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Convoy Guidelines for Northern Ireland/Ireland

Posted: 22/05/09 18:58
by GWrinkle
Text removed by Spanky ... see new post below.

Re: Convoy Guidelines for Northern Ireland/Ireland

Posted: 13/05/10 22:47
by spanky
The latest terms & conditions for attending meets in this region are as follows:


Please take the time to read the guide before coming on an official club run

Drivers and passengers of all cars attending any event organised by any members of the MR2 Owners Club or on the MR2 Owners Club website must agree to the following conditions and disclaimer of liability before signing up to an activity or attending any activity or event.

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 day out.

You and Your Car

You must have:
Appropriate insurance applicable to the activity you are taking part in
Current MOT/NCT certificate for your car
Valid road fund license
A full UK or IRE driving license without current disqualification

All drivers and passengers attending any event or activity do so at their own risk and will not hold any member of the MR2 Owners Club or any organisers from the MR2 Owners Club responsible for any losses, damages or injury.

By signing up to any event or posting a user name or an alias that relates to you personally you have agreed to abide by these terms and conditions and will not hold the MR2 Owners Club responsible for any liabilities. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions you must not attend any event or activity organised by the MR2 Owners Club. By setting out these terms and conditions the MR2 Owners Club has taken reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of people and property.

General Items

Arrive at the starting point in plenty of time and with sufficient fuel to complete the route and be ready to leave on time. If you are going to meet the group en route, please check with the organiser that this is convenient. Don't expect the group to be able to stop just for you once it is on the move.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Do not follow too close to the MR2 in front. Leave plenty of braking space.

Show consideration to other road users:
Don’t dominate the road and allow other cars to pass.
Slow down for slower road users e.g horses, bicycles, pedestrians
Pull completely off the road when the group stops

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. Please do not drive unsafely to keep up with the group. They should wait for you. The lead car well endeavour to keep the group together but sometimes this is not always possible.

Continuous unsafe driving by any member may result in that member being asked to leave the group, or the leader ending the event immediately. That driver will not be invited to future official MR2 Owners club runs within Northern Ireland/Ireland.

Overtaking

Overtake only when legal and safe to do so. 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.

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.

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.

Speed

Always stay within the legal speed limit. If traffic is flowing slower than the speed limit, stay with the flow of traffic.

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.

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.

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 safe fun