Trailer Training uk Ltd for car and trailer driver training
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Car and Trailer Training for the B+E Test

Car or van and trailer training for the DVSA driving test (B+E) in Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Dorset, and Wiltshire

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We are the uk`s leading provider of trailer towing lessons for the car or van and trailer towing test (B+E). We are one of the first training providers in the UK to deliver specific trailer training. We have an exceptionally high first-time pass rate for the B+E test. We provide training not only to those wishing to gain the B+E licence but also trailer reversing and handling courses and also driving instructors wishing to add this type of training to their portfolio.


Our car and trailer courses B+E are between 10 and 21 hours depending upon your level of ability and experience to fully prepare you for the DVSA B+E driving test standard. Typically, this is done in blocks of training hours. Don’t underestimate the standard of driving to pass this type of test.


Trailers for driving tests must now be loaded to a minimum weight. Our trailers are New and loaded to the correct weight and are DVSA test compliant. You may wish to use your own familiar towing vehicle for training or use one of our New top specification 4X4 vehicles.

Course: B+E (Car and Trailer)


Location: Southampton, Hampshire

Greenham, Newbury Berkshire

Abingdon, Oxfordshire


Age: 17+ 

The B+E licence is for drivers 17 or over. who passed their car test on or after 1st Jan 1997, and wish to tow a large trailer. (a trailer with a MAM of 750kg to 3500kg)


Course Requirement: Hold a provisional B+E licence.


Theory Test: Not required


Course length: 8 to 21 Hours


Price: Call for details

DVSA Test fee. £115 weekdays

DVSA Test fee £141 Saturday


8 - 10 Hour training course.

For those who have regular towing experience and reversing.


12 Hour training course.

Ideal for those who have some towing experience and reversing.


16 Hour training course.

Ideal for those who may not have towed before, but are confident and competent drivers in general.


18-20 Hour training course.

Ideal for those who have never towed before, and need some time get their general driving standard to the high DVSA test standards.


Typical amount of training required between 1 and 3 days.


If you are unsure what length of course you require, then book one of our assessment drives. This will make sure you are on the right length of course.

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Train in your own vehicle or in one of our new high Specification Mitsubishi L200 training vehicles and new Ifor Williams box trailers

The B+E Driving Test


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The B+E test is conducted at a DVSA large goods vehicle driving test centre with an off road manoeuvring.

The test lasts about 90 minutes. A VERY HIGH standard of driving is required to pass this type of test.

At the start of the test you are required to carry out an eye sight test. A few questions relating to the safety and loading of the outfit will then be asked.. You then drive the outfit onto the manoeuvring area and complete the reversing exercise accurately and safely.


You will drive in varying roads and traffic conditions including motorways where possible, complete uphill, downhill and angled starts and demonstrate a high standard of driving throughout.

Back at the test centre you will then un-couple the vehicle from the trailer, you are then required to re-couple the trailer safely.

The B+E Questions


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.



1. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.


2. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and checking functioning of all indicators.


3. Tell me the main safety factors involved in loading this vehicle.

The load should be distributed evenly throughout the trailer. Heavy items should be loaded as low as possible so that they are mainly over the axle(s). Bulkier, lighter items should be distributed to give a suitable ‘nose weight’ at the towing coupling. The nose weight should never exceed the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications.


4. Tell me the main safety factors involved in securing a load on this vehicle.

Any load must be carried so that it does not endanger other road users. It must be securely stowed within the size and weight limits for the vehicle. The load needs to be secure so that it cannot move or fall from the vehicle when cornering or braking.


5. Show me how you would check that your vehicle and trailer doors are secure.

Physical checks should be made to ensure that windows, roof light and all doors, including cargo doors, are properly closed.


6. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.


7. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).


8. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.

Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.


9. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.


10. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).


11. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.


12. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them (no need to exit vehicle).

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.


13. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.


14. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this vehicle (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine).

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.


15. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

Tel: 0345 260 2508

Trailer Training uk Limited - Head Office

Clayfield Park

Main Road

Colden Common


Hants SO21 1TD

Tel: 0345 2602508



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