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We frequently talk about undergoing trailer training even if you do not need a special licence to tow a caravan or utility trailer. Training is always a good idea inasmuch as it keeps your skills sharp and ensures you are up to date on the latest towing regulations. With that in mind, there are times when an extra entitlement is needed to tow a trailer. We will not get into the details here, but it applies to tow vehicles and trailers that exceed a particular weight limit. This could apply to caravans, horsebox trailers and even some heavier work trailers.

If your tow vehicle and trailer combination exceed the legal limit, you will need a B+E licence. We provide the training that prepares you to take the towing test at an approved facility. You will need to pass this test in order to get your B+E licence. The test is divided into two portions: practical skills and safety knowledge.

The Practical Skills Portion

The practical skills portion of the towing test is modelled after the test used to licence HGV drivers. It takes about an hour, so be prepared accordingly. The purpose of this test is to determine whether you can safely handle towing a heavy trailer under normal conditions. You will be tested on the following:

The Safety Portion

The safety portion of your towing test is presented in a ‘tell me-show me’ format involving five questions. For example, the examiner might ask a driver to demonstrate how to properly check fluid levels prior to departure. He may be satisfied with an oral answer only, or he may ask the driver to open the bonnet and point out where and how to check fluids. Each incorrect answer counts as a driving fault that could jeopardise the driver’s chances of passing.

Students who undergo trailer training at the HGV Training Centre are fully prepared to take the towing test. Better yet, they are in a very good position to pass the test the first time. We take great pride in the amount of preparation we provide our students, knowing that comprehensive training and plenty of preparation increases the chances of success. We hope you will consider training with us if you need a B+ E licence.

Sources:

  1. NI Direct – https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/car-and-trailer-practical-driving-test

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