Most people who want to get a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) know that they must pass the CDL test. But what does a driver need to know to pass the CDL test? First, a driver must have a normal state driver’s license. Then, they must pass several written computer-based tests at their state department of motor vehicles.

The minimum written tests for a typical Class A (tractor-trailer with air brakes) CDL permit (CDLP) are the General Knowledge test, the Air Brake test, and the Combination Vehicle test. Each of these tests requires the student driver to study the state CDL manual, and learn basic information and concepts. SAGE students can use an awesome online tool to help them study called ProDriverU, which is easy to use, has lots of photos and diagrams, and is self-paced, with hundreds of learning modules and practice tests. It makes getting your CDLP easier than ever!

To get a permit, the driver must also be able to pass the medical exam required by the U.S. Department of Transportation. SAGE can help arrange that exam with a local doctor, and answer most questions about health/medical requirements.

Once a driver has the CDLP, they can drive a truck as long as a licensed CDL holder is in the truck with them! This is how SAGE can help you get a CDL, since our instructors help you learn the behind the wheel driving skills step by step. A driver can take the CDL test after they have held their CDLP for 14 days.

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