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Convoy driving

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Please take the time to read this guide before coming on an official club The aim of this guide is (1) to help you, and (2) make any organised trip more enjoyable for all.
Although many items are the normal rules of good driving, we hope you can spare the time to look over this guide in the hope that you can find either general tips, or tips for convoy driving, that are of benefit to you.
We hope that this guide will help you all to have a safer and more enjoyable days out.

.General Items
2.Rules of the Road
5.Final Thoughts

General Items
1. Arrive at the starting point in plenty of time and with sufficient fuel to complete the route.
2. Don't expect the group to be able to stop just for you once it is on the move.
3. Please be ready to leave on time.
4. If you are going to meet the group en route, please check with the organiser that this is convenient.
5. If you are going to leave the group before the end of the trip, please tell the organiser, and others. This is so that the group does not either, wait for you to catch up, or follow you.
6. Please try to be courteous to all other road users and follow the Highway Code. Remember, when you are driving in a group with the MR2 Owners Club, you are acting as representatives for the club.
7. If you pass the leader of the group or the lead car, or if you pull over and wave the following cars past, you are effectively on your own. If you suddenly decide to leave the group, pull off the road (if possible) and wave the following cars past you.
8. Do not go faster than you feel comfortable driving! If you feel that the cars in front are driving without consideration for you or for other road users, please do not try to keep up. It is better that you fall back and form your own group.
9. Please bear in mind that just because you are following the route does not mean that the car behind you, or the car in front of you is correct! It is very easy to just "Follow the MR2 in front!". This car may have gone wrong, so it is best to check your own route. Also, if the car behind turns off, this does not mean that you have gone the wrong way!

Rules of the Road
1. Do not follow too close to the MR2 in front. Leave plenty of braking space.
2. Our line of cars should not dominate the road. If other road users are trying to pass the group, please let them do so.
3. Always slow down for riders on horses, bicycles, and pedestrians on unpaved roads. Give them plenty of room when overtaking.
4. Whenever the group stops, if at all feasible, make sure you try to pull completely off the road.
5. Always use your indicators in plenty of time to guide cars in the group, as well as other road users. If you want the group to stop, flash your headlights. If the car behind flashes its headlights, flash yours until the leader pulls over.
When the group passes through a congested area, it should try to stop as soon as safely practicable to regroup before any turns are made.
7. Please do not drive unsafely to keep up with the group. They should wait for you. The lead car will endeavour to keep the group together but sometimes this is not always possible.
8. Continuous unsafe driving by any member may result in that member being asked to leave the group, or the leader ending the event immediately.

1.Overtake only when legal and safe to do so.
2. Remember that the MR2 overtaking in front of you may have considerably more power than yours. This means that whilst it may have been safe for that car to overtake it may be dangerous for you to overtake.
2.Do not overtake on solid white lines, on bends, on stretches of road were overtaking is prohibited, or at any place where the way ahead is not clear.
3. If a member of the group or public wants to overtake you, please let them. Don't close up the gap to the car in front of you and force the overtaking car into a dangerous manoeuvre.

1. Always stay within the legal speed limit. If traffic is flowing slower than the speed limit, stay with the flow of traffic.
2. REDUCE YOUR SPEED if road conditions or the weather warrant it.
The lead MR2 should establish a sensible pace for the group, but it is each individual drivers responsibility to keep the MR2 behind him or her in sight, thus ensuring the group stays together.
3. If the car behind you slows down, please slow down with it. If each car does this, then it will ensure that the convoy stays together.
Please bear in mind the current law with regard to use of mobile phones while driving.

Final Thoughts
Please do not try to follow the car in front too closely as the driver may know the road better than you. Also bear in mind that just because the driver in front has passed safely does not mean you can! Our cars may look similar, but hugely different engine powers, different suspension and tyres, or being in a different gear, can have a profound effect on handling.

...and finally, don't forget to have fun :th: :)

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Re: Convoy driving

Post by gavsdavs »

One recommendation I have from having driven at a good pace in a number of convoys to add to all the good advice above.

The slower/least powerful cars should be directly behing the lead car and the most powerful cars should be at the back of the line.

A less powerful car can't overtake as easily as a more powerful car can and it's not the end of the world if a more powerful car ends up being the last car passing a slower vehicle (because theoretrically, they should always have the power to catch up).

Similarly you don't want a less powerful car having to drive right on the edge to keep up with more powerful vehicles who aren't having to try so hard.

And to re-iterate - always give the car in front good distance - don't be up their 4rs3. It ruins your visibility and takes away their, and your safety area. You'll be able to catch up, trust me. That sound of squealing tyres approaching you from behind is not a nice sound.
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