The DSA car and trailer ( B+E ) test.


The DSA car and trailer test is designed to check that you can safely tow a trailer behind a car or van.

Unlike when you first learn to drive a car there is no theory test, just a practical which is based on the Large Goods Vehicle practical driving test and lasts for approximately one hour. During the test you will be asked to:

Just like in a driving test you can commit up to 15 'driver errors' (which are also known as minors) and no 'serious' or 'dangerous' faults (Also known as majors). A major error is deemed as anything that causes you to lose control of the car or cause other road users to slow, swerve or stop in order to avoid you.

On your road drive make sure you:

  • check mirrors before moving off or stopping, changing gear and when moving round parked vehicles or obstacles,
  • position the vehicle and trailer correctly as you drive along,
  • keep to the speed limit,
  • maintain control of the vehicle when doing hill starts,

It can be very tempting to get a car and trailer and have a go at the test yourself, but bear in mind that it is still a driving test and that you may find that the odd bad habit creeps in (crossing hands when turning and driving with one hand both spring to mind) and a 2 or 3 days training can save you failing the test (and a lot of embarassement). If you would like to take your own car you can find out the requirements here.


To book your test call us on 0800 118 5038 now or click here to contact us.