TAIL END CHARLIE RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assists the Trip Leader (TL) with the running of the convoy
- Advises TL when:
- Convoy is mobile
- Change in direction completed
- Member leaves convoy
- Stays with vehicle which may be delayed or leaves convoy for short stop. Advises TL when mobile again
- Closes gates etc as advised by TL
- Ensures cleanliness of the area at all stops before leaving.
To note all the names of participants and prepare a Trip Report which gives a good overview of the details, events and activities that happened on the trip.
- The CB Radio is used for voice communications only. It is not to be used for music.
- It is customary when switching the Radio on, to listen for at least the duration of one normal “over” before transmitting.
- If you decide that you would like to join in, the procedure is to transmit the words “breaker breaker”, preferably between “overs”, and wait until invited to identify yourself and join in discussion.
- Adherence to these guidelines ensures that you don’t obliterate what might be an important message and that you don’t irritate other users.
RECOMMENDED MINIMUM EQUIPMENT
- Suitable recovery points at the FRONT and REAR of the Vehicle
- Snatch Strap and damper
- Two rated shackles (3.25t min Bow or Dee)
- Shovel (long handled recommended)
- Car first Aid Kit
- Radio communications
- Fire extinguisher
- Air Compressor
- At the commencement of the trip, the Trip Leader shall arrange the convoy order and nominate a vehicle to be last in the convoy (Tail End Charlie).
- All vehicles shall stay in the convoy order unless directed otherwise by the Trip Leader.
- All relevant documentation to be completed and handed to TL prior to trip commencing.
- Convoy communication shall be on Channel 10 or Channel 14 as an alternative or as directed by TL.
- If you are unable to make radio contact, flash your headlights onto the vehicle ahead. This is a signal for the rest of the convoy to stop.
- Keep unnecessary chatter on the radio to a minimum when navigating difficult areas.
- If in any doubt of the best / safest way to proceed through hazards / obstacles, ask the Trip Leader or more experienced driver for advice. Remember you probably won’t be the only one experiencing difficulty.
- Acknowledge all radio calls from the Trip Leader.
- Keep the vehicle behind you in view at all times and at any decision point (Corner, deviation or ob-stacle):
- Wait for the following vehicle
- Indicate where to go (use indicators if appropriate)
- When acknowledgment is received, then proceed
- Drive at your COMFORTABLE and SAFE speed.
- When travelling on a club run all vehicles must switch on their headlights and keep them on while travelling in the convoy. Fog lights are NOT to be lit.
- Generally keep 4-6 vehicle lengths distance between vehicles and keep the convoy moving.
- On steep inclines / obstacles:
- Proceed one vehicle at a time
- On very steep or difficult terrain:
- Call the next vehicle through when you are clear
- All gates are to be left as they were found. The Trip Leader is responsible to ensure that the last vehicle (Tail End Charlie) knows to leave the gate open or closed.
- Vehicles should not leave the convoy other than in exceptional circumstances and before doing so must obtain approval from the Trip Leader.
- Remember you are responsible for the vehicle behind you!
At all times abide by road rules and regulations and drive in a manner consistent with the Four Wheel Drivers’ Code of Ethics.