Do you know the etiquette of how to trail ride in a group? Wait, is there even the etiquette for riding on the street within a group? Yes, there is. Believe it or not, the road has its own creds and norms. Just because you are riding in a group, it doesn’t make you the king of the street. In fact, knowing the proper etiquette while passing by the oncoming traffic won’t only gain you respect but you make sure that everything it safe. You and your group are safe, and so are the other road users.
Trail Riding Etiquette and Its Importance
When you are joining a group or a club, having an offroad trip is a common thing. Some clubs may have their own schedules for the offroad trips. It is a part of social interactions for better bonding. Since it is a part of social interaction, often times it involves group offorad trip, not a solo ride. It wouldn’t be a problem if you take the remote one road traffic so you (and your group) can have fun. But if you are using a public road, knowing the etiquette of how to trail ride in a group is crucial.
So, how to trail ride in a group etiquette? It involves hand signals and gestures, really. The hand signal is delivered to provide information to other riders or drivers about your traveling condition and how many people are taking part. If you are traveling alone, you should put your left hand is a fist position. It would provide an info that you are traveling solo.
But when you are traveling with some people and you are the leader, here is what you have to do. Let’s say that you are riding in the front and there are total six people (including you) that are traveling together. You should hold your five fingers to inform the other road users that there are five more riders coming along. The other riders behind you don’t have to do the same – as long as the first rider has done it, it is okay – but if you want to be a civilized group, everyone in the group should do the same.
Let’s say you are traveling with total six people. As the first rider, you should hold up five fingers. The second rider behind you should hold up four fingers. The third rider should hold up three. The fourth rider should hold up two while the fifth rider should hold up one. The final rider should form a fist position to indicate that he is the last.
Make sure that you have never removed both of your hands from the handlebar because it would be unsafe – no matter how stable your bike is. And also make sure to cover your front brake even when riding with one hand. Don’t forget to check other members; you don’t want to drive off without checking the other riders. And don’t be the road devil. Respect others and others will respect you. As you can see, knowing how to trail ride in a group isn’t hard, is it?