Car & Trailer Driver Training

Car and trailer driver training will give you the licence you need to drive a vehicle (up to 3,500kg) with a trailer. Some drivers already have this provisional entitlement (BE) on their licence.

If you don’t have the provisional entitlement on your licence, we are happy to guide you through the DVLA process to obtain your provisional. We’ll then meet with you to undergo a quick assessment with our experienced instructors, who can give you an accurate price for your training.

B+E (car and trailer) Training

Somax are able to offer B+E towing training for the car and trailer test with approved DSA instructors to both companies and individuals. We have a proven track record and a high first time pass rate.

If you have passed your driving test (Category B) after 1st January 1997 (including re-tests) you must pass a practical category B+E test to tow a trailer which exceeds 750kg on a vehicle weighing over 3,500kg.

The standard B licence (car) will allow you to tow a combination (vehicle and trailer) with a Gross Train Weight (GTW) which does not exceed 3,500kg provided that the MAM (Maximum Authorised Mass) of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle.

All B+E courses include the use of our vehicle and trailer for B+E training and testing purposes.

The B+E trailer towing test is based on the LGV driving test centres in Bristol or Taunton and lasts for approximately 60 minutes.

Test content:

  • The ability to carry out safety checks on your vehicle and trailer
  • The reversing exercise
  • The drive
  • Uncoupling and recoupling

As of 23rd September 2018 all B+E tests will be conducted with a laden trailer.

In order to determine the length of practical training course required, we would recommend that you take advantage of our driving assessment. This is a 1 hour assessment after which we will advise you on what needs to be achieved and therefore how many training sessions you require.

In our experience drivers will undertake courses between 2-5 sessions depending on your experience.