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Old 27 September 2013, 11:55   #1
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B+E Driving Test - your thoughts

Today i have just taken and passed my B+E driving test, which of course means i can now tow my rib legally on the road. I have my own opinions on this, mainly resenting the fact that ive just spent over 700 to allow me to do what my mother is already allowed to do! Has anyone on here done it / thinking about doing it, and if so what do you think about it?
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Old 27 September 2013, 12:27   #2
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Well done

I think 700 is a lot, usually around 350!

At the end of the day its about getting better trained drivers towing, so eventually everybody will need to take the additional training to tow, although it is frustrating that the majority of current drivers haven't taken any test.

If I remember correctly it was only one manoeuvre (S sharp reverse), one hitch/un-hitch and a leisurely 20 tow around town. So its hardly challenging.
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It's a rule / law, like seat belts, tax, mot - got to be done.

Did the training for it as had to show at work that I could drive a trailed unit. Old enough not to need it but hey ho.

Total waste of a day but had to tick the box.

Sounds like the full thing is the same??
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youre right about the manouvers, but its an hour on all different roads including ten mins with no instruction - just a destination to get to. 700 is probably cheap considering all the bad habbits i had to get out of!
my own view is that is should be more of an assessment of your understanding of trailers, the law, and maneuvers rather than a driving test.
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youre right about the manouvers, but its an hour on all different roads including ten mins with no instruction - just a destination to get to. 700 is probably cheap considering all the bad habbits i had to get out of!
my own view is that is should be more of an assessment of your understanding of trailers, the law, and maneuvers rather than a driving test.
Is there a second theory test?
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no just practical - basically an hgv test.
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I think it's no bad thing. You only have to see the caravans scattered across the nation's motorways to realise that a bit more training is probably a force for good.

In fact, I'd like to see everyone taking a driving test every ten years or so anyway.
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I did mine earlier this year, so I can tow the Ribtec about legally.

I was partly of a similar mind, having towed various trailers for years. If you're already happy with towing and understand how to reverse and position a trailer, then it is more just box ticking than a real learning experience. That's pretty much what my instructor said to me when I booked up a short lesson and a test - if you understand how to reverse, that's 90% of his work done, and he just has to refine your technique and teach you the few particular bits you need to pass your test - the approved order for coupling/uncoupling, etc.

But saying that, spending half a day driving around with a trailer in busy traffic with someone pointing out errors, and doing lots of reversing has given me more confidence, and made me more aware of what's going on with the trailer.

I happened to be towing the Ribtec today to a local workshop, and came across 2 blocked roads on the way. I ended up doing some 3 point turns in very limited space by myself - the extra confidence gained through the lesson/test process saved me from panicking!

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Did mine last year. Failed on first attempt!
Yes it cost money (a lot less than yours though ), but was definitely worth it. Unbelievable how much basic rule of the road I had forgotten or chose to ignore!
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yeah its amazing just how shit you are on the road when someone is there pointing things out to you! i could have opted for fewer lessons thereby making it cheaper, but with work commitments i really needed every chance of passing first time, and within this week whilst off.
a lot of training centres ive spoken to in the past have quoted anything upto 1300 to get through the test!
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