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How to have a safe motorcycle group ride, part one

Riding a motorcycle is always great fun. But that fun can be greatly enhanced by sharing the experience with other riders. A group ride can make for camaraderie and memories that can last a lifetime. But no one wants a ride spoiled by mechanical issues or, even worse, an accident with another vehicle.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation has a number of recommendations that can serve to keep motorcyclists safe when riding in groups:

  • Smaller numbers are more manageable. Typically, it's best to have no more than seven riders in a group. If there is a large number of riders, then break into sub-groups.
  • Riders should arrive on time for the ride and have their tanks topped with fuel.
  • All riders should have cell phones. At least one member of every group should be carrying a full set of tools and a first-aid kit.
  • Prior to taking off, there should be a rider's meeting wherein such issues as the route and planned stops are discussed. More experienced riders should take the lead and sweep positions. The group's leader must take into account the other riders' skill levels so as to act as a monitor.

One of the best ways you could spend a day is taking a group ride with your motorcycle club or your friends. Unfortunately, not all motorists are as respectful of riders as they should be. Some drivers will fail to yield to motorcyclists, or simply ignore them when making lane changes. Such reckless maneuvers can put a motorcyclist in grave danger.

A spill from a motorcycle caused by a negligent driver could leave you with serious injuries. It may take several months before you are once again fit to get back in the saddle. If you are dealing with the aftermath of a motorcycle accident, a Texas personal injury attorney may be able to help you get the compensation you need for your recovery.

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