Run Safety Tips
The Redwood Coast Miata Club was created to allow us to enjoy the company of
others while enjoying our Miatas. A few basic tips will help everyone have
a great, and safe, time.
***** Fun Run Tips *****
Courtesy of the San Diego Miata Club
Our goal is to have an enjoyable day driving our Miatas. Everyone's fun
will be enhanced by following these simple guidelines.
Arrive at the starting point early, with a full tank of gas.
If you are going to meet the group en route or leave the group before the end, tell us.
When parking in a business parking lot, use the back areas of the
lot so their paying customers have places to park.
Stay within the posted speed limit (The yellow speed signs on curves
are advisory speeds). If traffic is going slower than the speed limit stay
with the traffic flow.
Do not tailgate.
Do not pass on double yellow lines or on curves. Pass only when legal and safe.
Use your turn signals.
When stopping at a queue point or corner, make sure you pull completely off the road.
The lead Miata will establish the pace for the group. Do not drive
faster than your comfort level. Positions at the rear are best for you
if you wish to go slower. If you find yourself falling behind the car
ahead, take up a position toward the rear of the line at the next queue
up point. Don't drive unsafely to keep up.
On the Road
If you lose visual contact with the car behind you, wait at the
next turn (change in direction). When you are sure the car behind is able
to see your Miata, you may then continue. This ensures that no one gets
lost or falls too far behind. This is the single golden rule that keeps
a Fun Run fun!
Use common sense, be courteous and obey the law.
When we are making a turn and there are two turn lanes, or when we
are driving straight through an intersection that has two lanes, use both lanes.
Our line of cars should not dominate the road. If others are trying
to pass us, let them. If a member of our group wants to pass you, let him.
Solo drivers (without passengers to help navigate) buddy up
and follow a car with two persons aboard. CB users can and will help maintain
communications up and down the line.
If you want the group to stop (and do not have a CB), flash your
lights. If the car behind you flashes its lights, flash yours until the
leader pulls over.
If you need to pull over, turn on your flashers and pull off
the road. The sweep car will stop behind you.
If you pass the leader of the group, or if you pull over and wave
the sweep car past, you have effectively left the group and are on your own.
If you are not feeling up to par, tell the leader. We will find someone
to drive for you, no questions asked.