Before you can start driving commercial trucks, you have to get a commercial driving license. Use this guide to figure out what you need to know before obtaining your CDL so you can start putting your education to use in the field.

There Are Two Parts to the Test

In order to earn your CDL, you must pass a knowledge and a skills portion of the exam. On top of a written test, you will also need to demonstrate how well you can operate a commercial vehicle. If you do not pass both parts of the exam, you will not be able to get your license until you retake the tests and earn a passing score.

There Are Different CDL Classes

You cannot just get one basic CDL and be qualified to operate every kind of commercial vehicle. If you obtain a Class A license, you can legally drive any kind of vehicle that has a gross combination weight of 26,001 pounds and a towed gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds. A Class B license allows you to operate a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of more than 26,001 pounds. Class C license allow you to drive vehicles with 16 or more passengers or transporting hazardous materials.

There Are Endorsements and Restrictions

If you plan to operate certain specialty vehicles, you might have to get special endorsements with your CDL. Drivers pulling double or triple trailers or operating tank vehicles will need special endorsements. You will also need one to transport hazardous materials or to drive passenger vehicles.

The truck driving school at Phoenix Truck Driving Institute is here to help you prepare for your CDL exam so you can start working as a qualified driver. We make it easy to break into the field so you can start working in a career that you enjoy. To learn more about the program, visit us online or call 1-877-205-5372.