HOW SAFE ARE CHILD BICYCLE TRAILERS?
What’s the best and safest way to cycle with my children? How much do we know about the safety of bicycle trailers? Are some child bicycle trailers safer than others? Will my children be safe in the Croozer? Many of you may be asking yourselves questions like these, and for good reason. Parents contact us all the time, looking for more information on this important topic. This is why we’ve decided to share some of our knowledge and personal experience here on our website.
SHOULD I CARRY MY CHILD IN A BICYCLE TRAILER OR A CHILD SEAT?
A Croozer trailer can carry children from infancy to age 6, whereas most child seats can only be used for a short period of your child’s life. In addition, your Croozer can be used for more than just cycling. As a stroller or jogger, it’s a practical and reliable companion for everyday life, offering additional value. Many parents also appreciate its impressive cargo capacity: the large rear compartment can be used for carrying your groceries, winter coats, diaper bag and so much more!
Children sitting in a classic child seat are particularly vulnerable in the event of an accident because their only protection is a helmet. Furthermore, a child seat carries the child quite high off the ground and, in the case of an accident, would fall with the bicycle. One of the things that makes a Croozer bicycle trailer so special is its low centre of gravity, which provides additional safety. This makes the trailer much more stable and prevents it from tipping over, e.g. on bumpy paths or if one wheel hits a bump or pothole at a relatively high speed. And if you happen to take a spill on the towing bike, the Croozer would stay upright, thanks to the swivelling hitch. All of these factors significantly reduce the risk of injuries.
DOES MY CHILD NEED TO WEAR A HELMET IN THE BICYCLE TRAILER?
If there’s no mandatory helmet law in the state or country where you’re using the Croozer, your child doesn’t necessarily have to wear a helmet when riding in the trailer. The safe Croozer passenger compartment, with its full internal roll cage , offers sufficient protection in the case of an accident. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the legal requirements in your region that apply to the use of bicycle helmets in child trailers.
Keep in mind that infants riding in the Croozer Baby Seat are not allowed to wear a helmet. It would be too difficult for them to rest their head safely and comfortably against the flat surface of the Baby Seat. Therefore, children should not start wearing a bicycle helmet in the Croozer until they are old enough to sit upright unassisted and no longer have to ride in the Baby Seat.
WHAT KIND OF LIGHTING SYSTEM DO I NEED FOR MY BICYCLE TRAILER?
A high-quality lighting system provides the necessary safety for your bicycle trailer when riding in low-light conditions and is particularly important during the winter months, when the days are shorter. The Croozer’s safety flag and reflective height and width markings help ensure that you and your trailer will be clearly visible to other road users. However, many countries nevertheless require the use of an active tail light. Are you fed up with those small, battery-powered lights that are difficult to attach, break after just a few months, don’t have replaceable batteries and/or aren’t rechargeable? Then the Click & Flash® sensor-activated lighting system is perfect for you. It has powerful lights, gives your bicycle trailer outstanding visibility and, thanks to a sensor, switches on automatically in darkness when the Croozer is in motion.