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Today’s blog is about trailer test tips so that you can pass your trailer test the first time.
Remember the trailer test is a driving test. It will impact your driving licence and what you can and cannot do.
To pass the towing test the first time, whether you are towing a caravan or a trailer, here are some tips to help.
Tips for Trailer Towing Tests: Car and caravan or trailer.
- Most importantly, you need to take the test seriously.
Remember there is an actual driving test involved and you will be required to demonstrate new skills.
The towing vehicle you use for your test must be capable and legally able to tow your trailer. That might sound obvious but the number of times we see people fail on this alone is crazy.
- Don’t underestimate the theory test. You will be asked specific vehicle safety questions about the car and trailer, which you must know. Items like breakaway cable, which are for safety have to be known. So try and read up as much as you can about the test, so you know what to expect.
- Make sure your driving abilities match exactly what the examiner is looking for. No doubt you will have been driving for a while and so bad habits may have crept in.
You will need to demonstrate good forward planning and show that you are aware of all potential hazards around you.
- Just like in your original driving test, the examiner is also looking to see that you check your mirrors often and at the appropriate times.
- Demonstrate that you are aware of other road users at all times.
- Good all round observations will show the examiner that you are concentrating at all times and aware of all hazards.
- Give yourself plenty of distance between you and the vehicle in front, even in slow-moving traffic.
- The weight of the trailer will make a big difference in how you drive and how your vehicle will behave.
- When you arrive for the driving test the towing car itself needs to meet the requirements. Firstly it needs to have a current MOT and be insured. The car has to display L-plates on the front and on the back of the trailer. A seat belt must be present and working for both the examiner and the driver. The one piece of equipment everyone seems to forget is the extra mirrors for the examiner. You can find out more here.
Video trailer towing test tips: Reversing Manoeuvre.
In this video, we show the reversing manoeuvre, with the car and trailer safely under control.
There’s no time limit on this driving test reverse, and you do have two attempts if you need them.
So the trick here is to slow down and take your time. You don’t get any extra points for getting in done quickly. Whilst you are reversing, make sure you use plenty of all-around observations. Keep the speed of the vehicle and trailer low using the clutch and brake.
To complete this part of the reversing manoeuvre satisfactorily, you need to know how to control the towing vehicle in the opposite direction safely. Call us today on 07818 408336 or 07984 493798.
Trailer Test tips: Learn from the Pros.
If you book a course with us, we can assess exactly what training you need. We know exactly what the examiners expect and what they are looking for.
So give us a call today on 07818 408336 or 07984 493798.
On this website, some parents discuss the benefits of using professional training to get you through your test.
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On our day courses, which we call a silver course you can learn all about how to control a towing vehicle.
We will provide you with lots of useful tips to ensure you pass your driving test first time. We will also supply you with PDF handouts that will help you learn the theory quickly and with the minimum of fuss.
So if you want to improve your chances of passing the first time, book a course with us and benefit from our expertise. Call today on 07818 408336 or 07984 493798 to find out the trailer test tips.