NDL Driver Training Norwich

Training Course Information

On the day of your Driving Test remember to bring with you:-

  • Your photo card of the new style driving licence, or an old style licence + your current valid passport.
  • Glasses or contact lenses, if you require them - you will be asked to do an eyesight test

Order of the Day

  1. Introduction to your Examiner
  2. Sign declaration of insurance cover
  3. Eyesight check.
  4. Show me/ tell me questions by Examiner
  5. The Reversing Exercise
  6. On-Road driving for approx 40-60 minutes to include independent drive and pulling up on the left
  7. Back to test centre for uncoupling and re coupling exercise(B+E, C1+E & D1+E)
  8. End of test

C1+E & Trailer Towing Laws


The law relating to Trailer Towing was changed in 1997. If you passed your car driving test before 1 January 1997, you will retain your existing entitlement to tow trailers until your licence expires. Generally, you are allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tones MAM.

Drivers who passed their car test on or after 1 January 1997 must pass an additional trailer towing test before they can tow large trailers and gain entitlement to category B+E and all larger vehicles.

We pride ourselves in providing you with high qualityB+E trailer training in Norwich and surrounding areas in Norfolk, using DVSA qualified driving instructors, giving knowledge & driving skills to help you become a successful BE licence holder.

All you need to start your Trailer Towing Training is a current category B car license.

  • If you passed your car test before 1st January 1997, you are generally entitled to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8.25 tones MAM (maximum authorised mass). MAM is the maximum permitted laden weight.
  • If you passed your test on or after 1st January 1997 (including re-tests if you have had your licence revoked), you are restricted to vehicles up to 3.5 tones MAM, towing an unbraked trailer up to 750kgs MAM or a vehicle and braked trailer MAM combination up to 3.5 tones (provided the MAM of the trailer does not exceed the unladen mass of the towing vehicle you wish to tow) If the trailer exceeds these weight limits, you will need to pass an additional driving test to gain B+E licence entitlement.

Trailer Towing for New Drivers from 19 January 2013

If you pass your test to drive cars or small vehicles up to 3,500 kilograms (kg) (category B) from 19 January 2013, you’ll be able to tow:

  • light trailers weighing no more than 750 kg
  • trailers weighing more than 750 kg, where the combined weight of the towing vehicle (car or small vehicle) and the trailer is not more than 3,500 kg

New Category BE from the 19th January 2013

If your trailer weighs over 750 kg and the combined trailer and towing vehicle weight is more than 3,500 kg, you’ll need to pass a further test. The trailer you tow must not be heavier than 3,500kg. This test will be shown on your driving licence as category BE.

Category C1E

To tow a trailer weighing more than 3,500 kg with a car or small vehicle (category B), you’ll need to pass a test for category C1E.

DSA Show me tell me questions

Safety Check Questions For The B+E Driving Test

This is often called the "Show me/Tell me" part of the test.

Show me/ Tell me

You will be asked 5 questions, which will be a combination of 'show me' and 'tell me'. A driving fault will be recorded for each incorrect answer to a maximum of four driving faults. If you answer all 5 questions incorrectly a serious fault will be recorded.

Vehicle Safety Check Questions

These are basic safety checks that a driver should carry out to ensure the vehicle is safe for use. Although you may be asked to open the bonnet to identify where fluid levels would be checked, you will not be expected to touch a hot engine or physically check fluid levels. As more and more vehicles are being equipped with electronic diagnostic systems, it will be acceptable for a candidate to refer to the vehicle information system when answering questions on fluid levels or tyre pressures.

These are an example of the type of questions you might be asked - and how to deal with them.

  • Q. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid
  • A. Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings
  • Q. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working
  • A. Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and checking functioning of all indicators
  • Q. Tell me the main safety factors involved in loading this vehicle
  • A. The load should be distributed evenly throughout the trailer. Heavy items should be loaded as low as possible so that they are mainly over the axle(s). Bulkier, lighter items should be distributed to give a suitable 'nose weight' at the towing coupling. The nose weight should never exceed the vehicle manufacturer's specification and the load should never exceed the car or the trailer weight limit
  • Q. Tell me the main safety factors involved in securing a load on this vehicle
  • A. Any load must be carried so that it does not endanger other road users. It must be securely stowed within the size and weight limits for the vehicle. The load needs to be secure so that it cannot move or fall from the vehicle when cornering or braking and the load should never exceed the car or the trailer weight limit
  • Q. Show me how you would check that your vehicle and trailer doors are secure
  • A. Physical checks should be made to ensure that windows, roof-light and all doors, including cargo doors, are properly closed
  • Q. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road
  • A. No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference
  • Q. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only)
  • A. Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary)
  • Q. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level
  • A. Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level
  • Q. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear
  • A. Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel
  • Q. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washers and wipers
  • A. Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary)
  • Q. Show me how you would set the de mister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens
  • A. Set all relevant controls including: fan, temperature, air direction/source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this
  • Q. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them. No need to exit vehicle
  • A. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary), check warning light is on. Explain use
  • Q. Show me how you would switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car
  • A. Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light
  • Q. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this vehicle. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine)
  • A. Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc., or ask someone to help
  • Q. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash
  • A. The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.
  • This is a sample of the show/me, tell me questions not all the questions.
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