A tricycle provides more stability than a conventional bicycle. The addition of the third wheel increases its road grip and reduces the chances of falling down. Despite the numerous benefits of riding a tricycle, you still need to take some precautions while riding it.
In this article, we will be discussing all the safety tips related to tricycle riding.
Let’s make your tricycle rides safe!
General Safety Checklist: Before setting out for a trip on your tricycle, make sure that everything is in order. You can check the following things to ensure safety
- Lights are working properly
- Check your brakes
- Tires are inflated
- The seat is secure and properly fastened
- Handlebars are fixed and secure.
6. Wear a Helmet:
Just like riding a bicycle or motorbike, a helmet is a first and foremost precaution you need to take before leaving for a trip. We agree that flipping or falling from a tricycle is very rare due to its enhanced stability, but there is still a possibility. You may flip while taking a sharp turn, collide with other vehicles on the road, lose control, and crash into something. In case of any such unfortunate event, the helmet will come to your rescue and protect you from head and face injuries.
7. Make Yourself Visible: As tricycles are lower than bicycles, there are chances that other motorists may not notice you on the road, especially SUVs and high vehicles. The best way of dealing with this problem is to add a bright-colored flag on the back of your tricycle. Make sure that this flag is around 4-5 feet high, so it is visible to other people on the road from a faraway distance. Adding a reflecting tape with the flag is also a good idea to increase visibility. If you ride your tricycle in the day time, reflectors are good enough for other people to notice you. For night time riding, you should add battery-powered bright lights for safe commuting.
8. Give Hand Signals: It is crucial to make other people know about your actions before doing them. For example, if you are planning to turn right, an arm signal with your right hand can let the people know about your intention to turn right; they will slow down or adjust the speed accordingly.
9. Don’t make Sharp Turns: Tricycles have more stability as compared to bicycles; this does not mean that you can make sharp turns at high-speed. Always reduce speed while making turns on a tricycle to avoid flipping over. Your speed while turning should be very slow so that both the back wheels stay on the road. You may be tempted to get in corners or tight areas, but remember that the part of the tricycle behind you is wide and may not fit in the corners or tight spots.
10. Follow Road Rules:
Riding a tricycle does not mean that road rules are not applicable. You should follow all the rules on the road like traffic stops, reduce speed signs, lane discipline, and all the related road signs and safety measure signs. Always ride in the specified lane for bicycles or tricycles if available.
11. Watch Out for Pits and Bumps: You should slow down your tricycle when you are facing a bumpy road or pits on the road. The first instinct is to avoid the front wheel while passing such pits and bumps; the wheels on the back can still hit the cracks and can cause a fall over. Remember to slow your speed in such situations.
12. Keep Safe Distance:
Keep a safe distance from other bicycles or tricycles on the road and other vehicles as well. Bikes and tricycles require more time to come to a halt. Therefore you should maintain a safe distance from the vehicles ahead of you. Do not get on heels of other tricycles or bicycles while riding. People who are new to tricycles must also ensure that they maintain a safe distance on left and right as well while passing by other cyclists on the road. Tricycles have more width than bicycles, and it takes some time to adjust to it.
13. Avoid Adventurism: Drive safely and do not try to become a superhero or a stuntman on your tricycle. You may be tempted to do some tricks and stunts that you may have seen on TV or your cell phone. Remember those are done by professionals under strict safety measures and controlled environments. Do not risk your safety by doing such stunts. Make sure that you do not go too fast and drive too slow that you become a nuisance for other people on the road. Maintain an average speed and follow the road laws while riding.
Tricycle Safety Tips for Kids
Giving your kids a tricycle can be a risky decision. According to a report* published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, there were 9340 tricycle injuries reported in 2012. It states that the most number of casualties, 2857, happened to children aged 2. Elbow, knees, and head injuries were the most common. Based on this report, you must take the following precautions while giving a tricycle to your kid.
- Do not let your kids go on the road until they are aware of all the road signs, safety and have a general understanding of how things work out there.
- Never let the kids ride without a helmet, gloves, knee pads, cycling shoes, and other safety equipment like lights and flags on the tricycle.
- Do not let kids under 3-4 years ride a tricycle.
- Make sure that the tricycle has s sturdy construction and stable design
- Make sure that the tires and all parts are made of high-quality material.
Tricycles are a fun and comfortable way to commute and also keep you healthy. They are also cheap as you save a lot of money by avoiding gas refills. You do not harm the environment by your tricycle as well. We suggest you follow all the safety tips mentioned above and ride safe.