Car and trailer driving test, B+E
We have taught hundreds of drivers how to drive while towing a trailer and we’d like to take you through the course and get you your license.
Class B is your car licence and if you passed this before 1st January 1997 you are already allowed to tow a trailer, i.e. you are already B+E licensed. If you passed your test after this date you will need to sit a trailer specific driving test, your B+E license, and this is what we are discussing here.
We offer a 3 day intensive driving course followed by your test. You can see prices here.
To pass the driving test you must be able to:
- drive safely in different road and traffic conditions
- show that you know The Highway Code by the way you drive
What do you need to take your test:
- Your photo ID driving license
- A car and trailer that meet the regulations. We supply you with these or just the trailer as required.
We will attend the test with you and sit in the rear of the vehicle during the test.
What happens during the car and trailer test
There are 6 parts to the driving test:
- an eyesight check
- ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
- reversing your vehicle
- general driving ability
- independent driving
- uncoupling and recoupling the trailer
You’ll drive for around 50 minutes but please don’t be worried about this as we will have taught you everything you need to know and practiced all your manoeuvres with the trailer until you are 100% confident in doing these.
Rules about your vehicle
- be taxed
- be insured for a driving test (check with your insurance company)
- be roadworthy and have a current MOT (if it’s over 3 years old)
- have no warning lights showing, eg the airbag warning light
- have no tyre damage and the legal tread depth on each tyre
- be smoke-free – this means you can’t smoke in it just before or during the test
- be able to reach at least 62mph and have an mph speedometer
- have 4 wheels and a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of no more than 3,500kg
- extra mirrors mounted onto the wing mirrors on both the passenger and driver side (for the examiner to use)
- L-plates (‘L’ or ‘D’ plates in Wales) on the front of the car and rear of the trailer
- a passenger seatbelt for the examiner and a proper passenger head restraint (not a slip-on type)
Rules about your trailer – We will supply a trailer that conforms to these requirements.
- be a closed box body, eg a horsebox
- be around the same width and height as the car – you must only be able to see to the rear by using external mirrors, and not through the rear window
- have a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of at least 1,000kg – you need proof to show the examiner, eg the manufacturer’s plate
- The trailer must carry a load of at least 600kg. The combined weight of the trailer and load must be at least 800kg.