Rollerski Safety Rules – adopted from rules set forth by the Norway Ski Federation, Norway Ski Skating Federation, the Norwegian Road Administration, and Safe Traffic.
- To work out on roads with traffic, you need to be a skilled rollerskier. This is especially relevant for braking and turning.
- All training and instruction should occur in places with no traffic.
- Children under 15 should not practice on high traffic roads.
- Stay on the right side of the road while rollerskiing.
- Only workout in places that you know well, and avoid heavy traffic, dangerous descents, sharp turns and intersections.
- Clearly signal when turning or stopping so cars can anticipate your actions.
- Always wear reflective and high-visibility clothing.
- Don’t practice in low visibility conditions.
- Always wear a helmet. Eye protection is strongly encouraged especially in competition.
- Avoid listening to music while rollerskiing on active roads as it reduces your ability to hear traffic.
- Stay off the road when standing still. “Wheels in the dirt, no one gets hurt!”
- Check equipment before starting a workout.
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