CDL Truck Classes: Class 5 and Below
Understanding Class B Trucks
Let’s take a look at Class 5 and below trucks. A CDL is not required to operate these vehicles, but don’t discount them as a viable option for work. Driving these types of trucks can still help kickstart your career as a truck driver.
What are Class 5 and Below Trucks?
The class of truck depends upon its gross vehicle weight rating or GVWR. Here’s a list of Class 5 and below trucks and their corresponding weights:
- Class 5 – 16,001 to 19,500 pounds (Medium Truck)
- Class 4 – 14,001 to 16,000 pounds (Medium Truck)
- Class 3 – 10,001 to 14,000 pounds (Medium Truck)
- Class 2 – 6,001 to 10,000 pounds (Light/Medium Truck)
- Class 1 — 0 to 6,000 pounds (Light Truck)
Under Class 5 trucks, you will find bucket vehicles (think of the ones you see working on telephone poles), city delivery trucks, and large commercial trucks. They’re one of the heavier trucks that you don’t need a CDL to drive and are great for gaining experience.
In Class 3 & 4 are box trucks, delivery trucks, and some smaller walk-ins. U-Hauls are a good example of these.
Finally, for Class 1 & 2 vehicles, think of the typical pick-up truck, smaller box trucks (think the smaller U-Haul trucks as well), and everything in between.
Should I Take a Job Driving One of These Trucks?
Absolutely! You’ll be passing up on valuable experience if you don’t. Sometimes and in some places, driving jobs can be limited, so beginning your driving career with one of these is a great alternative. In any capacity, more time on the road will boost both your confidence and experience level.
Upon gaining your CDL, you might not land the “perfect job” right out of the gate. If there is a chance for employment driving a Class 5 or below truck, you should take it. There’s no reason to restrict yourself in job opportunities. Remember, finding work and keeping food on the table is your number 1 priority.