Convoy rules / incident guidelines

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A favourite convoy run
… sunrise on the Great Ocean Road

We should always remember that when we are in convoy we represent our Club. As such, if we behave like idiots, we will get a reputation as idiots.

The Club’s convoy rules are simple and common sense … but we ask that you read them, understand them and, above all, obey them! Click here for a PDF of the Convoy/Incident Rules (277 KB), which also includes guidelines for actions in the event of an incident during a run.

Typically, faster drivers tend to go towards the front of our convoys and slower drivers, or those wanting to take a more leisurely pace, are more comfortable towards the back. It’s best to start towards the back until you find your comfort level.

It is your responsibility to follow the run notes and not always rely on the car in front (it may be lost!).

If you are new to the Club or plan to drive solo on an unfamiliar route, please ask to use one of the Club radios.

  1. Common sense applies at all times!
  2. All road rules are to be stringently followed.
  3. All other road users are to be extended every courtesy at all times.
  4. Indicate early; ie: 30 metres before changing lane or direction.
  5. The leader is not to be passed at any time.
  6. Passing other convoy members is only encouraged where road rules and conditions allow. If you feel that you are holding up the car behind, please wave them through when it is safe and legal.
  7. At traffic lights, use more than one lane if available to allow more of our cars to get through on each sequence. Once through the lights, assume any position back in the convoy, as long as you’re behind the leader.
  8. Keep a 2-3 second safety margin between all cars; ie: your required braking distance at 100km/h.
  9. As long as it’s safe to do so, please wait at intersections or where the direction taken by the convoy may be unclear to the car behind you. If it’s unsafe to wait at the corner, please wait in a visible position around the corner. If you are unfortunate enough to become lost and have no means of communicating with the lead or tail cars, then proceed directly to the next regrouping point on the run notes.
  10. The run organiser may use his/her discretion to break the convoy into smaller groups to enable better management of a large group of cars.
  11. The run organiser will nominate at least one car to follow the convoy and ensure no-one is left behind.

Please remember, when adding your name to the event attendance sheet you are confirming that the Club will not be liable for any damage, injury or loss caused directly or indirectly by you whether to yourself, or to any other party and you will fully indemnify and hold the Club harmless in connection with all claims arising from such damage, injury or loss.