Staycation caravan holiday this summer, are you legal B+E?
Stay legal on your Caravan Staycation holiday this summer
Dulson Training offer Driver, Warehouse and Workplace training solutions for you or your company.
With the Covid pandemic hopefully reaching a stage that we can all start returning to some normality. Seeing friends, family and socialising. Holidays in the UK are on the up and what better way than taking the family away in the caravan. Did you know you need to have a category B+E on your driving licence to tow most caravans.
If your caravan exceeds 750kg and you passed your car test after 1st January 1997 you may have to pass a DVSA driving test to add category B+E to your driving licence. You need to have a UK driving licence and be 17 years or older. The test is also known as trailer training or a car and large trailer test.
If you passed your car test before 1st January 1997 you should already have category B+E on acquired rights, also known as grandfather rights or the old style licence. If you already have category B+E you will not need to pass the DVSA test to tow your caravan.
Category B+E will allow you to drive any car, van or 4x4 that weighs up to 3500kg and tow a trailer or caravan up to 3500kg. A combined weight of 7000kg. All weights are the Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) and not the unladen weight. If your caravan weighs 1500kg empty and is allowed to carry 500kg the MAM will be 2000kg.
If you already have the correct licence to tow you may want to do some caravan handling and reversing training in your vehicle or ours. This will improve your skill, knowledge and confidence when towing and reversing your caravan. The training will include general driving, reversing, loading and pre-use caravan safety checks. There is no test, this is simply confidence training to improve road safety.
If you need to pass the DVSA test we can arrange a free driving assessment to determine how many lessons you may need. We supply the vehicle and trailer and arrange your DVSA test as part of the intensive training course. With training and test centres in Shrewsbury, Telford and Wrexham we are ideally situated for drivers in Shropshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Wales and the West Midlands. The one to one training with our professional and friendly instructors produces excellent pass rates more than double of the national average.
The training can be booked hourly until you are test ready or a more popular option is to book an intensive course and test combined. We have hundreds of tests pre booked at our private test sites and can provide course dates quickly on weekdays and weekends.
Our most popular intensive courses including the 90 minute DVSA test are; 1 day, suitable for experienced and confident drivers. 2 days, suitable for most drivers or 3 days, suitable for novices with no towing experience. Our courses offer exceptional value and we have a range of payment options including low rate finance.
We will prepare you to pass the test by covering all of the test criteria including safety questions, hitching, reversing and 60 minutes of on road driving with the external DVSA examiner. The test is similar to an extended car test. You will prepare for the test with us by practicing the manoeuvres at the test site where you will be doing the test and driving on the test routes. We provide new, easy to drive and reverse cars and box trailers with reversing cameras to help you with hitching the trailer on the test.
Before your take your caravan out this summer for a staycation or into Europe make sure you are safe and legal. if you do not have the correct licence you could receive a fine of £1000, points on your licence and invalidate your insurance.
If you would like to book a free driving assessment or discuss the course in more detail please contact us on 01952 770659 or visit www.dulsontraining.co.uk