Motorcyclists who travel together in groups need a way of communication that is both safe and effective. As a result, hand signals were developed that could be passed along through the group of riders so that everyone could follow the same directions.
The following ten hand signals are uniform among the motorcycle community. If you are the lead bike, it will be up to you to pass on the signals. Once a signal is given, it should be relayed back through the group so that every rider sees it.
Left arm out, bent downward at a 90-degree angle with the palm facing to the back. When using the stop hand sign, make sure there is enough space to stop safely.
Right turn: Left arm extended out to the side and bent upward at a 90-degree angle with a closed fist.
Left turn: Extend left arm straight out to the side with an open hand, palm facing down.
To ride single file, the left arm is extended outward, bent at a 90-degree angle upward, pointing with an index finger.
To ride side-by-side, the left arm is extended outward, bent at a 90-degree angle, with two fingers sticking up.
To indicate slowing down, extend your left arm straight out with your palm facing downward. Motion with your arm as if you are pushing downward two or three times.
To indicate increasing speed, extend your left arm straight out with your palm facing upward. Motion with your arm as if you are pushing upward two or three times.
To indicate a need to pull over, raise your left arm up and away from the body. Point and motion towards the side of the road.
When a fuel stop is indicated, use your left arm to point to your gas tank. To riders who are farther behind you, it may look as if you are pointing toward your left hip.
To indicate the need to stop for food or to get something to drink, raise your left hand, make a fist, and use your thumb to motion toward the side of your face.
If you need a comfort stop to use the bathroom or stretch, you must extend your left arm, make a fist, and move your forearm up and down.
If you happen to see a road hazard, use your left hand or right foot outward in the direction of the road hazard.
Knowing these hand signals and how to use them correctly will help you travel safely as part of the pack. Before you set out, make sure everyone knows the signals and can use them effectively. If you are looking for affordable motorcycle insurance coverage in California, contact our agents at Weeks & Associates Insurance Services today!