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The High Road™ Online CDL Training Program

The Most Effective CDL Test Preparation Course On The Planet

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The High Road™ Online CDL Training Program Is Pure Awesomeness

We're not pulling any punches. We're going to say it like it is. This is the highest quality, most comprehensive online CDL training program ever created. As if that wasn't awesome enough, it also happens to be unconditionally free for everyone to use.

Our program has a ton of incredible features, and it's really user friendly. So grab a cup of coffee and strap yourself in because you're going to be blown away when you see what we have in store for you!

The Entire CDL Manual And Beyond

Our CDL training program has the entire CDL manual built right in. That alone will prepare you for all of the required written exams including the CDL learner's permit and all of the endorsement exams. Now that's pretty fantastic in itself, but as experienced drivers, we knew that wasn't nearly enough. No way.

Because passing the CDL exam isn't the real test. The real test begins when you're sitting behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound rig, and we want to make sure you have the knowledge it takes to survive out there in the trucking industry. So we've gone beyond the CDL manual and built several sections ourselves full of critical knowledge that will prepare you for a great start to your trucking career.

Who Designed This Training Program?

This training program was designed and built with the help of professional drivers, including certified CDL instructors with decades of safe driving experience. These experienced professionals know exactly what it takes to pass the CDL exams and become safe, productive drivers out on the road.

Our CDL training program has proven to be so effective that is has gone viral in the trucking community essentially overnight! We are blown away with the positive response to this program, and you're going to be amazed at how well it's put together. Take a couple minutes to browse the features, testimonials, and tips before you sign up and get going!

Features Of The High Road Training System

Includes The Complete CDL Manual & More

We've built the entire CDL manual right into our training system. But we didn't stop there! We've added several sections of our own to this training program so you'll be prepared for all of the written exams and life on the road.

This training system was built by experienced drivers and trainers who know there's a lot more to life on the road than what the CDL manual covers. We've added our own sections covering Logbook Rules and Weight & Balance so you'll be ready to tackle some of the toughest aspects of life in the trucking industry.

Sophisticated Review System

Repetition is the key to memorizing large amounts of information. By continuously analyzing your scores on each question as you progress through the program, our review system will determine which questions you are having the most trouble with.

These high priority questions will be repeated as many times as is necessary to reinforce the correct answers. This system is capable of determining each person's strengths and weaknesses and gives you continued reinforcement where you need it most.

Intelligent Halt System

Yellow Peterbuilt on the highway

When we find that you are beginning to struggle, we temporarily stop giving you new materials and have you review the questions you're having the most trouble with.

What would be the point of feeding you new materials if you're having trouble with what we've given you so far? The point is to learn the materials, not just fly through the program as quickly as possible.

If you miss a particular question too many times or your overall average drops below 85% we will help you review the areas you're struggling with until we see you're ready to continue on to new materials.

Dynamically Built, Interactive Quizzes

tractor trailer driving down the road

The multiple choice quizzes given on each page include questions from the page being loaded and review questions from pages you've already completed. The order of the questions and answers are randomized, and the answers to review questions from previous pages can be lookup up in an instant.

The quizzes are designed to work as a tool to help reinforce the information, not simply as a way to test your knowledge. We don't want you guessing at the answers, because guessing isn't learning. In fact, guessing can inhibit learning by reinforcing an incorrect answer.

When taking a quiz, the answer to each question can be quickly found in the content of the page, or in the case of review questions, with the click of a link which reveals the answer. This allows you to quickly find the correct answer, reinforces the information, and saves tons of precious time trying when having to look something up.

Complete The Materials In Any Order At Your Own Pace

We've designed our training program to be very flexible. You can complete the course materials in any order at your own pace. Simply jump to a different section of the program when you're ready for a change of pace.

The optimal experience means being able to work on the materials you're interested in learning at the moment, and working when you feel fresh and ready to take on a challenge. Instead of forcing everyone to work on the same materials at the same pace, our program allows you the flexibility to choose the materials you're working on and set your own schedule.

