Due to the fact that the location of the LGV test centre that we use is in Grimsby these courses are conducted in and around the Grimsby area only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

You've passed your practical driving test so why do you need to take another test just so you can tow a trailer?

The licensing laws changed on 1st January 1997. If you passed your driving test (cat 'B') before this date then you already have the B+E category on your driving licence, you therefore do not need to take the B+E driving test because you can drive with a combination weight of up to 8250 KG.

If you hold the B+E entitlement and would like to complete trailer course (perhaps you have a caravan, trailer or horsebox that you wish to tow but are new to towing or lack a little confidence when towing) then we have a course that will be tailored to suit your requirements.

More on the caravan and horsebox courses including prices can be found here (no test at the end)

If you passed your driving test (cat 'B') after 1st January 1997 but before 19th January 2013 you will need to read on.

To qualify for a B+E driving test you need to have passed your category B car test first, there is no longer a waiting time to be able to take the trailer towing test, you can take it as soon as you receive your car full driving licence from DVLA.

Prices for the B+E courses to prepare you for the driving test can be  found at the bottom of this page or by clicking here

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If you passed your driving test (cat 'B') on or after 19th January 2013 the below paragraph applies to you only.

Everything you read below stays the same except when you pass the B+E test and you have the B+E entitlement on your licence you will be limited to towing a trailer weighing no more than 3500 KG (3.5 Tonne) making a total combination weight of 7000 KG (7 Tonne). If you wish to tow heavier trailers and exceed 7000 KG you will now need to apply for a C1 category licence and test.

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You will more than likely need to take this test if you wish to tow a trailer with a MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass, which is it's fully loaded weight including the unladen weight of the trailer) of over 750 KG ( you can tow a MAM of under 750 KG which is something like a small Halfords go to the tip type trailer).

Now this is the complicated part because the above statement is not quite true. Your licence allows you to drive a vehicle up to a gross MAM weight of 3500 KG (3.5 tonne) you may also attach a 750 KG trailer to the vehicle (if it is plated at 3500 KG such as a Transit van) making a total train weight or combination weight of 4250 KG (4.25 tonne), this is the maximum, you must definitely not go over this weight, this will include all luggage, full tank of fuel and occupants travelling, this is the only example that you may go to 4250 KG all other towing is capped at a 3500 KG combination.

Now let's get really confused. Say your vehicle is allowed to tow 1500 KG (this is the unladen kerbweight or the manufactures recommended maximum towing weight) and your trailer has a MAM weight of 1500 KG you are within your allowance of 3500 KG because the trailer does not weigh more than the vehicle towing it. However the recommended safe towing capacity is 85% of the unladen towing vehicle, so 1500 KG now translates to 1250KG, our advise is to never tow at 100% unless you are very experienced. You also have to stay under the maximum nose weight (weight on the tow bar when the trailer is attached) of your vehicle, this also can be found in your vehicle handbook under technical data.

But let's say your vehicle can tow only 1200 KG and you do not load the same weight trailer fully and it now weighs 1000 KG you will need to take the B+E test because the MAM weight of the trailer is still the same and is now over the max towing capacity of the vehicle. This example is my own to help you understand in 'plain English' however the information can be found on the DVSA's website which can be read here. Once you have the B+E category on your licence this problem will simply disappear. This example is very realistic to people who wish to tow a caravan. Again you must not go over 3500 KG in total combination including all luggage, full tank of fuel and occupants travelling.

When you pass the B+E entitlement there is no trailer weight limit under driving licence regulations but beware you must not exceed your vehicle's towing capacity. You may tow a trailer with a MAM greater than the towing capacity of your vehicle as long as the actual weight when the trailer is loaded is not.

Some websites will tell you that if you want to tow more than 750 KG you need to pass B+E, we have given you the above information so that you may decide for yourself if you need the B+E entitlement. As you can see this is not necessarily the case but if you intend to do a lot of towing either for pleasure or work related then it is advisable to gain this category for your peace of mind and ease of use.

Our instructor who teaches B+E is a DVSA fully qualified & registered driving instructor and also holds a C+E (HGV class 1 articulated lorry, now known as LGV) and a D+E (bus and coach) licence and has spent many many hours towing around the UK as a professional driver as well as being an experienced caravanner.

Ok so you've decided to take the B+E test, so what's involved and how much does it cost?

The car and trailer test is based on the lorry (LGV) driving test and lasts for approximately one hour. B+E tests are conducted at vocational (bus and lorry) driving test centres not 'L' test centres.
The towing test includes vehicle safety questions, an off-road reverse manoeuvre, uncoupling and coupling of the trailer and driving on the road for a minimum of 50-60 minutes which will include a 10 minute section of independent driving. You will be asked to perform an angle start, uphill start and possibly a downhill start. The test may also include dual carriageway driving. You will be trained in all aspects to cover these topics.

Click here to see a diagram the reversing manoeuvre.

Click here to see a video of the reversing manoeuvre from both front and rear views.

Click here to open the Show Me Tell Me questions in PDF format.

All tuition is on a one to one basis with no other person sharing your time........basically 100% tuition devoted to you. Our towing combination is a Skoda Fabia 1.6 TDi with a twin axle curtain trailer (a twin axle trailer is much more stable to tow and has a lot less movement than a single axle trailer which in turn does not swing as quickly when reversing meaning less steering movement to keep it going in straight line giving you much more control).

As of 15th November 2013 the trailer will be loaded with 600kgs of weight making the total weight of the trailer to be no less than 850kgs. This is obviously going to affect the way the trailer is going to handle and also how accelerating and braking will be affected, especially stopping distances. This is due to the testing laws changing on this date. We are no longer allowed to turn up with an empty trailer.

 

Experienced Towing Courses

2 hour assessment 60
This will give us an idea of how many hours you will need to be at a test standard and includes reverse trailer control and road driving, this of course is not absolutely necessary but we offer you the choice.
 
All courses below include full training and 3 hours for the test day session.
 
13 hour course for a driver with considerable knowledge and experience of towing 390
15 hour course for a driver that has some knowledge and experience of towing 450
 
Beginner Towing Courses (with no towing experience at all)
 
17 hour course covering every aspect of preparing you for the test 510
19 hour course for those that have not held a cat B licence for very long and wish to cover the above 570
 
Should any additional hours be needed to complete any of the courses above to a test ready standard the hourly rate is 30.00 per hour. This of course can work the other way as well, if you pick up what you need to know quickly we will reduce the course time and cost. The course is totally tailored to your needs and requirements.

What the courses cover

All above courses include eye sight check, provisional licence check, off road reversing manoeuvre, uncoupling and coupling procedure, on road practice & tuition which includes test route coverage and show me tell me questions run through.

It is worth noting that if you live outside the Grimsby area you may require a few extra hours of road tuition to familiarize yourself to the area's you will be driving around. This of course is not compulsory but is advisable.

 

Payment for training courses
Training courses are generally paid for in advance in full, however if you prefer to help spread the cost of your training we are also happy
  to accept payment on a pay as you go basis for each session booked for both experienced and beginner courses at
the same price as the above full course price of 30.00 per hour. We won't charge you more per hour for this method of payment.
 
DVSA Test Fees
DVSA test fee is not included in any of the above prices and has to be paid when booking your BE trailer towing test.  115

(If you would prefer we would be happy to book your test for you through our DVSA authorised booking facility and you can pay us instead, we do not charge you any extra for this service).

 

 

Drive Safe are recommended by Couplands Caravans Ltd  (Louth) to their customers for caravan towing tuition, as well as being an official exhibitor at their open days.

 

 

 

 

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