Driving Licence B + E Car and Trailer Test in Preston, Lancashire


Documents required for the Car and Trailer Driving Test

Before you take your driving test you will be asked to provide the following documents to show to the driving examiner.

    • Driving Licence.

If you don not have a photo driving licence, bring a valid passport and your paper driving licence.



What happens during Car and Trailer Driving Test

The purpose of a B + E driving test is to check if you can drive safely and perform manoeuvres correctly.

You will be driving for around 50 minutes. 


There are 6 parts to the driving test:

  • An eyesight check
  • ‘Show me, Tell me’ vehicle safety questions
  • General driving ability
  • Reversing your vehicle
  • Independent driving
  • Uncoupling and recoupling the trailer

Eyesight check

  • The first part of your driving test will consist of an eyesight check.  You must be able to read a car registration plate at a distance of 20.0 meters for vehicles with a new-style number plates OR 20.5 metres with an old-style number plate.

You will fail your driving test if you fail the eyesight check. The test will end.


‘Show me, Tell me’ vehicle safety questions

You will be asked 5 vehicle safety questions know as 'show me, tell me questions'. These questions test that you know how to carry out basic safety checks.


General driving ability

You will drive in various road and traffic conditions, including motorways where possible.

The examiner will give you directions that you should follow. Driving test routes are not published, so you cannot check them before your test.

Pulling over at the side of the road

You will be asked to pull over and pull away during your test, including:

  • Normal stops at the side of the road.
  • Pulling out from behind a parked vehicle.
  • A hill start.


Reversing your vehicle

You will have to show that you can manoeuvre your car and trailer into a restricted space and stop at a certain point.

The examiner will show you a diagram of where to reverse your vehicle.


Independent driving

You will have to drive for about 10 minutes by following either:

  • A series of verbal directions.
  • Traffic signs.
  • A combination of both.

The examiner can show you a simple diagram to help you understand where you are going when following verbal directions.

You cannot use a sat nav.

If you can not see traffic signs

If you can not see a traffic sign (for example, because it is covered by trees), the examiner will give you directions until you can see the next one.

Going off the route

The examiner won’t give you a fault for taking a wrong turning. They will help you get back on the route if you do.

Forgetting the directions

You can ask the examiner to confirm the directions if you forget them. It does not matter if you do not remember every direction.


Uncoupling and recoupling the trailer

You will be asked to:

  • Uncouple your car from the trailer.
  • Park the car alongside the trailer.
  • Realign the car with the trailer and recouple them.

If you make mistakes during your test

You can carry on if you make a mistake. It might not affect your test result if it is not serious.

The examiner will only stop your test if they think your driving is a danger to other road users.

If you commit any serious or dangerous faults during your B+E driving test you will fail your test.

After the driving test the driving examiner will go through any faults you have made and will then tell you whether you have passed or failed.


Car and Trailer Driving Test Faults

There are 3 types of faults you can make:

    • a dangerous fault - this involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
    • a serious fault - something potentially dangerous
    • a driving fault - this isn’t potentially dangerous, but if you keep making the same fault, it could become a serious fault

Pass Mark

You will pass your driving test if you make:

    • no more than 15 driving faults (sometimes called ‘minors’)
    • no serious or dangerous faults (sometimes called ‘majors’)


Cost and Booking a B + E Car and Trailer Driving Test

The price of a standard driving test is :

    • £115.00 - Weekdays
    • £141.00 - Evenings or Weekends

    • You can book over the phone : 0300 200 1122  (Open Monday to Friday 8.00am till 4.00pm)
    • You will require a credit/debit card if you are booking your B+ E driving test over the phone.
    • You will need your driving licence number.

B + E Driving Test Centre Address

Freckleton Lane


Our aim is for you to learn to tow a trailer safely by training with us. We want you to pass your B+E car and trailer driving test quickly, with the minimum amount of cost for the best quality training.

Please call City Trailer Training Preston on 01772 727390 for friendly advice, or to book your trailer training course.