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Canning Driving School Car and Trailer LessonsDid you know that if you want to tow a caravan or certain types of trailer you may have to take a further test?

At Canning Driving School we offer car and trailer lessons to prepare you for the test to be able to legally tow a trailer or caravan.

The rules on what you can tow are different depending on when you passed your driving test.

Licences issued from 19 January 2013

From 19 January 2013, drivers passing a category B (car and small vehicle) test can tow:

If you want to tow a trailer weighing more than 750kg, when the combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is more than 3,500kg, you’ll have to pass a further test and get B+E entitlement on your licence.

You’ll then be able to tow trailers up to 3,500kg.

Licences held from 1 January 1997

If you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997 and have an ordinary category B (car) licence, you can drive either:

You’ll need to take a practical test to get a B+E entitlement on your licence if you passed your driving test after this date and hold a category B (car) licence.

You’ll need to do this if you want to tow a trailer or caravan heavier than 750 kilograms (kg) when the combined maximum authorised mass (MAM) of the towing vehicle and the trailer or caravan is more than 3,500kg.

What Happens During The Test

Before you start the driving ability part of your test, you’ll have an eyesight check and be asked 5 vehicle safety questions.

The eyesight check

You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

Vehicle safety questions: ‘show me, tell me’

You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions. These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

The examiner will ask you ‘show me’ questions, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check.

You’ll also be asked ‘tell me’ questions, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check.

Driving ability

You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions.

If possible, these should include:

You’ll also be asked to do around 10 minutes of independent driving.

Reversing exercise

You’ll have to show that you can manoeuvre your car and trailer in a restricted space and stop at a certain point.

Uncoupling and recoupling

During the test you’ll be asked to uncouple and couple your car and trailer.