Doyle and Ogden Insurance advisors logo and slogan
Motorcycle rider on a bridge
Comment are off

Motorcycle Hand Signals You Need to Know

Summer is the perfect time to ride your motorcycle here in Michigan, and with summer approaching, it’s important to refresh yourself on some riding basics. If you regularly ride a motorcycle, you’re likely already aware of the universal hand signals used by motorcycle riders and have probably used them yourself. But even if you never get on a bike, you share the road with motorcycles. We also have a handy image guide at the end of this post to give you a visual idea of these hand signals.

Here are the hand signals you should know (and use) out on the road:

Essential Motorcycle Signals

Right turn: Left arm out, bent at the elbow at 90° with a closed fist.

Left turn: Left arm extended, palm down.

Stop: Left arm extended down, palm facing back.

Hazard in the roadway: Left arm extended, pointing with index finger toward the ground and right foot pointing toward the ground.

Turn signal on: open and close left hand.

Group Motorcycle Signals

Speed up: Left arm extended, palm up, upward motion.

Slow down: Left arm extended, palm down, downward motion.

Follow me: Left arm extended up, palm forward.

Single file: Left arm extended up, index finger up.

Double file: Left arm extended up, index and middle fingers up.

You lead/come: Extend your left arm up at 45° angle, pointing with the index finger, waving back to front.

Pull off: Left arm extended, vertical waving motion in toward the body.

Fuel: Point to tank with the left index finger, arm extended.

Comfort stop: Left arm extended, closed fist, in short, up and down waving motion.

Refreshment stop: Left fist closed, thumb to mouth

When out riding your motorcycle this summer, make sure you’re signaling properly to protect yourself and others on the road. If you’re in a car or other large vehicle, be aware of motorcycles on the road and pay attention to their hand signals.

Need to review your motorcycle coverage?

Give the experts at Doyle & Ogden a call at 616-949-9000!

Motorcycle Hand Signal Poster

Tags: ,