Even our review system and halt mechanism have been designed to adjust to your preferences. You can take the course in any order you like and we'll send the proper review questions from sections you've already completed. If you begin to struggle, we'll halt your progress and force a review of the materials before allowing you to move on.

Insights, Tips, And Suggestions Built In

Throught the program you'll find important tips, insights, and suggestions wherever you see the purple question mark () to help you understand the materials better and gain an understanding for how that knowledge will fit into the overall picture.

Not all information is created equal. Certain bits of information may be critically important to the safe operation of the vehicle, and some information will almost certainly show up on the CDL exam. We want to go beyond just teaching the information. We want you to understand why this information is so important and how it will affect your CDL testing and your career in the trucking industry.

What People Are Saying About The High Road Training System

"My own experience with the course itself was nothing short of amazing. To come into the course with absolutely no prior knowledge of the subject, and to be able to grasp the information, understand it, and retain it, has taken quite a bit off stress off me. Now I know that when I do enroll in a school, I can focus on the driving aspects, and not have to worry about the classroom side of things.

Being able to study at my own pace and in my own time was extremely helpful to me. Being able to see what areas I was having difficulty with, and being able to spend more time on those sections was so beneficial. The way the information is broken down and presented topic by topic keeps the course from being overwhelming, and the layout of the program itself is condusive to a variety of learning styles."

- Ahmalia

tractor trailer

"My experience so far has been fantastic. It is set up in such a way that it learns and adapts to what the student needs to pay closer attention to. If the program notices you need to go over a certain subject again, it will halt you for a review so that you dont continuously get a subject wrong.

I love the way it pulls refresher questions from other parts of the course that you have already covered. It reinforces the information needed to not only pass the permit test, but engrains it so it almost becomes second nature.

After studying for a week, and taking the practice tests here for the basic info needed to obtain a CDL learners permit, I can consistantly pass the practice tests for General Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles, Doubles and Triples, and Passengers at my State DMV. My lowest score so far is 94%.

I feel that anyone who doesn't use this before attending a school or taking their permit test is wasting a valuable asset. Before taking the course, I was lucky if I had gotten anything above 68% by just studying the manual alone.

Thanks again Brett. I'm gonna pass this on to anyone who is looking to get their CDL."

- Skip

Hi Brett,

I just want to say thank you for putting online such a valuable resource.

I used your CDL training course to study for my CDL, and when I took my written tests the DMV administrator was amazed as I finished the test faster than anyone she had ever had in her facility, and with the highest scores she had ever seen. I took all of my endorsements (Hazmat, Doubles - Triples, Tanker, and Air Brakes) all in one sitting and without hesitation I knew all of the answers. Some were tricky and not in the Colorado Manual (which I had also read) however because of the knowledge I had gained from your course I was able to logically figure out the answers.

I can honestly say that had I simply read the CDL manual I would have struggled to pass the test at all. I am convinced your course made all the difference. I went in prepared and knew what to expect and how to answer.

Thanks again Brett. I'm gonna pass this on to anyone who is looking to get their CDL."

- Tom Cooper

I wanted to share something that just made me pat myself on the back today... I am currently attending the FFE Driving Academy (Now KLLM). Today was our final written exam for the school, tomorrow we go take the DPS written tests. Once the class tests were graded, our instructor told me that in the more than two years the school had been open and with all the hundreds of students that had gone through the program, I was the third person EVER to get a perfect score on all 5 written exams.


Darn right I'm proud of myself, but I didn't do it alone. I can't express enough how helpful The High Road Training Program is, and can't thank Brett and TruckingTruth enough for putting it together.

- Joseph

"I think that the program is great! I love the way the halt feature works if it feels you're having a lot of trouble or just guessing, and the way the review system reinforces learning by re-introducing material in the form of review questions.

Even with the limited amount that I've completed thus far, I feel as if I was much more prepared when I began my schooling, and was amazed by the amount of material covered at school that I already knew just from having done this program here!"

