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Trailer Test

We have a dedicated team of expert towing instructors, with hundreds of successful trailer test passes behind us. Think twice before you buy a 3 or 4 day course, they are just not necessary. With the correct training, it is perfectly realistic to expect you to pass your towing test in between 1 and 2 days, depending on your experience.

All our towing training is done on a one to one basis (unless you want to share with a friend or colleague) with one of our resident trailer driving instructors. You won’t be paired up with a stranger and expected to share your training time. We don’t spend ages sitting at the side of the road chatting, or wasting time at the test centre. We are committed to providing the best trailer training available, and providing great value for money.

Local Test Passes - and counting!

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Yvonne Larner Towing Training Review

Yvonne Larner Towing Training Review

"I can recommend NearWay. I had a half day training session with them when I first bought my horse trailer. Very professional, patient and made me feel totally relaxed.  Yvonne Larner who attended a short Introduction to Towing Course in Northamptonshire   CLICK...

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Rick Hughes Trailer Test Review

Rick Hughes Trailer Test Review

“I passed my test today with 0 faults and I can wholeheartedly say that this was due to Neil’s excellent training and lovely manner. He made me feel comfortable from the start and gave me lots of confidence in my ability.

I have already recommended you guys to two family members who need training, one who has failed the test twice already and one who needs to take the test.

The time I spent training was well worth it and not only helped me pass my test but has given me confidence to tow my caravan. Thanks again.”

Rick Hughes from Wellingborough – passed first time with 0 faults having never towed before.

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Roger Thornton Towing Test Review

Roger Thornton Towing Test Review

“From booking the training and test to doing it all on the day NearWay were fantastic! Massive thanks to Neil for getting me through. Top company would highly recommend them”Roger Thornton who passed his trailer test Oxford at the first attempt!Choose Your Towing...

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Paul Barton Towing Test Review

Paul Barton Towing Test Review

“Passed my trailer test on a one day course thanks to Nearway driver training, Excellent tuition, very clear and patient, highly recommended!!” Paul Barton from Warwick, passed his trailer towing course at the first attempt. Choose Your Towing Course: Don't need to...

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Bea Maloney B+E Training Review

Bea Maloney B+E Training Review

"Such patience and expertise from Kim for my B+E... tempted to do my C1 test too now... if I decide to, I know where I'll go for training. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️" Bea Maloney from Oxfordshire who passed her towing test at the first attempt! Choose Your Towing Course: Don't need...

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Jack Lazaruk Trailer Test Review

Jack Lazaruk Trailer Test Review

"Just passed my trailer test today and just wanted to say a big thank you to Neil, he was excellent!" Jack Lazaruk from Aylesbury who passed his trailer test Buckinghamshire at the first attempt. Choose Your Towing Course: Don't need to take the trailer test? Take...

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Yvonne Larner Towing Training Review

Yvonne Larner Towing Training Review

"I can recommend NearWay. I had a half day training session with them when I first bought my horse trailer. Very professional, patient and made me feel totally relaxed.  Yvonne Larner who attended a short Introduction to Towing Course in Northamptonshire   CLICK...

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Rick Hughes Trailer Test Review

Rick Hughes Trailer Test Review

“I passed my test today with 0 faults and I can wholeheartedly say that this was due to Neil’s excellent training and lovely manner. He made me feel comfortable from the start and gave me lots of confidence in my ability.

I have already recommended you guys to two family members who need training, one who has failed the test twice already and one who needs to take the test.

The time I spent training was well worth it and not only helped me pass my test but has given me confidence to tow my caravan. Thanks again.”

Rick Hughes from Wellingborough – passed first time with 0 faults having never towed before.

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Roger Thornton Towing Test Review

Roger Thornton Towing Test Review

“From booking the training and test to doing it all on the day NearWay were fantastic! Massive thanks to Neil for getting me through. Top company would highly recommend them”Roger Thornton who passed his trailer test Oxford at the first attempt!Choose Your Towing...

