Motorcycle safety when riding with a passenger

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2021 | Motorcycle Accidents |

Sharing a beautiful motorcycle ride with a passenger can bring a level of enjoyment that one cannot find when riding alone. However, traveling with a passenger requires additional skill and vigilance.  

When motorcyclists take care to prepare for their ride with a passenger, they may reduce the safety risks associated with carrying more weight.  

Have individual riding gear

Opting for no helmet in order to share with their passenger is one of the biggest mistakes people can make. According to, both riders should have their own riding gear. This includes a helmet, gloves, and abrasion-resistant clothing and footwear. 

Prior to riding with a passenger, a driver should communicate expectations. This may include information about what to wear and how to sit and stabilize weight during the ride. A brief summary of the environment where the ride will take place can also help passengers determine the most appropriate clothing, hairstyles and accessories to use or avoid in preparation for their ride.  

Verify communication signals

One of the challenges of riding a motorcycle with a passenger is communication. According to, drivers and their passengers should agree upon an emergency signal before starting the bike. Hand signals are an excellent way for riders to communicate with each other without relying on verbal cues. An emergency signal can communicate the need to pull over in order to safely discuss an immediate need.  

When motorcyclists and their passengers spend adequate time preparing for their ride, they may have more trust in each other. Without the uncertainty that often accompanies unpreparedness, both parties can focus on the road and enjoy the ride.