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Romford Trailer Licence Test Training – The DL25 trailer driving test report form

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On every trailer driving test you will receive, on completion, of the test, a report for you to study.

This is to be changed in February 2020 to an email being sent, to view the report, as the test will be marked electronically on an IPad device.

The following is an explanation of how the driving examiner marks your driving test report (DL25) and exactly what he or she is looking for on your trailer test drive.

Three columns are used for the marking. The first column records minor faults in each category, you are allowed 15 minor faults and still pass the test.

Second column records serious driving faults and the third column records dangerous faults and will result in a failure of the test if a fault appears in these columns.


1(a) Eyesight Test At the start of the driving test the examiner will ask you to read a vehicle registration number. If you required glasses or contact lenses, you must wear them whenever you drive. If you had problems with the eyesight test.

1(b) Highway Code / Safety If you did not need to take a separate theory test, for example to obtain a licence for a tractor or other specialist vehicle, you will have been asked questions on the Highway Code and other related motoring matters. You will have also been asked to identify some traffic signs. Even if you have passed your theory test it is advisable to study the Highway Code prior the the Driving Test.

3 Reverse exercises You will need to be able to control the vehicle safely whilst reversing to the left, when parking on the reversing area at the test centre. You must take good effective all round observation throughout the manoeuvre and show consideration to other road users.

7 Vehicle Checks (Show Me – Tell Me Questions) You will need to display to the examiner a basic knowledge of the fundamental safety checks applicable to your vehicle. For example safe fluid levels, lighting and tyre checks.

10 Vehicle and trailer combinations. Uncoupling / recoupling ( Not for Learner Drivers) You will need to demonstrate the skills necessary when uncoupling and recoupling your vehicle, driving the towing vehicle to a designated position prior to recoupling safely.

11 Precautions Before you start the engine make sure that you are comfortably seated and all controls can be safely operated. Check Handbrake and neutral before starting engine.

12 Control This section covers the safe and controlled use of accelerator, clutch, gears, foot brake, parking brake, and steering. . Always try and use the vehicle controls as smoothly as possible. This means less wear and tear on your vehicle and a smoother ride for your passengers. Make proper use of your accelerator and clutch to make a smooth start. Always depress the clutch just before you stop.

13 Move off  You will need to demonstrate your ability to move off smoothly and safely on the level, on a gradient and at an angle taking the correct precautionary observations.

14 Use of mirrors – Rear observations Use all the mirrors fitted to your vehicle safely and effectively. You must always check carefully before signalling, changing direction or changing speed. Use the Mirrors Signal Manoeuvre (MSM) routine effectively. Checking mirrors alone is not good enough. You must act on what you see.

15 Signals You must signal clearly to let others know what you intend to do. You should only use the signals shown in the Highway Code if it would help other road users . Always signal in good time and ensure that the signal has been cancelled after the manoeuvre has been completed. You should not beckon to pedestrians to cross the road.

16 Clearance to obstructions Allow plenty of room to pass stationary vehicles, obstructions and be prepared to slow down or stop. You need to watch out for changing situations such as car door opening,  child running run out or a vehicle pulling out without warning.

17 Response to signs/signals You need to be able to react to all traffic signs and road markings. You must act correctly at traffic lights and pedestrian crossings. Obey signals given by police officers, traffic wardens and school crossing patrols. Look out for signals given by other road users.

18 Use of speed You should make safe, reasonable progress along the road bearing in mind the road, traffic and weather conditions and the road signs and speed limits. Remember that speed limits are limits and not targets.

19 Following distance Always keep a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles. Remember, on wet or slippery roads it takes much longer to stop. When you stop in traffic queues leave sufficient space to pull out if the vehicle in front has problems.

20 Maintaining proper progress and avoiding hesitation You must show that you can drive at a realistic speed appropriate to the road and traffic conditions. You should approach all hazards at a safe, controlled speed, without being over cautious or interfering with the progress of other traffic. Always be ready to move away from junctions as soon as it is safe and correct to do so. Driving excessively slowly can frustrate other drivers.

21 Junctions (including Roundabouts) The examiner will watch for the correct use of the Mirror Signal Manoeuvre on approach to all junctions. You should be able to judge the correct speed of approach so that you can enter a junction safely and stop if necessary. Position your vehicle correctly. Use the correct lane. If you are turning right, keep as near to the centre of the road as is safe. Avoid cutting the corner when turning right.You need to be extra careful in poor light and bad weather conditions. Watch out for cyclist, pedestrians and motorcyclist.

22 Judgement The examiner will be assessing you judgement through out the test. Extra skill is required for clearance, meeting, crossing the path of vehicles and overtaking. Only carry out an exercise if is safe and legal.

23 Positioning You should position the vehicle sensibly, normally well to the left. Keep clear of parked vehicles and position correctly for the direction that you intend to take. Where lanes are marked, keep to the middle of the lane and avoid straddling lane markings. Do not change lanes unnecessarily.

24 Pedestrian Crossings You should be able to identify all types of pedestrian crossing and take the correct action. Show courtesy and consideration towards pedestrians. At all crossings you should be prepared to slow down and stop if necessary. You need to pay extra attention where the crossings are hidden by parked cars or queuing traffic.

25 Position for Normal stops Choose a safe, legal and convenient place to stop, close to the edge of the road, where you will not obstruct the road and create a hazard. You should know how and where to stop without causing danger to other road users.

26 Awareness & Planning You must be aware of other road users at all times. You should always think and plan ahead so you can judge what other road users are going to do, try to predict how their actions will affect you and react in good time. Take particular care to consider the actions of the more vulnerable groups of road users such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders.

27 Ancillary controls You should be able to operate all the controls and switches, especially those that have a bearing on road safety. These include indicators, lights, windscreen wipers, demisters and heaters. You should be able to find these controls and operate them correctly when necessary, without looking down.

28 Eco Safe Driving  You should drive in an eco friendly manner considering the effects on the environment. Plan well ahead. Use the correct gear for you speed. Avoid revering the engine. Avoid sudden acceleration and harsh braking.