Taking the test:
The B+E Towing Test is based on the Large Goods Vehicle driving test and includes an off-road reverse manoeuvre, a prompt controlled stop, uncoupling and coupling and driving on the road. The braking, reversing and uncoupling/coupling exercises will be conducted in an off road area.
All these manoeuvres and more are covered in the trailer towing training courses, just like our driving lessons – you are taken through every manoeuvre until you get it right.
The trailer you present for the test must have a minimum MAM of at least 1,000Kg
Some questions that may be asked on B+E test:
- Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell the examiner how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
- Show the examiner how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
- Tell the examiner the main safety factors involved in loading your vehicle.
- Tell the examiner the main safety factors involved in securing a load on your vehicle
- Show the examiner how you would check that your vehicle & trailer doors are secure
- Physical checks should be made to ensure that windows, roof-lights and all doors, including cargo doors, are properly closed.
- Tell the examiner how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.
- Show the examiner how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.
Please remember that exceeding the towing weights you are permitted can result in very heavy fines and penalty points on your licence.