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Jonathan
07-13-2009, 02:28 PM
Saw this another chapter's forum and thought it was a really good write up and are posting here also
Rules For Convoys/Caravans

Every member must follow these rules, including the MFIC’s. Failure to follow these rules may result in termination of your Scikotics Membership.

Walkie Talkies are highly recommended for groups larger than 5 vehicles.

There are rules for both the leader of the caravan, and rules for the followers in the caravan. Here are those rules:

Leader:
1. The MFIC’s are in charge, unless they state otherwise.
2. If there are 2 MFIC’s, and one is the leader, the second MFIC should be a follower and pull up the rear so that no member gets left behind.
3. Maintain a reasonable speed so that everyone is able to follow.
4. Do not excessively change lanes (swerving in and out of traffic). There are people trying to follow you and will not be able to if you do this.
5. Let everyone know the route you will be taking to get to your destination. That way, if someone falls back or gets left behind, they can catch up when they are able to.
6. If a red light splits the group, pull over onto the shoulder and put on your hazard lights, or drive at a slower speed till the rest of the group can catch up.
7. Make sure everyone has gas, or other supplies needed before you leave.
8. Make sure everyone is at their cars, and are ready before you leave. You do not want to leave someone behind that was in the bathroom or in the store.
9. When in heavy traffic, stay in one lane as long as you can. If you need to make a turn, move into the lane that will allow you to make that turn far enough in advance that it will allow the followers to get into that lane for the turn also.
10. The leader should always do a head/car count before leaving. That way you are sure to know how many are going and how many people arrived at your destination.


Follower:
1. The MFIC’s are in charge, unless they state otherwise.
2. If there are 2 MFIC’s, and one is the leader, the second MFIC should be a follower and pull up the rear so that no member gets left behind.
3. Once you are in line, do not get out of line and try to speed up to get into another position.
4. If you want to take pictures, or video, let the leader/MFICs know in advance that you will be getting out of line to take those pics or vids. Once you have gotten your footage, fall back in line at the rear of the convoy/caravan. If there is an MFIC pulling up the rear, the MFIC will let you in front of him/her.
5. If you need to leave the convoy/caravan for any reason, let an MFIC know.
6. If a random car needs to get into your lane to make a turn, let them in. They will be gone shortly and you can catch back up to the group.
7. If someone in a random car starts to mess with you, let the MFIC’s know immediately. They will handle the situation.


Other Rules (General):
1. The MFIC’s are in charge, unless they state otherwise.
2. Do not be an jerk by messing with other drivers on the road.
3. Do no break any laws (running a red light, excessive speeding, etc…).



Tips to Keep Everyone Together:
1. The “Asshole” is a great way to get everyone back together in line when on a highway. When getting onto a highway, the caravan will get split up due to merging into traffic. The first person to get behind the leader becomes the “Asshole”. The “asshole” will slow down traffic in that lane just enough to create gaps big enough to allow other members to get in line behind the leader, and in front of the “asshole”. If there are 2 MFIC’s, the one not leading will fall in behind the “asshole" to pull up the rear as before. Do not excessively speed in order to get up to the group. The leader will be going the speed limit (which is typically slower then the traffic on the highway) in an effort to allow everyone to catch up to him/her.
2. Walkie Talkies are a great idea. It allows everyone to keep in contact with the leader and each other. However, try to only use the walkies for communication concerning the convoy/caravan.
3. Head/car counts should be done before leaving the meeting place. That way you know exactly how many vehicles are in the caravan.