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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

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"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.

WOW!

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

In cargo securement, a 'well' is defined as:
  • A female housing fixed to the side or ends of a vehicle to receive a stake or peg, and may also be used as an anchor point.
  • A vertical barrier across the front of the deck of a vehicle to prevent forward movement of cargo.
  • The depression formed between two cylindrical articles when they are laid with their eyes horizontal and parallel against each other.
  • A vertical barrier across a vehicle to prevent forward movement of cargo.
This is a review question from page 158 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 2 Of The CDL Manual:

  • Well:

    The depression formed between two cylindrical articles when they are laid with their eyes horizontal and parallel against each other.

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    When making a right turn, you should:
    • Finish the turn in the right most (curb) lane
    • Finish the turn in the center lane
    • Finish the turn in the left lane
    • If two lanes are available, straddle both lanes until the trailer is straight, then choose a safe lane
    This is a review question from page 91 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 131 Of The CDL Manual:

    Lane usage:

    - Do not put vehicle over curbs, sidewalks or lane markings.
    - Stop behind stop lines, crosswalks or stop signs.
    - Complete a turn in the proper lane on a multiple-lane road (vehicle should finish a left turn in the lane directly to the right of the center line).
    - Finish a right turn in the right-most (curb) lane.
    - Move to or remain in right-most lane unless lane is blocked.

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    When making a left turn, finish the turn in the left lane and when making a right turn, finish the turn in the right lane. Be sure no vehicles "squeeze" next to you while making the turn.

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    What is the main factor that will limit how far back you can slide your tandems?
    • The overall height to length ratio of the cargo in the trailer
    • The maximum legal length allowed between your trailer kingpin and your trailer tandems
    • The distance between your steer axle and drive axles or "tractor length rating"
    • The load rating of your drive tires
    This is a review question from page 110 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

    The maximum legal length allowed between your trailer kingpin and your trailer tandems will limit how far back you can slide your tandems

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    Different states have different laws regarding the maximum length allowed from your kingpin to your trailer tandems and you can look up these values in the Rand McNally Motor Carrier's Atlas
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    A bulkhead is used:
    • to reinforce blocking.
    • to protect the cab in the event cargo should shift forward.
    • to unitize articles and is tensioned and clamped or crimped back upon itself. (same as "Strapping")
    • to prevent forward movement of cargo.
    This is a review question from page 158 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 2 Of The CDL Manual:

  • Bulkhead:

    A vertical barrier across a vehicle to prevent forward movement of cargo.

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    While inspecting the brake chamber, you should:
    • Check for air leaks
    • Make sure it's properly mounted and secure
    • You should do all of these things
    • Look for cracks and dents
    This is a review question from page 83 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 118 Of The CDL Manual:

    Brake chambers: Check that brake chambers are not leaking, cracked or dented and are securely mounted.

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    After pointing out the location of a brake chamber, tell the examiner:

    "I am now inspecting the brake chamber to make sure it's not cracked, bent, or broken. I'm also making sure it is properly mounted and secure and is not leaking."

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    All of these methods can be used to secure a second trailer before coupling, except:
    • If the second trailer does not have spring brakes, drive the tractor close to the trailer, connect the emergency line, charge the trailer air tank, and disconnect the emergency line
    • Back another trailer to the rear of the trailer you want to hook to which will act as a brace and keep the trailer from rolling
    • Make sure the trailer spring brakes are locked
    • Chock the wheels
    This is a review question from page 56 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 80 Of The CDL Manual:

    • Release dolly brakes by opening the air tank petcock. (Or, if the dolly has spring brakes, use the dolly parking brake control.)
    • Make sure trailer brakes are locked and/or wheels chocked.
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    With a non-combination vehicle, how much air loss can occur in 1 minute with the service brake depressed?
    • No more than 5 psi
    • No more than 4 psi
    • No more than 3 psi
    • No more than 6 psi
    This is a review question from page 82 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 117 Of The CDL Manual:

    With the engine running, build the air pressure to governed cut-out (100-125 psi). Shut off the engine, turn the electrical power on, chock your wheels, if necessary, release the tractor protection valve and parking brake (push in), fully apply the foot brake and hold it for one minute. Check the air gauge to see if the air pressure drops more than 3 pounds in 1 minute (single vehicle) or 4 pounds in 1 minute (combination vehicle) with brake applied. When brake is unapplied, air pressure drops more than 2 pounds in 1 minute with a single vehicle and 3 pounds in 1 minute in a combination vehicle.

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    Be sure to memorize how much air loss is acceptable when the service brakes are applied and not applied.

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    Do converter dollies have spring brakes?
    • Some converter dollies have spring brakes, but dollies are not required to have them
    • While some states don't require dollies to have spring brakes, it is required for dollies to have spring brakes on the interstate system
    • All converter dollies are required to have spring brakes if built after 1975
    • Converter dollies don't ever have spring brakes
    This is a review question from page 56 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 80 Of The CDL Manual:

    A converter gear or dolly is a coupling device of one or two axles and a fifth wheel by which a semitrailer can be coupled to the rear of a tractor-trailer combination forming a double bottom rig.

    • Release dolly brakes by opening the air tank petcock. (Or, if the dolly has spring brakes, use the dolly parking brake control.
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    How do you check to make sure the trailer height is correct before coupling?
    • The trailer landing gear should be lowered completely so that you can push the dolly under the trailer and be ready to drive once attached
    • The trailer must be slightly lower than the center of the fifth wheel, so the trailer is raised slightly when dolly is pushed under.
    • The trailer should be a minimum of 1ft higher than the fifth wheel, so the trailer king pin will not strike the fifth wheel plate and cause damage
    • The trailer should be slightly higher than the center of the fifth wheel, so the trailer doesn't have to raise up when the dolly is pushed under
    This is a review question from page 56 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 81 Of The CDL Manual:

    Connect converter dolly to rear trailer:

    • Make sure trailer brakes are locked and/or wheels chocked.
    • Make sure trailer height is correct. (It must be slightly lower than the center of the fifth wheel, so trailer is raised slightly when dolly is pushed under.)
    • Back converter dolly under rear trailer.
    • Raise landing gear slightly off ground to prevent damage if trailer moves.
    • Test coupling by pulling against pin of number two semi-trailer.
    • Make visual check of coupling. (No space between upper and lower fifth wheel. Locking jaws closed on kingpin.)
    • Connect safety chains, air hoses and light cords.
    • Close converter dolly air tank petcock and shut-off valves at rear of second trailer (service and emergency shut-offs).
    • Open shut-off valves at rear of first trailer (and on dolly if so equipped).
    • Raise landing gear completely.
    • Charge trailers (push "air supply" knob in) and check for air at rear of second trailer by opening the emergency line shut-off. If air pressure is not there, something is wrong and the brakes will not work.
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    When driving on packed snow, how much should you reduce your speed?
    • Reduce speed by about 1/4
    • Maintain your speed to avoid being rear-ended
    • Reduce speed by about 1/2 or more
    • Reduce speed by about 1/8
    This is a review question from page 20 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 29 Of The CDL Manual:

    It will take longer to stop and be harder to turn without skidding when the road is slippery. You must drive slower to be able to stop in the same distance as on a dry road. Wet roads can double stopping distance. Reduce speed by about one-third (e.g., slow from 55 to 35 mph) on a wet road. On packed snow, reduce speed by half or more. If the surface is icy, reduce speed to a crawl and stop driving as soon as you can safely do so.

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