If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997, you may now need to pass a separate test (license category B+E) to tow a trailer, horse box or caravan weighing over 750kg MAM, and where the MAM of the combination of towing vehicles in category B and trailer exceeds 3500kg. To obtain this license there is no minimum age, however a driving license is required.
NB: MAM is the Maximum Authorised Mass, also known as the gross vehicle weight. It’s the weight of the trailer plus the weight of the maximum permitted payload. B+E Training.
What happens during the test?
Before you start the driving ability part of your test, you’ll have an eyesight check and be asked 5 vehicle safety questions.
The 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
Vehicle safety questions: ‘show me, tell me’
You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions. These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
The examiner will ask you ‘show me’ questions, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check.
You’ll also be asked ‘tell me’ questions, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check.
You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions. If possible, these should include:
- one-way systems
You’ll also be asked to do around 10 minutes of independent driving.
You’ll have to show that you can manoeuvre your car and trailer in a restricted space and stop at a certain point.
Uncoupling and recoupling
During the test you’ll be asked to uncouple and couple your car and trailer.
We offer initial assessments of ability, and a structured training programme to pass the test. We provide the vehicle and trailer for training and for the test.
SDTS Towing assessment is for those that have experience of Towing. It is used for us to assess your ability, and give you an accurate idea of which course/how many hours would be required to bring you to test standard.
3hr Confidence Builder
SDTS Confidence builder is aimed with the full B+ E license holder in mind.
- Perhaps you have the rights to tow, but don’t have the confidence?
- Perhaps you tow comfortably but struggle with the manoeuvring?
This course is simple, and ideal to work on the specific areas of towing the client requires
6hr Training Course
Generally suitable for those with some towing experience. However an assessment can help us give you a more accurate idea of which course would be best for your ability in towing.
9hr Course Training Course
You may have had very limited experience of towing, but need to know the ins and outs of it all. From loading the trailer, coupling and uncoupling, towing, and manoeuvring.
A Popular course for younger drivers that have little experience and need to take their B+ E Test
12hr Course Training Course
The most popular course for individuals with no experience. It is suitable for those with no towing experience. Covering in depth all the exercises and on road skills required to pass the car and trailer test (B+E).
As it suggests this is your Test Day Fee. This includes the DSA B+ E Test fee It also covers the 3 Hours that we need to allow for your training, your B+ E Test, the de-briefing, and travel on the day of your test.*
Fees and booking
It costs £115 to take the test on a weekday and £141 during evenings, weekends or bank holidays.
* Please note that Test day is in addition to the course taken should the B+ E Trailer test be a requirement.