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Paul Barton Towing Test Review

Paul Barton Towing Test Review

“Passed my trailer test on a one day course thanks to Nearway driver training, Excellent tuition, very clear and patient, highly recommended!!” Paul Barton from Warwick, passed his trailer towing course at the first attempt. Choose Your Towing Course: Don't need to...

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Bea Maloney B+E Training Review

Bea Maloney B+E Training Review

"Such patience and expertise from Kim for my B+E... tempted to do my C1 test too now... if I decide to, I know where I'll go for training. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️" Bea Maloney from Oxfordshire who passed her towing test at the first attempt! Choose Your Towing Course: Don't need...

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Jack Lazaruk Trailer Test Review

Jack Lazaruk Trailer Test Review

"Just passed my trailer test today and just wanted to say a big thank you to Neil, he was excellent!" Jack Lazaruk from Aylesbury who passed his trailer test Buckinghamshire at the first attempt. Choose Your Towing Course: Don't need to take the trailer test? Take...

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Emma Long Towing Training Warwickshire Review

Emma Long Towing Training Warwickshire Review

“A fantastic day. Having the lesson in the morning and test in the afternoon. Neil filled me with confidence and was very relaxed which helped with my nerves. Excellent training & I would thoroughly recommend. Many thanks Neil.” Emma Long, passed her car and...

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Cathryn Andrews Towing Training Review

Cathryn Andrews Towing Training Review

"Friendly instructors that gave me all the time I needed to feel prepared for the trailer test. Passed 1st time!"Cathryn Andrews passed her Towing Test Northamptonshire on the first attempt. Choose Your Towing Course: Don't need to take the trailer test? Take...

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Rachel Blagden Towing Test Review

Rachel Blagden Towing Test Review

"100% recommend Nearway Driver training. I done & passed my B+E trailer test today 27/11/2018. 🎉 I had Neil Whyman as my instructor and I honestly couldn’t fault him in anyway. Amazing instructor along with a great sense of humour & gives you so much...

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Verity Chapman Trailer Training Review

Verity Chapman Trailer Training Review

"These guys are the dream team! Neil was my trailer test instructor for two days, he was amazing! He’s fun to hang out with, and is also brilliant and his job, I passed first time, so the proof is in the pudding! Without fail I’d definitely recommend nearway to...

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Amy Forster-Brain Trailer Test Review

Amy Forster-Brain Trailer Test Review

"I cannot thank these guys enough! 100% recommend for their excellent training, patience and the confidence they give you. Anyone looking for a super team to get you through, look no further than these guys. Thank you so so much for getting me to PASS my trailer test,...

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Towing Training

We have a dedicated team of expert towing instructors, with hundreds of successful trailer test passes behind us. Think twice before you buy a 3 or 4 day course, they are just not necessary. With the correct training, it is perfectly realistic to expect you to pass your towing test in between 1 and 2 days, depending on your experience.

All our towing training is done on a one to one basis (unless you want to share with a friend or colleague) with one of our resident trailer driving instructors. You won’t be paired up with a stranger and expected to share your training time. We don’t spend ages sitting at the side of the road chatting, or wasting time at the test centre. We are committed to providing the best trailer training available, and providing great value for money.

Local Test Passes - and counting!

Trailer Test, Select Your Area
Towing Test Banbury
Towing Test Buckinghamshire
Trailer Test Northampton
Trailer Test Oxfordshire
Towing Test Warwickshire

Finance Available

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Georgia Buckland Towing Test

Georgia Buckland Towing Test

Congratulations going to Georgia Buckland who passed her Car and Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 14th March 2020 on her first attempt!

Georgia had been driving a 3.5 tonne horse box but with 2 horses she was going to be over the permitted weight limit so decided to go with a trailer instead. Although she was really nervous about the test she sailed through it even managing not to pick up any faults!! A fabulous achievement!

Well done Georgia, from your driving instructor Kim and all the team at NearWay Driver Training.

