Cruise Guidelines

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Below are some guidelines that will make our Corvette Cruises more enjoyable.  These guidelines were modified from the Permian Basin Corvette Club website.  I have tried to incorporate the guidelines from the Permian Basin Corvette Club into the various roles of a cruise caravan.  There also a List of Terms and  Recommendations at the bottom of this page.

There are three roles on cruises:       The Cruise Leader
                                                            The Cruise Members
                                                            The Cruise Tail Gunner

The Cruise Leader:  The leader of the cruise.  The Cruise Leader:

1.      Maps out the cruise which include possible rest stops and eating places.  If the cruise is overnight, the leaders books overnight accommodations.

2.      Provides an itinerary of the cruise with ideas of timing to various stops.  This includes the departure time for the cruise.  (Note:  This is optional but it the Cruise Leader could provide a copy of the itinerary, a list of the members attending, and a map or directions for the cruise it would be helpful.)

3.      Reviews the itinerary at club meetings and before departure.

4.      Always know who the Cruise Tail Gunner before departure. 

5.      Leads the cruise.  The Cruise Leader will be the lead car in the caravan.  He/She ensures that all cars stay together during the trip.  

6.  Will adjust his/her speed accordingly to make sure all cars stay together. The leader should never drag-race out of a parking lot or from a traffic light leaving others behind.  The lead cars should accelerate fast enough for the most cars to get through a traffic light (for example) but not so fast that you might think they were drag racing.  He/she should drive at an appropriate speed to let everyone catch up and then speed up to cruising speed. IIíve been on cruises (not led by our group) where the leaders take off at full speed.  Not only is this not a race, you end up leaving part of the group behind and they will probably get lost. (PBCV)".  It is suggested the the Leader using cruise control when possible in order to keep a steady speed.  This may help in less Rubber Banding although there will be some.

7.      Will be patient and flexible.  Not everything goes as planned so be open to changes.

8.      Communicate and acknowledge on a regular basis with cruise members by using a 2-way radio. 

NOTE:  It is recommended to have a 2-way radio so all cars can communicate between cars and with the leader.  Channel 5-0 works on both FRS and GMRS radios.  We will be using this frequency on our cruises.  If you do not know how to change the frequency on your radio, please contact the event coordinator or leader of the cruise. And to avoid embarrassment, please make sure your radio is not on Vox (voice activated transmitting).  This means whatever you say is transmitted over the radio.

The Cruise Members:  The members of the cruise caravan.  Cruise Members:

1.      Will make sure that their car has a FULL gas tank and ready to go. 

2.      Will be at the departure location on the set departure time. This is the time we are pulling out of the parking lot Ė not the time to meet.  Please be at the departure point at least 15 minutes before the departure time to go over last minute details, etc.  Most get there about 30 minutes early.

3.      Listen to the important instructions from the Leader carefully before departure.  This is to review the trip and also let you know of any changes.  Do not have side conversations when instructions are being given so everyone can hear them.

4.   Follow the cruise leader and do not pass them.

5.      Drive at an appropriate speed but keep a safe distant behind the car in front of you,

6.      Will not purposely slow down and then speed up (Rubber Banding) so they can drive faster.  This is not considerate to the person behind you and there is more of a chance to loose members of the cruise and lets other drivers in between the cars.  Not everyone likes to drive fast.  There are times that there will be some Rubber Banding on the cruise but this is not intentional.

7.   Will STAY TOGETHER as much as possible.  Keep up with the car in front of you but also keep an eye on the person behind you.  At Traffic lights do not if the lights are about to change to red stop, don't race through them.  If you are stopped at a light, contact the Leader to let him/her know your condition.  They will then take the appropriate measure to get everyone back together.  

8.      Communicate with the leader and other members when needed.  Such as: if you need to stop; if the cruise loses members; if you or others are stopped at a traffic light; if you need to relay another members message to the leader; etc.  This helps the leader know when he may need to adjust his/her speed   or pull over so everyone can catch up.  Note:  Recommended to have a 2-way radio.  

