What's a CDL Class B Training Program Like?

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In this article, we’ll discuss the CDL Class B commercial driver’s license and what you can expect during your Class B training. We’ll also list some of the types of trucks that are covered by the Class B license and prerequisites for taking the exam.

What is a Class B CDL License?

The Class B CDL is the second heaviest weight class in trucking, and covers commercial motor vehicles weighing more than 26,001 pounds and trailers weighing less than 10,000 pounds. These vehicles may include:

  • Buses
  • Cement Trucks
  • Dump Trucks
  • Food Service Trucks
  • Garbage Trucks
  • Small Tanker Trucks
  • Tow Trucks

Training for the Class B Test

During your training classes, you’ll cover the laws, rules, and regulations associated with the safe operation of a Class B commercial vehicle.

The CDL Class B written exam is normally the first step toward getting your license. During your classroom training, you’ll study the CDL manual and discuss its contents with your instructor. The manual includes sections on driving safety, inspecting cargo, different types of vehicles, and more. The second part of your test will be the road exam, which is broken into a few different parts; the pre-trip inspection, basic controls, and the road test.

During the pre-trip inspection portion of your test, you’ll check the different mechanical and safety features of the vehicle, inspecting for broken or worn components to ensure all safety devices are present and in working order. During your training, your instructor will familiarize you with the pre-trip inspection checklist and show you exactly what to look for on a Class B vehicle.

The basic controls portion of your test will include steering your vehicle around obstacles and performing basic maneuvers, such as parking and backing. You’ll learn how to do this during the yard-work portion of your CDL training program.

Then, during the road portion of the test, your examiner will direct and ask you to maneuver through different routes on the road. You’ll learn about what to expect, and how to navigate traffic, during the road-work portion of your training.

Class B CDL Test Prerequisites

In order to take the Class B CDL test, you must be at least 18 years old. However, if you obtain your Class B license while you’re under 21, you’ll only be able to operate within your state lines. More prerequisites include:

  • No revoked license or traffic accidents on record
  • DOT medical certificate

When you go to your local DMV to take the test, bring your DOT medical certificate, CDL permit application forms, birth certificate, drivers license, and proof of residency.

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