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Ionut Mihai Towing Test

Ionut Mihai Towing Test

A very big well done going out to Ionut Mihai who passed his B+E Trailer Test on Friday 13th March 2020!

Ionut only received 1 driving fault throughout his test! He will be using his licence for his work as a builder.

Congratulations Ionut from your driving instructor Kim and all the team at NearWay Driver Training.

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Laurence Nicks Towing Test

Laurence Nicks Towing Test

A big well done going to Laurence Nicks who passed his Towing test Banbury on 10th March 2020 on his first attempt! 

Laurence works for Cherwell Fencing so having his trailer licence means he can tow a trailer to remove rubbish at the end of a job. 

Congratulations Laurence, from your driving instructor Neil and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Phil Higgs Towing Test

Phil Higgs Towing Test

Congratulations going out to Phil Higgs who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 27th February 2020 on his first attempt! 

Phil did really well throughout his training and during his test as he secured an easy first time pass with zero faults!! An excellent achievement! 

Well done Phil, from your driving instructor Neil and all the team at NearWay Driver Training.

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Kate Hodgkins Towing Test

Kate Hodgkins Towing Test

A very big well done to Kate Hodgkins who passed her Car and Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 28th February 2020 on her first attempt! 

Kate was delighted to pass as she can now tow her two horses to events without having to rely on her Dad.

Congratulations Kate from your driving instructor Kim and all the team at NearWay Driver Training.

Car and Trailer Test Northamptonshire

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Sam Needham Towing Test

Sam Needham Towing Test

A very big well done to Sam Needham who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 24th February 2020! 

Sam was really relieved to pass and he can now help out with towing on the family farm.

Congratulations Sam from your driving instructor Kim and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Tom Robotham Towing Test

Tom Robotham Towing Test

A big well done going to Tom Robotham who passed his Car and Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 21st February 2020 on his first attempt! 

Tom will now be able to tow heavy plant trailers at work and his own military based trailer that he’s converted to a camper! 

Congratulations Tom from your driving instructor Kim and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Emma Ellis Towing Test

Emma Ellis Towing Test

A massive congratulations going out to Emma Ellis who passed her B+E Towing Trailer Test Oxfordshire on 19th February 2020 on her first attempt! 

Emma drove amazingly collecting just 4 faults throughout the entire test! Emma will be using her licence to tow her horse box. 

Well done Emma from your driving instructor Kevin and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Jed Brown Towing Test

Jed Brown Towing Test

Congratulations to Jed Brown who passed his Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 17th February 2020!

Jed gave a great drive and secured himself a well deserved first time pass! 

Well done Jed, from your driving instructor Ian and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Alex Springford Towing Test

Alex Springford Towing Test

Massive congratulations going out to Alex Springford on passing his B+E trailer test Northamptonshire on 13th February 2020 on his first attempt! 

Alex drove amazingly collecting just 2 faults throughout the entire test! With the newly added licence entitlement he can now tow trailers for his employer at work. 
Well done Alex from your driving instructor Kevin and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

Trailer Training Northamptonshire  

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Harry Brown Towing Test

Harry Brown Towing Test

Congratulations to Harry Brown who passed his B+E Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 5th February 2020!

Harry gave a good drive only picking up 2 driver faults and can now tow trailers without having to use a tractor. 

Well done Harry from your driving instructor Kim and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

B+E Training Northamptonshire

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Pav Poczatko Towing Test

Pav Poczatko Towing Test

A very big well done going to Pav Poczatko who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 12th February 2020 on his first attempt! 

Pav needed the licence for his job where he can now tow trailers in the UK and Europe. 

Congratulations Pav from your driving instructor Kim and all the team at NearWay Driver Training

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Nicholas Whadcoat Towing Test

Nicholas Whadcoat Towing Test

A big well done going to Nicholas Whadcoat who passed his Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 12th February 2020 on his first attempt!

Nicholas can now tow trailer in the UK and Europe for his job.

