The reason parents do not wear helmets on children, usually the distance is close or there is no supervision of the traffic police on guard. Though this can endanger the lives of children.
Failure to comply with safety standards when riding a motor vehicle, especially dangerous because protection is not optimal when an accident occurs, even life threatening.
The Global Status Report on Road Safety 2015 issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), states the death toll from traffic accidents has reached 1.25 million per year worldwide. While in Indonesia alone, no less than 36 percent of accidents that occur in motorcycle users, causing casualties.
Benefits of Wearing a Helmet
Wearing a helmet is a way to protect your head from collisions during an accident. Not only adults are advised to wear helmets, children also need to be protected by wearing helmets when driving.
The benefits of using a helmet in driving include:
Reducing the risk of death
Reducing the risk of death from accidents when riding a motorcycle. The data shows that the correct use of helmets can reduce risk by up to 30%.
Protect the head and minimize injury to the brain
Quality helmets can protect your head when a motorcycle accident occurs. A study revealed, the use of helmets while driving can reduce the risk of brain injury and also death due to accidents experienced.
Prevents injury to the face
In addition to injuries to the head, the use of helmets can also protect the face from injury due to accidents.
Teaching Children to Wear Helmets
Using a helmet when driving is highly recommended for safety. But getting children to use helmets when driving is not always easy. Feeling uncomfortable and feeling not free are often the reasons children refuse to wear helmets.
Well, so that children want to use helmets, the following things can be done:
Let the child choose his own helmet
Choose helmets labeled SNI (Indonesian National Standard) for security, as stipulated in Law No. 22 of 2009 concerning Traffic and Road Transportation. A good helmet will generally cover the forehead and head. On the inside of the helmet, usually there is foam with a thickness of 3.8 cm and has a hard outer surface in order to protect the head.
When choosing a helmet, adjust it to the size of the head so that it fits and is not easily detached when worn. Also make sure the hook on the chin is fully attached when the helmet is worn. Now, to be interested in using a helmet, let the child choose the helmet he likes so that the child is happy when wearing it.
Make it a daily habit
Getting children to wear helmets early on will make children accustomed to wearing helmets when they grow up. These good habits can you start by inviting children to wear helmets when they are playing the bicycle. Well, if the child is accustomed to wearing a helmet without you asking, give praise for the good initiative.
Give an example
Children are great imitators. Therefore, give an example of the habit of wearing a helmet while driving, not least when cycling.
Give information about the benefits of wearing a helmet
Give information to children about the importance of using helmets. Notify that helmets can protect against head injuries that may be life threatening. You can explain why bicycle racers use helmets when competing so that children can understand that it is important to use helmets when driving.
Make a helmet when riding a motorcycle as a habit in children. Do the tips above so that children do not mind wearing a helmet and make it a daily habit.