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Trike Safety for Everyone

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*Warning*

  • All Dirt King products are designed for use on level surfaces. Use only at safe, slow speeds. The safe operation of these products is the responsibility of the user and guardian.

Protect Your Head. Wear A Helmet.

  • Never ride a tricycle without a helmet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommend that children wear a helmet that complies with the CPSC standard.
  • Tricycle,  Big Kids and Adult Trike helmets can reduce head injuries by 85 percent. Select a helmet that fits snugly and sits flat on the head.
  • For children, use the extra padding that comes with the helmet to ensure a proper fit. This padding can be removed as the child head grows.
  • Assure Tricycle, Big Kids and Adult Trike Readiness. Make Sure Your Tricycle, Big Kids or Adult Trike is Adjusted Properly.
  • Before using your trike, check to make sure all parts are secure and working well. The handlebars should be firmly in place and turn easily. Your wheels must be straight and secure.  Make sure your seat placement is adjusted to your size.

 No Brakes. Always Control Your Speed.

  • Always control your speed due to no brakes. If you cannot stop quickly, make sure to control your speed.
  • Ride slowly in wet weather, ice, other adverse weather conditions and on unlevel surfaces.

See and Be Seen.

  • Wear clothes that make you more visible.  Keep children away from places where there are moving vehicles

Avoid Triking At Night.

  • It is far more dangerous to trike at night than during the day. Dirt King Adult and Big Kids trikes are equipped for daylight use and do not have night reflectors to be seen at night.
  • Young children should NOT ride at night.

 Stay Alert. Always Keep A Lookout for Obstacles in Your Path.

  • Stay alert at all times. Watch out for potholes, cracks, expansion joints, railroad tracks, wet leaves, drainage grates, or anything that could make you fall.  Ideally, sidewalks and playgrounds are best place to ride.
  • Be especially careful in wet weather and when there could be ice or frost on your path.

 Avoid Motorized Traffic when Riding.

  • Young children, typically under the age of nine, are not able to identify and adjust to many dangerous traffic situations, and therefore, should not be allowed to ride in the street unsupervised. Children who are permitted to ride in the street without supervision should have the necessary skills to safely follow the standard rules around motorized traffic.

Check for Motorized Movement. Always be Aware of The Traffic Around You.

  • Over 70 percent of car-bicycle-tricycle crashes occur at driveways or other intersections. Before you enter any street or intersection, check for traffic. Always look left-right-left, and walk your Big Kids or Adult Trike into the street to begin your ride. Childrens tricycle when riden should always be supervised by guardian.

Adult Trike and Big Kids Trike are Considered Vehicles on the Road.

  • Just like bicycles, the Adult Trike and Big Kids Trike are considered vehicles. If riding on the road, which we do not recommend, you must obey the same rules as motorists.
  • Read your State drivers handbook, and learn and follow all the traffic signs, laws, and rules for operating a vehicle, in this case- a trike on the road.



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