Do you need experience, skill or practice to tow safely?
Do you wish to gain towing experience so you feel comfortable on the roads?
We offer full instruction so you can safely and confidently tow a trailer, caravan or horse box tailored to your abilities and experience.
Trailers are extensively used in private and work environment. You might be transporting a vital piece of agricultural equipment, expensive load or simply hitching a car to a caravan. Towing a trailer on public roads requires a high level of skill and if you are undertaking this activity independently or as a part of your work, you will be expected to demonstrate safe practices and a high level of skill.
From 15th November 2021 you can tow a trailer with a total weight of 3500 kgs giving you a gross vehicle weight of 7 tonnes.
DVSA figures themselves show that with a national pass rate for B+E driving tests of 69.6% for 2019/20 and only 58% for 2020/21 there are between 30-42% of people taking this test in order to tow over a 3500kg gross train weight that are unable to demonstrate the minimum standard of driving and competence to tow loaded trailers on the road on at least their first attempt.
Although DVSA has stopped trailer tests, however, they strongly suggest to seek for professional coaching before attempting to tow a trailer for the first time, after a long pause, to carry heavier loads or taking up a job involving trailer towing on a regular basis.
To help you gain trailer towing experience or build on current skill levels we offer
Trailer Towing Assessment session: The aim of the 2 hour screening session is to encourage candidates to embed safe driving practices into their daily driving. The course predominantly focuses on candidate’s skill levels and covers on-road driving and includes towing laws & regulations, safe loading advice & nose weight, pre-towing inspection, safe method of coupling and uncoupling and reversing.
Trailer Towing Competence and Confidence Building Course: The aim of this course is to give candidates thorough experience and ensure that they reach the standard of competent driving and towing. It is a one-day training programme and is suitable for anyone looking to gain and develop their current skill levels. Quite often delegates opt in for this course to gain additional on-road exposure and build towing confidence before doing that independently or taking on a new job where towing is a part of it.
Please get in touch to find out about subsidised training opportunities or funding that you may not be aware of.
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