- Rob "Moe Rhonic"

"My stress was easily cut in half by taking TruckingTruth's High Road online CDL course. I've taken many courses online and never have I seen a better product that can produce better results! I have fond memories spending endless hours studying. It was simple, clear, and so well thought out. I have absolutely nothing to criticize.

If I were to try and put a price tag on it, $250-450 easily! You and your Team of Truckers, which I can now say I legitimately am one, are the greatest!"

- Jay

"I have taken several courses via computer (Navy, private/instrument pilot exams, and teacher courses) and this incorporates all of the best of each. It is obvious you have spent an incredible amount of time bringing all of this information together.

Great job!"

- Larry

Understanding The Review System

The High Road Training Program™ will continuously adjust to your strengths and weaknesses as you work your way through. Each page of the program has its own set of questions. Along with those questions you'll see a mix of review questions from pages you've already completed. These review questions were not selected at random. We track your scores throughout the program and choose the questions you're struggling with the most, and those are the ones you'll be reviewing.

For instance...say you're ready to begin page 10. Before page 10 loads we calculate your scores on every question you've done so far, including all review questions, and decide which questions you need the most help with right now. Those high priority questions from the previous 9 pages will be loaded along with the questions from page 10.

So you don't have to keep track of what you're learning well and what you need help with - we're already doing that for you. Just work your way straight through the program and focus on getting every single question correct. We'll feed you the review questions you need the most help with throughout the program.

Do Not Guess At The Answers - Look Them Up!

Consider the quizzes at the end of each page to be a learning tool as opposed to a way of testing your knowledge. Repetition is the key to learning a large amount of materials, and the quizzes will help reinforce the correct information time and time again.

Keep in mind that your goal is to learn the materials, and guessing is not learning. In fact, guessing wrong will reinforce the incorrect answer, requiring extra repetitions of the correct answer to force the incorrect answer out of your mind.

So when taking the quizzes, please look up the correct answers and shoot for a perfect score on every quiz. With every review question you will see a link that will say "This is a review question. Click here to look up the answer". Please do it! Do not guess at the answers. We've put that link there so you can quickly and easily look up the answer. We want you to look it up. It's not a weakness or a failure on your part to have to look up the answer - that's a victory! Getting a question wrong is the only failure. So shoot for a perfect score on each quiz by looking up the correct answers each and every time. You'll learn the materials better and get through the program more quickly.

The High Road Online CDL Training Program

Our High Road Online CDL Training Program is a complete CDL test preparation course. It has everything you'll need to pass the CDL permit exam, the endorsement exams, and prepare for the start of CDL training:

  • The entire CDL manual is built right in and split into small sections
  • A few multiple choice questions follow each section
  • Score tracking and progress reports throughout the program
  • A review system helps you learn by reinforcing the correct answers
  • A friendly and easy to use interface makes it a breeze to use

We've found a way to teach you the entire CDL manual faster and easier than you thought possible. By breaking it down into small sections and reviewing the questions several times you'll be well prepared for your CDL exams!

Random Questions From The High Road™ CDL Training Program

Review Questions - Click On The Picture To Begin...

These Questions Are From The Illinois CDL Manual

When approaching a downgrade, when is the best time to downshift?
  • None of these are correct
  • Downshift once the RPM's become too high for the current gear
  • Downshift before starting down the hill
  • Downshift about half way down the hill
This is a review question from page 16 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 25 Of The CDL Manual:

Slow down and shift down to a speed that you can control without using the brakes hard. Otherwise the brakes can overheat and lose their braking power. Downshift before starting down the hill. Make sure you are in a low enough gear, usually lower than the gear required to climb the same hill.

Indirect tiedowns create what direction of force?
  • Frontwards.
  • Backwards.
  • Side-to-side.
  • Downward.
This is a review question from page 154 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 2 Of The CDL Manual:

Indirect Tiedowns

Indirect tiedowns create a downward force that increases the friction between the cargo and the deck. This increased friction restrains the cargo.

