The state of Florida has some of the most beautiful motorcycle riding in the country, and some of the best weather for it. Every year, hundreds of riders take to the open road for motorcycle tours, many of them riding in large groups. While riding with a group is a fantastic social opportunity and way to enjoy the outdoors, riding in a group can be dangerous. If you’ll be participating in a group ride this year, be sure to review these safe group riding tips that can help you to avoid a motorcycle accident—
You should make sure that you host – or attend – a riders’ meeting prior to the ride. During the riders’ meeting, you should review things such as:
Ride formation. Ride formation is an important element of safe riding, and riders should ride in a staggered formation rather than side-by-side. The rider in the front (lead) and the rider in the rear (sweep) should both be experienced.
Route. Knowing the route you’ll take to get to your destination is important, and can prevent confusion later on. In addition to planning the route, plan stopping points for food, rest, and the restroom along the way.
Hand signals. Make sure everyone knows which hand signals will be used on the ride, and what each signal means.
The riders’ meeting is also a great opportunity for everyone to inspect their motorcycles and ensure that they are ready for the group ride. Make sure that your motorcycle has the proper amount of air pressure in its tires, has working brakes and lights, and that all fluid levels are where they should be. Make sure that your bike has a full tank of gas for the ride.
You shouldn’t rely on others in your group to take care of you; instead, you need to come to the ride prepared. This means packing any food and water you’ll need for the trip, having a charged cell phone on your for emergencies and contact with other riders, knowing what to do if you get separated from the group, packing a basic motorcycle maintenance kit for roadside emergencies, and packing a first aid kit. You should also make sure you know the route and where riders are planning on stopping in the event that you get separated. Have some extra cash on you in the event that you need to get a room for the night somewhere – i.e. if you get a flat tire and can’t get it fixed until morning.
In addition to the tips above for group riding, be sure to follow the laws of the road, never use a cell phone while riding, and always ride sober and when well-rested. Never ride your motorcycle without an approved helmet.
Sadly, motorcycle accidents happen, even when motorcyclists are riding as safe as possible. If you are involved in a crash in Florida, the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at the Dolman Law Group can help you to maximize your compensation amount. We provide free consultations to all potential clients and will help you to understand your options for getting paid after a crash caused by a negligent driver. Get in touch today to schedule your free consultation.