Riding in a group is awesome. Helping each other through the mud, reaching your destination as a team and the thunderous sound of a convoy of machines moving through the woods or across a sand dune is an experience you won’t soon forget. So grab your buddies and do it right. Here’s how:
- Make a trip plan as a group to prevent having a last minute itinerary change. Leave a copy of the plan with a friend or family member at home so it can be used by Search and Rescue authorities in an emergency.
- Ride single-file on the trail (don’t hog it).
- Stick to the right-hand side of the trail (like traffic lanes).
- Leave plenty of stopping distance between you and the rider ahead.
- Check behind you frequently to make sure your group is good to go and everyone is keeping pace.
- Make sure everyone on the trail has performed a pre-ride safety inspection of their machine.
- Buddy up. Make sure every rider has been assigned to another rider who they are responsible for. Your job is to get your buddy home safe and sound.
- Make sure everyone in the group can communicate using hand signals.
RIDER SAFETY TIP: LEAVE NO STRAGGLERS
If you end up getting much further ahead on the trail than the person riding behind you, you should signal to the rest of the group, stop your machine at a safe place where you’re visible to other riders (like an intersection or wide area of the trail) and wait for the other rider or for the group to catch up. Every rider will have different limits! Stick together out there.