The Importance of Professional Trailer Towing Courses

The recent changes in the laws surrounding trailer towing that came into effect on December 16th, 2021, have put a greater emphasis on ensuring drivers are equipped with the knowledge and skills to tow safely. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, towing a trailer presents a range of risks that need to be considered, making a professional trailer towing course a must for anyone who plans to hit the roads with a trailer in tow.

On-Road Trailer Towing

For those looking to tow a trailer on the road, our on-road trailer towing course is designed to provide drivers with the essential knowledge to keep themselves and other road users safe. The course covers everything from understanding trailer weight and maximum authorised mass (MAM) to the proper techniques for coupling and uncoupling. With a focus on the hazards posed by urban and rural roads alike, drivers will learn about trailer checks, safety, loading and security, as well as reversing and reverse corning in built-up areas, stability and snaking problems, clearance issues, and awareness of their surroundings.

Off-Road Trailer Towing

When it comes to off-road trailer towing, the risks are even greater, which is why a comprehensive understanding of the safety requirements is so important. Our off-road trailer towing course covers everything from understanding trailer weight and MAM to the dangers of bogging an unpowered trailer. With a focus on the unique hazards posed by off-road towing, drivers will learn about trailer checks, safety, loading and security, as well as coupling and uncoupling, reversing and reverse corning on off-road terrain, and stability and snaking problems.

FAQs

With the recent changes in trailer towing laws, many drivers are left with questions. Can I tow a trailer? Yes, all licence holders are now able to tow a trailer, horsebox, or caravan without having to take an additional test. However, the rules vary based on when the driver obtained their licence. For those who got their licence before January 1st, 1997, they are allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer with a combined weight of up to 8250kg MAM. For those who obtained their licence after January 1st, 1997, they are able to tow a trailer that weighs up to 3500kg MAM. The DVLA will automatically update driving licences to include the BE category, which allows drivers to tow trailers.

MAM refers to the weight of a vehicle or trailer, including the maximum load that can be carried safely on the road. This can also be referred to as Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW). The MAM can be found in the vehicle’s owner manual and is calculated by combining the weight of the vehicle, trailer, and maximum load.

The recent changes in the laws surrounding trailer towing have made it easier for individuals and commercial drivers to get on the road with a trailer in tow. However, in order to ensure safe and responsible trailer use, it’s essential to take a professional trailer towing course. With a wide range of topics covered, from trailer weight and MAM to trailer loading and security, these courses provide drivers with the necessary skills and knowledge to tow trailers safely and responsibly.

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