Rule 7.2.1 Education Program
Each buggy driver MUST participate in a driver education program before they will be permitted to drive a buggy during any type of buggy practice session at Carnegie Mellon University. The driver education program shall consist of the following:
Before any freeroll practice takes place during the fall semester of each school year, a meeting of all of the people who want to be buggy drivers shall be held. This meeting shall be conducted by the Sweepstakes Chairman, the Assistant Chairman, the Safety Chairman, and/or anyone designated by the Sweepstakes Chairman. Buggy Chairmen from individual organizations shall not be permitted to attend the first at least a portion (usually the first hour) of this meeting unless they are also buggy drivers.
Topics that shall be discussed at this meeting shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
- A map of the course, detailing the normal path of a buggy from start to finish.
- Potential dangers of buggy driving.
- Rules, Regulations, and Procedures relative to driving a buggy.
- Driver’s personal safety and protective equipment.
- Driver training methods.
- Driving techniques for both normal and emergency situations.
- Safety procedures during emergency situations, including instructing the driver to remain in the buggy if possible when they come to any emergency stop.
- Use of signal flags, including the required chute flaggers and the yellow colored emergency flag.
In addition to the discussions at this meeting, each potential driver shall be given a written summary of the topics covered during this meeting.
Topics that shall be discussed at the spring semester driver’s education meeting shall include, but not be limited to, all of the same topics covered during the fall semester buggy driver’s education meeting.
Approximately one week before the preliminary races are scheduled each school year, a meeting of all of the people who are to drive buggies during those races shall be held. This meeting shall be conducted by the Sweepstakes Chairman, the Assistant Chairman, the Safety Chairman, and/or anyone designated by the Sweepstakes Chairman. Buggy Chairmen from individual organizations will usually, but not always, be permitted to attend all of this meeting. Topics that shall be discussed at this meeting shall include, but not be limited to, a review of all of the topics covered during the previous buggy driver’s education meetings, plus a detailed discussion and review of race day procedures and regulations, and driving techniques that can be employed during the races.
Additional driver education meetings may be held at the discretion of the Sweepstakes Advisor, the Sweepstakes Chairman, or the Safety Chairman.
Attendance at ALL of the required driver education meetings is MANDATORY for anyone who wants to drive a buggy at Carnegie Mellon University. If a person who wants to be a buggy driver fails to attend any of the required meetings, he or she must submit a request (either written or verbal) for a review of the content of each missed meeting to the Sweepstakes Chairman. This request must state the reason that each meeting in question was missed. The Sweepstakes Chairman shall then require that person to review the content of each missed meeting with someone that he or she designates.