Riding in a Staggered Formation
For safety reasons, NJBSMC Soldiers generally ride in a staggered formation. The minimum recommended spacing to the bike directly in front of you should not be less than two seconds (the two second rule). The bike in the lane to your left or right should not be less than one second ahead of you. You will find that two seconds is a long distance when riding at highway speeds. That is, it's a long distance when everything is going well. Unfortunately, when things go wrong, two seconds distance is gone in the time it takes to realize you are in trouble.
The two second rule is a rule of thumb you should try to adhere to when ever possible. Especially at highway speeds. There are times, however, when it is best to squeeze together - while on city streets and slowing for a stop. This will help prevent cars from entering the group.
The Tail Gunner will ride in the middle of the two bike lanes with all head lights (Hi-Beam) and running lights on. This will help the Road Captain see him or her.