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  • When I was in the military, we did this with hand signals. You raised your arm that was on the side of the hazard, and people behind you mimiced the sign even if they didn't know what the hazard was yet. Since everyone was trained to march, the front of the formation would just "slime" in the direction that we should keep running. In just about anything where we wanted to communicate to other soldiers, we "say it and show it" to give ourselves more of a chance of getting the message across. :)

    In cycling, we normally stay to the right anyway, so we only need to know the hazard to know what to do. "Car back" and "Car up" mean to keep the pack narrow on the road, while things like "Hole", "Gravel", etc come with pointing a hand. Groups of people that really know each other and pay attention can even do all the pointing without taking their hands off the bike. You just have to watch the fingers of the guy in front of you, because that also let's you know which way the pack is turning. :)