If you plan on towing a trailer or caravan at any point in the future, you will most likely need an additional entitlement added to your car licence. Getting that entitlement requires taking and passing the trailer test at an approved testing facility. While training is not mandatory, it is always recommended given the fact that towing a trailer is not as easy as it may appear. The good news is that the HGV Training Centre offers courses for drivers interested in preparing for the trailer test.
Trailer owners should understand that the licencing requirements do not apply just to professional drivers. This is one of the most co0mmon mistakes trailer owners make. Many of them do not even know about the licence requirements until they have a run-in with police. We want to give you all the information you need about licencing and the trailer test so that you can be legally compliant whenever you tow your trailer.
For the purposes of clarification, what we will address in this guide covers utility trailers, caravans, horsebox trailers, and any other kind of trailer a person might own. Our focus here is on non-professional drivers who have a Category B licence to drive a car.
Being legally entitled to tow a trailer starts with having a car licence. In other words, you cannot even think about trailer towing unless you possess a valid Category B licence at a minimum. From there, licencing requirements for trailer towing depend on when you earned your car licence.
You should know that all of the weights listed above are based on something known as 'maximum authorised mass' (MAM). This is defined as the total amount of weight encompassed by the vehicle and all of the cargo being carried. This means that an MAM of 3,500 kg for a trailer dictates that the trailer and all of its contents do not exceed 3,500 kg. Manufacturers routinely display weight limit information on their trailers.
Assuming you are one of those drivers who needs a Category B+E licence for trailer towing, we have a training package that is right for you. Our training teaches everything you need to know to pass the trailer test the first time. We utilise experienced instructors who have all towed trailers themselves, instructors who know what it takes to tow a trailer safely.
Drivers can start training with the HGV Training Centre as soon as a new class gets under way. You will be happy to know that the size of our operations – we currently operate more than four dozen facilities in the UK – allows us to begin new classes on a regular schedule. You can complete your training in as little as three days if you are a quick learner and you apply yourself.
What will you learn in our training? In the simplest terms possible, everything you need to know to pass your trailer test.
All of the things we teach you will be tested on when you take the actual trailer test. You will have to demonstrate to the examiner that you possess both the physical skills and knowledge to be a safe trailer operator. Your test will be comprised of two parts: physical skills and practical demonstration.
The physical skills portion of your test should be self-explanatory. The examiner will take you out on the road and put you through a series of tasks designed to prove you have the necessary skills. The practical demonstration portion of the test is a 'show me, tell me' exercise in which the examiner will ask you to demonstrate your knowledge through oral explanation and physical demonstration. For example, you might be asked to explain and demonstrate how to determine your trailer is coupled correctly.
The HGV Training Centre can help you prepare for the trailer test only insofar as teaching you what you need to know and giving you the opportunity to practice your skills. There are certain requirements of the test that you will be responsible for. For example, you will need to bring with you a car and trailer combination suitable for the licence you are attempting to obtain along with your current photo card licence or your old-style paper licence and a valid passport.
If you have any questions about the requirements for the trailer test, do not hesitate to ask us. During the course of your training, we will ensure that you know what is required of you at testing time. We want you to be confident when you arrive for your trailer test, so we will do everything within our power to make sure you know exactly what you need to know.
Taking and passing the trailer test is not necessarily difficult if you undergo training first. If you own a trailer or caravan, we encourage you to contact the HGV Training Centre to sign up for one of our classes right away. Whatever you do, do not attempt to tow a trailer without the proper licence. You don't need the trouble that comes along with being caught driving illegally.
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