Out team can help you arrange your car and trailer training course, and trailer test, to help you gain a trailer licence.
A call or email to Get Towing will get you on the road to completing a trailer training course and hopefully soon after that a trailer licence.
There are 2 main courses available for trailer training and these are completed on consecutive days and normally have 5 to 6 hours per day. The last 1.5 hours are arranged as the trailer practical test, and gain a trailer licence. There is no theory test with the car and trailer B+E category.
After completing your B+E (car & trailer) training you will need to take your Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) trailer driving test. On arrival at the test centre the driving examiners will greet you at the appointment time and ask to see your driving licence. From there you will go outside to perform an eyesight check.
You will need to be able to read a number plate from 20.5 metres (62 feet) away. If you cannot read the number plate, with or without glasses/lenses you will not be allowed to take your trailer driving test.
After successfully reading the number plate you will need to answer 5 safety check questions. Driving instructors commonly refer to these as the show me tell me questions as they all start with – Show me how to check or Tell me how you would check.
Its then time to complete the reversing exercise. You will need to drive the car and trailer onto a purpose built area and reverse from one end of the area to the other whilst avoiding a cone in the middle of the reversing area, known as cone ‘B’. The trailer will need to end inside a box, made of cones and with the back of the trailer over hanging a hatched area.
After the reversing exercise you will be taken out on the road for approximately 50 minutes. Whilst out on the road you will be expected to be able to deal with all the normal junctions and hazards you will find in and around town as well as deal with the traffic on a dual carriageway.
Common things to fail on, whilst out on the road are,
- Steering problems
- Reverse exercise
- General positioning
- Sign recognition
- Crossing lanes on roundabouts
- Checking Mirrors
- Blind Spot Checks when pulling away
Once back at the test centre you will need to perform an un-hitch and hitch exercise. During this you will need to unhitch the trailer from the car and park the car next to the trailer.
Then you will need to be able to re-hitch the trailer making sure you have performed the checks needed to ensure it is connected properly.
Then it’s the big moment when the examiner tells you whether you have passed or failed your trailer test.
It is at this point that your trainer should listen to the debrief to ensure you understand what when wrong and when, if you did do anything wrong of course.
The steps of the test are:
- Document Check
- Eyesight Check
- 5 Safety Check Questions (Show/Tell)
- Reverse exercise
- On Road Drive
- Un-couple and re-couple
- Result and Debrief
Presuming you pass you will get a new trailer licence with the B+E (car + trailer) category on it.
This will allow you to tow larger and heavier trailers.
There are rumours that the car and trailer test will be changing to be in line with the changes presently being made to the car practical test. This has not been confirmed and if it does happen your trainers will be given lots of notice so they can make adjustments