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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

When sending a hazardous material, the shipper is NOT responsible for:
  • preparing shipping papers
  • Supplying placards
  • Reporting en-route accidents and incidents involving hazardous materials to the proper government agency
  • Marking and labeling the materials
This is a review question from page 63 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 87 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

The shipper:

  • Sends products from one place to another by truck, rail, vessel or airplane.
  • Uses the hazardous materials regulations to decide the product's:
    • Proper shipping name
    • Hazard class
    • Identification number
    • Correct packaging
    • Correct label and markings
    • Correct placards
  • Must package, mark and label the materials, prepare shipping papers, provide emergency response information and supply placards.
  • Must certify on the shipping paper that the shipment has been prepared according to the rules (unless you are pulling cargo tanks supplied by you or your employer)

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Be sure to understand the different responsibilities for:

  • The shipper
  • The carrier
  • The driver
When checking manual slack adjusters on S-Cam brakes, you should park on:
  • Level ground
  • A slight decline
  • Manual slack adjusters can only be checked with the wheels removed
  • A slight incline
This is a review question from page 44 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 66 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Check manual slack adjusters on S-Cam brakes: Park on level ground and chock the wheels to prevent the vehicle from moving. Turn off the parking brakes so you can move the slack adjusters. Use gloves and pull hard on each slack adjuster that you can get to. If a slack adjuster moves more than about one inch where the push rod attaches to it, it probably needs adjusting. Vehicles with too much brake slack can be very hard to stop. Out-of-adjustment brakes are the most common problem found in roadside inspections. Be safe. Check the slack adjusters.

The manual adjustment of automatic slack adjusters is dangerous because it gives the vehicle operator a false sense of security about the effectiveness of the braking system.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Manual slack adjusters should only be checked while parked on level ground. Be sure to have this memorized as it will come up not only on the written exam, but possibly on your pre-trip exam as well.

When stopping at an intersection, you should stop behind:
  • The crosswalk
  • Whichever of these is first
  • The stop sign
  • The stop line
This is a review question from page 88 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 128 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

If you must stop before making the turn:

- Come to a smooth stop without skidding.
- Come to a complete stop behind the stop line, crosswalk or stop sign.
- If stopping behind another vehicle, stop where you can see the rear tires on the vehicle ahead of you (safe gap).
- Do not let your vehicle roll.
- Keep the front wheels aimed straight ahead.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Make sure you stop before the stop line, crosswalk, or stop sign - whichever comes first. After you've made a complete stop, you can inch forward to get a better view of cross traffic if needed.

Which statement below is true?
  • EOBRs must store at least the previous 3 days of log information
  • EOBRs must be capable of printing a log sheet
  • An EOBR may be used without creating any paper copies
  • EOBRs are declining in usage
This is a review question from page 106 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

The EOBR device must be capable of displaying or printing for enforcement officers the times of duty status changes and other required information. It must also store this information for the prior 7 days. An EOBR may be used without creating any paper copies of logs by transmitting the data electronically to the carrier, or it may be used to print copies of the logs that would be signed by the driver and mailed to the carrier.

What Is The Future Of EOBRs

Even 5 years ago, the vast majority of major trucking carriers relied on paper logs. But the DOT and FMCSA have begun a historic crackdown on enforcing and regulating, among other things, HOS rules. Violations now effect both the drivers record as well as the carriers safety rating. We are at a turning point where it now makes financial sense for trucking companies to switch over from using paper logs to EOBRs. These electronic recording devices are here to stay and will only grow in usage as time goes on. In fact, on January 31, 2011, the FMCSA proposed a rule that would require Electronic On-Board Recorders for interstate commercial truck and bus companies.

If you are in a 60-foot vehicle traveling 55mph, what should your following distance be?
  • 9 seconds
  • 7 seconds
  • 6 seconds
  • 8 seconds
This is a review question from page 21 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 31 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

One good rule for how much space you should keep in front of you is at least 1 second for each 10 feet of vehicle length at speeds below 40 mph. At greater speeds, you must add 1 second for safety. For example, if you are driving a 40-foot vehicle, you should leave 4 seconds between you and the vehicle ahead. In a 60-foot rig, you will need 6 seconds. Over 40 mph, you would need 5 seconds for a 40-foot vehicle and 7 seconds for a 60-foot vehicle.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

These types of questions are very common during the written exam and can be a bit confusing as they change the size of the vehicle as well as their speeds. But it's rather simple to calculate: For each 10 feet of vehicle, you need 1 second of following distance. Anything over 40mph, simply add 1 second to your total. Be 100% confident about this formula before taking the written exam as this will probably show up.

