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Towing Training
Click Here for pricesTowing can be a daunting thought but the right level of training, in appropriate vehicles, gives you the best start to your towing career. We only use dedicated tow vehicles, such as vans or 4x4s, not the type of vehicle you may expect to use when first learning to drive.

We will help you in any way we can and provide training in a relaxed and professional manner at all times.

The rules regarding towing may seem complicated but here we will try to simplify them:

1.   The requirement for taking the B+E test does not apply if the Maximum Authorised Mass (or MAM) of the trailer is under 750Kgs.
(The MAM is the maximum potential weight of the trailer and it's contents as shown on the weight plate or manufacturer's handbook and not the actual weight.)

For example, most horse trailers have a MAM of between 2 tonne and 2.5 tonne; most caravans are between 1.2 and 1.5 tonne.
If you passed your car test prior to 1st January 1997, you do not need to take the B+E test.

2.   If the MAM of the trailer is over 750Kgs you need to take the test if the following weight combinations apply:
           Either     The combined MAM of the car and trailer exceeds 3500kgs (3.5 tonnes)
           or          The MAM of the trailer is greater than the unladen weight of the towing vehicle.

3.  If you passed your car test on or after 1 January 1997 and either of the above weight combinations applies, you will need to take the test. This will give you B+E entitlement. Once you have passed your test, you are still restricted to a 3500kgs (MAM) vehicle but can then tow any size and weight of trailer that vehicle is authorised to tow (this weight is determined by the manufacturer and can be found in the handbook or on a weight plate somewhere on the vehicle; usually on the bulkhead inside the engine compartment)

4.  If the combined MAM is less than 3500Kgs, and the MAM of the trailer is less than the unladen weight of the vehicle, you will not need to take the test.

There we are - simple isn't it!!

 

What does the test consist of?

The test is conducted by the LGV examiners at the lorry test centres, taking about an hour to an hour and a half. The first part is off road, comprising of a reversing manoeuvre and disconnect/connect the trailer. These are conducted at the test centre. The on road part is a full driving test and you will be expected to drive to a very high standard. Particular emphasis is placed on use of mirrors, forward planning, general observations, road positioning and consideration for other road users.

 

What training can you provide and much will I need?

We tailor our training to suit you and can offer fixed courses of 2,3 or 4 days depending on your previous experience and your current skills level. As a rough guide, I have found that people who have some experience of towing and reversing need 2 days, which includes test on second day; those with some experience but need further training to get to test standard, need 3 days, with test on third day. In some, rare, cases, 4 days may be required but this is enerally for people who have no experience of towing at all and are very nervous or anxious about doing so. Set course prices are lower than paying by the day - see our prices page for details. Be aware, however, you will be taking a gamble on how much training you need without, perhaps, fully knowing what is required for the test. It is strict and a high standard of driving is expected - probably in a different style to how you normally drive. This all takes time to adapt to and, sadly, time is money!

However, if you are not sure on how much you may need, we run an initial half day training/assessment session of about 4 hours. During this time we take you through the off-road manouevres in detail and then spend as much time as we can on the road, taking you through a variety of different road conditions. At the end of this session, we can explain the areas that may need attention. After that, it is up to you. If you have your own vehicle and trailer (and someone to accompany you) you could practice on your own then come back for further assessment when you think you are ready. Or, you take the full on training with us - this can be in half day, or whole day, sessions spread over a period of time to help you budget for it, or as a block with the test at the end. Waiting times for tests vary but are usually around 2-3 weeks, although we try to have a small number of tests slots pre-booked for your to choose from.

 

Do we have to have our own vehicle and trailer or can you provide one?

We can do this either way. If you have your own then it makes sense to do the training in that, as this is what you are going to be driving in the future. However, if you don't have one, or don't want to use your own, we can provide either car or trailer, or both. We believe our responsibility is to provide you with the necessary skills to enable you to tow safely. Therefore, we use vehicles that are similar to those you are going to use after the training, not something just about adequate to get you through the test. We currently use a Toyota HiAce van (with side windows and rear seats) with a twin axle trailer; a Hyundai Terracan with an Ifor Williams general purpose trailer and Toyota RAV4 with 20ft caravan for caravan courses. I am told we are the only company in the area that uses an actual caravan for caravan courses - seems bizarre to me!
 
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