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You may not be aware but if you passed your driving test on or after 1st January 1997 you are required to pass an additional driving test in order to tow Trailers over 750Kgs,your insurance may not cover you if do not have this test. There are some exceptions, see permitted licences and combination weights for more details.

Trailer Towing Training

The Car & Trailer Practical Test (B+E)

Trailer Training Courses for B+E Test

Trailer Handling Courses (Non Test)

Weights

Trailer Towing Training

All Terrain Services is an approved training provider. Our customers include: The National Trust, Councils, Garden Centres, Utility Companies, Plant Hire Companies, individuals for plant trailers/horse box/caravans/boats/ flat beds. All Terrain Services can provide their candidates' access to trailer towing training provided by experienced DSA approved driving instructors. Our nation wide off-road training areas provide candidates the opportunity to receive training and practice in a safe environment. We can provide comprehensive Training to the B+E test standard or Trailer handling courses to cover Health and Safety, loading and reversing requirements, for those that do not require a test.

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The Car & Trailer Practical Test (B+E)

The car and trailer test (B+E) is based on the HGV driving test and can only be taken at a vocational (bus & lorry) driving centre. The practical driving test is for at least 1hour 30 minutes. The tests are conducted at The Driving Standards Agencies vocational driving test centres nationally. We can travel to you and you’re nearest test centre or you can come to us. Those Candidates who wish to travel to our location may require accommodation; we can arrange this for you, whether it may be bed and breakfast, to full board. Candidates wishing this service, please advise us at time of contacting the company.

All our patient instructors are experienced drivers with extensive towing experience both on and off road. As well as preparing drivers to test standards we are also able to train for off road working environments.

During the DSA B + E Test you will have to:

At the Test Centre - Answer vehicle and trailer related safety questions, which may include opening the vehicle bonnet and identifying how to check the brake and clutch fluid, oil and engine coolant levels. The safe loading of the trailer, load restraint, tyre law, lighting equipment checks are also covered. The safety questions are completed before you commence driving the vehicle.

Reverse the vehicle and trailer combination through a left handed slalom and into a defined parking bay.

Carry out a controlled braking exercise.

Uncouple and couple the trailer.

Having completed the exercises in the yard you will go on a one hour road drive following the route directions given by your examiner who will be looking for a high standard of driving demonstrating observation, safety and control, including complying with speed limits observing the Highway Code whilst making progress.

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Trailer Training Courses for B+E Test

The car and trailer test (B+E) is based on the HGV driving test and can only be taken at a vocational (bus & lorry) driving centre. The practical driving test is for at least 1hour 30 minutes. The tests are conducted at The Driving Standards Agencies vocational driving test centres nationally. We can travel to you and you’re nearest test centre or you can come to us. Those Candidates who wish to travel to our location may require accommodation; we can arrange this for you, whether it may be bed and breakfast, to full board. Candidates wishing this service, please advise us at time of contacting the company.

All our patient instructors are experienced drivers with extensive towing experience both on and off road. As well as preparing drivers to test standards we are also able to train for off road working environments.

We provide trailer-training courses for individuals and businesses; whether you wish to tow a trailer, horsebox, caravan or boat. All our courses are tailored to suit customer needs.

Where a single candidate supplies their own towing vehicle and trailer, prices start from £30 per hour. The vehicle and trailer supplied must comply with the standards required by the Driving Standards Agency and be insured whilst training and under test displaying L plates and having extra external mirrors for the examiners use. The trailer must be of boxed type construction, a minimum of one tonne and at least as tall and as wide as the tow vehicle. The vehicle must have an audible or visible warning to indicate the trailer lights are functioning correctly.

Our Standard Training Course format is based on four sessions with our training Vehicle and Trailer followed by the DSA test. This can be spread over four half days if one person is training or two full days if two people are with the trainer taking turns to practise and ride observer £575 per person. Please contact us for more details

Information and Assessment Session. Alternatively, our training Vehicle and Trailer can be hired by an individual candidate to complete an initial information and assessment session for a cost of £125.00. This includes instruction fees, diesel usage and insurance.

