Riding Safely: A Guide to Motorcycle and Bicycle Hand Signals

Riding a motorcycle or bicycle in the Philippines can be a thrilling and efficient mode of transportation, but it also requires careful consideration of road safety. As a rider, it’s important to communicate clearly with other drivers on the road, and hand signals play a crucial role in this. By using the proper hand signals, you can signal your intentions to other drivers, avoid misunderstandings, and ensure a safe ride. In this guide, we will focus specifically on motorcycle and bicycle hand signals in the Philippines, covering their meanings and how to use them effectively. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just starting out, this guide will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to navigate the roads safely. 

The LTO requires every vehicle, including motorcycles, to be in its best condition when it hits the road. By that, they mean that everything must be functional, including the tail and signal lights. These are very important in terms of ensuring our safety and that of the other road users. In fact, based on data from the PNP-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Bad Overtaking and Turning Without Signalling come in at ranks 8 and 7, respectively, in the Top 9 Causes of Road Accidents in the Philippines. 

Many bikers have long used Hand Signals all over the globe. In the Philippines, though, some even use their feet – which is not recommended.  Just to clarify, they are not meant to replace the factory-approved brake and signal lights. Instead, we can use these gestures to extend their reach, especially when the sunlight overpowers the glow of our engine.

The following are Hand Signals and their meanings:

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Using hand signals is an essential aspect of road safety for motorcycle and bicycle riders in the Philippines. By understanding the most common hand signals and using them correctly, you can communicate effectively with other drivers, avoid misunderstandings, and ensure a safe ride. Whether changing lanes, turning, or slowing down, the right-hand signals can make all the difference. 

DriveSafe PH encourages you to review this guide regularly, practice your hand signals, and make them a habit while riding. By doing so, you’ll be contributing to a safer road environment for everyone. DriveSafe PH is the first LTO-accredited online Theoretical Driving School in the Phillippines; your guide and access to road safety.

Stay safe on the road!


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