Group Riding; here are some safety tips provided by the Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLCabout group motorcycle riding.
- Before setting out, hold a riders’ meeting where you can discuss the route, rest and fuel stops, hand signals, and what to do in the event of an accident or emergency or if someone is separated from the group.
- Assign lead and tail riders who are experienced and knowledgeable in group riding procedures.
- Keep the group to a controllable size of five to seven riders. You can also break the group into smaller sub-groups, each with a lead and tail rider.
- Be prepared. At least one rider in each group should pack a cell phone, first-aid kit, and full tool kit.
- To allow for enough time and space for maneuvering and reacting to hazards, it is important to ride in formation.
- The leader rides in the left third of the lane.
- The next rider stays at least one second behind in the right third of the lane.
- The rest of the group follows the same pattern.
- Ride in a single-file formation when on a curvy road or in situations where an increased space cushion or maneuvering room is needed.
- Do not ride in side-by-side formations because they reduce the space cushion.
- Check the riders following in your rear view mirror from time to time.
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