When riding in a group, what does it mean when the lead rider extends their left arm, index finger, and middle finger straight up?

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When riding in a group, what does it mean when the lead rider extends their left arm, index finger, and middle finger straight up?

  1. Shift to second gear. 
  2. Staggered riding formation. 
  3. Single file riding formation.
  4. Double file riding formation.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

Answer

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The answer is: D. Double file riding formation.

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Explanation: Group Riding Hand Signals

In order to pass your motorcycle permit exams and to become a safe rider, it’s important to know why a particular answer on the motorcycle written test is correct. 

Motorcycle hand signals can be extremely useful for communicating with each other when riding in a group. 

In many cases when group riding, the lead rider will be in charge of communicating with the rest of the group to help them change formation, adjust speed, avoid a hazard, or take a break. 

When the lead rider extends their left arm with their index and middle finger pointed up like a peace sign, that means the group should form into a double file riding formation. 

Note that this formation should only be used when the conditions permit. It should generally not be used when riding at higher speeds or on the freeway. 

Double formation should never be used when riding through curves or turns. 

In most cases when group riding, a staggered formation or a single file formation is recommended. 

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