Welcome to Rob Reed South West Towing Courses  South West Towing Courses covering Taunton, Bridgewater, Weston Super-mare, Bristol, Bath and surrounding area's.  

B+E Car and Trailer Towing Tuition and Tests Courses in Taunton, Bridgewater, Weston Super-mare, Bristol & Bath. 
Rob Reed works with businesses and the public to help them pass their B+E towing test, the aim of our courses are to have you pass your B+E car and trailer test enabling you to tow a 3.5 ton trailer legally. All courses with Rob Reed are held in a quiet area allowing you to learn and practice without feeling pressurised. 
 
Here at South West Towing Courses we will provide you with the help you require for you whatever your experience in towing a trailer, whether you have had very little experience in towing a trailer, or none at all. Maybe you are just looking to to brush up on your skills and practice towing a caravan, trailer, horsebox or maybe even a boat. 
With our excellent pass rate you can be confident that if you take a course with us and put the effort in you will pass first time. You are always guaranteed in receiving your B+E test at the end of your training with us, as our goal is to have you pass your trailer test, first time, as soon as possible. 
 
You will begin your training course at the start of the weekend allowing you to take your test on the Monday or Friday at one of our Exeter, Taunton or Bristol Driver Vehicle Standards Approved Test Centres. 

The Law on Car and Trailer Towing B+E in the UK 

If you passed your car test before 1 January 1997 you will normally keep your existing entitlements to drive a vehicle with a trailer, with a combined weight of 8.25 tonnes (showing on your licence as B+E) until your licence runs out at age 70. You are also entitled to drive a minibus with a trailer weighing more than 750kg. If you want to keep these entitlements after age 70 you will need to submit an application for lorry, bus or minibus driving licence (D2) with a ‘Medical Examination Report’ (D4) filled in and signed by an optometrist/ optician and a doctor, and meet the higher medical standards required of bus and lorry drivers. 
 
If you have subcategory C1E (107) on your driving licence and wish to drive a vehicle and trailer with a combined weight of up to 12 tonnes you can apply for provisional subcategory C1+E in order to take the test. You do not need to get subcategory C1 first, but you have to meet higher medical standards and pass both the category C theory test and the subcategory C1+E practical test. 
 
Did you know that if you drive whilst towing anything such as a horsebox, car trailer or caravan you could be fined as much as a £1000 complete with up to 6 penalty points if you are caught driving whilst towing illegally. 

What are the Fines for Towing with No Insurance or incorrect licence 

Young drivers could face a £1000 fine and 6 Penalty Points. 
 
Tighter restrictions were imposed after January 1997 and this means that you could be unwittingly towing illegally. Drivers who passed their test after January 1st 1997 have a B licence which imposes tighter restrictions than the B+E licence which was previously issued. Figures from the DVLA show that more than five million drivers have passed their test since the beginning of 1997. Of those, just 1.2 per cent have passed a further test to upgrade to a B+E licence. Without passing the B+E test, B licence holders are limited to towing a combined Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) of car and trailer of 4.25 tonnes if the trailer has a MAM of 750kg or less, or a total of 3.5 tonnes if the trailer's MAM is more than 750kg. In practice, this means a younger driver towing a family caravan behind a mid-sized 4x4 may well be breaking the law. To read more on this story to see if you are affected visit this webpage https://www.gov.uk/towing-with.... Of course its not just towing a caravan, there are many young drivers out there that tow horse boxes or perhaps a motor-sport car on a trailer. 
 
It will be a lot Cheaper to take the B+E Trailer Course and Test than getting fined. Call Rob Reed on 07572607889. 
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Nose-weight on the Hitch 

In my experience every car / caravan combination is slightly different and I have found that I have to try different loading arrangements until I find the one that provides the best balance of ride comfort in the car and stability for the caravan. My current caravan has a MTPLM of 1433Kg, which suggests a nose-weight of between 72Kg and 100Kg (which is OK because the car can take 100Kg nose-weight) but I've found that the ride comfort in the car is best at around 75Kg nose-weight whilst at the same time the caravan seems to be perfectly stable. 
 
 
 

Trailer Safety checklist 

Towing trailers can be more likely to result in serious or fatal road accidents. The Transport Research Laboratory (2011) Safety accidents in the five year period 2005-2009. They identified a total of 4,173 reported accidents involving at least one car or light goods vehicle towing, representing 0.5% of the overall reported accidents. Of these accidents, 100 were fatal (2.4%), 671 were serious (16.1%) and 3,402 were slight (81.5%). The corresponding percentages for all cars/ vans are about 1% fatal, 11% serious and 88% slight, so there is some evidence that towing trailers can be more likely to result in serious or fatal road accidents.” 
 
If used for work then a trailer will fall under the usual requirements of PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations) to provide safe equipment and the need to carry out routine checks. In addition The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 specify the need for maintenance and use of vehicles so as not to be a danger to any person in or on the vehicle or trailer or on a road. 
Good to Go Safety enables a tag to be attached to a trailer and serves as a reminder to carry out pre-use checks before taking to the road. The trailer checklist allows a run through of critical component checks including chassis, brakes, lighting, wheels etc as well as the load itself. The tag can be attached using cable ties, close to the hitch point for maximum visibility and will advise users when the trailer is “Good to Go”. A tamper evident seal will help ensure the checklist remains in place until the next inspection is due. A duplicate copy of each completed checklist provides documented evidence of a safe equipment management system (SEMS) and could prove indispensable in the event of an accident. 
 
“In Sweden trailers must be registered and pass a regular road worthiness test. In 2010 they tested 236,876 light trailers (up to 3.5 tons). Only 62%t passed the test. Of the 38% that failed, 24% had severe defects, the most common in the braking system”. The UK does not currently include a similar testing process and as such self-regulation should be given serious consideration to ensure all trailers are Good to Go. 
Remember cars have mots why not trailers 
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