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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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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

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Jordan Mason Towing Test

Jordan Mason Towing Test

Congratulations to Jordan Mason who passed his Car and Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 13th January 2020!

Jordan works for a prestige car manufacturer and will be using his licence to test the cars towing capabilities.

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

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Andy Clarke Towing Test

Andy Clarke Towing Test

A very big well done to Andy Clarke who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 15th January 2020 on his first attempt! 

Andy can now tow a larger caravan to take the family on their marshalling duties for the motor racing circuits. 

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

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Jake Harrhy Towing Test

Jake Harrhy Towing Test

Congratulations to Jake Harrhy on passing his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 13th January 2020 on his first attempt! 

Jake gave an amazing drive earning him a well deserved first time pass!

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

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Matt Neale Towing Test

Matt Neale Towing Test

A big well done going to Matt Neale who passed his Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 10th January 2020 on his first attempt! 

Matt will be using his licence to tow his vintage tractor to events. 

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

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Jason Worth Towing Test

Jason Worth Towing Test

Congratulations to Jason Worth who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 6th January 2020 on his first attempt! 

Jason gave a great drive receiving ZERO driving faults throughout the entire test! A great achievement! 

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

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Fin Toner Towing Test

Fin Toner Towing Test

A very big well done going to Fin Toner who passed his B+E Test on 7th January 2020 on his first attempt! 

Fin runs a landscape gardening business so having his trailer licence will help with that. 

Congratulations Fin, from your driving instructor Ian Ackerley and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Ben Reynolds Towing Test

Ben Reynolds Towing Test

Congratulations to Ben Reynolds who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 7th January 2020 on his first attempt with ZERO faults! 

He can now tow historic race cars to and from events as part of his job. 

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

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Harry Button Towing Test

Harry Button Towing Test

Congratulations to Harry Button who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 2nd January 2020!

Harry gave a great drive earning him a well deserved first time pass!

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

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Kirsten Smith Towing Test

Kirsten Smith Towing Test

Congratulations to Kirsten Smith who passed her Towing Test Oxfordshire on 20th December 2019 on her first attempt!

Kirsten gave a great drive securing a well deserved first time pass! 

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

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Rob Olley and Michael Jacobs Towing Tests

Rob Olley and Michael Jacobs Towing Tests

Double congratulations going to Rob Olley and Michael Jacobs who both passed their Towing Tests Oxfordshire on 18th December 2019 on their first attempts! 

Rob and Michael work together and will be using their licences to help with work. 

Well done to you both, from your driving instructor Kevin Moffitt and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Abbi Swingler Towing Test

Abbi Swingler Towing Test

A big well done going to Abbi Swingler who passed her Towing Test Northamptonshire on her first attempt! 

Abbi will be using her licence to tow her horse. 

Congratulations Abbi, from your driving instructor Ian Ackerley and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Matthew Cardwell Towing Test

Matthew Cardwell Towing Test

Congratulations to Matthew Cardwell who passed his B+E Trailer Test on 17th December 2019 on his first attempt!

Matthew will be using his licence for towing a larger caravan and horse trailer.

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

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Mack Rolph Towing Test

Mack Rolph Towing Test

Congratulations to Mack Ralph who passed his Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 4th December 2019!

Mack gave a great drive on his test going on to secure a first time pass! 

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

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Kim Hendicott Towing Test

Kim Hendicott Towing Test

Congratulations to Kim Hendicott who passed her Trailer Test Oxfordshire on 20th November 2019! 

Kim is moving to France so had to fit her training in around her busy house move!

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

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Willa Prest Towing Test

Willa Prest Towing Test

Well done to Willa Prest who passed her Towing Test Oxfordshire on 15th November 2019! 

Willa was happy to pass as she had been practising lots on the run up to her training and test and the hard work paid off! 

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

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Ben Kiesel Towing Test

Ben Kiesel Towing Test

A very big well done to Ben Kiesel who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 12th December 2019 on his first attempt!

Ben works for a prestige car manufacturer and will be using his licence for towing vehicles at work.

Congratulations Ben, from your instructor Kim Loring and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Rowan Jones Towing Test

Rowan Jones Towing Test

Congratulations to Rowan Jones who passed his Towing Test on 12th December 2019 on his first attempt! 

Rowan works for a prestige car manufacturer and can now go back to work to complete their compulsory off-road trailer training. 

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

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Talitha Johnson Towing Test

Talitha Johnson Towing Test

A big well done to Talitha Johnson who passed her Towing Test Northamptonshire on her first attempt!

Talitha was really happy to pass as it means she can now tow her horse to events without needing a co-driver!

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

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Charlie Hollies-Everett Towing Test

Charlie Hollies-Everett Towing Test

Congratulations to Charlie Hollies-Everett who passed his Towing Test Warwickshire on his first attempt! 

Charlie can now tow larger agricultural trailers without using his tractor!

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

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Andrew Rhodes Towing Test

Andrew Rhodes Towing Test

A big well done to Andrew Rhodes on passing his Towing Test Oxfordshire on 6th November 2019!

Andrew gave a great drive and secured an easy first time pass! 

Congratulations Andrew, from your driving instructor Ken and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

Towing Test Oxfordshire 

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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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