Suppose you are considering enrolling in CDL classes. In that case, it can be essential to understand what is involved in CDL driver training. Knowing what to expect can help you decide whether CDL classes are a good investment for your time and money.
The first thing you must consider is what type of CDL you need. There are three types of CDLs: A, B, and C. The training and testing for them is different. Knowing what kind of job you want after getting your license can help you determine what type of CDL you need. With a Class A, you can drive vehicles greater than 26,000 pounds and tow more than 10,000 pounds. You can also drive class B and C vehicles with a Class A license. However, you need to be 21 to move interstate. Class B licenses do not allow you to tow more than 10,000 pounds. So, they are not a good choice if you want to do long-haul trucking. However, they are suitable for local driving. Plus, the age requirement for Class B is only 18 since you will be local. Class C allows you to carry passengers if you get a passenger endorsement. Generally, we do not suggest people get Class C CDLs since they offer few benefits.
There is an age limitation on drivers. You can get any class of CDL at the age of 18. However, you cannot drive interstate unless you are 21 years old. That means you cannot take interstate trucking jobs, even with a Class A license, until you are 21. However, if you are getting your CDL and plan on upgrading to longer trips, you may want to get your Class A.
To get a commercial driver’s license, you need to have your non-commercial driver’s license already, be able to pass a medical exam, pass your state tests, and be at least 18 years old.
There are several ways to take CDL training. The classes last two to four weeks and include classroom and behind-the-wheel segments. You may find these courses in technical schools and community colleges. You can also find them in dedicated driving schools. Picking the right location depends on your individual needs. You should consider cost, location, and the quality of the education. At Smith and Solomon, we offer affordable, high-quality CDL classes, so begin enrolling today.