March 24th, 2016 | Blog

When you graduate from truck driving school you’ll be able to obtain either a Class A or Class B CDL, but you can start preparing yourself for your new career in other ways if you understand the differences between these two truck driving licenses ahead of time. Here are some things you should know about the differences between Class A and Class B licenses.

Vehicles

The main difference between Class A and Class B driving licenses is the types of vehicles license carriers are permitted to operate. Basically, if the weight of a vehicle excluding any trailers is over 26,001 pounds, you need either a Class A or Class B CDL to drive it. If the trailer(s) weight over 10,000 pounds, a Class A is required. That’s why most of the vehicles that only require Class B CDLs are box trucks, city buses, and dump trucks with small trailers. Class A CDL carriers can operate any commercial vehicle required to have a Class B or even Class C license.

Careers

One of the most common questions new and aspiring drivers ask is, “which license is better for my career?” The answer depends on a number of different factors, including the type of driving you want to do. There are lots of job openings for Class B drivers, but keep in mind that Class B holders don’t qualify for Class A driving positions. This means that, while there are still ample career opportunities for Class B drivers, a Class A CDL will provide more opportunities since any commercial driving position that requires a CDL (Class A, B, or C) will be available to you.

Training   

Because of the differences between Class A and Class B licenses, the training time involved to master Class A CDL skills and obtain a Class A license is generally longer than that for the other license types. In other words, you may can earn your Class B CDL faster and start your career sooner, but there are more opportunities available if you earn your Class A designation.

If you are interested in pursuing either a Class A or Class B CDL, Yuma Truck Driving School can help you achieve your goals. For a closer look at our programs and certifications, visit our website or call us at (888) 647-3239.