Trailer & Towing Courses

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Course Structure & Price List

A Full UK Driving License is required to take Trailer Towing Lessons.

Are you new to towing? Have you towed before? We will tailor a course to suit your requirements!

Whether you are a company needing to train an employee or an individual wanting to tow a horse box, caravan or boat, we can provide you with the required training you need.

To find out if you need to take the B+E Test, click here.

You will be taught in a 4X4 and trailer equipped with dual controls by an experienced, DVSA Approved Instructor and all Courses include:

  • Coupling & Uncoupling
  • On Road Driving
  • Reversing Manoeuvres
  • Towing & The Law
  • Safe Loading
  • Test Route Familiarisation

The car and trailer test (B+E) is based on the lorry driving test and lasts for approximately one hour. Please note that B+E tests are conducted at vocational (bus and lorry) driving test centres.

The towing test (B+E) includes vehicle safety questions, an off-road reverse manoeuvre, a controlled stop, uncoupling and coupling of the trailer and driving on the road.

Each course is tailored to the individual, but will include:

  • Coupling & Uncoupling
  • On Road Driving
  • Reversing Manoeuvres
  • Stability and Snaking
  • Towing & The Law
  • Safe Loading
  • Vehicle Safety Questions
  • Controlled Stop

All of our courses are conducted by fully qualified, DVSA Approved Driving Instructors and all courses will follow the Official DVSA Syllabus for Trailer Towing.

1 Day Course : The one day course is an ideal introduction to Trailer Towing, suitable as a refresher course for someone who has already towed and has reasonable towing experience, with test on the same day.

(5 Hours Price- £215 inc test time but not DVSA Test Fee)

2 Day Course : Suitable for those with limited towing experience. This course covers all aspects of Trailer Towing and is ideal preparation for the B+E car and trailer test.Test on the second day.

(10 Hours Price- £415 inc test time but not DVSA Test Fee)

3 Day Course : Suitable for those with no towing experience. Covering in depth all the exercises and roadwork skills required to pass the B+E car and trailer test, this course is ideal for those who wish to train intensively culminating in a test on day three.

(15 Hours Price- £600 inc test time but not DVSA Test Fee)

The new rules on bringing laden vehicles for driving tests in some categories started on 15 November 2013.

You must bring laden vehicles for driving tests in these categories from 15 November 2013:

  • B+E - car and trailer
  • C1+E - medium sized goods vehicle and trailer
  • C+E - large lorry and trailer
  • D1+E - minibus and trailer
  • D+E - bus or coach and trailer

The rules are being introduced in the interests of road safety to more accurately assess the driving of heavier, laden vehicles - which drivers will be in charge of once they pass.

All courses include the use of U Drives 4X4 and trailer inc Test
Additional Lessons - £43.00 per hour

NB: Course prices exclude  D V S A test fee. Test Fees are Week Days £115.00  Weekends £141.00


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Towing A Trailer

Whether you are towing a trailer, a horse box, a caravan or a boat, it is imperative that you take special care to ensure the safety of yourself and others.

The dynamics of trailer towing can make for a very different driving experience. They also call for additional driving skills and an awareness of unfamiliar safety issues.

Who is allowed to tow a trailer?

The ability to tow a caravan or trailer will depend on the type of driving licence you hold. The category entitlement on your driving licence will determine the type of trailer you can tow.

Towing under a provisional licence is NOT acceptable.

Please see the DirectGov and Department For Transport websites for full details click here

Towing Rules

* Always keep to the legal speed limit for the road you are using

* 30mph limit applies on all roads with street lighting unless signs show otherwise.

* 50mph applies on single carriageways unless signs show otherwise

* 60mph applies on dual carriageways and motorways provided no lower limit is in force.

* You are not allowed to use the outside lane of a three or more, lane motorway when towing, except where there are lane closures which restrict the lanes to two or less, or when instructed to do so by the Police.

* If you tow a small trailer without brakes, the weight of the trailer is limited to 50% of the kerb weight of the car or 750kg, whichever is less.

* When towing larger trailers that have brakes fitted, the weight of the vehicle should not (as a rule of thumb) exceed 85% of the kerb weight of the towing vehicle.

* Most vehicle manufacturers state the maximum towing limit in their hand books, but you must bear in mind the total weight will increase when you include passengers and luggage

* Assuming that an ordinary car (not a goods vehicle) is the tow vehicle, then the overall length of the trailer, caravan etc. must not exceed 7m, excluding A-frame and hitch (regs 7 & 8 of Road Vehicles Construction and Use Regulations - 1986). The maximum width of the trailer should not exceed 2.3 m.

* It is ILLEGAL to allow passengers to travel inside the trailer, caravan etc. While it is permitted to carry animals in a caravan, this is not recommended.

* Wheels and tyres must be capable of carrying the maximum laden weight of the caravan at the maximum speed limit (this varies throughout Europe). CHECK TYRE PRESSURES REGULARLY.

* ALL trailers, caravans etc. must be fitted with an approved style number plate.

* All trailers on the road during darkness must have the following;

* Two red side lights at the rear

* Brake lights

* Direction indicators

* Number plate light

* At least one rear fog light (if the trailer is more than 1.3m wide)

* Two red triangular reflectors

* All lights must be in proper working order, and correctly fitted to your car's electrics.

* An MOT certificate is not currently required for trailers and caravans. However, good practice dictates that regular servicing and maintenance should be carried out as an unroadworthy trailer may invalidate your insurance. A caravan is a road vehicle and therefore requires regular servicing. The braking system, wheels, tyres and lights in particular, all need scrupulous attention.

* Always drive at a speed that is well within your capabilities, and to the road and weather conditions that prevail at the time.

* Before reversing, get out of the vehicle and check that all is clear to the rear before making the manoeuvre.

* Be on the look out for children and pedestrians when reversing. If possible, get someone to watch while the manoeuvre is made. Reversing a trailer is a skill that can be mastered with a little perseverance by anyone who has learned the basic theory. Find somewhere with plenty of space and keep trying until you get it right. It helps to have someone who knows how to do it to tell you where you are going wrong.

* If you are towing a large high sided trailer or caravan you may require extended door mirrors. These will help visibility along both sides of your vehicle and trailer.

* You will need to be aware that the vehicle and trailer will take longer to stop, accelerate and turn than a vehicle on its own.

* Many problems associated with towing a trailer are caused by incorrect loading.  

Please see the following websites for detailed advice on all aspects of towing;

National Trailer and Towing Association Guide To Safe and Legal Towing.

RAC – How To Tow Safely 

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