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Passing the Class B CDL Test

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Tips For Class B CDL License Test

If you intend to drive a vehicle with a weight greater than 26 000 pounds or a truck towing vehicle with a GVWR of maximum ten thousand pounds, you need a class B CDL license. This category includes vehicles like:

  • delivery
  • commercial buses
  • school buses
  • tow trucks
  • cement mixers
  • dump trucks

Be careful not to confuse other vehicles with the ones the class B CDL license gives you the right to drive. For example, driving big rigs and extra long trailers requires another type of CDL license.

In order to obtain the driving license, you have to pass a test that is not exactly easy, but the following recommendations may prove helpful.

You will be required to answer several general questions, so you have to study a lot. There are many strategies you can use, but an easier and a cheaper option are online tests. Many websites offer full test packages, highly efficient and guaranteed to work. In case they don’t pay off, and you fail the test, you receive your money back. So, they are certainly worth trying!

Another option is to search for a truck training school. However, you will have to pay for the lessons, and, whether you pass the exam or not, you still lose the money. This is an option worth considering only if you are committed to obtaining your driving license and you can afford to cover the expenses, which can reach a couple of thousand dollars.

After you finish studying, if you are 100% sure that you can answer all the questions, you can go to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for the class B CDL license test.

The first step is the written test. You have 60 minutes to complete it, plus another few minutes for every endorsement test. You have to answer correctly at least 80% of the questions. If you pass the written exam, the next step is the road test, covering three stages: the pre-trip inspection, the road performance and the basic control abilities test.

The Pre–trip Inspection

You have to explain to the examiner which parts of the vehicle should be checked before you start the engine. Next, you have to know the features of some components: engine compartment, oil level, power steering fluid, clutch, oil pressure gauge, temperature gauge, ammeter/voltmeter, mirrors, emergency equipment, steering play, wipers, lighting indicators, parking brake check, hydraulic brake check, safety belts and lights/reflectors.

Knowing these things is important not just for obtaining the class B CDL license, but also for the times when you are actually on the road, for your own safety and protection. The examiner can ask you about two or three components only, but, since you can’t know which he will choose, you have to learn them all.

Basic Controls

This part of the class B CDL license test includes skills test exercises and skill test scoring. You need to complete three exercises in order to pass the on-road driving test: conventional parallel parking, straight line braking and offset back left.

The On-Road Driving Test

You have to prove that you can drive on a difficult route. If you can get past the potential obstacles and you comply with the traffic rules, passing the test will be simple, and the license will be all yours.

Now that you have all the information required to make your dream come true, you can start searching for a good practice test online. You not only save money by doing it, but you also save time, because the more you study and the faster you learn, the sooner you can get your class B CDL license.

Kevin Hicks
Kevin Hicks has been in the CDL and Transportation industry for over 30 years. He currently provides CDL training material to trucking and bus companies around the United States.

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