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Trailer Training & Towing Training Courses

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Trailer Towing Training Courses for Sussex & Kent

We offer B+E, C1+E, D1+E and Caravan Towing Courses

Licences issued from 1 January 1997

If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 you can:

  • drive a car or van up to 3,500kg maximum authorised mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg.
  • tow a trailer over 750kg as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg

If you want to tow a trailer which exceeds these limits, you will be required to pass category B+E Trailer Towing Test.

The test is not just about reversing, it is similar to your car driving test but with a trailer attached, lasting approximately 1 hour to include 15 minutes of independent driving.

  • Cars or Vans B+E
  • Light Goods Vehicles C1+E
  • Minibuses D1+E

Trailer Licence Course Information
Cars, Vans & Pickups

Woman passing trailer testB+E Trailer Licence Course Information

Car Licences obtained after January 1997 have NO ACQUIRED RIGHTS and will be

Car Licences obtained after January 1997 have NO ACQUIRED RIGHTS and will be restricted to 4.25 tonnes maximum authorised mass, vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes with a trailer of 750kgs.

From January 2013 new licences are further restricted to 3.5 tonnes maximum weight including the trailer of 750kgs.

You will need to pass the B+E towing test if you need to tow a trailer which exceeds these limits

Man passing trailer testLight Goods Vehicles and Trailers C1+E

You can tow a trailer up to 750kgs with this vehicle, depending what drivers licence you hold and when you first passed the driving test?

If you hold acquired rights on car licences issued before 1997 and want to tow larger trailers you will need to take a further test for this.

You can now check your driver’s licence categories online, and you will NOT need to take any theory tests!

With previous experience you should be at an acceptable standard already and require a minimum of training to be ready for the DVSA test.

With previous experience you should be at an acceptable standard already and require a minimum of training to be ready for the DVSA test, sessions start from 4 hours and can be added to if required.

TrailerMinibuses and Trailers D1+E

You can tow a trailer up to 750kgs with this vehicle, depending what drivers licence you hold and when you first passed the driving test?

If you hold acquired rights on car licences issued before 1997 and want to tow larger trailers you will need to take a further test for this.

You can now check your driver’s licence categories online, and you will NOT need to take any theory tests!

With previous experience you should be at an acceptable standard already and require a minimum of training to be ready for the DVSA test.

CaravanCaravan Towing Training

These courses are for car drivers who would like to update their skills or have some refresher training.

Reversing any trailer correctly and with ease is an acquired skill and like most things practice makes perfect.

Our comprehensive training sessions will give you the confidence you always wanted but were too embarrassed to ask for help.

Our instructors will guide you from the basics to be able to reverse competently, safely and without the fear of ‘somebody’ watching for your mistakes!

Training sessions are 4 hours duration and are available for your personal requirements. On road driving assessments are conducted as well as reversing on our on site practice/manoeuvring area, please contact customer services for further details.

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Qualification Guide
Click below to view the steps to getting your Trailer Licence
Arrange training with DTC.
Driving licences will have provisional entitlement already, B+E
No theory tests required
Check tow bar and electrics are working correctly.
Spare oblong number plate required for trailer
DVSA test is arranged for you

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35 hours of Periodic Training is now required by all LGV & PCV drivers every five years to continue driving professionally.

Can I Tow a Trailer?

This all depends on when you passed your driving test and also the weight of your vehicle and the trailer / caravan being towed.

If you passed your driving test before 1st January 1997 you can drive a vehicle up to 3,500kg and tow normal caravans and trailers as the towing entitlement was included when you took your test.  However the trailer being towed must be within the towing limit of the towing vehicle.

If you passed your test on or after 1st January 1997 things get more complex as the test only covered category B which means you can drive the following under a normal car licence but must pass an additional test to gain a B+E licence.

  1. Drive a vehicle up to 3,500kg ( Maximum Authorised Mass )
  2. Tow trailers more than 750kg if the combined weight of trailer and car is less than 3,500kg
  3. Tow a trailer up to 750kg

If you passed your Cat B+E on or after the 19th January 2013
If you passed your B+E test on or after this date you will have to take a further test for category C1+E which covers medium-sized goods vehicles with trailers.

Can I Tow a Caravan?

Your entitlement to tow a caravan varies and depends on when you passed your test, see the above regulations.

How Long Does Training Take

The test is not just about reversing, it is similar to your car driving test but with a trailer attached.

An average course is usually one 4 hour session that offers general driving and reversing skills brush up. Your training and test is carried out in your own vehicle as this reduces the time taken getting used to a different vehicle and enables you to demonstrate previously acquired driving skills. We supply trailers and ancillary equipment required.

Trailer Training & Towing Courses

We offer trailer training & caravan towing courses for all drivers across Sussex & Kent to assist you in gaining your trailer licence. Our pass rates exceed the national average. We also offer Towing Training Courses for other categories including C1+E, D1+E.

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Why Choose Us For Your Driver Training?

Modern Fleet of Vehicles

Our modern fleet of vehicles are regularly maintained, comfortable, easy to drive, and make licence acquisition a pleasure.

Quality Tuition

Our fully qualified Instructors will ensure you receive quality tuition for all categories of training.

Ideally Situated

Driver Training Centre is situated next door to the DVSA driving test centre at Hastings and provides easy access for any tests.Driver Training Centre has the resources and experience to deliver our customers requirements.