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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.

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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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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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Emma Long Trailer Training Review

Emma Long Trailer Training 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 Towing 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

0% Finance Available

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Ian Christie Towing Test

Ian Christie Towing Test

Congratulations to Iain Christie who passed his Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 5th November 2019 on his first attempt!

Iain will be using his licence for his work at a landscaping company. Some of his colleagues have also taken their tests with us so Iain was pleased to be able to go back to work with a first time pass!

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

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Michael Rolls Towing Test

Michael Rolls Towing Test

A big well done to Michael Rolls who passed his Towing Test Oxfordshire on his first attempt!  

Michael works as a chef and can now tow around the catering trailers that his company hire out. 

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

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Steve and Hayley Barton Towing Test

Steve and Hayley Barton Towing Test

Double congratulations to Steve and Hayley Barton who both passed their Towing Test Northamptonshire on 23rd October 2019 on their first attempts!!

Steve and Hayley needed their licence so they can both tow their new caravan on holidays.

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

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Michael Banks Towing Test

Michael Banks Towing Test

Congratulations to Michael Banks who passed his Trailer Test Banbury on 28th October 2019!

Michael will now be able to help out his daughter with towing.

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

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Simon Shaw Towing Test

Simon Shaw Towing Test

A big well done to Simon Shaw who passed his B+E test on 28th October 2019 on his first attempt! 

Simon was delighted to pass as it means he can now tow his race car to events next season! 

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

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Aaron Sandhu Towing Test

Aaron Sandhu Towing Test

Congratulations to Aaron Sandhu who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 21st October 2019 with just 1 driver fault! 

Aaron will be using his licence for towing his off-road vehicle. 

Well done Aaron, from your driving instructor Ian Ackerley and all the team at NearWay Training

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Katherine Gunn BE Pass 0 Faults

Katherine Gunn BE Pass 0 Faults

Katherine Gunn from Warwickshire passed her trailer test with 0 faults on 18th October 19 – that’s no faults, the perfect drive!

Well done Katherine, that’s an outstanding result! Katherine will be using her licence to tow a horse trailer.

Congratulations, Katherine on an ace result! From your instructor Kim Loring and the team at NearWay Driver Training

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Stephen Williams Towing Test

Stephen Williams Towing Test

Well done to Stephen Williams who passed his Car and Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 11th September 2019 on his first attempt! 

Stephen wanted his licence so he can tow a caravan for family holidays. 

Congratulations Stephen from your driving instructor Neil Whyman and all the tam at NearWay Driver Training. 

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Tom Edwards Towing Test

Tom Edwards Towing Test

Congratulations to Tom Edwards who passed his Towing Test Banbury on 14th October 2019 on his first attempt! Tom hasn't got a specific reason for wanting his licence he just felt it was something that would come in handy. Well done Tom, from your driving instructor...

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Daniel Gattrell Towing Test

Daniel Gattrell Towing Test

Congratulation to Daniel Gatrell who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 15th October 2019 on his first attempt! Daniel needed his licence for his work at a luxury car manufacturer. Well done Daniel from your driving instructor Neil Whyman and all the team at...

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Adam Haseltine Towing Test

Adam Haseltine Towing Test

A big well done going to Adam Haseltine who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on his first attempt!  Adam gave a great drive on his test and received zero faults!! He can now begin shopping for a caravan for his family.  Congratulations Adam, from your driving...

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Edward Andrews Towing Test

Edward Andrews Towing Test

A big well done to Edward Andrews who passed his Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 12th October 2019 at his first attempt! 

Edward was really pleased to pass first time as he can now tow the classic cars he works on. 

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

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Lyndsay Wager Towing Test

Lyndsay Wager Towing Test

A big well done to Lyndsay Wager who passed her Car and Trailer Test Warwickshire on 4th October 2019! 

Lyndsay wanted her licence to be able to tow her daughters horse around. Lyndsay had a great test and can now go horse trailer shopping. 

Congratulations Lyndsay from your driving instructor Neil Whyman and all the team at NearWay Driver Training. 

https://www.nearway.co.uk/trailer-test/warwickshire/

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Oliver Ray Towing Test

Oliver Ray Towing Test

A massive well done to Ollie Ray who passed his Towing Test Warwickshire on 30th September 2019 on his first attempt! Ollie was really pleased to have passed his test as he no longer has to sleep in the back of his van with his motorbike at motocross events, he can now tow a caravan and stay nice and warm!

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

https://www.nearway.co.uk/trailer-test/warwickshire/

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Heather Hopkinson Trailer Test Warwickshire

Heather Hopkinson Trailer Test Warwickshire

A huge congratulations to Heather Hopkinson who passed her car and trailer test Warwickshire on 27th September 2019. Heather will be using her licence to tow her horsebox, she works as a lecturer in a college. Well done Heather, from your instructor Neil Ridding and...

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Sam Gutteridge Towing Test

Sam Gutteridge Towing Test

Towing Test Northamptonshire  Well done to Sam Gutteridge who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 2nd October 2019 on his first attempt!  Sam only received 2 driver faults throughout his test, a great result for someone who had never towed before! Sam can now...

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Rick Hughes Towing Test

Rick Hughes Towing Test

Car and Trailer Test Northamptonshire  Big congratulations to Rick Hughes who passed his Car and Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 1st October 2019 on his first attempt!! Rick had never attempted any towing before so did brilliantly to receive zero driver faults...

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Sam Wyatt Towing Test

Sam Wyatt Towing Test

Car and Trailer Test Oxfordshire Congratulations to Sam Wyatt who passed his Car and Trailer Test Oxfordshire on 27th September 2019 with only 1 driver fault! Sam's B+E licence will allow him to tow for his work providing industrial metering services.  Well done Sam,...

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Ben Baker Towing Test

Ben Baker Towing Test

Towing Test Northamptonshire  Well done to Ben Baker who passed his Towing Test Northamptonshire on 26th September 2019 on his first attempt!  Ben will be using his licence for his work with a ground working company.  Congratulations Ben, from your driving instructor...

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Matt Pells Towing Test

Matt Pells Towing Test

Car and Trailer Test Northamptonshire  Congratulations also going out to Matt Pells who passed his Car and Trailer Test Northamptonshire on 25th August 2019 on his first attempt!  Matt works for a prestige car manufacturer and needs his licence for work.  Well done...

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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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