Studying For My Class B CDL, Which Sections Do I NOT Need To Study For A Simple Class B Vehicle With Air-brakes?

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Richard G.'s Comment
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I need to take the written test for my permit for a class B straight truck, obviously theres a lot covered that I do not need to study and I really need to save time because I need to start training asap.

Thanks in advance, loving the site so far.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Wine Taster's Comment
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I think the only two things you will need for that is general knowledge and airbrakes. You can still do the High Road CDL training program on here. It will help you pass those test with ease. Just do the sections you will need.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Richard G.'s Comment
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What constitutes general knowledge? What parts of Training Program should I go over?

Old School's Comment
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Richard, I would really recommend that you go ahead and get your class A license. You just never know what opportunities might open up for you, and that Class B isn't usually worth a whole lot in terms of earning potential. Even if you already have a class B job lined up I would still go for the whole enchilada - you are already forking out the money and time, why not just go ahead and get something that will open a lot more doors of opportunity for you?

Richard G.'s Comment
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Richard, I would really recommend that you go ahead and get your class A license. You just never know what opportunities might open up for you, and that Class B isn't usually worth a whole lot in terms of earning potential. Even if you already have a class B job lined up I would still go for the whole enchilada - you are already forking out the money and time, why not just go ahead and get something that will open a lot more doors of opportunity for you?

With all due respect man, I have a great job lined up driving a straight truck, I really don't wanna drive a semi if I really don't have to. In fact my employer advised me against it because of their hours and pay rate being worse. Strictly getting a Class B forces me into a certain route and truck type I and he would prefer I took.

I appreciate your concern though.

Tj M.'s Comment
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What constitutes general knowledge? What parts of Training Program should I go over?

I may be able to help you here some. I have a Class B. Not sure what your state is or how the manual is set up, but just going by the one I still have laying around, I would say to read the Introduction and study Driving Safely, Transporting Cargo Safely, Air Brakes, Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection, Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test and On-Road Driving. If your manual isn't set up with that exact wording, then whatever appears to be close to that.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Or just do the sections call General Knowledge and Air Breaks.

Michael Y.'s Comment
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Richard, I would really recommend that you go ahead and get your class A license. You just never know what opportunities might open up for you, and that Class B isn't usually worth a whole lot in terms of earning potential. Even if you already have a class B job lined up I would still go for the whole enchilada - you are already forking out the money and time, why not just go ahead and get something that will open a lot more doors of opportunity for you?

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With all due respect man, I have a great job lined up driving a straight truck, I really don't wanna drive a semi if I really don't have to. In fact my employer advised me against it because of their hours and pay rate being worse. Strictly getting a Class B forces me into a certain route and truck type I and he would prefer I took.

I appreciate your concern though.

Just because you have your CDL A does not mean you are forced to drive only semi trucks. It just allows you to drive everything. I have spoken to someone with an excavating crew that required CDL B due to the dump trucks, but if they were to tow a trailer with a back hoe on it, they were required to have a CDL A due to the trailer putting them over the weight limit of their CDL B.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I really don't wanna drive a semi if I really don't have to. In fact my employer advised me against it because of their hours and pay rate being worse.

I'm not sure if I'm reading that wrong or what, but are you saying your employer told you not to get a Class A because you make less money than driving a Class B? Because nothing could be further from the truth. If that's what your employer said then he's pulling a fast one on you.

And Michael has a good point. In case you're under the impression that getting a class A means you're required to drive tractor trailers that's not the case. You can have your same straight truck job with a class A or a class B. Class A allows you to drive absolutely anything. Class B restricts you to certain types of trucks.

If your employer is telling you to get your class B it's because he knows you're going to scan the papers for class A jobs and see you can make a whole lot more money elsewhere. If he had Class A trucks for you to drive he certainly wouldn't be recommending you get a class B.

Tj M.'s Comment
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Or just do the sections call General Knowledge and Air Breaks.

This also works and if there is a section called General Knowledge, that probably will have majority of what you need. I stated all those sections because they tend to slip a question or two in there that aren't in other sections and leave you wondering where that came from. Anyways, if there is a General Knowledge and Air Brakes Section, that would be the thing to focus on as quoted poster stated.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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