Car and trailer testing

Car and trailer testing

15 November 2011
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The car and trailer test

If you passed your car test before the 1st Jan 1997 you will have an existing entitlement to tow a caravan (or trailer) up to a maximum combination weight of the vehicle and trailer of up to 8.25 tonnes which is the maximum authorised mass (MAM). This entitlement also includes driving a minibus that has a trailer over 750kgs MAM, and only ceases when the licence expires.

If you passed your test after this date, the MAM is limited to vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes, towing a trailer up to 750kgs. Conversely; where there is a trailer and vehicle combination of up to 3.5 tonnes and providing that the MAM for the trailer does not exceed an unladen mass of the towing vehicle. If these limits are exceeded you will need to take an additional practical driving test for categories B (car) + E (trailer).

The car + trailer practical driving test lasts for about 1 hour and is based on a lorry driving test. These tests are carried out at occupational lorry and bus test centres.

The (B+E) test for a towing a trailer consists of vehicle safety questions, a controlled stop, the uncoupling and coupling of the trailer which includes driving on the road, plus there is also an off-road reverse manoeuvre. The following are not included:

Parking in reverse

Carrying out an emergency stop on a public road

Reversing round corners

Turning in the road

Additionally the test also involves answering 5 questions. These will be a either be a ‘show me’ or ‘tell me’ type of question involving such area’s as identify fluid levels or tyre pressures. Certain area’s of identification can be obtained or referred to from a VIS (vehicle information system) if one is fitted. If certain questions involve opening the bonnet, you will not be required to manually carry out a check such as a brake fluid level or touch an engine that is hot.

An incorrect answer carries a penalty fault, which is recorded. Where all the questions are answered incorrectly a serious fault is recorded. To help you with the type of questions that are asked. Have a look at the PDF doc below provided by www.direct.gov.uk

http://www.direct.gov.uk/prod_consum_dg/groups/dg_digitalassets/@dg/@en/@motor/documents/digitalasset/dg_170485.pdf

More additional information can be found at -

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/motoring/driverlicensing/caravanstrailerscommercialvehicles/dg_4022564

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