Congratulations Nicholas from your driving instructor Kim and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Carl Porter Smith Towing Test

Carl Porter Smith Towing Test

A massive congratulations going out to Carl Porter Smith who passed his B+E Trailer Test Northamptonshire on the 11th of February 2020 on his first attempt!

Carl gave an amazing drive earning him a first time pass coming home with a clean sheet, Zero Faults throughout the entire test!! 

Carl can now use his new towing licence to help with the business.

Well done Carl from your driving instructor Kevin and all the team at NearWay Driver Training

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David Diamond Towing Test

David Diamond Towing Test

Congratulations going out to David Diamond who passed his B+E Test in Northamptonshire on 10th February 2020!

David drove really well only picking up 2 driver faults throughout the test. He can now look forward to being able to take out his new caravan. 

Well done David from your driving instructor Ian Ackerley and all the team at NearWay Driver Training

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Tom Furness Towing Test

Tom Furness Towing Test

Congratulations to Tom Furness who passed his Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 30th January 2020 on his first attempt! 

Tom was really pleased to pass first time as having his B+E licence will make his life much easier at work. He has his own landscaping business and can now load his van with equipment and tow the digger on a trailer! 

Well done Tom from your driving instructor Kim and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Kieron Sellar Towing Test

Kieron Sellar Towing Test

Massive congratulations going out to 17 year old Kieron Sellar who just 3 months ago passed his test to drive a car. Now in such a short space of time he has passed another test, this time his Towing Test Oxfordshire on his first attempt!! 

An absolutely fantastic result collecting just 3 driver faults throughout the entire test. Kieron can now tow trailers at work for his employer. 

Well done Kieron from your driving instructor Kevin and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Thomas Vaughan Towing Test

Thomas Vaughan Towing Test

A very big well done to Thomas Vaughan who passed his B+E Test on 27th January 2020! 

Thomas can now tow the larger trailers for the family business, quite an achievement as he only passed his car test 6 months ago! 

Congratulations Thomas from your driving instructor Kim Loring and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

B+E Test Warwickshire 

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George Lawrence Towing Test

George Lawrence Towing Test

Congratulations to George Lawrence who passed his Towing Test Warwickshire on 25th January 2020 on his first attempt!

George can now tow the larger farm trailers without having to use a tractor.  

Well done George from your driving instructor Kim Loring and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

Towing Test Warwickshire 

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Debbie Wilks Towing Test

Debbie Wilks Towing Test

Congratulations to Debbie Wilks who passed her Car and Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 24th January 2020! 

Debbie was extremely nervous before the test but kept her cool and only received 4 driver faults! She can now help her husband on the farm with livestock trailers. 

Well done Debbie from your driving instructor Kim Loring and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

Car and Trailer Test Northamptonshire 

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The Trailer Test Explained:

You will need to pass the DVSA car and trailer test to legally drive a combination over 3,500kgs gross weight if you passed your original car driving test before 1st January 1997. Click here for full information on what you can and can’t drive without a trailer licence.

The licence category for car and trailer is B E, sometimes called B+E. Therefore, the trailer test is often referred to as the B+E test. B being your normal car category, and E being the trailer entitlement. Some people also call it the towing test, it’s all the same thing! When you have passed your B+E test you will be allowed to tow any trailer behind your category B vehicle, providing the weight of the trailer and it’s load is within the vehicle manufacturers specifications. The trailer test lasts for 90 minutes and is conducted from DVSA vocational test centres. These are test centres that conduct large vehicle tests for lorries, coaches and of course, car and trailers. The main test centres that we use are at Weedon for trailer tests in Northampton and Culham for Trailer Tests in Oxfordshire

The test has four main elements: Safety questions, the reversing exercise, the uncouple and recouple of the trailer and on road driving. You will need to prove you are competent in each subject to pass your trailer test.

