Rule 97

Before setting off. You MUST ensure that

  • you have a valid licence and insurance to drive the vehicle you intend to use (see Annex 3)
  • your vehicle is legal and roadworthy (see Annexes 3 and 6 for important vehicle maintenance and safety checks).

You SHOULD ensure that

  • you have planned your route and allowed sufficient time for breaks and possible delays
  • you have sufficient fuel or charge for your journey, especially if it includes motorway driving
  • you know where all the controls are and how to use them
  • clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner
  • your mirrors and seat are adjusted correctly to ensure comfort, full control and maximum vision
  • head restraints are properly adjusted to reduce the risk of neck and spine injuries in the event of a collision.

It is recommended for emergency use that

  • you have a mobile telephone containing emergency contacts (e.g. breakdown assistance)
  • you have high-visibility clothing.

Laws RTA 1988 sects 42, 45, 47, 49, 53, 87, 99(4) & 143, MV(DL)R reg 16, 40 & sched 4, VERA sect 29, RVLR 1989 regs 23 & 27, & CUR regs 27, 30, 32 & 61

Rule 97: Make sure head restraints are properly adjusted