With all of the new members we have joining us I thought it might be a good idea to post this information again:
Run Dynamics: A driving group consists of a lead car and a sweep car. Those wanting to travel at a quicker pace should be in the back of the group. This is because the back of the group tends to get separated or spread out away from the front of the group. As a result, the back is constantly driving faster to try to catch up.
Event Participant Information
• Come with a full tank of gas.
• Arrive in time to attend the driver’s meeting – typically held 15 minutes before the first cars leave. Help the event organizers by being ready to leave at the start time.
• If the route sheet was posted in advance, print it, review it and bring a copy with you.
• Some folks like to have snacks and water in the car
• Bring your FRS radio and be sure you are on the right channel (7 sub 21)
• Drive at the pace you are comfortable with. Accept that people drive at different speeds, both slower and faster. Allow for this. Do not tailgate or attempt to overtake other cars. Be courteous to fellow drivers. If you want to drive the route at a faster pace, you can make plans to drive the route again at your own pace another day!
• The lead MINI will establish the pace for the route. Keep the MINI behind you in view. Make sure you wait for the MINI behind you after a turn/junction/crossing or other route change. If the MINI behind you slows down, slow down to keep pace. If each car does this, the group will stay together.
• Use your turn signals to indicate upcoming turns for those behind you.
• Turn your headlights on, but leave fog lights off unless driving in adverse conditions or at night. Rear fog lights on early model cars can easily be mistaken in spirited driving conditions for brake lights and could case an accident. The lower rear fog in 05 and later MINIs can be equally distracting to those behind you.
• Bring enough cash to handle any costs. Some places we go do not take credit or debit cards.
• Remember that no event will ever be perfect, and try to roll with the punches.
Tom, Thanks for posting. Been meaning to do this for a while.
Here are a few other helpful tips that I can think of.
- While most, if not all runs can be done solo, it is always helpful to have someone to help navigate for you. This especially goes for those runs that have a lot of turns and landmarks as well as those who are towards the back of the group where separation may occur.
- For those who bring rear seat passengers, you may want to bring dramamine or at least warn them that many roads on these runs do get twisty and bumpy (not that that is a bad thing).
- If you have dogs, you may also want to think about whether you want to bring them on the runs or not.
- The organizers also try to pick meeting start locations and break locations that have restrooms; however, it's always good to be prepared before arriving at the starting point.
- If you plan to be using your FRS radio, please plan to drive with you radio off. You may also have to drive with your windows up IF you want others to be able to hear you.