During this time the test will be explained and the candidate will be able to try all the manoeuvres and have at least a one-hour road drive to point out any areas for improvement.

Following the initial assessment, training if necessary, can be continued on an hourly basis.

Additional training with our kit = £40 per hour Additional training with your kit = £30 per hour – you will need insurance to cover driving with L plates for training and driving to, from and during the test.

We offer discounted rates when two candidates from a company or organisation complete their training together at the same time, please contact usfor more details.

The Driving Standards Agency Test D=Fees at present are as follows
Weekday Test: £115.00
Weekend Test: £141.00

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Trailer Handling Courses (Non Test)

All Terrain Services are able to offer Trailer Handling Courses nationwide for those who are new to towing or are “rusty”, perhaps you have a caravan or horse box you would like to be more confident with or reverse more accurately but do not need a Category B+E Licence.

The content of these sessions is usually agreed based on the needs of the clients but can include hitching/unhitching, loading- securing, reversing and general road driving with regard to the extra length and width of the trailer.

You can bring your own vehicle and trailer or use our combination.

Those Candidates who wish to travel to our location may require accommodation; we can arrange this for you, whether it may be bed and breakfast, to full board. Candidates wishing this service, please advise us at time of contacting the company.

Trailer Handling Courses are designed on an individual basis and the cost will vary, but generally start at £30 per hour if using your kit or £40 per hour using ours.

Standard Training courses are available based at our nationwide centres where we provide the training site, vehicle and trailers starting from £175 for half day session for 2 or 3 drivers. A full day is priced at £350

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Trailer Towing Training

Weights

Category B: Vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes MAM and with up to eight passenger seats

Category B vehicles may be coupled with a trailer up to 750kgs MAM (allowing a combined weight up to 4.25 tonnes MAM) or a trailer over 750kgs MAM provided the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle, and the combination does not exceed 3.5 tonnes MAM.

For example:

  • a vehicle with an unladen weight of 1.25 tonnes and a MAM of 2 tonnes coupled with a trailer with a MAM of 1.25 tonnes could be driven by the holder of a category B entitlement. This is because the MAM of the combination does not exceed 3.5 tonnes and also the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the drawing vehicle

    Whereas

  • the same vehicle with an unladen weight of 1.25 tonnes and a MAM of 2 tonnes when coupled with a trailer with a MAM of 1.5 tonnes would fall within category B+E. This is because although the combined weight of the vehicle and trailer is within the 3.5 tonnes MAM limit, the MAM of the trailer is more than the unladen weight of the drawing vehicle
  • Vehicle manufacturers normally recommend a maximum weight of trailer appropriate to their vehicle. Details can usually be found in the vehicle's handbook or obtained from car dealerships. The size of the trailer recommended for an average family car with an unladen weight of around 1 tonne would be well within the new category B threshold.

Towing caravans

As for towing caravans, existing general guidance recommends that the laden weight of the caravan does not exceed 85% of the unladen weight of the car. In the majority of cases, caravans and small trailers towed by cars should be within the new category B threshold.

An exemption from the driver licensing trailer limit allows a category B licence holder to tow a broken down vehicle from a position where it would otherwise cause danger or obstruction to other road users.

By passing a category B test national categories F (tractor), K (pedestrian controlled vehicle) and P (moped) continue to be added automatically.

Category B+E: Vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes MAM towing trailers over 750kgs MAM

Category B+E allows vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes MAM to be combined with trailers in excess of 750kgs MAM. In order to gain this entitlement new category B licence holders have to pass a further practical test for category B+E. There is no category B+E theory test. For driver licensing purposes there are no vehicle/trailer weight ratio limits for category B+E.

Combinations

1000 kg + 750kg = 1750kg Max Authorised Mass = Class B

2000 kg + 1250kg = 3250kg Max Authorised Mass = Class B

3050 kg + 1250kg = 4250kg Max Authorised Mass = Class B+E

3050 kg + 1500kg = 4550kg Max Authorised Mass = Class B+E

3500 kg + 750kg = 4250kg Max Authorised Mass = Class B

3500 kg + 2200kg = 5700kg Max Authorised Mass = Class B+E

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