Looking to tow a trailer or caravan from your car? Before you get too far down the road in your planning, hire agreement or purchase, it’s important to understand what – or indeed if - you can tow legally as a holder of your current driving licence.
The rules about what you can tow are different depending on when you passed your driving test.
Whether you can legally tow a trailer or caravan based on your current licence, want some driver coaching to boost your trailer towing skills and confidence, or need to pass a Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency B & E Car and Trailer Towing Test, FUN ON WHEELS UK is seriously qualified to help.
FUN ON WHEELS UK founder and DSA qualified Approved Driving Instructor, Terry Bassingthwaighte, is truly passionate about trailer towing competence.
The highly experienced class B + E trailer towing tutor based in Bury St Edmunds attracts students from across East Anglia.
He can coach you through trailer or caravan towing lessons and prepare you for your DVSA Car and Trailer Test at Bury St Edmunds or Ipswich.
Terry is also actively involved in the National Trailer and Towing Association as a Health & Safety Instructor and NTTA Council member – so you couldn’t be in safer hands when it comes to learning to tow proficiently !
Your eligibility to tow a trailer or caravan all comes down to the year you passed your driving test.
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• If you passed your car driving test before 19 January 2013, you are usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination of any weight / Maximum Authorized Mass (MAM). MAM is the limit on how much the vehicle can weigh when it is loaded.
• If you passed your car driving test on or after 19 January 2013 you can only:
• drive a car / van up to 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
• tow a trailer over 750kg MAM, if combined MAM of trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg
You will have to take and pass the Car and Trailer Driving Test, if you wish to drive anything heavier. This is referred to as B + E Classification.
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If you passed your car driving test on or after 19 January 2013 and want to tow a combination which exceeds specified weight limits, you must pass an additional car and trailer driving test for the B+E classification. Without proper training the B + E Car and Trailer Test is very difficult to pass.
The Car and Trailer Test lasts for approximately one hour with the practical test requiring about ten minutes of independent driving. The towing test element (B + E) is based on a number of areas including:
• Safety questions on the vehicle
• Driving on the highway
• Uncoupling and coupling of the trailer
• Off-road reverse manoeuvre
At FUN ON WHEELS UK , we are seriously qualified to coach you to success in your Car and Trailer Towing Test through DVSA qualified instruction using either your own equipment or, if preferred, our FUN ON WHEELSUK vehicle and trailer.
If you’d like to find out more or book your course of trailer towing lessons with experienced towing coach, Terry Bassingthwaighte, please get in touch »