If you passed your driving test after 1st January 1997 then you are limited to what you can tow. The maximum loaded weight of your tow car and trailer must not exceed 3,500kg. The only exception to this rule is if you have a van, 4x4 or pick up truck with a maximum loaded weight of 3,500kg with which you can tow a trailer with a maximum weight of 750kg making a total weight of 4,250kg. A 750kg trailer is the maximum trailer weight before it has to be fitted with brakes.
Remember, it’s not how much your car and trailer weighs as it stands (possibly empty), it’s the maximum weight that it could be that counts!
I can offer this training as an intensive course or as a series of 2 or 3 sessions. This training takes place in your own towing vehicle using my trailer.
At the beginning of the test you will have a basic eyesight test, reading a car number plate from 20.5 metres distance. You will then be asked up to five vehicle safety (Show Me, Tell Me) questions. These questions along with model answers are shown later.
You will be examined on your general driving, on a reversing exercise and an unhitching and hitching up exercise.
The reversing exercise takes place at the test centre. It involves you reversing the trailer in a ‘S’ shape, finishing with the trailer in a ‘garage’ made from cones and with the rear of the trailer being within 1 metre of the rear of the ‘garage’.
The unhitching and hitching up exercise also takes place at the test centre. You will be asked to unhitch the trailer from your car, and then park your car along side the trailer. Once you have completed this you will be asked to perform an inspection of the trailer before reversing up to the trailer, unaided and hitching the trailer back on to your car.
During the road part of the driving test, which lasts approximately 50 minutes, the examiner will give you directions, which you should follow. Test routes are designed to be as uniform as possible and will include a range of typical road and traffic conditions. During your training you will drive on the routes that you are likely to drive on during your test. You will be asked to pull up at the side of the road on several occasions. The test also includes an uphill start. There will be a 10 minute independant driving period where you will be asked to follow signs for a particular destination, or given 3 directions to follow. If you make a mistake, don't worry about it, it might be a less serious driving fault and may not affect your result.
The examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving. You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test (16 or more driving faults will mean a failure). However, if you commit one serious or dangerous fault you will fail the test.
After the practical test
When the driving test is over, the examiner will tell you whether you passed or failed. The examiner will give you feedback on your performance during the test.
If you pass, the examiner will issue you with a pass certificate and offer to send your licence away for you to have the B+E category added to it.
Normally training takes place using the client’s car and one of my trailers. I have two trailers available, both meet test requirements, being weighted with 600kg of bagged sand. The smaller trailer, a Brenderup 3251TB, weighs 850kg and can easily be towed by a Ford Fiesta sized car. My bigger trailer, an Ifor Williams BV105, weighs 1,375kg and is suitable for larger tow vehicles including commercial vans and 4x4s.
All my customers have different abilities and so I would normally ask you to book an assessment session (two and a half hours) to assess what you can already do and what needs coaching to bring you up to test standard. We can then agree a way forward.
If you have any questions or would like advice on any of this, please contact me by phone or email, I don’t charge for advice!