Class A or B for local runs only?

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  1. CFster

    CFster Bobtail Member

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    I’m 53 and my previous career ended, and I’m thinking of driving truck. I have a family and don’t want to be away from them for extended periods - my kids are still growing up. So, I’m looking for local runs. Am I wasting my time with a Class A? TIA

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  3. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Heavy Load Member

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    I’m not sure what the difference is in school or costs but I’ve always leaned towards back up plans
    Never know when a class A or doubles might be of value down the road
     
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  4. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    it's cheaper to get the class B CDL, but many times, a great local gig can be had with a class A, CDL.

    there are (at some schools) a shorter version of the class A, but you might not get as much training as you'd like.

    check pricings at the CDL schools near you.

    just DO NOT get the automatic restriction...that'll limit many jobs
     
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  5. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

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    Not necessarily. You can stay local with class A.
    There are some good local class B gigs to be had in lager cities.
    It depends on your area.

    I would generally default to class A as it includes class B.
     
  6. RoadSideDown

    RoadSideDown Light Load Member

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    I have a class B and working on my Class A. The class A opens up many many more jobs and they pay at least a few dollars per hour more than B.
    That said, there are some decent nonCDL and Class B jobs. At YRC we have several nonCDL box truck drivers off the docks who make just $2/hr less than Class A starting wage ($24.25/hr). FedEx Freight was recently advertising Class B city delivery truck jobs for $28/hr. Lowe’s for instance pays decent for Class B flatbed deliveries I’m told.

    Those are much more limited in number. You might get one or not. Class A opens up all the LTL jobs, OTR, and with experience, fuel hauling. Tons of options.
     
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Yes, get the Class-A because many local jobs require Class-A
    Where is your location; we can help you find a local job.
     
  8. RoadSideDown

    RoadSideDown Light Load Member

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    Also, having taken both tests, the Class A is not that much harder. The main difference is that many class B trucks are automatics while much of the class A training is still done in manuals so you have no restrictions. Lots of the heavy class B such as dump truck and fuel tankers are manual.
     
  9. CFster

    CFster Bobtail Member

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    Hartford.
     
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  10. Chinatown

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    CT?
     
  11. CFster

    CFster Bobtail Member

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    Yes sir
     
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