CDL Class A With Bus Driving Experience

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Jennifer M.'s Comment
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My husband has a truck leased with a company. I want to join as a team. Im getting my class A permit and trying to gain experience without getting training except from my husband. I thought about driving a bus for a year to gain experience so I could signed on with my husbands company. They only ask for a years experience. Since I would have had training with him operating the truck but technically having bus driver training on paper would the insurance company cover me? Not sure how to get around this. Any thoughts? Thanks guys

Andrey's Comment
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I don't think any company will accept a class B bus experience because they all want you to pull a trailer.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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My husband has a truck leased with a company. I want to join as a team. Im getting my class A permit and trying to gain experience without getting training except from my husband. I thought about driving a bus for a year to gain experience so I could signed on with my husbands company. They only ask for a years experience. Since I would have had training with him operating the truck but technically having bus driver training on paper would the insurance company cover me? Not sure how to get around this. Any thoughts? Thanks guys

Hi, Jennifer & welcome to Trucking Truth!

Andrey is IMHO, correct. Here's a diary of a former bus driver, breaking INTO trucking. This will show ya 2 things:

a) it's do'able . . LONG road, tho!

b) might take some 'grit' to get there!

Bus Driver / Dock to Driver... happens!

ALSO . . . who IS he leased with?!? Mercer and Landair DO have programs (as of late... look at FleetOwner website) where he could possibly train you, under 'their' wing.

SO much more info is necessary, for the 'powers that ARE' around here, to help you!

Wish you well, ma'am~

~ Anne & Tom ~

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I think bus driving will delay your ultimate goal. You need to learn to drive a combination vehicle , but it seems you have a great advantage with hubby being a driver. Skip the bus route.

Combination Vehicle:

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

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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PS: !!!

Donna M. was a bus driver for 4 or 5 years; iirc ~

When SHE got on with Prime, I'm pretty sure the MAIN thing that her bus driving might have helped her with, is identifying some of the components for the pre trip on a Tractor Trailer.

Vets & Mods (and Donna!) Correct me if I'm wrong . . . :)

Here's her stuff: Donna's Story w/Prime, etc.!

Best wishes!!

~ Anne ~

Donna M.'s Comment
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Driving a bus is absolutely nonething like driving a semi. A bus has no pivot spot , turn the steering wheel entire bus responds to that motion . However turn the steering wheel in semi, there’s a wing effect and in reverse trailer reflects the opposite. I would get a class A permit. U will need that to practice driving with your husband.

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