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Old Town HOG Chapter #8194

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Group Riding - Hand Signals

Verbal communications aren't always an option when riding in a group. Therefore, we communicate with the use of our hands -- and feet. For the safety of the group, it's important to pass hands signals back to the riders behind you. 

START ENGINES

With your right or left arm extended, move your index finger in a circular motion.

LEFT TURN

Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow fully extended.

RIGHT TURN

Raise your left arm horizontal with your elbow bent 90 degrees vertically.

HAZARD LEFT

Extend your left arm (or leg) at a 45 degree downward angle and point towards the hazard.

HAZARD TO THE RIGHT (A)

Extend your right leg at a 45 degree downward angle and point towards the hazard.

HAZARD ON THE RIGHT (B)

Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your elbow bent to 90 degrees and point towards the hazard over your helmet. 

SPEED UP

Raise your left arm up and down with your index finger extended upward. This indicates the leader wants to speed up. 

SLOW DOWN

Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle and move your hand up and down.

STOP

Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle and move your hand up and down.

SINGLE FILE

Position your left hand over your helmet with your fingers extended upward. This indicates the leader wants the group in a single file formation. Usually this is done for safety reasons.

STAGGERED FORMATION

Extend your left arm upward at a 45 degree angle with your index and pinkie finger extended. This indicate that it is safe to return to staggered formation (after riding single file).

TIGHTEN UP

Raise your left arm and repeatedly move up and down in a pulling motion. This indicates the leader wants the group to "close the gaps".

 

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