There’s nothing better than riding a motorcycle down the open road while surrounded by your friends. In fact, many motorcyclists think of group riding as the ultimate motorcycling experience. Group riding can be exhilarating, but it can also be dangerous. To protect yourself on a group ride, follow these tips:
Designate A Lead Rider
Before heading out, meet as a group and decide who will be the lead rider for the trip. The lead rider is the motorcyclist who rides in the front of the group. Whoever is given this position must be responsible for looking for hazards in the road, including debris, potholes, roadwork, and traffic. If a hazard is spotted, the lead rider should use hand signals to tell the rest of the group to slow down or change lanes. This is an important job, so it should be given to an experienced rider who will take it seriously.
Get in the Right Formation
Group riders should avoid riding right next to each other. This formation is dangerous because riders cannot escape if they need to move out of the way to avoid a hazard. Instead of riding side-by-side, try riding in a zigzag formation. For example, the first rider in the line should stay to the right side of the lane. The second rider should be positioned diagonally to the first rider, which means he will be slightly behind and to the left of him. This is a much safer formation since it provides each rider with a bit of space to use as an escape route in the event of an emergency.
Switch to Single File from Group
Motorcyclists should switch from the zigzag formation to a single file line when approaching a curve in the road or entering or leaving a highway. Why? These are both potentially dangerous situations where motorcyclists will need additional room to move out of the way at a moment’s notice. Because the single file formation provides more maneuvering space, this is the best formation to use when encountering potentially dangerous situations.
Check the Rear View Mirrors
Each motorcyclist within the group should check their rear view mirrors frequently during the trip to see if the motorcyclists behind them are falling behind. If a motorcyclist is having trouble keeping up, slow down to provide him with more time to catch up. This will ensure that no one feels pressured to drive faster than they would like. Plus, if everyone in the group follows this rule, everyone will stay together throughout the entire trip.
Travel in Small Groups
It’s best to travel in small groups with no more than six or seven motorcyclists. Groups that are larger than this size can be very difficult to manage. For example, it can be hard for the riders in the back of a large group to see the lead rider’s hand signals. Larger groups are also more likely to break apart, which takes the fun out of group riding.
If you have been injured while group riding or riding alone, seek legal representation at once. Let our experienced personal injury attorneys aggressively pursue the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation with attorney George Tait at Utah Bike Law by calling 801-487-6454 or visiting us online today.