B+E Trailer Training

B+E Trailer Training

Trailer Training in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

If you passed your Category B Test (Car) on or after the 1st January 1997, your towing capacity is limited to 3.5 tonnes Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM), towing a trailer up to 750 Kilogrammes, or a vehicle and trailer combination up to 3.5 tonnes MAM providing the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle. If this all sounds a little confusing, we agree, it is! To put it a little more simply, if you need to tow most Caravan’s, Horse Trailers or most medium and large Trailers, your Category B entitlement is NOT sufficient and therefore, you will need to pass an additional test to acquire the B+E category on your Driving Licence.

We provide Trailer Training in the Nottinghamshire Derbyshire are and are close to Watnall HGV testing station near Nottingham. The map below shows roughly the area we cover-

Course details and prices for Trailer Training-

  • Two Hour Assessment £80.00– We will take at look at your existing driving standards and give you our opinion on which will be the most suitable course for you.
  • One day course– Suitable  for those who drive to a good standard and have plenty of towing experience. Total price for this course £423.00 including the £115.00 test fee.
  • Two day course– This would suit drivers who have some experience of towing a trailer already. Total cost for this course £643.00 including the £115.00 test fee.
  • Three day course– Ideal for drivers with little or no experience of towing a trailer. Total cost for this course £907.00 including the £115.00 test fee.

To book a course, please click here.

Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency


What does the B+E Trailer Towing Test involve

There are 6 parts to the B + E driving test:

  • an eyesight check
  • ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • reversing your vehicle
  • general driving ability
  • independent driving
  • uncoupling and recoupling the trailer

You’ll drive for around 50 minutes.

Eyesight check

You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

  • 20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
  • 20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, for example, AB51 ABC.

You’ll fail your driving test if you fail the eyesight check. The test will end.

‘Show me, tell me’ questions

You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. These test that you know how to carry out basic safety checks.

Reversing your vehicle

You’ll have to show that you can manoeuvre your car and trailer into a restricted space and stop at a certain point.

The examiner will show you a diagram of where to reverse your vehicle.

Your general driving ability

You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, including motorways where possible.

The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. Driving test routes are not published, so you cannot check them before your test.

Pulling over at the side of the road

You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:

  • normal stops at the side of the road
  • pulling out from behind a parked vehicle
  • a hill start

Independent driving

You’ll have to drive for about 10 minutes by following either:

  • traffic signs
  • a series of verbal directions
  • a combination of both

The examiner can show you a simple diagram to help you understand where you’re going when following verbal directions.

You cannot use a sat nav.

If you cannot see traffic signs

If you cannot see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.

Forgetting the directions

You can ask the examiner to confirm the directions if you forget them. It does not matter if you do not remember every direction.

Going off the route

Your test result will not be affected if you go off the route, unless you make a fault while doing it.

The examiner will help you get back on the route if you take a wrong turning.

Uncoupling and recoupling the trailer

You’ll be asked to:

  • uncouple your car from the trailer
  • park the car alongside the trailer
  • realign the car with the trailer and recouple them

If you make mistakes during your test

You can carry on if you make a mistake during your driving test.

If you make a serious or dangerous mistake (sometimes called a ‘major fault’), your examiner will stop the test and direct you back to the driving test centre. This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the car together.

(Source-gov.uk website).

For full details of the B+E test, please click here