Coordinating a funeral procession


Funeral processions can be one of the most daunting parts of the ceremony. As well as officially starting the day’s proceedings, they can prove tricky to coordinate.


How does every vehicle stick together? What if passers-by get in the way? And do they have any special powers on the road?  So long as these fundamentals are understood, there’s no need to worry.


Keep it tight

When travelling across public roads it may seem not much can be done to stop other drivers cutting in. It’s unlikely someone would intentionally, but where one convoy ends and another begins isn’t always clear.


To tackle both issues it’s important every driver keeps a tight formation. This doesn’t mean bumper to bumper but as close as is reasonably safe to one another.


Slow and steady

Of course, what’s reasonably safe depends on the procession’s speed. In urban areas, travelling between 20mph and 30mph is the safest option for multiple vehicles, giving everyone time to cohesively react to course alterations and stoppages.


The right of way

Funeral processions garner such respect from spectators, it’s easy to forget that, legally speaking, they have no special powers on the road.


With this in mind, it’s wise for the front car to lead followers past junctions and roundabouts when they’re relatively clear. But when another vehicle inevitably gives way, don’t be afraid to take the offer.


Your local Chelmsford Star Funeral Director can give a wealth of advice on planning the procession.


Getting lost

No matter how much preparation goes into a procession, sometimes a vehicle will lose the group, especially over long distances. Don’t panic – simply stick to the planned course and meet up at the venue. More often than not, passers-by in between will see what’s going on and turn off.


This possibility makes it crucial for everyone behind a wheel to know the planned route before departing, so consider providing a map or GPS ahead of time.


Remember that funeral processions are treated with great respect by the public, so the onus is often on them to rectify issues that can occur.


Further information

If you have any questions about organising a funeral procession, please do not hesitate to speak to one of our Chelmsford Star Funeral Directors.