Touring Caravan & Trailers Tow With Confidence

Towing a caravan or trailer can be daunting if you have never done it before, we set out some steps you can take to build confidence….

The first thing you should be aware of is that if you passed your driving test after 1997 you will probably require an additional testing for competence of part B & E.

 

Check the back of your card license and you will see the list of your valid classifications:

If you passed your driving test prior to 1997 you are probably entitled to tow most caravans or trailers by a suitable tow vehicle you are usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass)

If you passed your driving test after 1 January 1997 and have an ordinary category B (car) licence, you can:

  • Drive a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500kg towing a caravan or trailer up to 750kg MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass)
  • Tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined weight of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg

If you want to tow a caravan or trailer weighing more than 750kg, when the combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is more than 3,500kg, you will need to obtain the B+E enhanced licence by completing additional training and ‘B+E Driving Test’.

You can book a D+E Car & Trailer test via the .GOV website here: 
https://driverpracticaltest.dvsa.gov.uk/application?execution=e1s1

Whilst it is not compulsory to do a tow training course prior to taking your test, it is often the best way to build some practical skills and experience to help you prepare for and successfully pass your B+E driving test.

 

There are various ways to complete a caravan or trailer towing course, some driving schools offer these types of courses, alternatively the Caravan Club run courses in 13 locations nationwide in partnership with training college and driving centres.