So you’ve decided to go ahead and purchase a shiny new caravan or cargo trailer, but what’s the use in having one if you can’t get it from A to B? Before you can do any such thing, you will need an additional entitlement on your licence to allow you to tow legally.
It’s a common misconception that Trailer Training North Wales is not a total walk in the park, but we can assure you that, although it is challenging, the test is very passable as long as you have the right training and are prepared. The B + E Trailer Licence covers not only the towing of your new Caravan or Trailer but also Boats, Horseboxes, Car Trailers, Commercial Food Trailers and even another vehicle if it happens to break down!
Here are a few tips that will help you pass your test with ease.
Remember that there is a test involved at the end, so take your learning and your test seriously. You are of course learning new skills, so concentration is vital even though you already know how to drive. As well as a practical test there are also a series of vehicle safety questions about the car and the trailer that you will need to know such as what a breakaway cable and what its use is. Try to read as much as you can to better prepare yourself for the test ahead, so you don’t have any shocks on test day.
Be Examiner Aware
One important thing you may remember from taking your first driving test is that the examiner is always on the lookout to see if you are checking your mirrors often to look for any potential hazards from other road users. Having good all-round observations and allowing plenty of distance in front of you will ensure you pass first time. How you drive on the road now compared to how you were in your first test is probably dramatically different, so ensure that your examiner can see you know what to look out for.
Learn As Much As Possible
One tip is to make sure you learn as much as possible. This not only stands for how to perform certain actions but also what can happen. It is good to know for your peace of mind, not only for the test but in future occurrences, how your vehicle will behave in certain scenarios. For instance, knowing how your vehicle can get out of control is important as you are essentially holding double the weight of your car and trailer. It sounds like scary stuff, but if you know in advance it can help you in particularly sticky situations.
Check Your Vehicle
Make sure before arriving at the test centre that you have some important items. Make sure firstly that your towing vehicle is insured and has an up to date MOT. Your car must have L plates displayed on the front and back, including on the back of your trailer. A seat belt must be present and working for the examiner and driver. Lastly, one vital piece of equipment many drivers forget is a few extra mirrors for the examiner. When you learn through ABC Driving School we will provide this all for you ensuring you have the best Driving Instructor to make sure that when you turn up for your test you are fully equipped.
It is important to know that trailer training is essential especially if you are expecting to pass first time. Many learners who decide to turn up for their test without any training tend to fail at the first hurdle. For more information on our trailer training contact us.