DRIVE DAY ETIQUETTE
Ensuring safe and enjoyable events is important to us, please read the information below. Contact your local state representative for more information if you have any questions or problems.
If you are uncomfortable with the speed then slow down and go at your own pace, advise the lead driver that they are going too fast for you at the next stop or via mobile/UHF radio.
Stick to the laws of the road. Police will look out for a large number of cars together and joyfully pounce on illegal driving - in particular speed limits. A large group of MINIs attracts lots of attention, be aware of pedestrians and children.
Follow the road rules and most importantly, be extremely courteous to other road users. It is important to show others that MINI owners and friends care.
Bear in mind that just because the MINI in front has passed a hazard does not mean you can! Your MINIs may look the same, but different tyres, or being in a different gear, can have a profound effect on handling.
Slow down for horses, cyclists, and pedestrians. Give them plenty of room when overtaking.
Whenever the group stops, if at all feasible, make sure you try to pull completely off the road.
Use your indicators in plenty of time to guide MINIs in the group, as well as other road users.
If you want the group to stop, flash your headlights or use the UHF radio. If the MINI behind flashes its headlights, flash yours until the leader pulls over.
When the group passes through a congested area, it should try to stop as soon as safely practicable to regroup before any turns are made.
Expect the unexpected! Who knows what is around the next corner, make sure you will be able to stop safely.
Do not tailgate the MINI in front of you - imagine the despair of you and your fellow runner if you do not brake in time. This act is the most common cause for accidents on car runs.
Aim to arrive at the Meeting Point in plenty of time. It is always better to be too early than too late! If you arrive early you have more time to meet, chat and inspect your fellow MINI owners and their MINIs!
Ensure that you have sufficient fuel to complete the route. Fill up close to the Meeting Point if possible. You risk inconveniencing others if you need to re-fuel en-route.
If you are in the middle of a pack, make sure you wait for the MINI behind you after a turn / junction / crossing. If necessary, flash the MINI in front to indicate that you are slowing down to let the others catch up.
The lead MINI should establish a sensible pace for the group, but it is each individual's own responsibility to keep the MINI behind in sight, thus ensuring the group stays together.
If the MINI behind you slows down, please slow down with it. If each MINI does this it will ensure that the convoy stays together.
Do not overtake other members of the Run unless they request you to pass them.
If you are unhappy about the event then let the organisers know, they can learn valuable lessons too, but please do so in a positive way.
If you are unhappy with somebody else's driving then inform one of the organisers.