Getting Class B CDL, What Topics Are Required Studying?

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CW's Comment
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I am starting the free "High Road Training Program" (HRTP) for my Class B CDL. (yes, I know everyone says just get your Class A. I still want to know the answer to this question.)

On the Home Page of the HRTP, it has a LOT of topics to study, and I want to know which ones are specific to "General Knowledge" and "Air Brakes," which I believe are the only two I need to test for in Wisconsin. I will be working for the county highway department and will be driving snow plows in the winter.

Below is the entire list of sections to study with HRTP. I've included all of them, as written, even though some are obvious that I don't need to study. Can someone please let me know? WHAT SECTIONS SHOULD I STUDY for the Class B? Thanks!

1. Rules & Regulations (permit) 2. Driving Safely (permit) 3. Transporting Cargo Safely (permit) 4. Transporting Passengers (endorsement) 5. Air Brakes (permit) 6. Combination Vehicles (permit) 7. Doubles & Triples (endorsement) 8. Tankers (endorsement) 9. Hazardous Materials (endorsement) 10. Pre-Trip Inspection (permit) 11. Driving Exam (permit) 12. Log Book (job duties) 13. Weight & Balance (job duties) 14. Cargo Securement (job duties) 15. New York State Coil Endorsement (endorsement)

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

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.

Combination Vehicle:

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

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

SRJ's Comment
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Study sections 1-3 of your State of Wisconsin Commercial Driver's Manual for your Class B. That can be found here:

https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/dmv/com-drv-vehs/cdl-how-aply/cdlapply.aspx

The Wisconsindot.gov website will walk you through each step of 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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.

CW's Comment
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I really want to study using the High Road Training Program (HRTP) because it goes section by section, and has quizzes to pass me on before moving forward. I need that extra help. So I went to the WI DOT manual link, and compared the glossary sections 1-3 with the topics on HRTP. This is what I found that is comparable. IF ANYONE CAN CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG, THANK YOU! Again this is for CLASS B test, my question is "what topics to study from the High Road Training Program free course, and what is not necessary to study."

MUST STUDY FOR CLASS B: 1) Rules & Regulations, 2) Driving Safely, 3) Transporting Cargo Safely, 5) Air Brakes, 10) Pre-Trip Inspection , 11) Driving Exam, 13) Weights and Balances, 14) Cargo Securement

DO NOT NEED TO STUDY FOR CLASS B: 4) Transports Passengers, 6) Combination Vehicles, 7) Doubles and Triples, 8) Tankers, 9) Hazardous Materials, 12) Log Book, 15) New York State Coil Endorsement

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.

Combination Vehicle:

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

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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