Riding your scooter in a group is a great way to spend time with like-minded people. It’s the chance to be around others who share your passion. You’ll be able to meet new people and make friends. Group riding is an enjoyable experience, but it should be done safely and correctly. Having a lot of vehicles close together can be dangerous. So, here are five tips on how to ride your scooter safely while being part of a group.
Ride in a group who have similar skills
It’s important to ride with a group who have a similar level of ability. If you own a 50cc scooter, then it wouldn’t be practical to ride with people who own a more powerful scooter. They’ll want to go at their own pace and go to different places.
Follow the leader
If it’s your first time riding in a group, then you’ll want to follow someone who is experienced. This comes in the form of a riding leader. They can be appointed by the whole group or they may volunteer. The riding leader will organise the ride and help coordinate the journey. The leader will advise people on the next stop and alert them to when they need to start moving. Bear in mind that the riding leader is always first and you should never pass them.
Don’t ride side by side in a group
When you’re on the road, keep a safe distance from other riders. Riding side by side is dangerous, especially if the person next to you has to take evasive action. Rather than ride in a single-file line, it’s better to have a varied formation. This creates more braking distance between riders.
Be aware of your surroundings
Being aware of what’s going on around you is even more important when you’re in a group. It means looking out for other people and letting them know what you’re going to do. You can do this by ‘over-indicating’ turns and stops. For example, you could indicate with your hand or flash your lights several times.
Look around as often as you can, focusing on the riders in front and behind. Checking your mirrors regularly will give you greater awareness. This means you’ll be able to identify a problem quickly.
Don’t panic if others fall behind
Don’t try and stop if you see other riders lagging behind. If everyone has been briefed, then they’ll arrive at the next stop in their own time. Changing the pace of a ride can be dangerous and you should keep with the flow of the group.
Riding in a group can be rewarding, especially if you’re doing it with a friend or are planning to ride their scooter.