What is a School Bus Endorsement?
  • An endorsement to drive school children in any vehicle for the sake of financial compensation
  • An endorsement to drive a bus of school children to any location other than a public learning center
  • An endorsement required to carry more than 10 passengers under the age of 12
  • An endorsement to drive a yellow school bus designed to seat 16 or more persons, including the driver
This is a review question from page 40 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 60 Of The CDL Manual:

A CDL holder wanting a School Bus Endorsement - An endorsement to drive a yellow school bus designed to seat 16 or more persons, including the driver - must first pass the knowledge exam (If your bus has air brakes, you also must pass the air brake exam). You must pass the skills and driving exams in the school bus of the license class for which you are applying.

The school bus endorsement is required when transporting pre-primary, primary or secondary school students from home to school, from school to home, or to and from school sponsored events.

CDL school bus drivers cannot legally operate a yellow school bus if they do not have the (S) School Bus Endorsement.

Which of these statements accurately defines the maximum amount of air loss allowed with the service brake released?
  • None of these answers are correct
  • The loss rate should be less than 3 psi in 2 minutes for single vehicles and less than 4 psi in 2 minutes for combination vehicles
  • The loss rate should be less than 3 psi in 1 minute for single vehicles and less than 4 psi in 1 minute for combination vehicles
  • The loss rate should be less than 1 psi in 1 minute for single vehicles and less than 2 psi in 1 minute for combination vehicles
This is a review question from page 45 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 66 Of The CDL Manual:

Test air leakage rate: With a fully-charged air system (typically 125 psi), turn off the engine, release the service brake, and time the air pressure drop. The loss rate should be less than 2 psi in 1 minute for single vehicles and less than 3 psi in 1 minute for combination vehicles. Then apply 90 psi or more with the brake pedal. After the initial pressure drop, if the air pressure falls more than 3 psi in 1 minute for single vehicles and more than 4 psi for combination vehicles, the air loss rate is too much. Check for air leaks, and repair before driving the vehicle. Otherwise, you could lose your brakes while driving.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

You really need to memorize the allowable air leakage rates. This will very likely come up on your written exam and will come up again during the pre-trip exam. Here's what you should memorize (create flash cards if you have to).

With the service brakes released (not depressing the brake pedal):

  • Air loss rate should be less than 2 psi in 1 minute for a single vehicle.
  • Air loss rate should be less than 3 psi in 1 minute for combination vehicles (vehicles with a trailer).

With the service brakes depressed (pressing the brake pedal):

  • Air loss rate should be less than 3 psi in 1 minute for a single vehicle.
  • Air loss rate should be less than 4 psi in 1 minute for combination vehicles (vehicles with a trailer).

Be sure to have that memorized. Very important!!

A combination of securing devices which form an assembly that attaches cargo to, or restrains cargo on, a vehicle or trailer, and is attached to anchor point(s) is a:
  • Tiedown
  • Void Filler
  • Edge Protector
  • Working Load Limit
This is a review question from page 152 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 1 Of The CDL Manual:

  • Tiedown:

    A combination of securing devices which form an assembly that attaches cargo to, or restrains cargo on, a vehicle or trailer, and is attached to anchor point(s).

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    What is the minimum amount of tread depth allowed on a steering axle?
    • 1-inch
    • 2/32-inch
    • 4/32-inch
    • 1/2-inch
    This is a review question from page 83 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 119 Of The CDL Manual:

    Tires: The following items must be inspected on every tire:

    • Tread depth - Check for minimum tread depth (4/32-inch on steering axle tires, 2/32-inch on all other tires).
    • Tire condition - Check that tread is evenly worn and look for cuts or other damage to tread or sidewalls. Also, make sure that valve caps and stems are not missing, broken or damaged.
    • Tire inflation - Check for proper inflation by using a tire gauge or by striking tires with a mallet or other similar device.

