The UK Rules
Before Setting Off in a Vehicle

Safety Checks Before Moving Off

The Highway Code issues safety standards and instructions for drivers before setting off. Take a few moments to conduct a roadworthiness checklist before moving off on a journey.

AWARENESS CHECKS: This section lists all the important vehicle checks you should make before driving away.

It explains the proper guidance for drivers on their fitness to drive and the benefits of route planning.

Drivers and riders should never underestimate the importance of making pre-journey awareness checks.

There is information on the appropriate clothing and footwear for driving. The guide also covers the vehicle controls checklist and the importance of checking fuel levels.

The Highway Code rules also govern towing a trailer and loading it for safe road use. All these guidelines are according to the road traffic laws in the United Kingdom.

Roadworthy Vehicle Checks Before Driving

Rule 97: The Highway Code rules say before setting off on a road journey you should take a few moments to ensure that:

Note: You can use some car headrests to smash window glass during an emergency situation. Check further Highway Code rules about vehicle maintenance, safety and security.

Safety Checks Before Towing a Vehicle

Rule 98: As a driver, you MUST NOT tow more than the driving licence allowances for towing. Some restrictions on the weight of trailer you can tow apply to motorists who passed their car test after the 1st of January 1997.

Towing a vehicle with a tow rope can be very dangerous. The UK Highway Code has specific recommendations for towing a vehicle. Drivers should consider using a professional recovery service in the event of vehicle breakdowns on public roads.

Loading a Trailer Before Setting Off

When you load a trailer:

Vehicle Checks Before Setting Off: Highway Code in the United Kingdom