Think for a moment about what it means garner a far-out idea, convince other people to sign on to it and then set the wheels in motion to make it happen. It's easier than you think. Getting the masses to follow you into the woods is also something that anyone has the ability to do. They key is believing you can do it, and believing in what you are doing. Your heart must be in it.
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Road Trip Boot Camp: What to bringWhat do you bring on a road trip? Extra underwear is a must and most of us would prefer you have your toothbrush and some deodorant. Seriously though, we do have a "should have" list for your travel with us. These items will insure your best time as well as everyone else's. As the scouts say "always be prepared".
1. CB/two way radios.
If you get nothing else on this list, get this. Communications are key and we usually go on channel 3. This is the only...
Road Trip Boot Camp: Club and sponsor protocolPlanning any event requires a diplomat. When organizing a drive or show there are many people that will be part of the project that need to be communicated with, satisfied, and rewarded for their hard work. The more entities that are involved, more demands and complications are placed into the venture. This is a double-edge sword because the larger your event, the more people and groups are needed to make it successful.
What I have found as that all groups have their specific expectations....
Road Trip Boot Camp: Preparing your carYou want to thoroughly be sure your car is ready for a long trip before going. To have a major failure at some point along the way that could have been prevented by a few small fixes is just disastrous. Follow this little checklist in making sure your car is ready. If you have any major work prior to the trip, be sure to drive it around for a week or so to make sure the bus are all worked out rather than road test it on the trip. You will be glad you did.
1. Routine service
Road Trip Boot Camp: Convoy EtiquetteDriving in a convoy is a fun way to travel among your fellow car enthusiasts as it shows the power and strength of your group, gives a larger presence to your ventures, and gets attention going down the road. Having a good time and pulling off a successful and safe drive involves common sense behavior and driving etiquette that is kind to both your fellow travelers and the other people on the road.
1. Headlights On
This is how the rest of the world knows what is going on....
Road Trip Boot Camp: Convoy CommunicationsUsing radio communication between vehicles has been a part of MAA events from our inception. The link from car to car is a vital part of what we do allowing us to keep every one up on what is happening. In our last event, there was debris in middle of the road. Mustang One immediately broadcasted, "DEBRIS! DEBRIS! DEBRIS!" The string of cars behind immediately moved into the next lane to avoid it, but the cars that were not equipped with radios confused by the sudden movement of cars ahead...
Road Trip Boot Camp: Route PlanningPlanning the route to be taken by a convoy is a scientific undertaking. It has more to do with just a map and mileages. When you begin to lay a course there are many more conditions to consider than you might think. Pulling them all together in a symphony is the goal. As a primer, below is a short list of facets to consider when designing your next group outing.
Road Trip Software
Without it you are behind the curve. Armed only with it and you are behind the curve. To begin...
Road Trip Boot Camp: Planning an awesome eventThe group driving experience is one which forms a tight bond with a group of car buffs or can etch the day and its planner’s name permanently on the list of things to avoid. The keys to planning and organizing an event that people will not only enjoy, be safe in, and want to come back to next year have more to do with just the route and the destination. There is an all-encompassing package of items that need to be carefully orchestrated to create the perfect outing. The following is a list of...
Road Trip Boot Camp: Convoy SafetyGetting home from a group drive alive and unscathed is a blessing. It's hard to imagine that something so exciting and fun can actually be dangerous. In all three MAA events and countless local club convoys I have been in, we have had near misses but fortunately accidents are rare. Nobody wants to have a fun and memorable event turn into one that is marked by someone getting hurt or killed. It can happen.
1. Following Distance
Most close calls are a result of following...