So you’ve worked out that you need to take the DSA Car and Trailer Test and booked your Trailer Training Course.
Now all you need to do is find out about the test that awaits you. The DSA Car and Trailer Test is designed for you to prove to the examiner that you have the skills required to tow a Trailer or Caravan safely. It will last approximately 1 hour and will contain a number of set exercises including a demonstration of your reversing skills.
Below is a summary of the DSA Car and Trailer Test taken from the Direct.Gov website.
How to book and manage your test
You don’t need to take a theory test as you’ll have already passed a car theory test. You can book and manage your practical test online or we can arrange your test booking for you. The test can only take place at test centres for lorries and buses, where there is a manoeuvring area.
Extra rules for the car and trailer or caravan combination
The combination of the car and trailer or caravan must be:
- a car not carrying any goods or burden
- a trailer or caravan not carrying any goods or burden, with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of at least one tonne
If you take your test with us will will provide a suitable car and trailer combination for use during your test.
Before you start the driving ability part of your test
Before you start the driving ability part of your test, you’ll have an eyesight check and be asked five vehicle safety questions.
The driving ability part of your test
The test is designed for you to prove to the examiner that you have the skills required to tow a trailer or caravan safely.
The reversing exercise
The reversing exercise will usually take place before you leave the test centre. You’ll have to show that you can manoeuvre your car and trailer in a restricted space and stop at a certain point.
Your general driving ability
During your test the examiner will give you directions which you should follow. You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions. This will include, where possible:
You will not be asked to:
- do an emergency stop
- reverse around a corner
- reverse park
- turn in the road
Independent driving section of the driving test
Your driving test will include around ten minutes of independent driving.
Uncoupling and recoupling
You’ll normally be asked to uncouple and recouple your car and trailer at the test centre at the end of the test.
The examiner will ask you to:
stop where there is safe and level ground
uncouple your car from the trailer or caravan
park the car alongside the trailer or caravan
realign the car with the trailer or caravan and recouple them
Your driving test result
When the driving test has ended the examiner will:
tell you whether you passed or not
explain how you did during the test
The different types of faults that can be marked
There are three types of faults that can be marked:
- a dangerous fault – involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
- a serious fault – could potentially be dangerous
- a driving fault – not potentially dangerous, but if you make the same fault throughout your test it could become a serious fault
The pass mark for the driving test
You can make up to 15 driving faults and still pass the test. If you make 16 or more driving faults, you won’t pass your test.
If you make one serious or dangerous fault, you won’t pass your test.
Taking another test if you don’t pass
If you don’t pass your test, you can take another after ten working days. Working days include Saturdays.
To view this information in full please visit the Direct Gov website HERE