How to drive in a 4×4 convoy
Vehicles following one another are known as a convoy. From a safety and security perspective it is wise to travel in a group. We suggest that you follow these guidelines:
- Brief the group before departing set communication and safety protocols.
- Allow enough space between vehicles so that other road users are able to pass through the convoy.
- Take regular comfort breaks.
- Convoy driving takes longer than driving alone, so additional time should be allowed for.
- Maintain your position in the convoy – do not overtake.
- Vehicles with essential equipment should be placed at equal intervals (29MHz radios, Satellite phones, recovery kits, first aid kits and fire extinguishers).
- Avoid travel after sunset and before sunrise.
- All vehicles should drive with their lights, especially if conditions are dusty.
- The last vehicle should be driven by an experienced off-roader. They should ensure that all convoy members complete the route.
- Avoid obstacles that some vehicles may not be able to traverse.
- Indicate your intentions to turn, stop etc. clearly to assist the vehicle driving behind you.
- Only enter obstacles once the preceding vehicle has cleared the obstacle.
- Ensure that the vehicle behind you is following you and not in any difficulty.
- Keep a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you, as it may need to stop or back up.
- If you experience a problem:
- Flash your headlights and use your radio to inform the convoy.
- Stop your vehicle in a safe place. Allow sufficient space for following vehicles to also pull over safely.