As a motorcyclist in Louisiana, you may find that your experience is even more fun when you travel with other riders. However, there are additional safety risks involved in motorcycling with a group. When you do not follow the rules of motorcycle group rides, chaos can result, and chaos on the road is always dangerous.
If you are not aware of what the rules are, Esurance has compiled a list of some of the most important.
1. Decide on a leader
Your group may already have a lead rider in place, but if not, this is something you should decide before you set out. The lead rider should be one of the most experienced of the group because his or her responsibility is to inform the group about road conditions ahead.
2. Hold a meeting
Once you know who is leading the group, he or she should hold a meeting to allow the group to ask questions and devise a plan for the ride. Topics of discussion at the meeting should include the riding order, length of ride, timing and location of stops, etc.
3. Take careful consideration of your least experienced rider
When determining your riding order, the least experienced of your group should be near the front, directly behind the leader. That way, the lead rider can keep an eye on him or her in case of trouble. The riding capabilities of your least experienced rider should also serve as a guide when making decisions such as how fast and how far to go.
4. Stagger your formation
This will allow you to maintain a space cushion between your drivers while keeping your group relatively tight to improve visibility. However, under certain conditions, such as bad weather or curvy roads, you may wish to ride single-file instead.
5. Pass other vehicles in formation
When your group passes another vehicle, do so individually, following the leader. Once clear of the other vehicle, each member of your group should return to the same spot in the formation.
The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.