Rule 6.1.2 Drop Brake Test

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Each buggy is required to take a drop brake test before every freeroll practice, after it competes in any race, and whenever the Sweepstakes Chairman, the Assistant Sweepstakes Chairman, or the Safety Chairman request such a test. The purpose of the drop brake test is to demonstrate that the buggy’s brakes are in proper working order and that the driver is able to actuate them. The drop brake test shall be administered by the Sweepstakes Chairman, Assistant Sweepstakes Chairman, Safety Chairman,or anyone designated by any of these Chairmen.

The procedure for the drop brake test shall be as follows:

The test shall take place somewhere on one of the sidewalks of Tech Street, along Hill 1 of the buggy course. The sidewalk directly in front of the middle entrance to Skibo Gymnasium shall be used if it is available and is in acceptable condition. If this area is not available or acceptable, the Safety Chairman, or anyone designated by that Chairman, shall choose an alternate location for the test.

The test shall be conducted as follows:

  • The buggy shall be placed at rest on the sidewalk facing toward the bottom of the hill, with its nose at the beginning of a marked 30 foot long zone.
  • The buggy shall be released and allowed to roll down the hill without being inhibited, to the bottom end of the 30 foot long zone.
  • When the buggy reaches the end of the 30 foot long zone, the driver shall be signaled to apply the buggy’s brakes.
  • After the buggy stops, the test administrator shall tell the driver to release and reapply the brakes once, while observing the movement of the buggy to verify that the brakes are being released and reapplied.
  • A member of the buggy’s sponsoring organization shall be located in a position such that he or she will be able to stop the buggy in the event that the buggy’s braking system fails to stop the buggy during the test.
  • The organization whose buggy is being tested shall provide an adequate number of people to control pedestrian traffic in the test area and to properly attend to all of the buggies that they are using. If the drop brake test is performed between sunset and sunrise, any buggy that is tested must have all lights and reflectors that are required during night push practices.

To successfully complete the test, the following requirements must be met:

  • Only the driver may touch the buggy while it is being tested.
  • The buggy must stop within 15 feet of the end of the 30 foot long zone through which it has been allowed to roll. This 15 foot distance shall be measured to the nose of the buggy, i.e. that part of the buggy that is farthest away from the end of the 30 foot long zone.
  • After the buggy has stopped, its driver must successfully release and reapply its brakes once.
  • The buggy’s brakes must not be applied before the buggy reaches the end of the 30 foot long zone through which it has been allowed to roll.

The buggy shall be in the same physical state as would be expected for regular free rolls practice. No tactics may be employed to aid in passing the drop test or slowing forward motion of the buggy that would not be used in an emergency condition on the course. Actions not allowed include but are not limited to: overtightening of the retaining mechanism on wheels, use of spacers or shims to cause additional friction, use of worn or dirty bearings, and objects dragging on the ground. Any organization’s buggy caught violating this policy will be treated as if it failed a spot safety check.