Our runs and week-end outings are becoming more and more popular with up to 30 vehicles and more taking part at these events. This can lead to all sorts of problems when travelling in convoy on twisting roads with junctions and high sand dunes. It is easy to get lost or get left behind. Below is a reminder for those of you who do not know or those of you who have forgotten what to do when you are following in a group:
- Every driver must make sure that they can see the vehicle behind them.
- As soon as you loose sight of the person behind you – please stop and wait until the vehicle is in sight again.
- The person in front of you will soon loose sight of you so he or she too will stop – this will cause a chain reaction all the way to the leader of the group.
- Ensure that you know who is travelling in front of you and who is travelling behind you.
- Remain in the order in which you set out – do not overtake or cut in front of the vehicles in front of you.
Please remember when turning off the main route that you wait at the junction so that the vehicle behind you can see exactly where you are turning – this will avoid the rest of the convoy getting lost!
Another important item to bear in mind, especially when approaching obstacles, is to leave the vehicle in front of you sufficient room in which to maneuver. Often the obstacles cannot be tackled on the first attempt so the front vehicle may need to reverse a distance and attempt it again. This is impossible if you are sitting on his bumper and the vehicle behind you on yours! Sticking to these very simple rules will make our trips a whole lot more controlled and more pleasant for all the drivers.
When travelling in convoy on a public road the following must also be adhered to.
- The convoy leader will set the pace.
- A member with a radio must be the last vehicle of the convoy.
- A distance of at least 200m must be between the convoy vehicles, this to allow faster vehicles to pass the 4WDC convoy.
- Stops will be planned for the route, these to be adhered to.
- In the event of a problem, radio the convoy leader.
Stay in your convoy positions, no passing.