up in reflective gear and a not-so-cool-looking helmet before he goes stunt riding with his older friends from school.
Short of acts of profound punishment and parental discipline, which are hard to do and even harder to enforce, what can you do? Here are some ideas:
- Try to get the teenager’s cooperation. This is obvious advice, but it can be extraordinarily challenging to implement, particularly if you have a willful teenager. The fact is this: you cannot always be around to enforce the wearing of a bicycle helmet. Therefore, you want to get the teen to want to cooperate with you. That may mean respecting your child’s independence and making certain compromises.
- Try to influence your teen’s peers. Teenagers often respect other teens more than they respect their parents. This isn’t to slight your parenting skills in any way. It’s just a fact. Your teen’s peers are hugely influential. In fact, some parenting experts believe that the best way to influence child behavior is to influence the peer group. If your kid keeps getting into bike accidents and other trouble, consider changing his school or altering the peer environment.
- Track results. Experience is our best teacher, especially when it comes to accident prevention and safety. Find out what works, in terms of getting the behavior you want, and then try to do “more of that.”
- Come to terms with your recent accident. Get in touch with the McComb Witten team today. Call us at 604-255-9018 to schedule a complimentary case evaluation. You may also wish to download our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim, for important insights into your Vancouver bike crash case.