Bike riders rarely get a chance to ride with their buddies in a group. But you may have seen bull fighting where a bull just run hurting people but here is the difference in riding a bike and a bull running in a field. Safety and etiquettes are the only factors that make bike riders a true bike rider who always think of others safety more than himself and do not hurt anyone like a bull. So, here are some steps that you can follow for a pleasurable trip with your bike buddies.
When riding in a group, where you have a big herd of bikers riding together, its important you learn and follow these rules and ethics:
For a comfort stop, check your mirrors and indicate with your left arm held out wide, fist clinched with up and down motion.
Follow Me Signal:
If you want the group to follow you then, hold your arm straight up with palm facing forward and gently wave in a to and fro manner.
If you want someone else to lead, hold the left arm out and swing it back and forth telling another rider behind to take the lead.
Hazard in Roadway:
It is really important especially on Indian roads, if you are comfortable to signals then; always try to inform the fellow riders about the road conditions ahead. Do not try it at the cost of your safety.
Speeding up is required when languishing at the back or for making snappy overtakes. To make others understand your move, hold the palm outward, facing skywards and perform a gentle up and down motion.
Mirrors are the important tools of communicating with your fellow riders. You can inform each other and share your further plan with the help of mirrors as using mirror while riding is a good sign of safety and intelligence of a bike rider.
Don’t try to ride in a 2×2 parallel format when riding in a big group, reason behind this is that every rider should have enough space to ride safely on the road. Always try to follow a ‘C’ shaped format of riding, so that every rider gets a clear view and is able to use the maximum width of the road.
To keep things safe and stable, hold your arm out with palm facing the ground, swinging it in up and down motion.
Have a happy and safe riding!