Bolded section may vary. For awhile (before they buried us in paperwork) we split up our convoys, so one 30 vehicle convoy was actually 6 convoys of 5 vehicles. If one vic went down, only that 5 vic convoy needed to stop. On longer runs, everyone would catch up (assuming the truck wasn't deadlined) at a predetermined rest or refuel area. For instance, we had a transport go down carrying several key personnel. Rather than all 15 trucks stopping and waiting for a wrecker to come and repair/replace the air line so we could roll, we pushed out security and played hotseat until we got the most important stuff ready to roll, then updated our mission cards and left 4 trucks behind to wait for a wrecker. The rest of the convoy made it to their end position, rested overnight, and made it back before the wrecker got the downed truck moving.Mikeyboy wrote: The other thing is no one leaves anyone in the caravan behind. If you go thru a yellow light and a person following you is stuck behind a red light, the whole caravan would pull over and wait for the straggler to catch up. While a caravan may be slower and a PITA to keep together, the benefit is the support of large numbers, like help with break downs, more vehicles carrying more supplies, more drivers to offer opinions, etc.
I also think everyone driving should know where they are going, knowing the route inside and out and know how to drive well. I'm an aggressive driver and in a caravan I rather follow than lead, because if cautious drivers are following me I am more likely loose them, but I never loose anyone I'm following.
Similarly, if you have 10 or more vehciles rolling, splitting off into groups of three or four might be better than stopping everyone if someone has a problem. Sure, slowing down if someone gets cut off at a red light is one thing, but you don't necessarily need everyone to stop if someone blows a tire or needs to fill the radiator.
Forgot to add, if applicable, taking extra vehicles and leaving room is a good plan. If a vic goes down and you need to rock'n'roll, being able to quickly split stuff or people into another vehicle can be helpful. The caveat is that you'll burn more gas and need more room to park, both of which may be at a premium during emergency travel.