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What is a CDL License?

April 26, 2017

Driving large trucks and pulling large things requires more training and qualifications than just a regular license. A CDL license will always be required when driving oversized trucks, and the size, weight, and the type of cargo you're pulling, determines which classification you would fall under. We'll try to help you understand what a CDL license is and why its required, as well as some places you can visit for testing, and training.

 

A CDL is a commercial drivers license and is different from a regular Class C license. A quick visit to DMV.org will show you that there are 3 different classifications for the CDL license. Here at Armada Trucking Group, we require a Class A CDL license. Each classification caters to the size, weight and type of cargo you're transporting, so a Class A classification is required for "any combination of vehicles with a GCWR of 26,001 lbs. or more and includes a towed vehicle that is heavier than 10,000 lbs." With added weight and length, comes added responsibility in the trucking business. For this reason the CDL license is required to keep not only yourself safe, but others around you safe as well.

 

The requirements for obtaining your CDL Class A license includes a written and behind the wheel test. Although educational classes are not required for this license, they are definitely a benefit and will help you pass both your behind the wheel and written test. Roadmaster drivers school features a comprehensive CDL training program that offers 3-4 week training programs to help you prepare for your exam and behind the wheel test. Jump up into an actual truck with hands on training and learn to encounter and handle real world scenarios, and emergencies.

 

A career in the trucking industry can be very rewarding, but the proper training is essential to success; even if it might not be required. The more knowledge you have about what you will face on the road, the easier you will deal with the scenarios presented to you. There is much responsibility involved with driving a truck, but with much responsibility comes much fulfillment. Reaching your destination after driving a 40,000+ lbs. giant for hours while keeping yourself, the cargo, and everyone else safe, is such a rewarding accomplishment.

 

Visit www.roadmaster.com and check out their training programs to get you on the road!