B+E Trailer Training


DVSA approved training courses for car and trailer

AMC Driving Solutions  offer B+E trailer training by a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor to companies and individuals who require the B+E category adding to their licence. We have a proven track record and a high first time pass rate.

Our courses include the use of a vehicle and trailer for B+E training and test purposes and test exercises are conducted at our own private full size training area.

What the law says about towing

If you passed your driving test after the 1st January 1997 (including re-tests) you must pass a practical category B+E test to tow a trailer which exceeds 750kg on a vehicle weighing 3,500kg; or vehicle and trailer/caravan/horsebox combination over 3,500kg.

One day course

This course will be suitable for an experienced driver with some towing experience (e.g. off road). The one day course consists of a 6 hour session costing £240.00. The test fee will be £115.00 and a £100.00 fee for the pre test and use of car and trailer for the test itself. The total for the training will cost £340.00 but don't forget you will have a test fee of £115.00 to pay the DVSA!

Two day course

This course will suit a driver with little or no towing experience and should provide plenty of preparation time for the test. The two day course consists of two 6 hour sessions costing £480.00. The test itself costs £115.00 which is paid to the DVSA. There is a £100.00 fee for the one hour pre test (a gentle warm up drive!) and the use of the car and trailer for the 1 hour and 30 minute test. The overall total for the 2 day training will cost £580.00 but, again, don't forget you will have a test fee of £115.00 to pay the DVSA!

What does the training involve?

The training will be based on meeting the criteria for successfully pass the trailer test. In addition we also introduce some advanced eco/safe driving skills which will enhance your driving skills for life.

  • You will need to demonstrate that you can drive to a high and safe standard when towing.
  • You must demonstrate that you can safely uncouple and recouple your trailer to your vehicle.
  • You will need to know that all the trailer lights are working and that inspect the trailer as if you had never previously used it.
  • You must demonstrate how to reverse your trailer ('s' manoeuvre) over a distance into a relatively confined (but sufficiently wide) area into a marked stopping position which will require you to judge the length of your car and trailer combination.
  • We will cover the basic vehicle check questions 2 of which will be asked by the examiner.

What does the test involve?

This test is based on the lorry driving test and lasts for approx.1.5 hours. Do not underestimate the skills you will need to demonstrate for this test.

Every B+E test takes approx 1.30 mins to complete. B+E tests are only conducted at HGV (bus & lorry) driving test centres. You MUST bring your valid driving license! The examiner will need to see and check it before you begin the test. We have a test centre nearby in Darlington.

At the start of the test you will be required to read a number plate to check your eyesight. You will then be asked a number of Questions about the safety of your vehicle & trailer. We issue all our pupils with the "Show Me Tell Me" Questions. Study these in your own time. You then have to complete a reverse manoeuvre.

The road drive will include a 10 minute independant driving session. Upon return to the test centre you will need to demonstrate the uncoupling and re-coupling procedure. Let us teach you how to perform the "S Maneouvre" (which you have to be able to do). We will explain the DSA method of reversing and all the safety checks you will need to know. Our Trainers will teach you how to carry out your lighting checks and the order in which you will have to couple and uncouple the trailer when you are on test.

Do not underestimate the standard of driving that you will need to achieve to be successful in the test. The majority of drivers that fail the B+E test do so because their road driving skills do not meet the required standard. If you make mistakes on test the crucial issue is not to worry, the mistake might be less serious and may not affect your result. The examiner is looking for an overall safe standard of driving.

Tow vehicles test requirements

You can take your test in either a Manual or Automatic transmission vehicle. We can help if you want to hire one of our manual towing vehicles for training or test purposes. If you pass using an automatic then you are entitled to tow using only an automatic transmission. If you pass using a manual transmission vehicle you are entitled to tow either manual or automatic vehicles. Your vehicle must be legal and roadworthy and have no warning lights showing, e.g the engine management system warning light. It must not be subject to a manufacturers safety recall, you may be asked for evidence that your vehicle has had the work carried out, is exempt from the recall or that after being checked no work was necessary.

The vehicle also needs to be a smoke free zone. Their are other requirements involving loading, head restraints, mirrors etc that we can provide details of when undertaking training with us. We provide a trailer which meets all DVSA requirements.

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