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Knowing What Class When Getting Your Commercial Drivers License

CDL A or CDL B?

What is a CDL License?

A Commercial Drivers License, or CDL, allows you to drive larger vehicles such as semi trucks, flatbeds, tanker vehicles, and other larger trucks. A CDL license is truly a good investment in a career, as it opens the possibility of you being allowed to drive trucks meant for many different career paths. When you get your CDL at United States Truck Driving School, you’ll have a choice between two CDL classes; CDL A or CDL B. Each license gives you the ability to drive different trucks, and each has their own merits, though class A is usually the most commonly obtained, for very good reason.

The Class B CDL

A Class B CDL gives you the ability to drive vehicles weighing in at 26,001 pounds or more. However, with a CDL B, you may not drive a vehicle with a trailer that exceeds 10,000 pounds. So, though you can drive a large vehicle, this license does comes with its limits.

With a Class B CDL, the different vehicles you can drive are as follows;

  • Buses, such as school buses or city transportation buses
  • Box trucks
  • Straight trucks

The Class A CDL

For good reason, a Class A CDL is the most commonly chosen license for those wanting a career in trucking. Not only can you drive vehicles listed under the CDL B, the CDL A license gives you the ability to drive combination trucks, such as;

  • Semis with trailers
  • Tankers
  • Flatbed vehicles
  • Vehicles allowed under a Class B CDL license.

So as you can see, the class A CDL gives you many more opportunities when it comes to using your new license to start a career. If you’re ready to learn more about enrolling in classes to get your license, call today! 303-848-8443