Every parent has, at one point or another, been asked by their child if they can do something that you would deem as dangerous. And while you might have had a lot more say in what your kids did when they were little, as they get older, you’ll likely find that your opinion doesn’t seem to mean as much.
However, since you’re still concerned with the health and safety of your child, it’s important that you still find ways to ensure that your teens are taking the best possible care of themselves. So when your teen shares that they want to get a motorcycle, you might have better luck making this allowance with some fail-safes in place.
To help you with this, here are three rules you should set if your teen is wanting a motorcycle.
Require A Motorcycle Training Course
Before you allow your teen to get a motorcycle or drive a motorcycle, Brady Daniels, a contributor to EarnestParenting.com, recommends that you require them to take a motorcycle training course.
In this class, your teen will learn all about motorcycles, the laws they’ll need to follow, the best ways to stay safe when riding a motorcycle, how to avoid getting in motorcycle accidents and more. If your teen is unwilling to take this class before ever getting on a motorcycle, inform them that you don’t think they’re mature enough to understand the risks they take on when on a motorcycle, and that they shouldn’t be allowed to have or drive one.
Always Wear The Right Safety Gear
Wearing the right safety gear at all times can help protect your teen if and when they should have some kind of accident when on a motorcycle.
According to Willie Pena, a contributor to TeensWannaKnow.com, the right safety gear doesn’t just include a helmet, although that is a very important aspect of their safety gear. Your teen should acquire and always be required to wear safety gear including boots, goggles, gloves, and long, thick clothing on their arms and legs. Even if your teen is just taking their motorcycle down the street, they should wear all their gear, all the time.
Only Ride In Good Conditions
To be as safe as possible when on a motorcycle, it’s wise to only ride when the weather conditions are favorable. Because motorcycles can often be harder to control in inclement weather, it’s best that your teen avoid being out on the road in dangerous conditions.
Joanne Will, a contributor to The Globe and Mail, shares that you should create rules about your teen driving their motorcycle at night, in the rain, during cold weather, or in extreme wind.
If your teen is desperate for a motorcycle, consider using the rules mentioned above to do your best to keep them safe.