Truck driving has always been a popular profession. It’s a great way to see the country and can be very rewarding. Whether you’re looking to become a commercial truck driver or are already on the road, knowing the different types of commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and what they entail is essential.
This article will explain the types of commercial driver’s licenses and the tests you’ll need to take to obtain each one.
Class A CDL
The Class A CDL is the highest level of commercial driver’s license. Earning your Class A CDL allows you to operate a combination of vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more, as long as the vehicle towed is also over 10,000 pounds.
To get your Class A commercial driver’s license, you’ll need to pass a general knowledge test, a pre-trip inspection, and a skills test. The skills test has three parts: the basic control skills test, the road test, and the backing maneuver skills test.
Class B CDL
The Class B CDL allows you to operate a vehicle with the GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more, as long as the vehicle towed is under 10,000 pounds. You can also operate any vehicle in Class B if you are towing another vehicle that is not over 10,000 pounds.
To get a Class B CDL, you will need to pass the following tests:
- General knowledge test
- Pre-trip inspection test
- Skills test- road test
- Air brakes test (if your vehicle has them)
- Combination vehicles test (if you want to drive one)
Class C CDL
A Class C CDL is the type of license most people think of when they think of a commercial driver’s license. You must have this license to drive any vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or less, as long as you don’t transport hazardous materials or carry more than 15 passengers.
A Class C CDL generally requires passing a written exam and a skills test. The skills test will vary depending on the vehicle you’ll be driving but may include a pre-trip inspection, on-road driving, and a basic vehicle control test.
Obtaining a CDL is not a complex process, but knowing which license you require to operate the type of vehicle you’ll be driving is essential. Be sure to study for your written exam and practice the skills tests to earn your commercial driver’s license and get on the road to success.