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B&E Trailer Training

Do you know how to tow a trailer safely? Have you ever been taught how to hitch and unhitch properly?

Towing a trailer may sound simple, but there are many safety aspects to consider while out on the road. Before you start your journey it is important to distribute your load correctly, and check that the trailer is safely hitched up and the electrics properly connected to your vehicle. 

There are many considerations you may not have thought about, such as knowing the increased stopping and acceleration distances with an additional load, understanding the use of mirrors with a trailer, and being familiar with the maximum legal speed limits for a trailer on different roads. Do you know what lane you need to be in when approaching a roundabout? What are the rules about overtaking with a trailer?

On 20th September 2021, the government stopped all B+E tests, with new legislation thought to be coming out soon meaning that drivers will no longer be required to take a test before towing a trailer under 3.5 tonnes in the UK. However, it is still strongly recommended that people undergo training before towing for the first time.

We at UDrive are desperate not to see a drop in road safety with this coming change of legislation, and are continuing to offer trailer training. We have 8 years of experience successfully teaching B+E training so you will have the confidence of knowing you are learning from the best!

Because we know that drivers come to us with different amounts of experience and a variety of skill levels, our training courses are completely individual and fine-tuned to your personal needs. We can evaluate how many hours you need and discuss what areas you lack confidence in. Even if you have road experience with trailers and just struggle to reverse into your driveway, we are happy to help!

Why use UDrive?

UDrive is a professional organisation with fully qualified DSA driving instructors that have completed all their DSA teaching exams to the highest standards. This is your assurance that the training you receive is both professionally presented and delivered, ensuring the essential towing skills to pass the DVLA test, are obtained quickly and safely with the desired outcome of a first time pass.

  • One to One tuition, unless group training is requested by an organisation.
  • Local Instructors with local test area knowledge.
  • Flexible learning packages, with ‘Pay As You Learn’ or concentrated 1 to 3 day intensive courses.
  • Friendly approachable instructors ensuring enjoyable learning.

 

Trailer Training Price List

Can be spread over 1-3 days if needed. We ONLY charge for the time you need

* Use of own car discounts save £5 per hour.
* Pair up discounts only add £5 per hour

Average course price guide:

With trailer experience:  4h+ use of car/trailer for test + test fee £420
Without trailer experience: 6h + use of car /trailer for test + test fee £520

Average course price when pairing up:

With trailer experience: 6h+ use of car/trailer for test + test fee £770
Without trailer experience: 8h + use of car /trailer for test + test fee £870

As all of our courses are bespoke we will book you in for a course and if less or more time is needed we will change the price by £50 per hour. All prices Inc. Insurance, excess waiver.

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Towing Laws

This is known as the Grandad license.

You be pleased to know you keep your existing entitlement to tow trailers until your licence expires. This means you’re generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to a maximum of 8,250kg mass, also referred to as Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM).

You are allowed to drive motor vehicles with no more than eight seats, with a maximum authorised mass of 3,500kg. You are also allowed to tow a trailer up to 750kgs (the 750kg includes weight of trailer plus weight of item’s in trailer) but remember the weight of car and trailer including haulage is not allowed to exceed 3,500kg

Car + trailer + haulage = weight restriction

You are allowed to drive a motor vehicle with no more than eight seats with a trailer aslong as you combination weight of car + trailer + items inside car and trailer doesnt exceed 7,500kg.

REMEMBER your vehicle has a maximum towing weight. Please contact your vehicle manufactor to cehck the weight you are allowed to tow.

You are allowed to drive motor vehicles with no more than eight seats, with a maximum authorised mass of 3,500kg. You are also allowed to tow a trailer up to 750kgs (the 750kg includes weight of trailer plus weight of items in trailer) but remember the weight of car and trailer including haulage is not allowed to exceed 3,500kg.

You are allowed to drive a motor vehicle with no more than eight seats, tow a trailer more than 750kg as long as the total weight of car + trailer +load is more than 3,000kg but the maximum mass car+trailer+items in trailer is not above 4,250kg.

You are allowed to Drive a motor vehicle with no more than eight seats tow a trailer up to 3,500kg and the total weight of car + trailer + load doesn’t exceed 7,000kg

If you want to tow a trailer more than 3,500kg with a car or small vehicle you need to do the C1E category which gives you a combined maximum weight of 12,000kg

Other considerations

When towing a trailer up to a Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) of 750kgs. You must ensure the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the un-laden weight of the car being used to tow that trailer; Trailers are often shared between different vehicles.

If you want to tow a caravan or trailer + haulage that exceeds the above 750kgs weight restrictions you are required to pass an additional driving test to add section B+E to your current driving licence.

What to Expect on The Test

Firstly make sure you choose UDrive…

The B+E test last around 75 minutes and you will undertake the following procedures:

Safety checks, making sure you are knowledgeable regarding the road worthiness of your trailer and car.
Reversing: showing the examiner that you have control and the observation skills to reverse the trailer safely into a conned off area.
A Controlled stop
Driving with the trailer: Showing the examiner you have the skills and knowledge of how to tow a trailer in all types of road conditions, dual carriageways to urban and rural roads encompassing steep hills.
Coupling and un-coupling: showing the skills required when taking the trailer off and re-attaching it ensuring safety checks take place to ensure it will not breakaway when being towed