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What does the DVSA B+E Trailer test involve?

The examiner will check your driving licence and sign the dsa form:

The eyesight check

You’ll have to read a number plate from a distance of:

20 metres for vehicles with a new-style number plate

20.5 metres for vehicles with an old-style number plate

Vehicle safety questions: ‘show me, tell me’

You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions. These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

The examiner will ask you ‘show me’ questions, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check.

You’ll also be asked ‘tell me’ questions, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check.

Reversing exercise

You’ll have to show that you can manoeuvre your car and trailer in a restricted space and stop at a certain point, remembering the three key elements, observation, control, and accuracy. (See reverse training video page)

Driving ability

You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions. If possible, these should include:


one-way systems


You’ll also be asked to do around 10 minutes of independent driving.

Uphill start

Downhill start

Moving off at an angle

Crossing and encountering other road users

Uncoupling and re-coupling

During the test, you’ll be asked to uncouple and couple your car and trailer.

End of test.