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Herts and Beds group driving etiquete

Pete Lewis

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something we have had in place for a while to help with multiple cars out on a drive to where ever.


keeps simple ideas in place to keep cars collected but not all in a line 


some of this is pinched for a variety of other sites and made to suit our outings 

some may find it useful...some not.....it removes the need for human nature to keep up with the car in front and sod the tail end charlies.  apart  from the start this is not a Convoy debate and where possible the C word is removed 

but we find it makes good manners even if someone gets lost  !!!


Triumph Sport Six Club - Herts & Beds Area Club Runs -  Rules & Etiquette

Does 'Convoy Rules' mean anything to you?   to avoid the Convoy being a target for red tape and rendering the organiser as responsible these ideas are for local groups of cars out for a leisure  drive . Ever  wondered what is good etiquette the following is intended to explain the meaning and purpose of a few simple rules and hopefully make their  drive  experience more enjoyable.

The success of a drive / run / group of cars  depends on two things:

a) the driver of the lead car knowing where he is going!

B) The driver of each car staying, WITHOUT FAIL, with the car BEHIND; NOT the car in front.

In practice this means that each driver, starting with the lead car, drives in such a way that they never lose visual contact, for any significant period, with the car following. 

DO NOT attempt to stay with the car in front under any circumstance.  Your responsibility and allegiance is with the car BEHIND you.

Keep the car behind you in sight, if it is not then STOP in a safe place asap to let it catch up!

The car in front of you should do the same thing and it should work its way to the first car.  Once the car behind is in sight you move off again then the car in front of you will do the same until the first car and the whole convoy is on the move again.

You should drive at a speed and in such a way that the car behind you stays in contact.

This is the Fundamental Rule of  driving and should be followed from the first in the group to the last.

The following are a few ideas/hints on how to achieve this:

a)     The  group  should have the slowest cars at the front and the fastest at the back.

B)    Drive at a speed that you can comfortably maintain. If all goes to plan the actual speed of the convoy should be set by the slowest car. If you find you are pulling away from the car behind slow down slightly to allow them maintain visual contact. Conversely if the car behind you closes the gap, and you are able and willing to raise the speed slightly, do so until you have re-established a reasonable gap between the cars.  Also do not drive excessively slowly such that the car in front pulls away from you.  If you can safely drive faster and maintain the gap with the car in front do so always ensuring that you still maintain visual contact with the car behind.

c)     Do not close up on the car in front unless the car behind has closed up on you! Try and maintain a constant speed, try not to keep speeding up and slowing down. The effect is accentuated as you pass down the convoy.

d)    Space between cars. There is no set distance; it will depend on speed, road conditions and line of sight. On main /straight roads the distance can be quite large allowing other vehicles to overtake easily; on country routes the gap should be reduced to aid visual contact but still allow space for other traffic to overtake. In town the gap should be as small as possible. This aids visual contact and maximises the number of cars that can pass through traffic lights etc during each sequence.

e)     Use your indicators; make sure that if you are changing direction that you try and indicate in plenty of time for those that are following to be able to see that they need to turn, exit a roundabout, change lanes or get in the correct lane at junctions, traffic lights roundabouts etc and for any other reason to have to make a change of direction.

f)     If you go through a traffic light that changes to red the last car through should wait, somewhere safe, for the lights to change again and the next car comes through.

g)    If you go around a roundabout always check that the person behind you is through and/or can see what exit you take off of the roundabout.  This may mean going around again (however many times is necessary).  Don’t worry ‘cos the others in front of you, if they are following the rules, will be stopped up and waiting for you.

It would be really handy for those that are going to attend and are in anyway familiar with the route or even a part of the route they let the leader know. This would help with the organization and sorting of the  drive  with key contacts placed in strategic positions being able to inform those ahead if there have been any issues occurring toward the rear of the convoy, exchanging mobile phone numbers with the key contacts would also be helpful. If you can carry a passenger as they could help with a little light route checking to help keep you on track and up with the rest of the convoy and making mobile phone contact if necessary.



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Shouldn't there be something more about roundabouts? Watch the car in front and wait for your turn at the dotted line before you assess your chances on the roundabout?  :P


Sorry, couldn't help myself!  But otherwise  jolly good advice.

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Went to view a 7 seater sprog carrier with the son-in-law. My sat nav took us to a satellite tracking station up a scary single track road. His mobile phone sat nav identified the correct location 8 miles away! Time to invest in an update. :wub:

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