ABC Driving can offer you exceptional trailer training that will guide you through a successful learning period. You will not only be prepared for the trailer test academically, but also be equipped with the required practical abilities to pass and enjoy using a trailer safely and efficiently.
What are you tested on?
- Proper driving techniques
- The physics of towing (braking, steering, accelerating)
- How to conduct a walk around check
- Proper coupling and uncoupling of your trailer
- Principles of adapting to bad weather and driving conditions
- Techniques for manoeuvring trailers in tight spaces
There are a number of requirements you must satisfy, which includes the providing of a suitable vehicle and trailer that fits with the type of test that you are taking.
Additionally, requirements for the trailer training test are as follows:
Your photo card licence, old-style paper licence and a valid passport
Trailers: The trailer you bring to the test need to have a minimum real weight of 800kg and a MAM of at least 1,000kg. Further to this, you must be carrying 600kg of aggregate, a single 600kg unit of water, or bulk of over 1,000kg. This would satisfy the requirements that would allow you to prove you can tow a trailer in a safe manner with a full cargo.
Tow Vehicle: The vehicle that you use to tow needs to be fitted with externally mounted nearside and offside mirrors. Please note that you will also need an electronic device that will show that your vehicle can successfully use indicators (most modern vehicles have this feature, though it is still important to check).
Brakes and Couplings: Your trailer and tow vehicle combination need to be up to scratch when it comes to the appropriate brakes and couplings – as required by the specific size and weight of the vehicle.
Cargo Trailers: Dimensions for cargo trailers must be at least as high and wide as that of the tow vehicle; with cargo area required to be in a closed box.
With the right training and preparation, your trailer test will not be so difficult to pass. Before long, you will be driving around in your vehicle towing whatever load you require.
Notable Official Government Information
If you gained your driving licence ON or AFTER 19th January 2013, you would need a Category B+E licence to tow a trailer. The acquiring of this will officially deem it legal for you to tow the trailer up to a load of 3,5000kg MAM this is with a combined weight of both the trailer and town vehicle – not exceeding 7,500kg. If you require to drive heavier loads than this, you would need a C1+E licence.
If you gained your driving license between 1st January 1997 and 19 Jan 2013 – you will need a Category B+E licence to tow the trailer. This would allow you to tow heavier trailers, such as caravans, but with some restrictions. The weight of the caravan for example, may not exceed 85% of the weight of the tow vehicle.
If you obtained your car licence before the date of 1st January 1997, you will automatically have an entitlement to tow trailers falling in the modern B+E and C1+E entitlements. This includes heavier tow vehicles and trailers, with weights up to 8,250kg. If you have at any point incurred a restriction on your licence, you may no longer qualify and would need to undertake trailer training. Of course it should go without saying that the vehicle used should pass it’s recent North Wales or Llandudno MOT test.