Safedrive’s Towing Familiarisation session is designed to give a practical introduction to drivers who are required to tow heavy trailers for which they have entitlement to drive but not necessarily the knowledge, skill or experience to drive them safely and efficiently.
It provides lots of practical advice and plenty of time to practice on the road. It is of particular benefit to service and construction sectors whose fleets often utilise trailers.
This could be for licence categories BE or C1E.
Objectives of the course:
- To provide advice and guidance on how to reduce the risk of accidents when towing
- Provide the optimum skill level in reversing and manoeuvring
- Demonstrate and develop a systematic approach to hazards
- Familiarisation with terms associated with the type of vehicle
- Teach aspects of the law regarding trailers
Our qualified and approved ADI instructors have years of experience providing training for towing, loading and consideration to other road users. Safedrive can offer training to give your drivers the skills and confidence to tow all types of trailer, horse box or caravan, safely on all types of road.
The session is a combination of both classroom and practical learning. This program will help drivers know what to do before & while towing a trailer, and how to think in ways that promote cautious behaviour.
The following skills are demonstrated:
- How to check that the trailer & vehicle are a safe and legal combination
- How to prepare the ‘trailer’ for a journey
- Coupling and uncoupling procedures
- How to secure a load with considering to weight distribution
- How to conduct a mid-journey safety check
- Driving techniques to optimise safety, including driving with a trailer on road in real traffic conditions
- How to reverse a trailer
Training Ratio and Duration
The training ratio for this course is 1 participant to 1 Safedrive Assessor. The trainee / company are required to provide a suitable vehicle in a roadworthy condition and fully insured. This course is a half-day practical course, 3 – 3½ hours duration.