Trailer Towing Test Information
As of December 2021, anyone with a full car licence (Category B) can tow trailers/caravans without completing an additional test. You can visit the Gov website for detailed information on weight restrictions/rules.
Towing Solutions are committed to safe towing on the roads. If you would still like some training whether that be for business or leisure, we have courses below that will be right for your towing needs.
Trailer Safety & Awareness Course
Aimed at businesses that feel their staff would find it beneficial to undergo health and safety towing training. Our Trailer Safety & Awareness course is certificated by the NTTA and designed to help you feel competent and safe when using trailers. A full day course covers pre-towing inspection routine, reversing, coupling/uncoupling up and on-road towing training. For further information or to book click here.
Caravan Towing Course
Whether you are new to caravanning and would like to gain some confidence and experience before taking the plunge or simply want a refresher, then we can help. 4 hour course for 1 person or 5 hour course for 2 people, content includes information on the towing law, caravan loading, hitching up, reversing and driving on motorways and country lanes. For more details or to book click here.
What Can I Tow?
You can tow trailers up to a certain weight with your car driving licence. The weight you’re allowed to tow depends on when you got your licence. You’ll need to know the weight of both the vehicle and trailer - also known as the ‘maximum authorised mass’ (MAM). The MAM is listed in the owner’s manual and is normally shown on a vin plate or sticker fitted to the vehicle or trailer.
If you got your licence before 1 January 1997
You can usually drive a vehicle and trailer with a combined weight of up to 8,250kg MAM.
You’re also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.
If you got your licence from 1 January 1997
You can tow a trailer that weighs up to 3,500kg MAM.
To see what you can tow check your VIN plate, this can be found on either the passenger/driver’s door, under the bonnet or is mentioned in your vehicle manual.
It will look like this;
To calculate your towing capacity, you will need;
- Maximum weight of the vehicle (Fully loaded)
- Maximum weight of your trailer (Fully loaded)
- Maximum towing capacity of the vehicle
Max tow capacity 4200KG – vehicle weight 2505KG = maximum trailer weight you can tow with.