Whenever you’re riding in traffic or with a group there may be a car or another rider behind you. Just like you use your blinkers and brake lights in a car, it is important to always use basic hand signals on your bike to keep you and other riders safe and help avoid an accident. All you need are 3 basic hand signals to bike more safely.
When you’re turning left, us this signal to indicate a left turn. Extend your left arm out sideways. Extended
Use this to indicate a right turn. Extend your right arm out straight. Extend all your fingers, or use your index finger to point right. This is like using your “turn right” blinker or indicator in a vehicle.
Here’s how too indicate stopping or slowing down. Extend your left arm or right arm sideways. Bend your arm at a 90-degree angle at the elbow joint with your hand pointing downwards and the palm of your hand facing backward. This is like using your brake lights in a vehicle.