The B+E driving test

 

When looking for trailer training it’s worth checking the qualifications of your trainer. Anyone who passed their car test before 1997 could present themselves as a trailer, trainer and charge money for trailer training without having any qualifications or experience at all they may never have actually passed the trailer test themselves.At Richards Driver Training we only use fully qualified grade A DVSA approved instructors with many years’ experience Richard has over 30 years’ experience in towing all types of trailer.
In order to gain category B + E entitlement on your licence You will need to pass a practical trailer towing test in addition to your normal driving test. You are eligible to take the towing (category E) test at the age of 17 and you must first hold your car (category B) driving licence.The towing test, based on the HGV driving test, will take around an hour and includes an off-road section where you’ll be required to demonstrate your reversing skills.
The on-road section will incorporate urban areas and may include Dual carriageways. Your eyesight will be checked and the examiner will also ask you to connect and disconnect the trailer

Training for the B + E driving test without the proper training the trailer test will be very difficult to pass.

Our DVSA qualified instructors will prepare you not just for the test but to tow with skill, confidence and safety
Applying for the B + E driving test you pay the test fee of £115.00 when you book your test, so it’s important that you’re confident you are ready to take the test before making your booking.
To find your nearest DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) test centre that caters for the ‘E’ test, visit the DVSA web directory or call the DVSA on 0300 200 1122. Once you’ve identified your local centre, you can book and pay for your test online or over the phone Tel. 0300 200 1122

In order to book the test, you’ll need to following information to hand

  1. A valid GB or NI (Northern Ireland) driving licence number
  2. The length of the vehicle and trailer that you will be using
  3. A valid debit or credit card for payment
  4. Your surname and date of birth

 

You can also apply by post via an application form which you may download from the DVSA website or pick up from your local test centre. You will need to enclose a cheque for the full amount or provide debit or credit card details with the form

Areas to practice for the B + E driving test

The towing trailer test is as much about making sure you are fully aware of how to operate a trailer as is testing your ability to drive while towing. The following list highlights some of the areas you need to make sure you are able to demonstrate before taking the test. Before setting off on the B + E driving test
Checking the trailer (wheels, tyres, windows and exterior lockers closed)
Hitching & ensuring the breakaway cable is in good order
Checking that the rear lights, break lights and indicators are in working order once hitched

What to take to your test

When reporting for your B + E driving test, it is essential that you bring the following items with you. Failure to do so or out-dated documentation may result in the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) refusing to allow you to take the test at the allotted time, and could mean you lose your test fee. A vehicle suitable for the test, displaying L plates to the front and rear, appropriately insured and licensed. The appointment letter sent to you when you booked your test. Your photo card driving license (unless you hold an old-style paper license, in which case you’ll need to take your signed drivers’ license and a valid passport

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