If you’re a biker who has children, you probably want them to have the same love for the road that you do. Maybe you picture the two of you bonding side-by-side on the highway and sharing a moment while also sharing the road. On the other hand, as a biker who knows the dangers of riding, you may want your kids to stay as far away from a motorcycle as they can, adopting an attitude of “Do as I say, not as I do.” By the time they come of age, there’s really nothing anybody can do to stop your child from getting their motorcycle endorsement. The best you can do is to teach them how to stay safe and responsible on the road.
Getting to Know the Bike
If your child expresses an early interest in riding, you would do well to acquaint them with the ins and outs of motorcycles. This includes teaching them about the importance of tire pressure, fluid levels and everything else required for a bike to run at optimal performance. Learning to respect the bike early on makes for more engaged and conscientious riders.
Whether it’s stressing the importance of protective gear or reinforcing the rules and potential hazards of the road, it’s important for you to make sure that your child knows that with the exhilaration of riding comes a certain degree of danger. As both an experienced rider and a parent, you’re much better equipped to tell them this vital information than a stranger who rarely gets on a motorcycle.
It’s critical that you offer whatever words of wisdom you can to your budding riders, but the fact is, you can’t protect them from all the other drivers on the road. If you or your child has been involved in a motorcycle accident caused by the carelessness of another driver, call an experienced and qualified attorney to help you seek maximum damages and overcome your trauma.
Andrew Prince is a dedicated lawyer and staunch advocate for the rights of motorcycle riders. Call today if you’re a biker who has been injured in an accident.