Starting a career in trucking can be intimidating, but learning the ins and outs of the industry can help you be prepared to make the best decisions for you. To begin your career, you will need to decide whether you want to obtain your Class A or Class B CDL. We will help you understand the differences between the two options so you can decide which option fits best for you.
What You Can Drive?
For both Class A or Class B commercial driver’s license, you must possess a Class C driver’s license and be at least 18-years-old. At Georgia Driving Academy (GDA), we offer exceptional programs to guide and instruct our students to become Class A or Class B commercial drivers.
Class A – Drive the Eighteen Wheelers
The Class A CDL allows you to drive “truck trailer or tractor-semitrailer combination in which the combined weight exceeds 26,001 and the unit being towed exceeds 10,000 pounds.” An example would be the typical semi truck you would see on the highway. Additionally, a Class A driver has the option to apply for both over-the-road and local jobs. However, please note although you can obtain a Class A CDL at 18, you are only allowed to drive within your state’s boundaries (intrastate) until you reach 21 years of age. Twenty-one (21) years of age is also the requirement for drivers to obtain CDL Endorsements.
Class B – Limited to Type and Weight
The Class B CDL allows you to drive “single vehicles weighing 26,001 or more pounds and the unit being towed is less than 10,000 pounds.” This training prepares students for employment as a passenger bus driver or straight truck driver (tow trucks, dump trucks, delivery trucks and utility trucks) in a local setting.
What You Can Make with a Class A CDL vs Class B CDL
As there is a weight, load, and vehicle difference, there is also pay differences for Class A versus Class B drivers. As the Class A curriculum requires more time and therefore Class A drivers usually qualify for higher paying jobs.
GDA is the Place to Train for Your CDL
If you’re ready to get your Class A or Class B CDL, we’re ready to hear from you. Start by completing our online application, and we’ll get the wheels turning.