Something I introduced young recruit cadets to was the concept of being a good follower.
Just as leadership requires experience and training (perhaps more good mentorship), a good follower needs to be able to support the leader and make the whole experience enjoyable for all.
I recently wrote a blog on my webpage about the 9 Things Not to Get Wrong When Travelling In Convoy’ (https://campandtravel.com.au/travelling-in-a-convoy/).
The leader plays a large part in a convoy. But, it’s up to the following cars (people) to contribute to making it a success.
* Consider knowing where it is you’re going. This can perhaps be in the broadest sense – but if you don’t have any idea, you could be a burden if you lose contact with the group.
* Help the whole group by being at the agreed start point at the time agreed or, at least, let people know where you are or when you’ll get there.
* Driving with your headlights on can help those in front keep an eye on you.
* Keep an eye on those in front so you don’t miss a turn.
* Keep an eye on those behind you to check that they don’t miss a turn.
* Slow down so those behind you can see you take a turn.
* Know your car number (if one is issued) and keep in any agreed position in the convoy.
* Consider carrying a CB and keep conversation polite – and listen.
* Be courteous and respectful of other road users.
* Have fun.
When I posted these blogs, several followers came back with comments that they hated travelling in convoy. I guess that’s very much a personal opinion but I’d encourage people to try it at least a couple of times and under different circumstances.
Travelling in convoy can allow you to go places you wouldn’t usually go to by yourself or in smaller groups. You’ll be surprised at how knowledgeable others can be and how supportive people are when times get tough.
The other aspect of convoys is that they open up a whole new world of tag-a-long tours or excursions where the leader has a wealth of knowledge and a willingness to share. This knowledge often isn’t limited to the things between points A and B – but can include knowledge of plants, animals, side roads, creeks, rivers, townships, localities, history, First Nation people and their culture as well as good bakeries.
Also, at times when the proverbial happens and parts are needed or repairs required, a good leader or convoy members can be priceless in getting things under control again. In the same way, convoy members with other skills like making a cuppa and having a piece of fruit cake during these times can not be overvalued.
Keep safe and follow the leader.