If you only want to drive a straight truck that weighs more than 26,001 lbs., or a truck towing a trailer that weighs less than 10,001 lbs., then you can get a Class-B CDL.
The major difference between CDL A and B licenses is the size of the trailer, if any, that you would be towing. Think of the difference between a city bus and a tractor-trailer combination fully loaded with cargo. If you have ever towed a trailer of any kind behind your car or truck, you know that managing the extra box behind you takes some special handling skills, and it takes extra practice to be able to get the trailer to move in the right direction when backing up. Handling large turns is also a different sort of challenge in a Class-A vehicle.
Because of these major differences, the training time involved to master the CDL-B vehicle skills is usually shorter than that for CDL-A. In other words, you can get on the road faster with a CDL-A, but you won’t be able to drive such a wide range of vehicles as you would with a B.
Some examples of vehicles that only require a CDL-B license include:
TruckingJobFinder provides in-depth information about job opportunities and training programs for these types of vehicles.
Here are just a few examples of jobs you can get with a Class-B CDL. As a member, you’ll have insider information about all the benefits and challenges of each of these job types:
In addition to the CDL license, TruckingJobFinder explains the additional endorsements you will need to add on to your license in order to haul the materials – or people – you want!