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Altonb G.'s Comment
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I currently have a class B Florida cdl / with HAZMAT endorsement, would like to upgrade to class A what is the process ?

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

Brian M.'s Comment
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The news is a little bleak I'm afraid. You need to go to a private or company sponsored school to obtain your A. On a positive note you will be ahead of the game when you are there. So you need to take the permit test first then figure out what route you want to take private or company sponsored school.

Altonb G.'s Comment
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Thanks for info. my company is actually willing to cover the cost, I appreciate the help.

The news is a little bleak I'm afraid. You need to go to a private or company sponsored school to obtain your A. On a positive note you will be ahead of the game when you are there. So you need to take the permit test first then figure out what route you want to take private or company sponsored school.

Altonb G.'s Comment
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I am in the Bradenton/ Sarasota area any recomendations on a training school ?

Thanks for info. my company is actually willing to cover the cost, I appreciate the help.

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The news is a little bleak I'm afraid. You need to go to a private or company sponsored school to obtain your A. On a positive note you will be ahead of the game when you are there. So you need to take the permit test first then figure out what route you want to take private or company sponsored school.

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Travis H.'s Comment
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I too am from Florida, and I have someone in my class who had a class B for a few years and wanted to upgrade to class A. He was one of the four students who graduated on Friday. He had to study for and pass the combinations and air brakes test to get his class A permit. I believe he already took general knowledge to get his class B. He then had to go through the school since he never drove a combination vehicle with air brakes before. He didn't even know how to double clutch. 16 days later, and after passing the logbooks, recaps, eTread, drop and hook , pre-trip, in cab, pad tests (straight line, off set and either parallel or alley dock) and road tests the school graduated him (after making sure he put in the required hours and finished all of the online homework). He will take his papers down to the DMV on Monday to prove that he graduated from Roadmaster's, and he should have no problems getting his class A.

I hope this helps.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Altonb G.'s Comment
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Thank You, I will check it out...

I too am from Florida, and I have someone in my class who had a class B for a few years and wanted to upgrade to class A. He was one of the four students who graduated on Friday. He had to study for and pass the combinations and air brakes test to get his class A permit. I believe he already took general knowledge to get his class B. He then had to go through the school since he never drove a combination vehicle with air brakes before. He didn't even know how to double clutch. 16 days later, and after passing the logbooks, recaps, eTread, drop and hook , pre-trip, in cab, pad tests (straight line, off set and either parallel or alley dock) and road tests the school graduated him (after making sure he put in the required hours and finished all of the online homework). He will take his papers down to the DMV on Monday to prove that he graduated from Roadmaster's, and he should have no problems getting his class A.

I hope this helps.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

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