WNC Motorcycle Etiquette and Hand Signals


Motorcycle Riding Intro

Etiquette on a motorcycle is knowing the rules of the road, and having respect for other riders, automobiles, pedestrians, and most of all the environment. If you don't understand this basic principle, then I suggest you stay off of our WNC roads. The following are a few short guidelines.

  • Remember you are often not seen by other drivers, so make sure other motorists can see you. Don’t ever assume you are seen, even if you make eye contact with other drivers. A good way to be seen is to ride in view of rear-view mirrors and to wear bright colors. Using your horn is not rude, it lets others know where you are.
     
  • If another motorcyclists wants to pass, make room and clear them when they are in safe zones to pass.
     
  • Don’t tailgate. Tailgating decreases your buffer zone, your ability to see ahead, and your life expectancy.
     
  • Wave to fellow motorcyclists. One type of motorists is not superior to another, you are both enthusiasts for the freedom of riding on two wheels. It seems like a silly custom but we Western North Carolinians do it, so don't be a snob.
     

Hand Signals

Hand Signals - Start Your Engines & Lets Go!

Start Your Engines & Lets Go!
With either arm extended and finger pointing to the sky, rotate your hand in a circular pattern.
 
Hand Signals - Universal Left Turn Signal

Universal Left Turn Signal
Raise your left arm, parallel to the ground, with your elbow fully extended, and point.
 
Hand Signals - Universal Right Turn Signal

Universal Right Turn Signal
Raise your left arm with your elbow bent 90 degrees vertically towards the sky.
 
Hand Signals - Road Hazard Left

Road Hazard Left
Point to the hazard in the street on the left, giving other riders a heads up to its presence.
 
Hand Signals - Road Hazard Right

Road Hazard Right
Point to the hazard in the street on the right, giving other riders a heads up to its presence.
 
Hand Signals - Slow Down a Bit

Slow Down a Bit
Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle downwards and move your hand up and down like you are patting something.
 
Hand Signals - Unviersal Stop Signal

Unviersal Stop Signal
Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle downward with the palm of your hand (or with fist closed) facing backwards.
 
Hand Signals - Blue Lights up Ahead

Blue Lights up Ahead
Extend your left arm at a 45 degree angle downwards and point your finger to the earth. Then rotate your hand in a circular pattern. This is not a standard practice.
 

Motorcycle Riding Intro

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Motorcycle Riding in Asheville and Western North Carolina