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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

While driving a liquid tanker without Anti-Lock Brakes, all of the following statements are true, except:
  • Steer quickly and swerve around a hazard while braking at the same time
  • All of these answers are true
  • Use controlled braking to avoid an accident
  • Use stab braking to avoid an accident
This is a review question from page 61 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 85 Of The CDL Manual:

To drive tank vehicles safely, you must follow all safe driving rules:

Braking – If you must make a quick stop to avoid an accident, use controlled or stab braking. If you do not remember how to stop using these methods, review Section 2.13. Also, remember that if you steer quickly while braking, your vehicle may roll over.

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What is bell pipe concrete?
  • Concrete used to make bell pipe.
  • Pipe whose flanged end is of larger diameter than its barrel.
  • Pipe whose flanged end is of smaller diameter than its barrel.
  • Pipe used to make concrete bells.
This is a review question from page 127 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 3 Of The CDL Manual:

Bell Pipe Concrete:

Pipe whose flanged end is of larger diameter than its barrel.

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How should you perform a parking break check?
  • Move forward in the lowest possible gear at idle speed, then apply the emergency brake and make sure you come to a full stop
  • If the truck is equipped with a trailer hand valve, apply full pressure to the trailer service brakes then gently tug against the brakes in a low gear to be sure the brakes are functioning properly
  • Bring the truck to approximately 20mph then apply the parking and emergency brakes to see if they are effective in stopping the truck
  • Apply the parking brake only and make sure it will hold the vehicle by shifting into a low gear and gently pulling against the brake
This is a review question from page 82 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 117 Of The CDL Manual:

Parking brake check: Apply parking brake only and make sure it will hold the vehicle by shifting into a lower gear and gently pulling against the brake.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

To properly perform a parking break check, you must start the truck and build air to 120 to 125 psi. Place the transmission into a low gear. Release the yellow tractor park brake valve and do a light "tug" to be certain the trailer brakes hold the truck from rolling. Then, reverse the brake valves (set the tractor brakes and release the trailer brakes). Do a light tug again. The tractor brake should keep the truck from rolling. Here's what to say to the examiner:

"I will now perform a parking break check. I have a fully charged system and will check the trailer parking brakes first. [Do your trailer tug test here.] Now, I will check the tractor parking brakes. [Reverse the brakes and do your tractor tug test here.] Both the trailer parking brakes as well as the tractor parking brakes are functioning normally."

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What is the presumed resistance to horizontal movement of friction mats?
  • 50% of cargo weight.
  • 100% of cargo weight.
  • 20% of cargo weight.
  • 0
This is a review question from page 124 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 2 Of The CDL Manual:

Note: Friction mats, which are not marked by the manufacturer, are assumed to provide a resistance to horizontal movement equal to 50% of the cargo weight that is resting on the mat.

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Which statement best describes the Application Pressure Gauge?
  • Shows how much air pressure you are applying to the brakes
  • Tells you how much pressure is in the air tanks
  • Application pressure gauges must be installed on all commercial vehicles
  • Let's you know when air pressure in the tanks are too low
This is a review question from page 43 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 64 Of The CDL Manual:

Application Pressure Gauge - This gauge shows how much air pressure you are applying to the brakes. (This gauge is not on all vehicles.) Increasing application pressure to hold the same speed means the brakes are fading. You should slow down and use a lower gear. The need for increased pressure also can be caused by brakes out of adjustment, air leaks or mechanical problems.

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When an approaching vehicle has bright headlights, you should:
  • Flash your high-beams to let the other driver know their lights are too bright
  • Stare directly at the oncoming vehicle so you don't lose sight of its location
  • Look towards the right side of the road such as the right shoulder or curb
  • Look towards the left side of the road such as the left shoulder or curb
This is a review question from page 23 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 34 Of The CDL Manual:

Drivers can be blinded for a short time by bright light. It takes time to recover from this blindness. Older drivers are especially bothered by glare. Most people have been temporarily blinded by camera flash units or by the high beams of an oncoming vehicle. It can take several seconds to recover from glare. Even 2 seconds of glare blindness can be dangerous. A vehicle going 55 mph will travel more than half the distance of a football field during that time. Do not look directly at bright lights when driving. Look at the right side of the road. Watch the sidelines when someone coming toward you has very bright lights.

