About the course
Driving Licence Category: B+E (Car and Trailer)
About the course
If you are required to tow for work or looking to go caravanning; taking your horse out and about or undertake any other towing activities you may need to take an additional test if you passed your car test after 1st January 1997.
Myerscough College is an ideal venue to take you through the training and test period for this licence. A "training and testing" package can be carried out using a College vehicle and trailer, with testing at one of the local DVSA (LGV) test centres, usually Kirkham near Preston; Blackburn or Carlisle.
Time: 2 hours
We recommend all applicants book an assessment session before committing to a train and test package. Our experienced tutors can then discuss with you the best package to meet your needs and provide you with clear feedback to help you improve your skills. Applicants do have the option to book directly onto a package however we would strongly recommend an assessment to give you the best possible chance of test success.
Package A: Existing Experience
Time: 11 Hours (usually 2 days)
This option is suitable for experienced drivers who ideally already have some towing and trailer manoeuvering experience. The package includes 2 x 3h lessons, a mock test, a DVSA test and use of the College vehicle and trailer. Usually, the package would consist of one full day of lessons followed by the mock test and DVSA test however package dates can be tailored to suit individual availability.
Package B: Standard
Time: 14 Hours (usually 2.5 days)
The package includes 3 x 3h lessons, a mock test, a DVSA test and use of the College vehicle and trailer. Usually, the package would consist of one- and one-half full day of lessons followed by the mock test and DVSA test however package dates can be tailored to suit individual availability.
Package C: Novice
Time: 17 Hours (usually 3 days)
Applicants must be competent car drivers and need a little more instruction and confidence in order to reach test level. The package includes 4 x 3h lessons, a mock test, a DVSA test and use of the College vehicle and trailer. Usually, the package would consist of two full day of lessons followed by the mock test and DVSA test however package dates can be tailored to suit individual availability.
Additional 3-hour lesson blocks can be booked on request at a cost of £108. A re-booked test, including the use of the college vehicle and trailer and a mock test will cost £300.
*This training is available throughout the year with extra charges made for weekends and bank holiday delivery
Booking your packages
In most cases applicants will book an assessment lesson online. We will then be in touch to discuss a time and date that suits you. Once you know the package that best meets your needs you can book this online and we will be in touch to discuss the package dates. Packages are dependent on available test days. If you would like a little more detail or to discuss package dates before booking then you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org / 01995 642386.
Entry Criteria / Additional Information
Candidates must hold a current full driving licence for a car. You do not need to bring your own towing vehicle and trailer as all the training and testing is better suited to the College vehicle. The course layout may be suited to 2 candidates being able to attend for the whole day if coming from a company/business, please contact us for further details about this.
Please bring both your current driving license card and your National Insurance Number to both your first lesson and your DVSA test.
Driving Licenses Explained
Category B (Car) driving licence
This refers to a full car licence. If you passed your test before 1st January 1997 should be allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer with a combined weight (MAM) of up to 8,250kg. If you are a little rusty at towing or wish to build your confidence, then please see our website for caravan and motorhome manoeuvering courses. You are also welcome to book an individual lesson with one of our experienced tutors using the College vehicle and trailer.
If you passed your category B licence on or after 1st January 1997, then your licence allows you to tow a 750kg trailer if your vehicle weighs up to 3,500 kg. If you have a heavier trailer then the important point to note is that it the potential weight that a vehicle and trailer can carry, MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) and not the 'actual road weight' figure that is used. You can also tow a trailer heavier than 750kg as long as the combined MAM does not exceed 3,500kg.
The requirements can be found on the direct.gov web page as below:
Category B+E driving licence.
The B+E licence allows you to tow a trailer with a vehicle weighing up to 3,500kg MAM. You will need to gain this category on your licence if you passed your test after 1st January 1997 and the MAM exceeds thoughts detailed above.
If you passed your B+E test before 19th January 2013, you can tow a trailer of any size and weight with a vehicle up to 3,500kg MAM.
If you passed your test on or after 19th January 2013, your B+E licence allows you to tow a trailer with up to 3,500kg MAM. The vehicle MAM may still be up to 3,500kg, too.
What happens during the car and trailer test
There are 6 parts to the driving test:
an eyesight check
‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
reversing your vehicle
general driving ability
uncoupling and recoupling the trailer
You’ll drive for around 50 minutes.
You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:
20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate
20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate
New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, for example, AB51 ABC.
You’ll fail your driving test if you fail the eyesight check. The test will end.
‘Show me, tell me’ questions
You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. These test that you know how to carry out basic safety checks.
Reversing your vehicle
You’ll have to show that you can manoeuvre your car and trailer into a restricted space and stop at a certain point.
The examiner will show you a diagram of where to reverse your vehicle.
Your general driving ability
You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, including motorways where possible.
The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. Driving test routes are not published, so you cannot check them before your test.
Pulling over at the side of the road
You’ll be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:
normal stops at the side of the road
pulling out from behind a parked vehicle
a hill start
You’ll have to drive for about 10 minutes by following either:
a series of verbal directions
a combination of both
The examiner can show you a simple diagram to help you understand where you’re going when following verbal directions.
You cannot use a sat nav.
If you cannot see traffic signs
If you cannot see a traffic sign (for example, because it’s covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.
Forgetting the directions
You can ask the examiner to confirm the directions if you forget them. It does not matter if you do not remember every direction.
Going off the route
Your test result will not be affected if you go off the route, unless you make a fault while doing it.
The examiner will help you get back on the route if you take a wrong turning.
Uncoupling and recoupling the trailer
You’ll be asked to:
uncouple your car from the trailer
park the car alongside the trailer
realign the car with the trailer and recouple them
If you make mistakes during your test
You can carry on if you make a mistake during your driving test.
If you make a serious or dangerous mistake (sometimes called a ‘major fault’), your examiner will stop the test and direct you back to the driving test centre. This is to minimise the amount of time you need to spend in the car together.