Tractor-Trailer (Class A) CDL

The Class A or “tractor-trailer” commercial driver’s license is the highest class of commercial license. With a Class A CDL, you can operate any combination of vehicles with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, as long as the vehicle you’re towing has a GVWR of less than 26,001 pounds.

Class A is the only CDL that allows you to operate a double/triple trailer. A tractor-trailer is a large truck that pulls a trailer behind it. The trailer is usually filled with goods or materials that need to be transported from one place to another.


Like other CDLs, you must already have a regular driver’s license to apply for a Class A CDL. But unlike regular driver’s licenses and other CDLs, you must be at least 21 years old, not 18, to apply for a Class A CDL.

You will also need to pass a written exam and a road test. The written part is divided into three sections:

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: This section covers the basic rules of the road, signs, and signals.

-AIR BRAKES: This section covers the specific air brake system used on Class A vehicles.

-COMBINATION VEHICLES: This section covers the special skills and knowledge required to operate a tractor-trailer combination.

After passing the written exam and getting a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical (a medical exam), you will be issued a commercial learner permit (CLP) that allows you to practice driving with a licensed commercial driver. At Ferrari Driving School, we offer a comprehensive course covering all the material you need to know to pass the written exam and prepare for the road test. Our experienced and certified instructors will help you every step of the way.

Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) is a new rule requiring all commercial truck and bus drivers to complete an approved training program before getting their CDL. In other words, you can no longer train on your own or with a friend or family member. You must complete an approved training program, such as the one offered at Ferrari Driving School. ELDT is a two-part requirement.

The first one is a theory course, which covers all the material you need to know to pass a 60-question multiple-choice written exam. You must get at least 80% to pass. The second part is a practical course, where you will put your skills to the test by driving with a licensed commercial driver. While there are no minimum requirements for the practical course, you will be evaluated on your skills and knowledge.

But you don’t have to worry; we offer a comprehensive course that covers all the material you need to know to meet the ELDT requirements. Our experienced and certified instructors will help you every step of the way. After completing the ELDT, Ferrari Driving School will submit your application to the national registry. Once approved, Ferrari Driving School, as a DMV-recognized, third-party tester, will be able to give you the road test without you having to go to the DMV.

Get the license you need to pursue your dream career with Ferrari Driving School. Contact us today to get started!

Ferrari Driving School students that have taken the Instructor’s training recommendation have had a FIRST time passing rate of over 90%. During the first lesson we always evaluate and give an honest opinion on your SPECIFIC training needs.

The New York Motor Truck Assoc. predict a shortage of qualified drivers in the near future. Better pay and benefits are offered by employers to attract and retain men and women as professional drivers. Employment opportunities for well trained and motivated individuals in the transportation profession are many. The trucking industry offers a wide range of positions, from loading freight to driving vehicles locally and over-the-road. Trucking is the nation’s second largest industry, employing over 5 million men and women as drivers, mechanics and in related services. The Trucking Industry moves 70% of the nation’s freight, and employs approximately 1 out of every 9 workers in America.

Jobs for Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer, 2008 & 2018 in the US are expected to increaseby 13%The median wage for Truck Drivers, Heavy andTractor-Trailer in New York State for May 2009was over $19 per hour.  Jobs for Transit and Intercity Bus Driversbetween 2008 and 2018 in the US areexpected to increase by 8%. The median wage for Transit and Intercity BusDrivers in New York State for May 2009 wasover $25 per hour. Projection Data provided by the National Employment Matrix and the US Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Yes we have created a question & answer study course which makes PASSING the CDL permit exam very easy.  You can study as long as needed until you pass. What makes the course work is after you study the material you test yourself and get a chance to REVIEW the questions you got wrong.  This makes the learning process happen much easier than reading the whole DMV manual.

Yes we do. You can learn first on our car, a pick-up truck, then advance to a Class B truck or Class A Tractor Trailer.

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