Learn to Drive 2019

Before Setting Off

Written on 01/02/2019
WebConnect Ltd

The Official Highway Code

Rule 97 - Before Setting Off

You should ensure that


  • you have planned your route and allowed sufficient time
  • clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner
  • you know where all the controls are and how to use them before you need them. Not all vehicles are the same; do not wait until it is too late to find out
  • your mirrors and seat are adjusted correctly to ensure comfort, full control and maximum vision (see The Cockpit Drill)
  • head restraints are properly adjusted to reduce the risk of neck and spine injuries in the event of a collision
  • you have sufficient fuel before commencing your journey, especially if it includes motorway driving. It can be dangerous to lose power when driving in traffic
  • ensure your vehicle is roadworthy
  • switch off your mobile phone unless it is being used for satelite navigation, or is accessible via handsfree. It should never distract you from driving.