How to Ride a Roller Coaster No Handed

If you are already used to riding big roller coasters and want a bigger thrill, you can make every ride interesting and scary again, for a while, at least, by riding with no hands. First timers can 'jump in the deep end' as well and hold their hands up on their first ride.


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    Check and see if you can ride with no hands. Often there are signs at the beginning or end of the lines, sometimes even at the drops/turns of the roller coaster. Follow the rules! Although rides are designed to have enough space for tall people to have their hands up and not hit anything but better safe than sorry!
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    Convince yourself that you are secured enough without holding on. They obviously made the roller coaster expecting other people to ride it no-handed. The restraints on roller coasters actually lock by default. This means that it requires either electric or mechanical power to release the restraints.
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    Check to see that any seat belts or bars that go over your lap are tight and completely functional. Maintenance check ride safety regularly.
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    Push forward with your feet, if you are riding sitting down in something like a car, with your head sticking out.
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    Start out by doing a few rides or beginning only holding on with one hand.
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    Let go with 1 hand, and then the other one when you are comfortable.
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    On some rides it may be awkward for everybody to hold their arms up due to small spacing between seats. If you don't know the person next to you make sure you put your hands up first or alternate hands. One hand will be on top and the other will be below somebody else's.


  • It may also be easy to start by switching between holding on with both hands and holding both hands in the air for short periods of time.
  • If you ever get really scared, it is okay to grab back on.
  • Try to ride for the duration of an entire ride no-handed.
  • It is recommended you keep your head back on the headrest to avoid the whiplash that occurs on some coasters that go 40 mph (64 km/h) or more.
  • Try not to look down when your going down or else you'll probably get scared.
  • It is better to ride the roller coaster once or twice before trying no-handed. It is recommended as trying no-handed at first attempt may not be a nice experience.


  • If the attendant (or the signs) say keep your hands down then listen to them. They know what they're talking about and if you don't listen to them something disastrous could happen to your arm.
  • Do not put your hands up in a ride if you know there is going to be something that is low hanging.
  • Do not eat anything too heavy as you can throw up although if you are a true thrill seeker this probably wont happen.

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