How many lessons do you need before a truck driving test?

I want to get my CDL because the wages for truck drivers have risen dramatically. I know I need to take lessons before I take the test. How many hours of lessons do I need before I take a truck driving test?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If you want to get your CDL, you typically need between 30 and 80 hours of classroom time and behind-the-wheel driving instruction. However, the number of lessons you need before a truck driving test will vary depending on your natural skills and whether you sign up for a full-time or part-time program.
If you go to driving school full-time, you can reasonably expect to be on the road in around seven weeks. But again, this will depend on several factors, including:
  • The type of CDL (Class A, Class B, or Class C) you earn. Most long-haul trucking companies require you to have a Class A CDL.
  • Your ability to absorb information in the classroom and pass the written exam
  • Your ability to master driving
  • Whether you want to drive an automatic or manual truck
  • Which of the additional six endorsements (if any) that you want to carry (passenger, school bus, two types of tankers, hazmat, or a tanker/hazmat combo)
  • Your budget or your company’s willingness to pay for training
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