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The High Road™ Online CDL Training Program

The Most Effective CDL Test Preparation Course On The Planet

This program is 100% free for everyone!
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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.

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

Which of these statements accurately defines the maximum amount of air loss allowed with the service brake engaged?
  • 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
  • None of these answers are correct
  • The loss rate should be less than 4 psi in 1 minute for single vehicles and less than 5 psi in 1 minute for combination vehicles
  • 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
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!!

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If there is a hazardous material spill, you should:
  • Not say anything to anyone as it could cause unnecessary panic
  • Keep people far away and upwind
  • Keep people far away and downwind
  • Ask as many people as you can to come help contain the spill
This is a review question from page 75 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 102 Of The CDL Manual:

Accidents/Incidents - As a professional driver, your job at the scene of an accident is to:

  • Keep people away from the scene.
  • Limit the spread of material, only if you can safely do so.
  • Communicate the danger of the hazardous materials to emergency response personnel.
  • Provide emergency responders with the shipping papers and emergency response information.

Follow this checklist:

  • Check to see that your driving partner is OK.
  • Keep shipping papers and ERI with you.
  • Keep people far away and upwind.
  • Warn others of the danger.
  • Send for help.
  • Follow your employer's instructions.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

If safely possible, you should always try to contain a hazardous material spill, but the main concern is human safety. Keep people away from the spill and warn anybody nearby of the danger. Don't try to contain the spill unless you can do it safely. Otherwise, contact and wait for emergency crews to arrive.

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The load carrying area of a truck, trailer, or intermodal container is referred to as the:
  • Well
  • Bulkhead
  • Deck
  • Headboard
This is a review question from page 119 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 1 Of The CDL Manual:

Deck:

The load carrying area of a truck, trailer, or intermodal container.

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Which day below contains at least 1 violation?

Day 1

Day 2

  • There are no violations on either day
  • Day 2 contains at least 1 violation
  • Day 1 contains at least 1 violation
  • Both days contain violations
This is a review question from page 104 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

Day 1

Day 2

Violations:There are no violations.

Explanation - 11 Hour Limit: After 10 consecutive hours off duty, the driver had 11 hours of driving time available at 2:00 a.m. on Day 1. The driver used those 11 hours by 3:00 p.m. when he or she entered the sleeper berth for 8 consecutive hours. Because the driver 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, he or she was eligible for the split sleeper berth provision. This moves the calculation point to the end of the first of the two periods of rest, or 9:00 a.m. on Day 1. Starting the calculation from there, the driver accumulated another 11 hours of driving by 4:00 a.m. on Day 2. By 6:00 a.m. on Day 2, the driver accumulated another pair of qualifying breaks totaling at least 10 hours. This moves the calculation point again, to the end of the first of the two breaks, or 11:00 p.m. on Day 1. From there, the driver accumulated another 11 hours of driving by noon on Day 2. This pattern continued, with no 11 hour violations.

Explanation - 30 Minute Break: A 30 minute break is only required when a driver wants to drive a CMV after being on duty for longer than 8 hours without a 30 consecutive minute off duty break. On both days in this example, the driver was never on duty long enough to require a 30 minute break.

Explanation - 14 Hour Limit: Calculation of the 14 hour limit begins at 2:00 a.m. on Day 1. The driver accumulates 13 hours by 3:00 p.m. before entering the sleeper berth. Because the driver then met the requirements for the split sleeper berth provision, the calculation point moves to the end of the first qualifying break, or 9:00 a.m. on Day 1. So at 11:00 p.m. on Day 1, the driver had accumulated 6 hours (any sleeper berth period of at least 8 but less than 10 consecutive hours is excluded from the 14 hour calculation). By 6:00 a.m. on Day 2, the driver accumulated another pair of qualifying breaks totaling at least 10 hours and has not exceeded the 14 hour duty limit. This moves the calculation point again, to the end of the first of the two breaks, or 11:00 p.m. on Day 1. From there, the driver accumulated 13 of 14 hours by noon on Day 2 (any sleeper berth period of less than 8 hours is included in the 14 hour calculation). This pattern continued, with no violations.

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When securing paper rolls with eyes horizontal, which of the following should be used to secure the rear-most roll?
  • All of these are acceptable
  • Secure roll against rear doors.
  • Wedges or chocks secured by some means in addition to friction.
  • Secure blocking against rear doors.
This is a review question from page 138 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 6 Of The CDL Manual:

Note: Chocks, Wedges, or Blocking Securing the Front or Rear Roll - Hold in place by some means in addition to friction so they cannot become unintentionally unfastened or loose while the vehicle is in transit. This is often accomplished with nails.

