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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!

C1 Driving Northamptonshire

5 star customer reviews

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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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See more Customer Reviews HERE

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...

read more
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...

read more
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!

C1 Driving Northamptonshire

5 star customer reviews

Read more HERE

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

Finance Available

Click here for more information

Caleb Stowe Towing Test Pass Northants

Caleb Stowe Towing Test Pass Northants

A huge shout out to Caleb Stowe who passed his Cat B+E test on 26th April 2021 in Northamptonshire with 0 faults! Caleb needed his test so that he could use it for work in vehicle recovery. We can't wait to welcome him back soon for his Cat C test too!   Well...

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Charlie Henderson Towing Training Test Pass Oxfordshire

Charlie Henderson Towing Training Test Pass Oxfordshire

Congratulations to Charlie Henderson who passed his Cat B+E test on 28th April 2020 in Oxfordshire on his first try! He, and his business partner, have renovated an Airstream trailer converting it to a high end portable cocktail bar to take to events (like festivals)...

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Alex Clohessy Towing Training Test Pass Northants

Alex Clohessy Towing Training Test Pass Northants

A massive well done to Alex Clohessy who passed his Towing training test in Northants on 19th April 2021. Alex runs a café and has opened up a mobile unit in one of the parks near the café so needed the trailer license for the business. Now with the licence he is able...

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Shaun Robinson Car and Trailer Test Pass

Shaun Robinson Car and Trailer Test Pass

Amazing work by Shaun Robinson who passed his Car and Trailer course in Oxfordshire on 16th April 2021 with only one fault! Shaun works on a farm shop and is hoping this licence is going to make his working life a lot easier!   Well done Shaun, from your driving...

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Andrew Martin Towing Test Pass Northamptonshire

Andrew Martin Towing Test Pass Northamptonshire

Three cheers for Andrew Martin who passed his Cat B+E test on 15th April 2021. He passed in Northamptonshire first time with zero driving faults!! Andrew works for the RSPB and his job involved moving big things around (like fence posts!). He is so excited to be able...

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Oliver Giles Towing Test Pass

Oliver Giles Towing Test Pass

A round of applause for Oliver Giles who passed his Cat B+E driving test at the Northampton test centre on 14th April 2021. It was even on his first attempt with only one driving fault! He owns his own specialist high end BBQ import business and this gives him greater...

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Steven Kinton B+E Course Pass Banbury

Steven Kinton B+E Course Pass Banbury

A huge congratulations to Steven Kinton who passed his Cat B+E test on 12th April 2021 in Banbury. He even passed on his first attempt! He's now really looking forward to getting away on holiday in his new caravan!   Well done Steven, from your driving instructor...

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BE Test

BE Test

Well done to Peter Hobbs who passed his BE test at the first attempt on 16th December 2021.

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

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Trailer test Banbury

Trailer test Banbury

A bug well done to Oli Howson who passed his trailer test Banbury at the first attempt on 15th December 2020

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

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Trailer towing test

Trailer towing test

Congratulations to Jack Shaw who passed his trailer towing test in Northampton on 13th December 2020.

We managed to get Jack a last minute test on a Sunday so he could pass his test quickly as he needed it for work.

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

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Car and trailer test Northampton

Car and trailer test Northampton

It’s a BIIIIIG! Shout out to Mark Davies who passed his car and trailer test Northampton on Saturday, 12 December 2020.

Saturday driving tests are hard to come by but we managed to secure a whole bunch in December to get people their trailer licences quickly after lockdown! This really helped Mark out as he was low on annual leave.

Well done Mark, from your driving instructor Kevin and the team at NearWay Driver Training.

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Trailer test training

Trailer test training

Well done to Neil Harris who passed his trailer test training at the first attempt. Neil has his own locksmith company, he was delighted to pass his test first time!

Well done Neil, from your driving instructor Brendan and the team at NearWay Driver Training

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Trailer Test Northampton

Trailer Test Northampton

Well done to Michael Fountain who passed his trailer test in Northampton on 3rd December 2020.

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

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Towing Training Bicester

Towing Training Bicester

A HUUUUGE shout out to Hayley Jefferies who passed her Towing training Bicester at the first attempt!

Hayley was, it’s fair to say, nervous before her test. In fact she was terrified! But she held her nerve, remembered the training we had given her and went on to an easy first time pass – BOOM!

Great work Hayley, from your driving instructor Neil and all the team at NearWay Driver Training.

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Trailer Test Northamptonshire

Trailer Test Northamptonshire

Well done to Maris Baginski who passed his car and trailer test in Northamptonshire with us on 27th October 2020.

Great work Maris, from your driving instructor Neil and all the team at NearWay Driver Training.

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Trailer Training Northamptonshire

Trailer Training Northamptonshire

Congratulations to Andrew Sabin who passed his trailer training Northamptonshire at the first attempt with us on 16 October 2020.

Well done Andrew, from your driving instructor Neil and the team at Nearway Driver Training.

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Car and Trailer Test

Car and Trailer Test

A huge well done to David Hill who passed his car and trailer test on 16 October 2021 at the first attempt.

David will be using his towing licence for his job at a groundworks company.

Good work David, from your driving instructor Neil and the team at NearWay Driver Training.

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Trailer Training Oxfordshire

Trailer Training Oxfordshire

A huge well done to Rebecca Mclynn who passed her trailer training at the Oxfordshire test centre at the first attempt!

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

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Trailer Test Northampton

Trailer Test Northampton

A huge congratulations to George Lewis who passed his trailer test Northampton at his first attempt. George will be using his licence to tow a large Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB).

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

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Trailer Test Training

Trailer Test Training

Big congratulations to James Sinclair from Warwickshire who passed his trailer test training at the first attempt.

Good work James, from your driving instructor Neil and all the team at NearWay Driver Training.

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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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