Bicycle safety: Tips for picking the right helmet

East Tennessee Children's Hospital wants to make sure kids are safe on their bikes this summer. Susan Cook, injury prevention coordinator at Children's Hospital, gives a few tips for bike safety, and reminds kids that the most important safety device is a helmet.

  • Make it a rule to always wear a helmet whenever you or your child is on a bike. It is the law in Tennessee that every bike rider and passenger under the age of 16 must wear a helmet.
  • It is important that the helmet fits correctly. It should be comfortable and snug but not too tight. It should sit centered on the head and should not be able to rock back and forth or side to side. The helmet straps must always be buckled snugly against your chin.
  • Make sure the bicycle is the right size for the rider.
    When sitting on the seat, the rider's feet should touch the ground.

  • Secure the reflectors, check the brakes, and make sure the tires are inflated.
  • Always ride on the right side of the road, never against traffic. Stay as far to the right as possible.
  • Use appropriate hand signals.
  • Respect traffic signals, stopping at all stop signs and stoplights.
  • Always look left, right, and left again before entering a street or crossing an intersection. Look back and yield to traffic coming from behind before turning left.