Car and Trailer Training

Hendron School of Motoring offers drivers who have passed their driving tests the opportunity to gain the B+E Category of their licence to enable them to drive a vehicle and trailer.

If you passed your car driving test on or after 1st January 1997 and you now want to tow a caravan or certain trailers, you have to take a specific practical test.

Licence's obtained on or after 1st January 1997

If you passed a car test on or after 1st January 1997 you're limited to vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes maximum authorized mass towing a trailer up to 750kgs, or a vehicle and trailer combination up to 3.5 tonnes MAM (Maximum Authorized Mass) providing the MAM of the trailer doesn't exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle. You will need to pass an additional driving test for the B+E Category if you wish to tow a caravan or trailer combination which exceeds these weight limits.

Licence's obtained before 1 January 1997

If you passed a car test before 1st January 1997 you keep your existing entitlement to tow trailers until your licence expires.

This training can be carried out with Hendron's specialist equipment and teaches you all you need to know to pass this element of the test. We cover all area's in Northern Ireland.

Course Content

  1. Eyesight Check - it is a legal requirement to be able to read a number plate from a set distance.
  2. Show me, Tell me instructions
  3. Health & safety
  4. Relevant towing regulations
  5. Pre-towing inspections
  6. Coupling and Uncoupling
  7. Reversing & manoeuvring exercise
  8. Emergency stop exercise
  9. Ability to drive on-road to DVA standard
The towing lessons are normally conducted with your vehicle and our special trailer which is designed specifically for the B+E test.

The car and trailer practical driving test

The car and trailer test (B+E Category) lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Please note that B+E Category tests are conducted at DVA test centre's.

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