Anybody In Here Start Out With A Class B And Then Upgrade To A Class A Through A Truck Driving School Or Program?

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Tj M.'s Comment
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Hi all. I am just curious. Has anyone in here started out with a Class B license and then went to truck driver training to obtain a Class A? Just curious what that is like. How they would go about things. I already have a Class B and just recently added a Tanker Endorsement. If you have been in this situation, how did things differ for you from the rest of the class? I don't believe I would have to take the written test for anything other than if I was going to get the Hazmat & Doubles/Triples. Do you think I am correct on that? I believe I can just get a permit since I am upgrading, could be wrong. Any thoughts, opinions? Am I at an advantage/disadvantage? Appreciate your time and effort in responding and thanks in advance.

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

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.

Chris L.'s Comment
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You will have to take the combinations test, and air brakes if you didn't do it for your class b. I'm just guessing I went from class c to a.

Tj M.'s Comment
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You will have to take the combinations test, and air brakes if you didn't do it for your class b. I'm just guessing I went from class c to a.

Thanks for responding. I already have Air Brake and Tanker. I figured I would have to take Combinations and Hazmat and that would be it. Not sure if I have to take any of them to get a permit or if I can just get a permit and take the tests afterward for the endorsements or what.

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

Big Nosh 's Comment
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I have a job that required me to get a CDL B and so far the pay is good. The job is very easy, I drive a bus, it's union, the only issue is that it's part time and it takes nine months to a year and half to become fulltime. So, financially I am still struggling. Mean while I have been offered another job because I have my CDL B, if I complete all the paper work and pass the back ground checks, I will be working 10 hours a day 6 days a week for also good pay. The issue at hand is, at Metro Transit Division here in Tukwila WA, they take the time to train you and tell you exactly what the tester wants to here and what the tester is looking for, they have their on Testers, and they do a great job at walking you through every detail. At the other job being offered to me, there is no set schedule because I will be the new booty with no seniority. It could be any 10 hours a day and I would drive their Class B vehicles and I have 90 days to get my CDL A. I took it upon myself to go to the DMV and at least take the test, "answer 20 questions", to get my Class A Permit. Also, there is no class room, there is no-one to help at the new job, however, you are allowed to go to the job site and have people who already work there help you practice driving the Class A Trucks only on the weekends. The company has one tester, and again it's a new program the company is giving another try. A few years back they tried this. The company hired like 20 CDL B drivers and gave each of them 90 days to get their Class A permit. Everyone failed except for one girl and this was told to me in an interview. Scared ****less and feeling a lots of fear now, Normally I would not be so apprehensive, but if I fail I will have lost two good jobs in three months. Any suggestions about how to approach this is helpful. Big Nosh!

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.

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.

Turbo Dan's Comment
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Tj M, to get the CDL A, you need the combination written passed to get a permit, Hazmat can wait. You already have Air brakes, is your B truck a full size tractor staight truck with a manual trans that you Double Clutch , that would be Great, if not then you would really be looking at a Full CDL A school. If you need to learn to double clutch a manual and how to maneuver a combination at the same time, then outside of Pre/Post trip inspection and Air Brakes, the rest dosn't Help..

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

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.

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