9.      Will be patient, considerate and flexible to any changes that may need to be made during the cruise.  Donít give the Cruise Leader a hard time.  They have spent time and effort planning the cruise.  If you donít like it, you can plan the next one.

NOTE:  If you want to break off on your own, contact the cruise leader and the cars around you so they know that you are leaving.

The Cruise TAIL GUNNER:The tail gunner is the last car in the line and after the lead car, this is probably the most important car in the caravan. Cruise Taile Gunner:

1.      "Communicates via 2-way raid with the leader to let him/her know what is going on in the lineÖie, has someone pulled over, did cars get caught at traffic lights, have all cars made it out of the parking lot and on the road. (PBCV)"

2.      Makes sure the leader knows if another person takes this role during the cruise.

   

List of Terms and Recommendations:  The information below is from the Permian Basin Corvette Club web site.  I have tried to put most of the information in each role responsibility.

Cruise Caravan:  All cars in a Corvette Cruise.

TRAFFIC LIGHTS Ė

"We can sometimes have a bunch of cars in a caravan.  To facilitate getting through traffic lights, it is helpful to get in 2 lanes (if possible) so twice as many cars can get through the light.

After we get through town we can get back in single-file line.  Please be courteous and let the other cars back in line.  We are all friends here.

Inevitably we will get separated by traffic lights.  As soon as practical, the lead group will pull over (in a safe location) and wait for the others to catch up.  This is where 2 way radios can really help Ė especially if there are any turns.

COMMUNICATION Ė

When we have a large number of cars it is important that we communicate what is going on.  We sometimes get stretched out on the road.  Even though the portable radios say they are 10 mile or 30 mile range, they donít reach that far when in a car.  We sometimes have to pass information up and down the line.

The cruise leader will give out important information at the beginning of the cruise/day, after stops, at the end of the day (for long cruises) etc..  It is important to gather up and listen to the leader.  Some of us arenít as loud as others and it is hard to be heard if there are a bunch of ďextraĒ conversations going on.

If you need to stop while on a cruise, donít be afraid to speak up.  There may be others that would like to stop as well but they are hesitant to say so.

RUBBER BANDING Ė

When you have a bunch of cars in a line you end up with rubber banding.  The further back you are in line it seems like you have to speed up and slow down.

As a cruise leader I use my cruise control to maintain a somewhat constant speed.  But cars will speed up and slow down Ė even on cruise control.

So the cars may stretch out and contract as we go.  This can be exasperated when encountering slower traffic.

While the leader will maintain a speed close to the speed limit, cars toward the back MAY have to drive a little faster to catch up from time to time.

If you donít want to do this, you might want to work your way towards the front of the line.

APPROPRIATE SPEED -

The leader should never drag-race out of a parking lot or from a light leaving others behind.  The lead cars should accelerate fast enough for the most cars to get through a traffic light (for example) but not so fast that you might think they were drag racing.  He/she should drive at an appropriate speed to let everyone catch up and then speed up to cruising speed.

You need to try and stay up with the car in front of you and also keep an eye on the car behind you.  You may need to lay back a little so the car behind you can catch up.

Iíve been on cruises (not led by our group) where the leaders take off at full speed.  Not only is this not a race, you end up leaving part of the group behind and they will probably get lost.

This doesnít make it any fun.  When you end up being the leader of the left-behind group you start to get nervous you will get lost.

Again, I will push for 2 way radios.  They help.

Corvettes were designed to go fast.  The newer Vettes are capable of speeds well  in excess of 150 mph.  We do try and drive with the flow of traffic and within prudent speeds for the road conditions and speed limits.

There are some members that are not comfortable driving fast.  The cruise leader should pick a speed that is appropriate for the members of the caravan.  If you are not comfortable with the speed, please speak with the cruise leader.

Some members of the club have more experience driving Corvettes fast (ie, around curves).  If you feel the car in front of you is driving too slowly, you can pass them (when it is safe to do so) and get in line in front of them.  REMEMBER Ė donít pass the cruise leader unless you have made arrangements with them ahead of time.

If you want to drive really fast, you should talk to one of the race coordinators about getting your car on the track.  That way you can safely drive your Vette fast."

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