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PostSubject: Rules of the Touge   Tue Jul 24, 2007 1:06 pm

    It's very dangerous to do this for obvious reasons. Almost every turn is a
    blind one on the touge. No matter what conditions you are driving in on
    the touge there will be blind spots and unknowing drivers around. Most
    drivers are not expecting to see cars in their lane coming at them head on and neither should you.

  • 2. NEVER publicly announce a spot you frequent/visit for drives.
    You do not want the police on your tail OR too many people up there
    just watching and hanging out. Too many drivers and people at a
    mountain run at one time is dangerous and attracts the wrong attention.

  • 3. Know your limits... AND STAY WITHIN THEM!!!
    Drive at about 70% (some of you may know the term 7 tenths) of your
    ability, you must leave room for error. Pushing yourself over the edge
    may not be too far from reality if you get yourself into a situation
    you can't handle.

  • 4. No passing!!!
    Unless they yield to you in the turnout... Touge roads are usually
    public, with that in mind there may be people that live in these areas,
    some are cruising and others prefer to drive on their own at their own
    pace... be respectful of the other people on the touge.

  • 5. Leave plenty of room between cars when in a group.
    This should be obvious to most of you. You cannot compensate for
    another driver's mistake. It takes us approximately 3/4's of a second
    to react to something that happens on the road. If you are traveling at
    high speed that automatically decreases... which will usually result in
    damage!!! And don't forget almost every turn on the touge is a blind

  • 6. Make your touge group as small as possible.
    This gives less attention to you and why you are there. Keeping this in
    mind the other rules can be easily followed especially leaving enough
    room between

  • 7. No need to break any moving violations on the way to the touge.
    You're going to have fun in the mountains already... just save it for the touge.

  • 8. Scope out the spot before you start your touge session.
    Only on those occasions when you're cruising should you ignore this...
    but then some of us "CRUISE" faster than others!!! But Drift or Grip,
    whatever your session may involve, you should always check out the run.
    You never know what to expect around each turn on the touge.

  • 9. Watch out for wildlife!!!
    Deer and other animals are unpredictable, not to mention tree branches,
    bushes and tumbleweeds. Deer, Raccoons and Possums are especially
    unpredictable... look out for animals they cause just as much if not
    more damage than an incident with a car.

  • 10. Do not take your ego to the touge.
    There will always be someone faster than you... unless you're TAKUMI
    hahahaha, But if the person behind you is faster... pull over and let
    him/her pass.

  • 11. Stay alert, don't have things around that will distract
    you on your runs.
    Loud music, nagging girl friends or p***y boy friends may cause you to
    panic or become distracted. Touge sessions require a lot of

  • 12. Check your equipment before you go. ie, tires, pressure, alignment, brakes, etc.
    There is almost no room for error on the
    touge. If you must go driving on sh***y equipment, then drive with even more
    room for error (5-6 tenths)

  • 13. Look as far ahead of you as possible.
    Your body subconciously follows what your mind (eyes) tell it to do, or
    go in this case. Just think about walking. You don't look left and walk
    straight. Try it.

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