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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.

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Our training program covers it all. After completing our program you'll have all of the knowledge necessary to pass the permit written exam and all of the endorsement exams.

But 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

Our advanced review system re-calculates your scores in real time and allows you to review the questions you need the most immediate help with each step of the way.

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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 in real time, and gives you continued reinforcement where you need it most.

Intelligent Halting System

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.

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What would be the point of feeding you new materials if we see 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 most until we see you're ready to continue on to new materials.

Dynamically Built, Interactive Quizzes

The multiple choice quizzes given on each page include both 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.

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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, and at your own pace. Simply jump to a different section of the program when you're ready for a change of pace.

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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

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.

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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

"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 is a complete CDL test preparation course. It has everything you'll need to pass the CDL permit exam and prepare for the start of CDL training:

  1. The entire CDL manual is built right in and broken down into small sections
  2. A few multiple choice questions follow each section
  3. Score tracking and progress reports available throughout the program
  4. A review system helps you learn by going over the questions you're struggling with
  5. A friendly and easy to use interface makes it a breeze to use
  6. And to top it off the whole darn thing is free :-)

Trying to read and memorize the entire CDL manual is a daunting task. We've made it so much easier by breaking it down into small sections with a few multiple choice review questions after each section.

Take a moment to learn more by exploring the tabs above and enjoy a preview of the user interface by answering some randomly chosen questions below.

Random Questions From The High Road™ CDL Training Program

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

These Questions Come From The Illinois CDL Manual

Is the below example a completed 34 hour restart?

Day 1

Day 2

  • None of these answers are correct
  • Yes, the restart has been completed
  • No, the driver didn't spend enough time off duty to complete the restart
  • No, the driver didn't complete two rest periods between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
This is a review question from page 105 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Day 1

Day 2

Explanation - 34 Hour Restart: In this example, the 34 hour restart has been completed successfully. The driver took 34 consecutive hours off duty from 1:00 a.m. on Day 1 until 5:00 a.m. on Day 2. Not only does this satisfy the 34 hour consecutive break requirement, but it also satisfies the two required break periods between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. At 5:00 a.m. on Day 2, the drivers 34 hour break was completed and his/her 70 hour limit would reset.

Which vehicle is not required to pass a safety inspection?
  • Vehicles with a gross weight of 8,000 pounds or less.
  • None of these vehicles need to pass a safety inspection
  • Farm tractors, machinery and other implements.
  • Vehicles owned or operated by the federal government, which display proof of ownership.
This is a review question from page 6 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 12 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Garages or service stations licensed by the Department of Transportation may make safety inspections. Second division vehicles not required to pass safety inspections include:

- Vehicles with a gross weight of 8,000 pounds or less.
- Farm tractors, machinery and other implements.
- Vehicles owned or operated by the city of Chicago, which display proof of ownership.
- Vehicles owned or operated by the federal government, which display proof of ownership.
- Vehicles registered as recreational vehicles, which display proper plates.
- Properly licensed antique vehicles.
- Specialized vehicles as defined by statute.
- Vehicles properly registered in another state.

What are the four basic weight limits?
  • single tire, bridge formula, tri-axle, gross vehicle
  • double spacing, single axle, bridge forumula, overweight
  • single axle, tandem axle, single tire, eight tire
  • single axle, tandem axle, bridge formula, and gross vehicle
This is a review question from page 109 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

There are four basic weight limits: single axle, tandem axle, bridge formula, and gross vehicle.
How much space should be visible between the upper and lower fifth wheel?
  • There should be no space visible
  • There should be 2 to 4 inches of space visible
  • There should be 1 to 2 inches of space visible
  • There should be space visible, but it should be less than 1 inch
This is a review question from page 52 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 77 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Inspecting Coupling

  • Use a flashlight if necessary.
  • Make sure there is no space between upper and lower fifth wheel. If there is space, something is wrong (kingpin may be on top of closed fifth wheel jaws; trailer would come loose very easily).
  • Go under trailer and look into the back of the fifth wheel. Make sure the fifth wheel jaws have closed around the shank of the kingpin.
  • Check that locking lever is in the "lock" position.
  • Check that safety latch is in position over locking lever. (On some fifth wheels, the latch must be put in place by hand.)
  • If the coupling is not right, do not drive the coupled unit; get it repaired.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

No space should ever be visible between the fifth wheel plate and the trailer. Be sure you visibly inspect the fifth wheel, as well as the king pin and locking jaws every time you hook to a new trailer. It's also a great idea to get into the habit of pulling against the trailer by leaving the trailer brakes on and slightly tugging on the trailer. This will help insure that you are properly connected. Dropped trailers are very common in the trucking industry, simply because drivers become lazy and don't visually check the truck / trailer connection.

