Trailer Awareness Training


Glanville Training’s Trailer Awareness Training Course is designed to provide candidates with a comprehensive overview of trailer operation, ensuring they are well-prepared for safe and efficient towing. Whether you’re a novice or looking to refresh your skills, this course covers essential aspects of trailer training, including lighting units, proper trailer connection, load management, tire safety, and secure equipment attachment.

Course Highlights:

  1. Lighting Unit Proficiency: Learn the ins and outs of trailer lighting units, including signal lights, brake lights, and indicators. Understand their importance in maintaining road safety and complying with regulations.
  2. Connecting the Trailer to the Vehicle: Master the art of safely hitching a trailer to your vehicle. This section of the course will cover the use of hitches, couplings, and safety chains to ensure a secure connection.
  3. Load Management and Overloading: Gain the knowledge and skills needed to assess and manage your trailer’s load effectively. Learn about weight distribution, load limits, and how to avoid overloading, which can be dangerous and illegal.
  4. Tire Safety: Discover the critical role that tires play in trailer safety. We’ll delve into tire maintenance, pressure checks, and how to spot potential issues such as bold (bald) tires that could compromise your journey.
  5. Securing Your Cargo: Get hands-on experience in securing your cargo with the proper use of straps, chains, and restraints. Learn how to inspect and ensure the safety of your load.
  6. Connecting Excavators Correctly: Special attention will be given to the unique challenges of connecting and transporting heavy equipment like excavators safely. You’ll understand the intricacies of securing heavy machinery for transportation.

Upon successful completion of the Glanville Training Trailer Awareness Training Course, candidates will be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to tow trailers safely and confidently.

Note: This course does not teach candidates how to tow a trailer.

By the end of this course you will know:

How to check that the lights are suitable on the trailer
A lighting board is NOT suitable as a short term fix when there is a lighting fault
To check the tyres have sufficient tread
To look for tyre inflation
Overrun brakes
Bodywork on wheels / tyres

Course content

Upon successfully completing the course you will be awarded a certificate.

Your days will include a 15 minute break in the morning and afternoon, you will also be allowed a 30 minute break for lunch.

Ensure your bring your own lunch.

You must bring or know your national insurance number.


Glanville Training Academy Ltd - Plympton

Plympton Recycling and Transfer Station
Galileo Close, Newnham Industrial Estate
Plympton, Plymouth
Devon, PL7 4JW

Please contact us at least 48 hours before the day of training to advise us on any additional requirements that we may need to consider for the training to successfully take place.

Course cancellations made within 5 working days prior of the course date, or, where delegates fail to attend the training course on the course date, will be charged in full. All cancellations must be made in writing. Delegate substitutions may be made prior to the course start date giving written notice. (If any further information required please refer to T&Cs).

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