Caravanning in the UK has been and still is, very popular. Many people purchase a caravan with thoughts of travelling the country far and wide without knowing that to tow a caravan you may very well need to have an additional entitlement on your driving license.
You will need to complete a test if you passed your initial driving test on or after 1st January 1997.
Driver Training Centre based in Hastings, East Sussex offers caravan towing courses for all categories of vehicles, Horse-box Owners, Cargo Trailers and of course caravans. We are proud of our pass rates which are well above the national average.
Caravans fall within a certain weight class so therefore if you pass your caravan towing test then you will be entitled to tow cargo trailers and horse-boxes as long as they are not over the allowed weight limits.
Understanding How the Categories Are Determined
People undertaking the caravan towing course are usually after a B+E License, It is all about the weight of the tow.
This license entitles a driver who earned the entitlement on or after the 19th January 2013 to use vehicles and trailers up to a total weight of 3,500kg. Anyone who obtained their licence earlier than that date can tow heavier weights, these are based on maximum authorised mass (MAM)
MAM is the total amount of weight when combining a trailer with all of its cargo. See more information here under section Category BE for a better understanding of allowed towing weights.
Car Trailer Test – How to Get a Caravan Towing License
So unless you passed your test before 1st January 1997 you need to complete the UK car and trailer test in order to get your B+E entitlement. The test takes approx 90 minutes and has three components.
You will be tested on a closed course at a testing area.
You are taken out on the road by your examiner for approx. 1 hour of real driving.
Vehicle Safety Questions
You will be asked a series of vehicle safety-related questions that require verbal, and physical demonstrations.
As you would expect your examiner will be watching and listening closely and recording any faults you may make during your test. Our caravan courses are designed to make sure you receive the training and give you the confidence to successfully pass your test.