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    When checking a steer tire, say to the examiner:

    "I'm checking the steer tire to make sure the tread is evenly worn and there are no abrasions, bulges, or cuts to tread or sidewalls. The tread must have a minimum depth of 4/32 of an inch. The tires must be properly inflated according to factory specifications. Tire inflation on steer tires must be checked with a tire gauge."

    If you're driving a vehicle with hydraulic brakes and lose brake pressure, you should do all of the following except:
    • Downshift to a lower gear to help slow the vehicle
    • All of these are steps you should take if you lose brake pressure
    • Use the parking brake to slow the vehicle down
    • Pump the brakes to try and regenerate hydraulic pressure
    This is a review question from page 29 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 43 Of The CDL Manual:

    Loss of hydraulic pressure: When the system will not build up pressure, the brake pedal will feel spongy or go to the floor. Following are things you can do:

    • Downshift - Putting the vehicle into a lower gear will help to slow the vehicle.
    • Pump the brakes - Sometimes pumping the brake pedal will generate enough hydraulic pressure to stop the vehicle.
    • Use the parking brake - The parking or emergency brake is separate from the hydraulic brake system. Therefore, it can be used to slow the vehicle. However, be sure to press the release button or pull the release lever at the same time you use the emergency brake so you can adjust the brake pressure and keep the wheels from locking up.

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    If you are becoming a Class-A licensed truck or bus driver, there is a very low chance you'll drive a commercial vehicle with hydraulic brakes, but you may still be asked a question about hydraulic brakes on the written exam.

    Which of these is a shipper's responsibility for HAZMAT placarded loads?
    • Report en-route accidents to proper government agencies
    • All of these are shipper responsibilities
    • Placard the vehicle
    • Package, mark and label the materials
    This is a review question from page 63 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 87 Of The CDL Manual:

    The shipper:

    • Sends products from one place to another by truck, rail, vessel or airplane.
    • Uses the hazardous materials regulations to decide the product's:
      • Proper shipping name
      • Hazard class
      • Identification number
      • Correct packaging
      • Correct label and markings
      • Correct placards
    • Must package, mark and label the materials, prepare shipping papers, provide emergency response information and supply placards.
    • Must certify on the shipping paper that the shipment has been prepared according to the rules (unless you are pulling cargo tanks supplied by you or your employer)

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    Be sure to understand the different responsibilities for:

    • The shipper
    • The carrier
    • The driver
    After making a turn, you should:
    • Straddle both lanes until you're up to speed in order to prevent vehicles from passing
    • Move into the left-most lane
    • Make sure the turn signal is off
    • Accelerate as slowly as possible
    This is a review question from page 88 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 128 Of The CDL Manual:

    After the turn:

    - Make sure turn signal is off.
    - Get up to speed of traffic, use turn signal, and move into right-most lane when safe to do so (if not already there).

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    Semi-trucks do not come with self-cancelling turn signals. You must cancel turn signals manually. Therefor, it is extremely important to remember to cancel your turn signal after making a turn. Driving with your turn signal on is not only very dangerous, it will cost you points during the driving exam.

    Before coupling a tractor to a trailer, the Fifth Wheel should:
    • Be put in the manual lock position
    • Be free of oil and grease
    • Be tilted down towards the rear of the tractor
    • Have the jaws closed
    This is a review question from page 51 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 75 Of The CDL Manual:

    Inspect Fifth Wheel Check for damaged/missing parts.

    • Check to see that mounting to tractor is secure, no cracks in frame, etc.
    • Be sure that the fifth wheel plate is greased as required. Failure to keep the fifth wheel plate lubricated could cause steering problems because of friction between the tractor and trailer.
    • Check if fifth wheel is in proper position for coupling:
      • Wheel tilted down towards rear of tractor.
      • Jaws open.
      • Safety unlocking handle in the automatic lock position.
    • If you have a sliding fifth wheel, make sure it is locked.
    • Make sure the trailer kingpin is not bent or broken.
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