Welcome to Nottinghamshire Driving School where our goal is to ensure we give you the correct training and tuition to pass your test at the first attempt.
Drivers who pass a test for Category B+E (Car and Trailer combination) will be restricted to towing a trailer not heavier than 3,500kg, and the combined MAM of the car and trailer must not be more than 7,000kg.
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This could be your first step into the transport industry or you may want to tow your caravan / trailer legally, or perhaps just boost your confidence. No matter the reason, NDS are here to help.
We also accommodate more experienced drivers who have some experience of towing a trailer / caravan but need to upgrade their licence.
The EDC (experienced driver course) covers a full morning’s training followed by a late afternoon test.
From the moment you contact us to discuss your training, right through to passing your test you will receive excellent customer service from all members of the NDS team.
All the vehicles are cleaned regularly and maintained to a high standard.
You also have the added benefit of training and testing at our DVSA Approved Customer Driving Test Centre, not on a retail park or other unauthorised sites.
B+E Trailer training has several elements involved, all of which are fail or pass. To give you the best chance of passing your trailer training you will train at our DVSA Approved Customer Site, not in a retail car-park.. All vehicles are fitted with reverse cameras to make coupling simple where you can conduct all types of manoeuvres in a relaxed, safe and controlled environment.
Our experienced B+E instructors, teach trailer towing at our fully facilitated premises on the Colwick Industrial estate in Nottingham.
We can cater for companies who need block bookings at one time. We also offer confidence training for those who have grandfather rights but are not confident taking a trailer on the road.
Our course supervisor is ex-armed forces and has experience in training, driving and towing in all types of vehicles, including armoured Land Rovers, fire engines and high powered vehicles under blue light conditions. There are no secrets or hidden extras. We believe that if customers are going to invest their hard earned money then they should know exactly what they are getting and how much it is going to cost.
Please read the recommended information below before you decide on your training.
Don’t forget we offer a 1 hour FREE consultation service where you can talk with an experienced instructor and have a look around our vehicles while you are here.
The (EDC) Experienced Driver Course covers a full morning’s training followed by a late afternoon test. We would only recommend this for someone who has a lot of experience in towing, uncoupling and reversing with a loaded trailer.
2 day training session £600.00 – We would recommend this for someone who has very small amount experience in towing or reversing, coupling and uncoupling a trailer
3 days training session £750.00 – This course is tailored to a complete novice in the art of towing or reversing, coupling and uncoupling a trailer / caravan
On the day of your test you will meet your instructor, complete a reverse manoeuvre, take a test drive, practice coupling and uncoupling and go through the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. Take your test at our DVSA Customer Approved Testing Centre.
Test fees – Weekdays £115.00 / Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays £141.00.
Who can tow a trailer, who can’t and why?
As of January 19th 2013 there are new rules for towing trailers. From this date when you pass the B+E test, the trailer you tow cannot be heavier than 3500kg. This refers to the plated weight (MAM) of the trailer, regardless of the Actual Laden Weight (ALW) when being towed.
Therefore if the trailer you tow has a Maximum Authorised Mass (plated weight) over 3500kg, you will legally require category C1+E (7.5t plus trailer) to tow this trailer with a cat B vehicle. Caravan Towing Lessons, horsebox towing lessons.
For the vast majority of B+E drivers this will not be an issue as there are no cat B vehicles we are aware of that are legal to tow over 3500kg, and the trailer, caravan or horsebox that most people use will not be plated at more than 3500kg. Regarding trailers being used is plated at more than 3500kg e.g a cattle trailer, if it is only being used behind a cat B vehicle then consideration would need to be made for it to be down-rated and a new weight plate fitted for anyone passing their B+E test after 19th January 2013.
Anyone passing the B+E test before this date will be able to tow on the current rules e.g within the manufacturer’s stated towing limits for that vehicle, there is no consideration regarding the plated weight (MAM) of the trailer provided the Actual Laden Weight (ALW) does not exceed the towing capabilities of the vehicle.
• Eye test – reading a number plate at 20 meters as per the cat B driving test
• You will have to answer approximately 5 ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ questions at the beginning of your test. NDS will give you a list of questions in a hand-out for your revision at home. Our professional instructors will also be testing you on your knowledge and will be available for any questions prior to you taking your test.
• You must be able to demonstrate that you understand the principles of reversing manoeuvres and you can complete them safely and successfully
You’ll be asked to:
Uncouple your car from the trailer
Park the car alongside the trailer
Realign the car with the trailer and re-couple them
Don’t forget your vehicle / trailer safety checks
• Because you are towing a trailer you will have to demonstrate advanced planning skills and vehicle control
• The main part of your test will be conducted on the road (approximately 50 mins) so it is important we ensure your driving is of a high standard. It is all too easy to have picked up some bad habits due to the length of time you have passed your test and we are here to ensure you get back on track
The test will be conducted at our DVSA Approved Customer Site
To find out more about booking trailer training in Nottingham, get in touch. At NDS we provide a range of training courses in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, South Yorkshire and Lincoln.
We are a DVSA Approved Customer Site. Train and test here at our approved site not on a retail carpark. Your training will take place on test routes
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