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Safety of Biking Trailers
cy2k09 posted:
My son-in-law has enthusiastically purchased a trailer to tow his 1 year old daughter behind his bicycle. He travels on main roads as well as side roads. My concern is for the baby not wearing a helmet, as well as exposure to the road fumes and exhaust from cars and trucks. Has any study been done? Are these children being overly exposed to harmful fumes causing immediate breathing and or neurologic problems, as well as future problems from prolonged exposure?

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lenono97 responded:
Well, I don't know anything about car fumes but I have one and my daughter loves riding in it. However, we have mostly used it on side roads and trails. If he is going to be on the main roads, I would suggest buying a helmet and using common sense. I probably wouldn't use it on heavily traveled roads. He needs to remember he is taller then the trailer and car might have a hard time seeing the trailer right away.
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi cy2k09 -

I love that your son-in-law wants to include your grandson and hope that bike riding can be an activity they enjoy for years to come. I also understand your concerns and you bring up great questions.

Here are a couple of resources to share with your son-in-law -

Bicycle and Tricycle Safety
Bike Trailer Buying Guide
~To be a child is to know the joy of living, To have a child is to know the gift of life.~ Author Unknown

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