Who enforces HOS regulations?
  • Carriers
  • Police Officers
  • DOT Officials
  • All of these answers are correct
This is a review question from page 92 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Who Enforces HOS Regulations?

Law enforcement:

Generally, DOT officers are the ones who enforce HOS rules, although any police officer may inspect a driver's logbook. Individual states are responsible for maintaining weigh stations where drivers are pulled in for random vehicle and logbook inspections. Drivers may also be pulled over for random checks by police officers or DOT officials at any time and have their logbooks inspected. While it's not a frequent occurrence, chances are your logbook will be checked every now and then. Be ready for it at all times!


In addition to law enforcement and DOT officials, most carriers have their own company policies regarding logbooks. A drivers logs are frequently reviewed by internal auditors for discrepancies or violations. A driver with too many violations might be warned, disciplined, or terminated (terminating a driver usually only occurs after several violations). The increased use of electronic logging devices has forced carriers to crack down on HOS violations even more.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

You should always be prepared for a random inspection. Your logs must always be current. If you get pulled into a weigh station or get pulled over for a random inspection, which does happen, and your logbook is not current, you will be cited for a violation.

The carrier you work for will also have logbook auditors. Companies themselves are required to keep driver logs for a period of time and receive random audits from the DOT. If too many of their drivers have logbook violations, the company can be fined or otherwise penalized. They have an interest in passing those audits so if you cause too many problems for them, they will take action.

If your vehicle starts on fire, which of the following should you avoid doing?
  • Stand up wind and use a fire extinguisher
  • Turn the engine off as soon as possible
  • Stop in an open area
  • Pull into a service station
This is a review question from page 31 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 46 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Knowing how to fight fires is important. Fires have been made worse by drivers who do not know what to do. Know how the fire extinguisher works. Study the instructions printed on the extinguisher before you need it. Follow these procedures in case of a fire:

  • Pull off the road: The first step is to get the vehicle off the road and stop.
  • Park in an open area, away from buildings, trees, brush, other vehicles or anything that might catch fire.
  • Do not pull into a service station.
  • Notify emergency services of your problem and your location.
As you approach an upgrade:
  • Select the proper gear to maintain speed an not lug the engine
  • Check traffic thoroughly in all directions and move to the right-most or curb lane
  • If legal to do so, use the 4-way flashers if traveling too slowly for the flow of traffic
  • All of these answers are correct
This is a review question from page 90 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 130 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

As you approach an upgrade:

- Select the proper gear to maintain speed and not lug the engine.
- Check traffic thoroughly in all directions and move to the right-most or curb lane.
- If legal to do so, use the 4-way flashers if traveling too slowly for the flow of traffic.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Check your local and state laws regarding the use of 4-way flashers while driving slowly. Some states require it, while other states prohibit the practice.

Radar detectors are not allowed in a commercial motor vehicle except:
  • When the device is contained in a locked, opaque box or similar container or the device is not in the passenger compartment of the vehicle and is not in operation
  • When the device is not in working order and/or has its power cable disconnected and batteries removed
  • Radar detectors are never allowed inside commercial motor vehicles
  • When the device is placed under the drivers seat and not powered on
This is a review question from page 6 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 12 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Law prohibits CMVs from being equipped with any instrument designed to detect the presence of, or interfere with, microwaves at frequencies used by police radar for the purpose of monitoring vehicle speed. The term "equipped" means and includes possession or use within a CMV.

A motorist shall not be in violation if the device is contained in a locked, opaque box or similar container or the device is not in the passenger compartment of the vehicle and is not in operation.

Should you use stab braking on a vehicle equipped with Anti-Lock Brakes?
  • Yes, but only when the Anti-Lock Brake system fails and an emergency arises
  • Yes, stab braking should always be used in conjunction with Anti-Lock Brakes
  • No, stab braking should never be used if a vehicle is equipped with Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Yes, but only on dry surfaces
This is a review question from page 46 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 67 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

If the anti-lock brake system fails or malfunctions, the driver must resort to stopping the vehicle by using the normal air-brake method. If an emergency arises, the driver should use the controlled or stab braking method. The anti-lock brake system should be serviced as soon as possible.

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