If you are driving a bus, a school bus or a vehicle displaying placards, you must stop within how many feet from the nearest rail?
  • Between 30 and 60 feet
  • Between 10 and 20 feet
  • Between 5 and 10 feet
  • Between 15 and 50 feet
This is a review question from page 91 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 130 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

If you are driving a bus, a school bus or a vehicle displaying placards, be prepared to observe the following procedures at every railroad crossing (unless the crossing is exempt):

- As the vehicle approaches a railroad crossing, activate the four-way flashers.
- Stop the vehicle within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail and set parking brake.
- Listen and look in both directions along the track for an approaching train and for signals indicating the approach of a train. If operating a bus, you must open the window and door prior to crossing tracks.
- Keep hands on the steering wheel as the vehicle crosses the tracks.
- Do not stop, change gears or change lanes while any part of your vehicle is proceeding across the tracks.
- The 4-way flashers should be deactivated after the vehicle crosses the tracks.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Take the time to memorize the distance you must be from the nearest rail even if you don't plan on obtaining a passenger or Hazardous Material endorsement.

The following are reasons why brake fade occurs except:
  • Excessive braking on a downgrade
  • Overheating brakes
  • Brakes which are out of adjustment
  • Moisture on the brake pads
This is a review question from page 26 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 39 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Brake Fading or Failure - Brakes are designed so brake shoes or pads rub against the brake drum or disks to slow the vehicle. Braking creates heat. But brakes are designed to take a lot of heat. However, brakes can fade or fail from excessive heat caused by using them too much and not relying on the engine braking effect.

Brake fade also is affected by adjustment. To safely control a vehicle, each brake must do its share of the work. Brakes out of adjustment will stop doing their shares before those that are in adjustment. The other brakes can then overheat and fade, and there will not be enough braking available to control the vehicle.

Brakes can get out of adjustment quickly, especially when they are used a lot; brake linings also wear faster when they are hot. Therefore, brake adjustment must be checked frequently.


How many violations have occurred on the below log?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 0
  • 1
This is a review question from page 102 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Violations: There is a 14 hour rule violation from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Explanation - 11 Hour Limit: After 10 consecutive hours off duty, the driver had 11 hours of driving time available at 2:00 a.m. The driver completed 11 total hours of driving by 10:00 p.m. and went off duty, so there were no violations of the 11 hour rule.

Explanation - 30 Minute Break: Once the driver began driving at 2:00 a.m., a 30 minute break was not needed until 10:00 a.m. (8 hours after first going on duty). Since the driver went off duty at 8:00 a.m. and spent more than 30 minutes off duty (sleeper berth), the driver was never in violation. During the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the driver was only on duty (driving) for 5 hours before moving back to off duty. Even though the 14 hour limit was being violated during that time, the 30 minute break provision was not violated.

Explanation - 14 Hour Limit: After 10 consecutive hours off duty, the driver had 14 hours available beginning at 2:00 a.m. The driver reached the 14 hour limit at 4:00 p.m. and violated the rules by driving an additional 5 hours without first obtaining either: 10 consecutive hours off duty; or 8 consecutive hours in a sleeper berth. To remain in compliance the driver should have either:

  • Obtained one additional hour off duty or in the sleeper berth in the middle of the day (for a total of 10 consecutive hours off duty) or;
  • Remained in the sleeper berth for 8 consecutive hours, rather than only 7. Had the driver remained in the sleeper for 8 consecutive hours, that 8-hour sleeper period would have been excluded from the 14 hour calculation and the driver would have remained in compliance.
In the following picture, what are axles 2 and 3 commonly referred to as?
  • "duals" or "tractor set"
  • "drives" or "drive axles"
  • "drives" or "trailer drives"
  • "tandems" or "front trailer tandems"
This is a review question from page 110 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

#2 and #3 together are your tractor drive tandem axles (commonly referred to as "drives" or "drive axles")

TruckingTruth's Advice:

You'll normally hear drivers refer to these two axles as your "drives". They'll say, "The other day I scaled out and my 'drives' were over by 800 pounds".
The Tractor Protection Valve will close automatically in what air pressure range
  • 0 to 25 psi
  • 90 to 110 psi
  • 20 to 45 psi
  • 50 to 75 psi
This is a review question from page 49 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 73 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

The tractor protection valve will close automatically if air pressure is low (in the range of 20 to 45 psi).

TruckingTruth's Advice:

It is definitely worth memorizing the psi range the tractor protection valve will automatically close. Not only will you need to know this for the written and pre-trip exams, but you'll definitely want to know this info for real-world driving situations and when testing the air brake system.

Which statement is true regarding hazardous material transport employers?
  • Your employer or a designated representative is required to provide periodic testing and training
  • Hazardous materials employers are required to keep a record of training that each employee has received
  • Both of these statements are false
  • Both of these statements are true
This is a review question from page 62 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 86 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

The regulations require training and testing for all drivers involved in transporting hazardous materials. Your employer or a designated representative is required to provide this training and testing. Hazardous materials employers are required to keep a record of that training on each employee as long as that employee is working with hazardous materials, and for 90 days thereafter. The regulations require that hazardous materials employees be trained and tested at least once every three years.

The regulations also require that drivers have special training before driving a vehicle transporting certain flammable gas materials or highway route controlled quantities of radioactive materials. In addition, drivers transporting cargo tanks and portable tanks must receive specialized training. Each driver's employer or designated representative must provide such training.

Please select an option

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