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At 55 mph on dry pavement with good brakes, it can take a heavy vehicle about 170 feet and about 4 1/2 seconds to stop. This describes which of the following:
  • Reaction Distance
  • Braking Distance
  • Perception Distance
  • Total Stopping Distance
This is a review question from page 19 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 29 Of The CDL Manual:

Braking Distance is the distance it takes to stop once the brakes are applied. At 55 mph on dry pavement with good brakes, it can take a heavy vehicle about 170 feet and about 4 1/2 seconds to stop.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Remember, braking distance is only one of three parts of the total stopping distance formula. Be sure to memorize the entire stopping distance formula:

Perception Distance
+ Reaction Distance
+ Braking Distance
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= Total Stopping Distance

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During a pre-trip inspection, which of the following will help reduce the chances of a truck fire?
  • Checking all air hoses for leaks
  • Making sure tires are not under-inflated
  • Looking for any leaking or under-inflated air bags
  • Ensuring tandem locking pins are in place
This is a review question from page 31 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 46 Of The CDL Manual:

Truck fires can cause damage and injury. Learn the causes of fires and how to prevent them. Know what to do to extinguish fires. Following are some causes of vehicle fires:

  • After accidents - Spilled fuel, improper use of flares.
  • Tires - Underinflated tires and duals that touch.
  • Electrical system - Short circuits due to damaged insulation, loose connections.
  • Fuel - Driver smoking, improper fueling, loose fuel connections.
  • Cargo - Flammable cargo, improperly sealed or loaded, poor ventilation.

Fire Prevention

Pay attention to the following:
  • Pre-trip inspection - Make a complete inspection of the electrical, fuel and exhaust systems, tires and cargo. Be sure to check that the fire extinguisher is charged.
  • Enroute inspection - Check the tires, wheels and truck body for signs of heat whenever you stop during a trip.
  • Follow safety procedures - Follow correct safety procedures for fueling the vehicle, using brakes, handling flares and other activities that can cause a fire.
  • Monitoring - Check the instruments and gauges often for signs of overheating, and use the mirrors to look for signs of smoke from tires or the vehicle.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

In very hot weather, an under inflated tire can easily reach high enough temperatures to start a fire. Tire fires are almost impossible to put out even with a fire extinguisher or plenty of water so it's best to avoid a tire fire from occurring in the first place. It's critically important that you keep your tires properly inflated, especially during very hot weather.

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Your trailer has a 6 inch hole spacing in the tandem slider rail and your trailer tandems are 900 pounds overweight. What is the minimum number of holes you will have to slide the tandems to get the tandems within legal limits?
  • 2 holes
  • 4 holes
  • 3 holes
  • 1 hole
This is a review question from page 113 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

The two main hole spacings you'll find are 4 inches and 6 inches. You can estimate that you will move 250 pounds per hole for 4 inch spacing, and 400 pounds per hole for 6 inch spacing.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

6 inch hole spacing means you'll move approximately 400 pounds per hole. In order to move a minimum of 900 pounds, you have to move at least 3 holes (400 x 3 = 1200).
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What is a Front Brake Limiting Valve?
  • When you put the control in the "slippery" position, the limiting valve cuts the "normal" air pressure to the front brakes by half
  • These are only installed on some vehicle made before 1975
  • All of these accurately describe a Front Brake Limiting Valve
  • Limiting valves were used to reduce the chance of the front wheels skidding on slippery surfaces
This is a review question from page 43 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 64 Of The CDL Manual:

Some older vehicles (made before 1975) have a front brake limiting valve and a control in the cab. The control is usually marked "normal" and "slippery." When you put the control in the "slippery" position, the limiting valve cuts the "normal" air pressure to the front brakes by half. Limiting valves were used to reduce the chance of the front wheels skidding on slippery surfaces. However, they actually reduce the stopping power of the vehicle. Front-wheel braking is good under all conditions. Tests show that front-wheel skids from braking are not likely even on ice. Make sure the control is in the "normal" position to have normal stopping power.

Many vehicles have automatic front-wheel limiting valves. They reduce the air to the front brakes except when the brakes are put on very hard (60 psi or more application pressure). These valves cannot be controlled by the driver.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

It is extremely unlikely you will ever drive a vehicle with front brake limiting valves. However, there is a chance you may be asked a question about this on the written exam.

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