Requirements for eyes crosswise: secure rearmost roll

Do not secure the rearmost roll with:

  • Either the rear doors of the vehicle or intermodal container
  • Or blocking held in place by those doors.
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Drivers must keep hazardous materials shipping papers:
  • On the driver's seat when out of the vehicle
  • In clear view within immediate reach while the seat belt is fastened while driving
  • All of these are acceptable places to keep shipping papers
  • In a pouch on the driver's door
This is a review question from page 64 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 88 Of The CDL Manual:

Drivers to keep hazardous materials shipping papers:

  • In a pouch on the driver's door, or
  • In clear view within immediate reach while the seat belt is fastened while driving, or
  • On the driver's seat when out of the vehicle.
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What does DOT stand for?
  • Department of Timekeeping
  • Diary of Time
  • Department of Transportation
  • Days of On-Duty Time
This is a review question from page 92 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

As a truck or bus driver, you'll be required to record and abide by all working and driving limitations which were created by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The rules govern a commercial driver's working and resting hours and are referred to as Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations. In this section we will guide you through the HOS regulations and teach you the best methods of properly recording your hours.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Everyone in trucking refers to the Department of Transportation as "The DOT." If you don't know this, you'll sound like a rookie. You don't want that, do ya!?

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What violation occurs in the example below?

Day 1

Day 2

  • There is an 11 hour rule violation
  • There is a 30 minute break violation
  • There is a 14 hour rule violation
  • There are no violations
This is a review question from page 100 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

Day 1

Day 2

Violations: There are no violations in this example.

Explanation - 11 Hour Limit: On Day 1, the driver began operating a CMV at 10:00 a.m. and was allowed to drive for 11 hours. The driver drove for exactly 8 hours before switching back to the sleeper berth for the remainder of the day. On Day 2, the driver used the split sleeper berth provision and spent a total of 11 hours driving which is within the legal HOS limits.

Explanation - 30 Minute break: Since the driver was only on duty for a total of 8 hours on Day 1, a 30 minute break was never required. A 30 minute break is only required if a driver wants to operate a CMV and it has been more than 8 hours since the last off duty period of at least 30 minutes. On Day 2, the driver fulfilled the 30 minute break provision by taking 1/2 hour off duty from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Had the driver not taken that break, he/she would have violated the provision from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. However, in this case, no violation occurred.

Explanation - 14 Hour Limit: After spending 10 consecutive hours off duty on Day 1, the driver switched his/her status to driving at 10:00 a.m. This is the starting calculation point for the 14 hour limit. Therefore, the driver had until Midnight on Day 1 to complete all driving tasks. Since the driver switched back into the sleeper berth at 6:00 p.m. and remained there for the rest of the day, no violation occurred on Day 1. The driver took an 8 hour break in the sleeper berth from 6:00 p.m. on Day 1 until 2:00 a.m. on Day 2. Those 8 hours spent in the sleeper berth do not count against the drivers 14 hour limit (per the 8 hour sleeper berth provision). So at 2:00 a.m. on Day 2, the driver still had 6 hours remaining on his/her 14 hour limit (14 available hours - 8 hours of on duty time before the 8 hour break = 6 hours remaining). The driver used up 2 of those hours driving between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m., leaving 4 hours before the 14 hour limit expires. By switching into the sleeper berth for 2 additional hours, a split sleeper berth provision was completed (8 hours off duty followed by 2 hours off duty). At that point, we can simply subtract the 2 hours of drive time and the 2 hours of sleeper berth time from our new 14 hour limit for a total of 10 hours remaining beginning at 6:00 a.m. Since the driver went back into the sleeper berth exactly 10 hours later at 4:00 p.m., no violation occurred.

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Who must provide emergency response information to the motor carrier for each Hazardous material being shipped?
  • The broker expediting the Hazmat load
  • The shipper
  • The DOT
  • The dispatcher or operations manager
This is a review question from page 66 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 93 Of The CDL Manual:

Shippers also must provide emergency response information to the motor carrier for each hazardous material being shipped. The emergency response information must be able to be used away from the motor vehicle and must provide information on how to safely handle incidents involving the material. It must include information on the shipping name of the hazardous materials, risks to health, fire, explosion, and initial methods of handling spills, fires and leaks of the materials.

Such information can be on the shipping paper or some other document that includes the basic description and technical name of the hazardous material. Or, it may be in a guidance book such as the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG). Motor carriers may assist shippers by keeping an ERG on each vehicle carrying hazardous materials. The driver must provide the emergency response information to any federal, state or local authority responding to a hazardous materials incident or investigating one.

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What is the minimum WLL of each tiedown used to secure crushed or flattened vehicles?
  • 2,268 lbs
  • 10,000 lbs
  • It depends on the vehicle
  • 5,000 lbs
This is a review question from page 147 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 11 Of The CDL Manual:

Option 2:

Has containment walls on three sides that:

  • Extend to the full height of the load
  • Block against cargo movement in the forward, rearward, and one sideways direction.

Secures each stack of vehicles with a minimum of two tiedowns, each having a minimum WLL of 2,268 kg (5,000 lb.).

Option 3:

Has containment walls on two sides that:

  • Extend to the full height of the load.
  • Block against cargo movement in the forward and rearward.

Secures each stack of vehicles with a minimum of three tiedowns, each having a minimum WLL of 2,268 kg (5,000 lb.).

Option 4:

Has a minimum of four tiedowns per vehicle stack with each tiedown having a minimum WLL of 2,268 kg (5,000 lb.).

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