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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.

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 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

What is the cargo's center of gravity?
  • The center point of the cargo's weight.
  • The distance from the front of the trailer to the center point of the cargo.
  • The average height of the cargo above the trailer floor.
  • The overall length of the cargo after being loaded into the trailer.
This is a review question from page 114 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

The center of gravity location of the cargo is the center point of the cargo's weight. In other words, if all of the cargo in your trailer was one solid block, the center of gravity would be the point that the entire block would balance upon like a teeter totter.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Sometimes you will load 22 pallets that all weigh the same. That makes it simple to determine the center of gravity. But often times you'll have a mixed product and you'll have to look over what's being put on the truck so you can get the weight of the cargo roughly centered between the drive axles and trailer tandems.
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When a vehicle behind you is driving too close, you should do the following to reduce the chances of an accident except:
  • Signal early, be extra cautious, and reduce speed very gradually
  • Very gradually reduce your speed to encourage the vehicle behind you to pass
  • Increase your following distance to avoid making sudden speed or direction changes
  • Pull over to the side of the road and stop
This is a review question from page 21 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 32 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

If you are being tailgated, do the following to reduce the chances of an accident: Avoid quick changes. If you have to slow down or turn, signal early and reduce speed very gradually. Increase your following distance. Opening up room in front of you will help you avoid having to make sudden speed or direction changes. It also makes it easier for the tailgater to get around you. Do not speed up. It is safer to be tailgated at a low speed than a high speed. Avoid tricks. Do not turn on your taillights or flash your brake lights. Follow the suggestions above

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When should air tanks be drained?
  • Every month
  • At the end of each day
  • None of these answers are correct
  • At least once per week
This is a review question from page 47 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 69 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

If your vehicle does not have automatic air tank drains, drain your air tanks at the end of each working day to remove moisture and oil. Otherwise, the brakes could fail.

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Using 6 miles per gallon as your fuel mileage and 8 pounds per gallon for the weight of fuel, how much total fuel weight will you burn off in 600 miles?
  • 480 pounds of fuel
  • 800 pounds of fuel
  • 850 pounds of fuel
  • 600 pounds of fuel
This is a review question from page 117 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

To figure out how many gallons of fuel you'll burn off, simply divide the number of miles travelled by the miles per gallon

Number of miles travelled / miles per gallon = gallons of fuel burned off

TruckingTruth's Advice:

600 miles travelled / 6 miles per gallon = 100 gallons of fuel burned off

100 gallons x 8 pounds per gallon = 800 pounds of fuel burned off
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When checking trailer air and electrical connections, you should:
  • Check that trailer air connectors are sealed and in good condition
  • All of these things should be checked
  • Make sure glad hands are locked in place, free of damage or air leaks
  • Make sure the trailer electrical plug is firmly seated and locked in place
This is a review question from page 86 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 121 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Air/electrical connections:

- Check that trailer air connectors are sealed and in good condition.
- Make sure glad hands are locked in place, free of damage or air leaks.
- Make sure the trailer electrical plug is firmly seated and locked in place.

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What violation occurs at 2:00 p.m. on this example?

  • 14 hour rule violation
  • 11 hour rule violation
  • 30 minute break violation
  • No violation occurs at 2:00 p.m.
This is a review question from page 99 - 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 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Explanation - 11 Hour Limit: After 10 consecutive hours off duty, the driver was eligible to drive for up to 11 hours beginning at midnight. The driver reached the 11 hour limit at 3:00 p.m., at which point he or she entered the sleeper berth for 8 consecutive hours. The 8 hour sleeper berth period, combined with the earlier 2 hour off duty period (in this case, a combination of sleeper berth and off duty time beginning at 9:00 a.m.), made the driver eligible for the split sleeper berth provision. That is, the driver accumulated at least 10 hours of rest using a combination of at least 8 (but less than 10) consecutive hours in a sleeper berth and another break of at least 2 (but less than 10) consecutive hours either off duty and/or in a sleeper berth. This moves the 11 hour calculation point to the end of the first of the two qualifying breaks, or 11:00 a.m. After 11:00 a.m., the driver accumulated 4 hours of driving time, leaving 7 hours to be used after 11:00 p.m.

Explanation - 30 Minute Break: Since the driver was never on duty beyond an 8 consecutive hour period without at least 30 minutes taken off duty, there are no violations of the 30 minute break provision in this example.

Explanation - 14 Hour Limit: After 10 consecutive hours off duty, the driver had 14 hours available beginning at midnight. The 14 hour limit was reached at 2:00 p.m., but the driver continued to drive, resulting in a 1 hour violation from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The driver then went into the sleeper berth for 8 consecutive hours, which enabled him or her to take advantage of the split sleeper berth provision. This moves the 14 hour calculation point to 11:00 a.m. Counting forward from there (and excluding the 8 hour sleeper berth period), the driver had 10 hours remaining at 11:00 p.m. and had no further violations. The fact that the driver returned to compliance after 11:00 p.m. does not remove the violation from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The driver should have taken the break at 2:00 p.m. to avoid the violation.

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Which day below contains a violation?

