Do you need to take the B+E Car & Trailer test?

If you are looking to tow medium and large trailers or caravans using a car, van, or 4×4 you might require the Category B+E entitlement on your licence. If you passed your car driving test before 1997, you automatically acquired ‘grandfather rights’ for the categories: B+E (car & trailer), C1 (7.5 tonnes), and D1 (minibus – not for hire or reward). In this case you don’t legally need to sit the test but it may well be worth getting in touch to get in some practice if you haven’t done much or any towing before.
If you passed your car driving test after January 1, 1997, you are only given the Category B entitlement, which allows you to drive a car, van, or 4×4 with a plated weight (Maximum Authorised Mass) no greater than 3,500kg. You can tow certain combinations, but this can be fraught with danger if you aren’t sure of your combinations exact weight. For advice on this please contact us, the B+E Car & Trailer Towing vocational driving test needs to be passed to acquire this category at a DVSA Driving Test Centre. 
What can you expect to have to do during the B+E Car & Trailer Test?        

The test is divided into parts:

  • Eyesight checks
  • Some ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • Reversing your vehicle
  • Uncoupling and recoupling the trailer                                                   
  • General driving ability
  • Independent driving

Eyesight check

One of the first legal requirements is to check your eyesight.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. At that point 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. Don’t worry you’ll be fully conversant with these by the end of your training.


Reversing your vehicle

You will have to manoeuvre your car and trailer into a restricted space and stop at a certain point. Again that’s why you’ve contacted us. We will practice this with you.

Uncoupling and recoupling the trailer

When on test 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

Your general driving ability

Once you have completed the above it’s out onto the roads. You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions, including motorways where possible.

The examiner will give you directions that you should follow.

Independent driving

You’ll have to drive for about 10 minutes by following either:

  • traffic signs
  • a series of verbal directions
  • a combination of both

GETTING STARTED                                                                                                              

If you’re not sure where to start, then give us a call in the first instance to have a chat. Advice costs nothing! We will guide and support you throughout the process to get you the best results. Deposits for bookings are taken on line just click on the link above and follow the instructions.