Trailer Towing Training

There are various skills and techniques learnt and developed over time for safe towing. This course is aimed at ensuring that drivers not only travel safely on the road when towing, but are also able to manoeuvre and park correctly and safely.


This course comprises of a theoretical session followed by practical on road driving with an instructor carefully watching every manoeuvre.


(1.5 hours. To be conducted in lecture room)

☉ Towing a trailer safely
☉ Components of a trailer
☉ Specifications of a trailer
☉ Driving license requirements
☉ Braking : Braked trailer / overrun brake system
☉ What is a hazard?
☉ Driving with a trailer
☉ System of vehicle control
S I P D E system:                      

☉ Commentary driving
☉ Overtaking with a trailer
☉ Turning with a trailer
☉ Reversing with a trailer
☉ Roadworthy vehicle & trailer
☉ Safety checks
☉ Why do trailers jack-knife?
☉ How to correct a jack-knife
☉ Correct loading of the trailer
☉ Economical driving
☉ Tyre safety & grip
☉ Following distance / Stopping distance / Braking distance
☉ Sense of acceleration / Speed according to circumstances
☉ Tyre sidewall lettering
☉ Load & speed rating


☉ Vehicle Inspection – exterior & interior
☉ Trailer inspection
☉ Seating Position
☉ Correct steering position
☉ Coupling / uncoupling of trailer

In-car instruction:

Vehicle control
Increasing awareness through the S I P D E system
Correct following & stopping distances
☉ Overtaking with a trailer
☉ Turning with a trailer
☉ Reversing with a trailer
☉ Vehicle & trailer positioning on the road
Application of brakes, gears & clutch
Use of mirrors & indicators
Blind spot checks / Avoiding driving in other vehicle’s blind spots
Steering and cornering techniques
Distance judgment, speed
Sense of acceleration

Debrief and Certification

Duration:                      9h00 – 16h00

Vehicles & trailers:       Client to provide

Cost per person:           Price will be based on the number of people attending per day
Minimum 6 students
Maximum 12 students
(Download our price list under DOWNLOADS)

Venue:                         Your premises

Certification:                Competence certificate will be issued to candidates by approved ETDP-SETA qualified Assessors.