Day 1

Day 2

  • There are no violations on either day
  • Day 2 contains at least 1 violation
  • Both days contain at least 1 violation
  • Day 1 contains at least 1 violation
This is a review question from page 103 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Logging Example #23

Day 1

Day 2

Violations: There is a 30 minute break violation from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Day 1. There is also a 14 hour rule violation on Day 2 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Explanation - 11 Hour Limit: After 10 consecutive hours off duty, the initial calculation point for this driver's 11 hour driving limit is 10:00 a.m. on Day 1. The driver drove 9 hours that day before taking 8 hours off duty in the sleeper berth, leaving 2 hours of driving time available at 3:00 a.m. on Day 2 (the 8 hour sleeper berth period does not result in extra driving time). The driver used those 2 hours and reached the 11 hour limit at 5:00 a.m. when he or she had to stop driving. Then the driver went off duty for at least 2 consecutive hours (8 hours off duty total) to take advantage of the sleeper berth provision. He or she accumulated at least 10 hours of rest using a combination of at least 8 consecutive hours in a sleeper berth and another break of at least 2 consecutive hours. This moves the 11 hour calculation point to the end of the first of the two qualifying breaks, or 3:00 a.m. on Day 2. Between 3:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Day 2, the driver had 2 hours of driving, so at 1:00 p.m. there were 9 hours of driving remaining (11 - 9) and the driver stayed within that limit.

Explanation - 30 Minute Break: On Day 1, the driver had been on duty since 10:00 a.m. and was required to take at least a 30 minute break before driving beyond 6:00 p.m. Therefore, the driver was in violation of the 30 minute break provision from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Day 1. On Day 2, the driver was on duty for a total of 8 hours between 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Since the driver went off duty at 9:00 p.m., exactly 8 consecutive hours after first going on duty (driving), no violation occurred.

Explanation - 14 Hour Limit: Calculation of the 14 hour limit starts at 10:00 a.m. on Day 1, but does not include the 8-hour sleeper-berth period (7:00 p.m. on Day 1 to 3:00 a.m. on Day 2) because any sleeper period of at least 8 but less than 10 consecutive hours is excluded from the 14 hour calculation. So by 5:00 a.m. on Day 2, the driver used 11 hours driving and had 3 hours remaining out of the 14 hours allowed. But at 5:00 a.m., the driver went off duty for at least 2 hours, making him or her eligible for the split sleeper berth provision. This moves the calculation point for the 14 hour limit to the end of the first of the two rest periods used to obtain 10 hours off duty, or 3:00 a.m. on Day 2. consecutive hours after 3:00 a.m. is 5:00 p.m., when this driver should have stopped driving but did not.

NOTE: Any period of off duty time less than 10 hours (such as this driver's 8 hour off duty break on Day 2) is included in the 14 hour calculation. Also note that the driver's 8 hour sleeper berth period allowed him or her to drive during the 18th and 19th hour after first coming on duty, but it did not by itself give the driver additional driving time beyond 11 hours.

To remain in compliance, the driver should have stopped driving at 5:00 p.m. on Day 2. The driver would have remained in compliance if he or she had gone off duty for 10 hours on Day 2 instead of just 8, or if he or she had spent those 8 hours in a sleeper berth.

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What is the advantage to moving right instead of left when an oncoming vehicle veers into your lane?
  • If you're blocked on both sides of your vehicle, you will avoid forcing the vehicle on your left into oncoming traffic
  • The oncoming vehicle may try to steer back into the correct lane at the last second
  • If a shoulder is present, it is unlikely anybody will be next to your right side
  • All of these answers are correct
This is a review question from page 28 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 42 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

If an oncoming driver has drifted into your lane, a move to your right is best. If that driver realizes what has happened, the natural response will be to return to his/her own lane. If something is blocking your path, the best direction to steer will depend on the situation.

  • If you have been using your mirrors, you will know which lane is empty and can be safely used.
  • If the shoulder is clear, going right may be best. No one is likely to be driving on the shoulder, but someone may be passing you on the left. You will know if you have been using your mirrors.
  • If you are blocked on both sides, a move to the right may be best. At least you will not force anyone into an opposing traffic lane and a possible head-on collision.
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When pulling back onto the roadway from the shoulder, you should deactivate your four-way flashers:
  • Once you are in the traffic lane and up to highway speeds
  • Before rolling forward to re-enter the traffic flow
  • For approximately 30 seconds after re-entering traffic flow
  • After you have re-entered the traffic lane
This is a review question from page 89 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 129 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

When instructed to resume:

- Check traffic and mirrors thoroughly in all directions.
- Turn off the four-way flashers.
- Activate the left turn signal.
- When traffic permits, release the parking brake and pull straight ahead.
- Do not turn the wheel before your vehicle moves.
- Check traffic from all directions, especially to the left.
- Steer and accelerate smoothly into the proper lane when safe to do so.
- Once your vehicle is back into the flow of traffic, cancel the left turn signal.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Before you begin moving forward, you should activate the left turn signal so other motorists know you're getting ready to re-enter the traffic lane.

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The three required safety items all commercial vehicles must have are:
  • First aid kit, road flares, fire extinguisher
  • CB radio, spare light bulbs, first aid kit
  • Road flares, reflective safety vest, fire extinguisher
  • Spare electrical fuses, three red reflective triangles, fire extinguisher
This is a review question from page 81 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 117 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Emergency equipment:

  • Check for spare electrical fuses.
  • Check for three red reflective triangles.
  • Check for a properly charged and rated fire extinguisher.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Be sure to memorize all of the required safety equipment and know where the equipment is located so you can show the examiner.

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