Go Driving News
Sep 10, 2017
Towing Course Trainer Vacancy
We have a need for an extra full time trainer - based in Bradford / Keighley.
The successful candidate will run trailer courses from several locations in and around Yorkshire on a daily basis.
Full training is given and we will provide a vehicle and trailer to use each day.
For more information please email chris @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr 14, 2014
Follow the link below for information from the Highways Agency about towing , including a video that will show you just how badly it can go wrong !!
Oct 18, 2013
changes to the trailer test
Further to my previous articles regarding the revised trailer test rules here is a brief Q&A covering some of the most common things people have asked to date :-
Q - What exactly is changing ?
A- From 15/11/13 ALL Trailers used for the B+E Car and Trailer Test Must carry a load of a min 600kgs and this must be secured properly
Q - How does this affect the test itself ?
A- The individual tasks you will be asked to carry out will not change...however as a result of the extra weight they will become more demanding. For example driving with the extra weight will demand a huge amount of increased anticipation and planning given the extra time needed to stop the vehicle.
Q - Will I get any help if I am struggling to "handle" the trailer when coupling and re-coupling ?
A- Unfortunately not, the DSA's position on this remains the same as now - no help can be given.
Q- What are go! driving doing to help candidates cope with the changes ?
A- We have added a 1.5 day course to the list of training. Even those with towing experience may now need this extra time to make sure they are comfortable with the extra weight and to allow more practise time with things like the coupling exercise as this will now have to be delivered to a perfect standard given the extra dangers involved with a weighted trailer.
Q - Has the cost of the courses increased ?
A- Yes, quite simply this change will bring a substantial increase in fuel and vehicle maintenance bills. We have been trialling the extra load for a week now and our fuel costs alone have increased from 25p per mile to 35p, never mind the extra brake pads, discs and clutches we will use.
Q - How can I avoid these changes ?
A- We have a handful of training days remaining prior to 15/11 and we will charge the old prices for these days...but be quick as there literally are only 4/5 days left available to book.
If you have any questions not covered above please get in touch with our head trainer - Chris 07990 761177
Sep 26, 2013
Trailer Requirements for Test from 15 Nov 2013
Further to the announcement earlier this year all Trailers used for the B+E Driving Test must be laden to include 600kg of weight, (This is in addition to the weight of the trailer itself) I can now confirm that the start date for this will be 15th Nov 2013.
This will no doubt have a major impact on
- The training (using a loaded trailer rather than an empty one)
- Fuel economy
- Size of vehicle needed for training purposes
- Wear and tear on vehicles and trailers
At the moment we are considering our costs etc and intend to review our prices on Dec 1st once we know exactly what impact the loading of the trailer will make.
Dec 18, 2012
Employer fines for failure to ensure staff have trailer licence
It's little known that Employer's also face possible fines if their staff are prosecuted for towing without the correct B + E driving licence whilst on company business
The fines are up to £1000 per employee
Can your business afford not to get your staff trained and properly qualified ???
Dec 13, 2012
can you tow a trailer legally
Can you tow a trailer legally ?
• If you passed your car test before January 1st 1997
You are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up
to 8.25 tonnes MAM (maximum authorised mass). MAM is the maximum
permitted laden weight.
• If you passed your car test after 1st January 1997
You are restricted to vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes MAM towing a trailer up
to 750 kgs MAM, or a vehicle trailer combination up to 3.5 tonnes MAM
providing the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the
towing vehicle. If you wish to tow a trailer that exceeds these weight
limits, you will need to pass an additional driving test to gain B+E
If the Gross
Weight (Not the Kerb Weight) of your vehicle and Caravan weigh over
3500kgs then you will need a B+E licence entitlement too.
Consider this example - Land Rover Freelander has a max gross weight of 2600kgs + Caravan 1400kgs = 4000 kgs
Your Vehicle V5 Doc will show its Max Gross Weight which is the total
weight the vehicle should carry , including its own kerb weight
Gross Trailer Weight
This is the
max weight a trailer is permitted to carry , including its own weight.
So if you have a trailer that weighs 700kg but has a Gross Max Weight of
2500kg then the latter is classed as its real weight for legal towing
Gross MAM of your Vehicle & Trailer = Max Gross Vehicle Weight + Max Gross Trailer Weight
The possible Penalties for Towing Without a Valid Licence
- 9 Penalty Points (3 For the missing Licence entitlement
and 6 for no Insurance - owing to fact you are driving without a
- A Maximum fine of approx £5000
- Possible impounding of your vehicle and trailer
Is it worth the risk ?
Even if you believe you are entitled to tow legally our
advice is to get some “trailer training” if you have little or no
experience before you consider towing anything. Our “introduction to
towing” courses are informative and enjoyable. It will give you the
chance to gain some basic skills that you can demonstrate when using
your own trailer without the fear of looking stupid.
The B+E car and trailer driving test
- The car and trailer test lasts for approximately 1 hour
30 mins and is based on a mixture between the standard car driving test
and the LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) test.
- The test comprises elements at the test centre and on the public road:
- Ability to undertake safety checks on your vehicle and trailer
- A reversing exercise
- A 60 minute road drive, demonstrating advanced observation, use of speed and management of space to a very high standard.
- An Independent Drive (10 mins as part of the 60 min on-road drive)
- Unhitching and re-coupling
- Without proper training, many people fail the B+E test on
the standard of their road driving, so all trainers are DSA Approved
Driving Instructors . You will find us friendly and professional, we are
also extremely patient and believe that learning should be fun.
of your previous towing experience, we will prepare you not just for
the test (if you need to take it) but to tow with skill, confidence and
- Reversing exercise training usually takes place on private ground.
courses are available midweek or weekend. Lasting a full day, this is
normally sufficient time to prepare people for B+E test success and
- Training is usually provided on a 1:1 basis, though you
are welcome to share courses with a friend or colleague when
appropriate. Discounts are offered for this.
training is conducted using our vehicle and trailer , although you are
welcome to use your own vehicle and / or trailer if you prefer. We
allow a 10% discount from any of our courses if you use your
May 30, 2012
London Driving Lessons
Did you know that our first 4 hours for £50 is available in London ??
Very few driving schools in the capital offer anything like this.... Book online today and speak to your new instructor within 24 hours
Mar 14, 2012
B+E Trailer Course Test Pass Roll of Honour 2012
All our successful Trailer Test candidates are now being listed in our 2012 Roll of Honour. Take a look at the foot of our Trailer Training page at the amazing number of passes already this year.
Mar 8, 2012
Trailer Training Webpage problem
We are currently experiencing a few issues with the Trailer webpage.
If you follow the link below you will be taken to the page in our "driving school" areas section where the page content and prices etc are shown correctly.
Click here to see our driving school directory then press B+E Trailer Training
Mar 1, 2012
Changes to the B+E Trailer Test
The DSA have announced that w.e.f 26th March 2012 the B+E Trailer Test will have a revised Reversing Exercise.
If you have a course booked with ourselves on or after the 26th match please be assured that we are fully aware of the changes and will alter your course to include the new exercise.
Any questions please contact our trainer by following the link at the top of the page to our trailer training site.