The safety questions:

You Will be asked 5 questions relating to the safety and maintenance of the vehicle and trailer. These will be a combination of “show me” questions where you will need to actually demonstrate the answer, and “tell me” questions where you will just need to explain. For example: “show me how you would check your horn is working” means actually pressing the horn to operate it. “Tell me how you would check your tyres to ensure they have sufficient tread depth and they are safe to use on the road” means you would just have to explain how you would check the tyres, not actually take the examiner on a trip around the car and trailer whilst you inspect every tyre!

The reversing exercise: 

You need to demonstrate a level of basic competence of trailer reversing. This is done in a special area at the test centre, usually at the start of the test. To pass you need to reverse in an elongated S-shape into a bay made from cones, stopping with the rear of the trailer in a predetermined space. The examiner will be looking at your control of the vehicle and your observations whilst doing the exercise.

Control: There is no need to awkwardly shuffle the wheel whilst reversing. Maneuvering a trailer often requires large steering inputs to be applied quite quickly, shuffling the wheel through your hands slows down your steering (especially if it’s a method you are adopting for the test and you are not used to steering this way), it is completely acceptable to cross your hands on the wheel, or even use the palm of your hand to spin the wheel to quickly apply the required lock. We don’t advise palming the wheel when driving forwards, as your hand could slip off the wheel leading to loss of control, but it’s completely fine at the slow speed used for reversing a trailer. You are allowed to drive forwards up to twice during the reversing exercise. So if the trailer bends too much, or turns the wrong way, you can pull forwards and straighten up.

Observation: During the reverse exercise, you should maintain good all round observations. Looking over your shoulder is permitted, but must not be the only place you look. It’s safe to say that there will not be any pedestrians wandering around the reversing area during your test, however the examiner will be expecting you to reverse as though you are in a busy area, so correct observations should be made throughout.

Common faults:

Allowing the trailer to turn so much that it cannot be recovered.

Allowing the vehicle or trailer to go outside the perimeter of the reversing area.

Not driving forwards far enough when taking a corrective shunt, meaning that the combination simply goes back to a poor position. Ensure you drive forwards far enough to ensure the car and trailer are straight.

Hitting a cone or barrier.

Stopping short of the marked box for the rear of the trailer.

Poor observations.

Reversing too quickly leading to a loss of control.

You won’t be asked to do any reversing on the road, this is due to the limited visibility to the rear of the trailer.

Trailer uncouple and recouple:

Often done at the start of the test, however this varies at different test centres or with different examiners. The examiner will always give you clear instructions on exactly what is expected, so don’t worry about the order of the test, just concentrate on performing well. You will be asked to uncouple the trailer from the car and park the car alongside the trailer. You will then be asked to couple the trailer to the car as though it was a different trailer that you have not seen before.

Common faults:

Uncoupling in the wrong order.

Failing to carry out the correct trailer checks before hitching up.

Reversing back too far and colliding with the trailer.

Coupling in the wrong order.

Failure to check the trailer has coupled correctly.

Not checking trailer lights.

On road driving:

You will be driving for about an hour during the towing test. A high standard of driving is required, you will need to demonstrate good anticipation of changing conditions ahead, correct use of the mirror, signal, manoeuvre routine, drive at a safe speed whilst maintaining good progress where possible and give consideration to the weight of the trailer in accelerating, braking and cornering.

Common faults:

Incorrect use of the mirror, signal, manoeuvre routine.

Poor observations when moving away.

Forcing other vehicles to brake at a junction, particularly roundabouts.

Driving too fast or slow for the road.

Approaching junctions too quickly.

Poor lane discipline especially on roundabouts.

Passing Your Trailer Test

The trailer towing test is comprehensive, many people think you will just do some reversing and a pass is pretty much guaranteed, this is not true! However, with our training you will benefit from our years of experience of preparing people for their B+E test, hugely improving your chances of passing the test first time. Don’t worry if any of this sounds daunting, we’re used to seeing nervous people and are experts at preparing even the most nervous to pass first time. The overwhelming majority of our customers pass first time and save themselves time and money by doing so.

 

 

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