About the Car & Trailer [BE] Category

If you passed your car test after 01st January 1997, you will currently be restricted to 3500kg Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM). This means that you will be unable to tow if the combined weight of the vehicle, trailer and load exceeds 3500kgs. In order to lift this restriction, you must pass a Car & Trailer (BE) practical driving test.

What is included in the test?

The test lasts around 60 minutes, and is comprised of four elements – some brief safety questions, an hour’s drive on the public highway, a reverse exercise and an uncouple / recouple exercise. We have our own private DVSA test centre on site, meaning that you will start and finish your test from the same place you have been training. The test routes are therefore around the local area, which you will be completely familiar with by the end of your course.

We offer two different course types, depending on experience level.  Please read the criteria below to distinguish which course you will require.

Novice Course – 3 Days including practical test

This course is designed for those who have little or no experience towing a trailer. Three days allow more time to concentrate on the reversing aspect of the test, which can be tricky to master at first. You will take your test on the third and final day of your course.

Experienced Course – 2 Days including practical test

This course is designed for candidates who have previously towed a trailer, and have experience reversing with one. The course is reduced by one day in duration from the novice alternative, as you will be familiar already with the reversing dynamics.  You will take your test on the afternoon of the second day of your driving course.