Guys and Sleepy, here is my input:
To have a proper cruise, all you need is one person who knows the area very well to be the leader. The reason why Marc was very successful with the Whistler cruise was that he knows the landmark well from a previous cruise. Hell if there was a meet in Richmond, I will most likely volunteer to be the leader since I grew up, work AND live in Richmond; and I know my ways around. If you ask me to lead the pack somewhere other than Richmond, **** that because I know if I make a stupid mistake due to my inexperience with the area, it will cause a chain reaction. (I’m not trying to be cocky but I’m trying to prove a point)
Next, a lot of people tailgate because it is the norm living in Vancouver. A lot of people have no common sense to drive defensively until it is too late (ie running through a yellow light on purpose when incoming cars are turning left). I notice that some of the members do not leave enough space from the person in front of them. If you are driving at highway speeds, leave more room between the car in front of you than if you are driving at city speeds! Personally, I leave 3-5 car length driving in the city and 8-10 car lengths when I drive on the highway. I get flamed a lot for driving like this from my friends and feel free to flame all you want but I care about my car a lot. You can tell from those people who tailgate have a lot of paint chips all over their front of their car. Do not blame the paint; blame yourself for following too close.
So for the next cruise, all you need is someone who is familiar with the territory to lead and for the rest of you, leave tons of room from the person in front of you! Who cares if someone cuts in front of you and breaks up the pack. The pack will eventually come back together. Also, the point of a cruise is to drive safely, relax, and to enjoy the scenery, not to make it to the destination as quickly as possible.
It is that simple!