Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the frequently asked questions about trailer training in Essex and atrailerpass4u services. If you have a question or request please do not hesitate to call us on 01375 463497 or email us at

Q. How much training does someone need if they have never towed before?

A. Unfortunately there isn’t a straight forward answer to this one as each individual will have their own requirements and need different time to learn but generally it will depend on whether you need to take a DVSA test at the end or not, see below,

Training with test – If you need to take a B+E (Car & trailer) test you will need time in and around the test routes for that test centre. This is because each individual test centre has its own quirky junctions or roads e.g. Chelmsford has the Army & Navy Roundabout. So if you have a lot of experience towing and have good driving skills you may be able to do a 1 day (6 hour) course but if you need practice reversing trailers and have some bad habits you will need the 2 day (12 hour) course. Please remember that 1.5 hours of your course will be the test itself.

Training without a test – If you passed your driving test before January 1997 you can drive a combination of vehicle and trailer up to 8.5 tonnes, which means that you will not need to do a DVSA test and this makes the courses much cheaper and a lot less nerve racking. If you have decided that you like to tow a caravan or horse trailer you may want some tuition on to towing and especially reversing. This can be in a day with just 6 hour course and can be done over a couple of days or on a weekend if you wish.

Q. Do I need to supply a vehicle and trailer for a course?

A. No, we will supply a 4x4 vehicle and a trailer for your course and in fact would prefer to use our vehicles as we have set them up to meet the DVSA regulations and for the purposes of training.

Q. What’s involved in a trailer towing test?

A. After completing your training you will be taken to the test centre where you will need your driving licence, both parts as the examiner will want to check them before commencing your test. After checking your documents the examiner will perform a field eye test by getting you to read a number plate from 20 or 20.5 metres away. You will then be asked 5 safety check questions which driving instructors call Show/Tell questions as the examiners will ask you to either SHOW them how to check something or TELL them how you would check something.

Following the Show/Tell questions you will be asked to perform the reversing exercise on a separate area to the car park and then onto the roads where the examiner will take you around a set route and be watching for any mistakes. When you return to the test centre you will be asked to complete a uncouple and couple exercise where you must detach the trailer from the vehicle safely and then reattach it. You have now completed your test and the examiner will tell you whether you have passed or failed. If you have passed the examiner will take your driving licence and send to the licencing department of the DVSA and get it updated. You should then receive your new licence in 14 to 21 days.

Q. What am I allowed to tow after passing my car and trailer driving test?

A. You can tow with a “B” category vehicle and trailer a combination of 8.5 tonnes but please make sure when towing larger trailer and weights that your vehicle is set up to pull that size. You will find the details for what your vehicle can tow in the hand book.

Q. Do I need to take a theory test before my practical test?

A. As the trailer is considered a subcategory (+E) you do not need to do a theory test at all but it is worthwhile spending some time getting you knowledge of roads signs, markings and , as well as the general rules of the road because this will help you on your practical test.

Q. Is there a minimum age for towing a trailer?

A. No there’s no minimum age for towing a trailer but if you passed your car driving test after January 1997 you can only tow a trailer up to 750kg or a combination of car and trailer up to 3500kg but the trailer cannot weigh more than the unladen vehicle.

Q. How do I pay for a course?

A. You can pay by debit or credit card over the phone or you can pay cash into our bank account. For businesses we can supply invoices

Q. How do I book a trailer training course and test?

A. All you need to do is contact our office on 01375 463497‚Äč or email us at and we will do the rest. The DVSA trailer tests are included in the price of our trailer training courses and we will be able to give you available dates over the phone or on an email.