A Good Start

  • Vehicle safety
  • Vehicle's convoys
  • At the start
  • Outline the trip
  • Group rules

For a good start, it is important that all participants are at the intended meeting place on time. This sounds obvious, but many trips get off to a poor start from a lack of attention to how everyone can get to the correct spot at the intended time, complete with all necessary equipment.

Getting everybody to the correct place on time can be giving clear directions in writing or by phone, as discussed in Chapter 2. Once everyone is at the meeting place, how a leader ensures everyone feels part of the group has a major influence on how the whole trip runs. Leaders should be at the meeting place early to greet people by introducing themselves and welcoming participants. Specific arrangements required before the trip starts, such as car pooling, should be explained at this point.