The Law & Advice on courses Towing a Trailer B+E Towing weights in Taunton, Bridgewater, Weston Super-mare, and Bristol Test Centres. 

Driving licenses and what you can tow for B+E car & trailer 

Licences Issued From 19 Jan 2013 

If you have a license issued from 19/01/13 you can tow a small trailer weighing no more than 750kg. You can also tow larger trailers IF the total weight of your vehicle, trailer and all their contents are less than 3,500kg. 
If you want to tow anything heavier then you will need to pass the B+E test. 

Licences Issued From 1 Jan 1997 

If you passed your car driving test between 01/01/1997 and 19/01/2013 you can tow a trailer up-to 750kg with a towing vehicle weight of 3,500kg. You can also tow heavier trailers as long as you keep the total weight of your vehicle, trailers and all their contents below 3,500kg. 
If you want to tow anything heavier then you will need to pass the B+E test. 

Licenses Held Before 1 Jan 1997 

If you passed your car driving test before 1997 you are normally allowed to tow a trailer with a combined total weight with the vehicle of 8,250kg. 
Call Rob Reed 0757 260 7889 for Courses in Taunton, Bridgewater, Weston Super-mare and Bristol. 

South West Trailer Training B+E Courses & The Law 

Matching the Trailer with the Towing Vehicle 
It is important that the vehicle you use to pull your trailer is adequate for the job required. 
Check that the engine is large enough to tow the trailer and the load. 
Check that the brakes are powerful enough to stop the vehicle and the trailer safely. 
Check that the Trailer Gross Weight does not exceed the Towing Capacity of the Towing vehicle. 
The addition of a loaded trailer to a vehicle will inevitably have a very serious effect on the vehicle's performance. Starting, particularly on hills, can be much more laboured, stopping can take longer distances, cornering and negotiating sharp bends requires extra care. 
Consider all these things very carefully when choosing and loading (and towing) your trailer. 
The paragraphs which follow, refer to the data that is relevant to your choice. See "The Law" 
The most important check is the vehicle manufacturer's recommended towing limit, which should be in vehicle manufacturer's handbook and on the VIN plate on the chassis. 
A good rule of thumb, for safety and stability, when towing a caravan, is the 85% figure recommended for caravans by the Caravan Club. This suggests that you should not tow a caravan that weighs more than 85% of the towing vehicle's kerb weight. (as long as 85% does not exceed the vehicle manufacturer's recommended towing limit.) The kerb weight is defined as the weight of the vehicle plus a full tank of petrol and 75kg for the driver and luggage. 
Police Forces use the manufacturer's recommended towing limit as their guide. Under no circumstances should the vehicle's gross train weight be exceeded. You should also refer to limitations on overall length, details can be found in this guide that deal with trailer dimensions. 
Trailer Checks before each journey 
The trailer operator or the driver of the towing vehicle, if different, has the responsibility for the safe operation of the trailer and needs to carry out the following checks: 
If the trailer is laden is the load correctly distributed i.e. Not too much or too little nose weight? 
Is the load within the trailer's official payload? - i.e. Not overloaded. 
Is the actual gross weight being towed within the towing vehicle manufacturer's recommended maximum towing limit (whether braked or unbraked.)? 
Is the load correctly secured? 
Are all the lights undamaged and working correctly? 
Are the 7 core cable and plug undamaged? 
Is the correct number plate fitted? (both registration number and style) 
Is the breakaway cable or secondary coupling undamaged and correctly connected, to a suitable point on the tow bar or towing vehicle? 
Are the tyre pressures correct and all tyres free from cuts, bulges and with adequate tread, (including the spare)? Tyres must have a continuous tread depth of at least 1.60 mm on cars, light vans and trailers, across the centre three-quarters of the width (1mm for other vehicles) 
Are you satisfied that the wheel nuts/bolts are tightened to the correct torque? 
If required are the mudguards in satisfactory condition and secure? 
Is the trailer correctly coupled to the tow-ball or pin? 
Is the coupling height correct? I.e. Not excessively nose down or nose up. 

Follow the golden rules of towing: 

Make sure the trailer is level when coupled to the towing vehicle 
Make sure the nose weight is between 50 and 100kg (unless trailer is very light.) 
Make sure the tyre pressures are correct. 
Are the jockey wheel and any corner steadies or prop stands fully wound up and secure? 
NB. Check the correct operation of damper and brakes as soon as possible after commencement of journey. 
A minimum £1000 fine if you are found to be towing Illegally.  
The car trailer and contents will be compounded by the police and they can throw the book at you if you are not insured also giving you a possible 6-8 points on your driving licence. 
DVSA are getting really tight on trailer towing weights etc. 
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