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

The rear turn signal should be what color?
  • Amber
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Any of these colors are acceptable
This is a review question from page 13 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 21 Of The CDL Manual:

Lights and Reflectors:

- Rear clearance and identification lights clean, operating and proper color (red at rear).
- Reflectors clean and proper color (red at rear).
- Taillights clean, operating and proper color (red at rear).
- Rear turn signal operating and proper color (red, yellow, or amber at rear).

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How much space should be visible between the upper and lower fifth wheel?
  • There should be no space visible
  • There should be 2 to 4 inches of space visible
  • There should be space visible, but it should be less than 1 inch
  • There should be 1 to 2 inches of space visible
This is a review question from page 52 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 77 Of The CDL Manual:

Inspecting Coupling

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

TruckingTruth's Advice:

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

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Is the following example within legal HOS limits?

- A trucker starts driving at 12:00pm

- At 5pm the driver takes a 1 hour break

- At 6pm the driver begins driving again

- At 11:30pm, the driver shuts down and goes off duty for 10 consecutive hours

  • No, the driver did not satisfy the 30 minute break requirement
  • Yes, the example is legal
  • No, the driver exceeded his 14 hour on duty time
  • No, the driver exceeded his legal drive time by 30 minutes
This is a review question from page 93 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

During the 14 consecutive hour on duty period, you are only allowed to drive your truck for up to 11 total hours. Once you have driven a total of 11 hours, you have reached the driving limit and must be off duty for another 10 consecutive hours before driving your truck again.

There are times when you will be required to take a 30 minute break. If you have been on duty for more than 8 consecutive hours without at least 30 minutes off duty, you are not allowed to operate a CMV until a 30 minute break is taken. You may perform on duty tasks but you cannot drive.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Let's go through the example together:

Beginning the day:

In this hypothetical situation, a driver begins his day at 12pm. At that point, both his 14 hour on duty clock and 11 hour driving clock have started.

Taking a break

When the driver takes his 1 hour break, his 11hr clock stops. At this point, since he is no longer driving, only his 14 hour clock continues to run. This break also satisfies the 30 minute break provision. So far, here's how his time looks:

  • 14 hour clock: 9 hours remaining (will be 8 hours remaining once his break is complete).
  • 11 hour clock: 6 hours remaining (will remain 6 hours throughout his entire break).
Resume driving:

So, after the driver takes his 1 hour break, he still has 9 hours on his 14 hour on duty clock and 6 hours on his 11 hour driving clock remaining. Since he took 1 hour off duty, he now has 8 more consecutive hours that he can drive without taking a 30 minute break off duty.

Shutting down:

It has now been 5.5 hours since the driver took his break. So let's look at our remaining hours again.

  • 14 hour clock: The driver had 8 hours remaining once he started driving again after his break and 5.5 hours have passed since then. The driver still has 2.5 hours remaining on his 14 hour on duty limit.
  • 11 hour clock: The driver had 6 hours remaining after his break. He has driven an additional 5.5 hours since then. That means the driver still has 30 minutes remaining on his 11 hour driving clock.

So yes, this driver is indeed legal! And once he takes 10 consecutive hours off, he can do it all over again.

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What is the proper order for checking the clutch and gearshift?
  • Depress the clutch, start the engine, move the gearshift lever into the neutral position, release the clutch slowly
  • Start the engine, depress the clutch, place gearshift lever into the neutral position, release clutch slowly
  • Place gearshift lever in the neutral position, start the engine, then depress the clutch
  • Depress the clutch, place gearshift lever in the neutral position, start the engine and release the clutch slowly
This is a review question from page 81 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 116 Of The CDL Manual:

Clutch/gearshift:

  • Depress clutch.
  • Place gearshift lever in neutral (or park, for automatic transmissions).
  • Start engine, then release clutch slowly.
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In cargo securement, what is a 'cleat' defined as?
  • A tapered piece of material, thick at one end and thin at the other.
  • A short piece of material, usually wood, nailed to the deck to reinforce blocking.
  • Part of the structure, fitting, or attachment on a vehicle or cargo to which a tiedown is attached.
  • A tapered or wedge-shaped piece used to secure round articles against rolling.
This is a review question from page 128 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 3 Of The CDL Manual:

Cleat:

A short piece of material, usually wood, nailed to the deck to reinforce blocking.

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Which of these steps to connecting the converter dolly to the rear trailer is incorrect?
  • Back converter dolly under rear trailer
  • Make sure trailer brakes are locked and/or wheels chocked
  • Close shut-off valves at rear of first trailer (and on dolly if so equipped)
  • Connect safety chains, air hoses and light cords
This is a review question from page 56 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 81 Of The CDL Manual:

Connect converter dolly to rear trailer:

  • Make sure trailer brakes are locked and/or wheels chocked.
  • Make sure trailer height is correct. (It must be slightly lower than the center of the fifth wheel, so trailer is raised slightly when dolly is pushed under.)
  • Back converter dolly under rear trailer.
  • Raise landing gear slightly off ground to prevent damage if trailer moves.
  • Test coupling by pulling against pin of number two semi-trailer.
  • Make visual check of coupling. (No space between upper and lower fifth wheel. Locking jaws closed on kingpin.)
  • Connect safety chains, air hoses and light cords.
  • Close converter dolly air tank petcock and shut-off valves at rear of second trailer (service and emergency shut-offs).
  • Open shut-off valves at rear of first trailer (and on dolly if so equipped).
  • Raise landing gear completely.
  • Charge trailers (push "air supply" knob in) and check for air at rear of second trailer by opening the emergency line shut-off. If air pressure is not there, something is wrong and the brakes will not work.
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You're in Illinois which allows up to 20,000 pounds on the steer axle. You're heading to Indiana which only allows 12,000 on the steer axle. Your steer tires have a load rating of 6,500 pounds each. What is the maximum legal weight your steer axle can be for each of the two states?
  • 13,000 pounds in Illinois
    12,000 pounds in Indiana
  • 20,000 pounds in Illinois
    12,000 pounds in Indiana
  • 13,000 pounds in Illinois
    13,000 pounds in Indiana
  • 20,000 pounds in Illinois
    13,000 pounds in Indiana
This is a review question from page 112 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

Keep in mind though - even if they allow 14,000 pounds on the steer axle, you have to have tires that are rated to carry that much weight. If your steer tires have a tire load limit of 6,000 pounds each, you can only carry 12,000 pounds on your steer axle, regardless of state laws.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

We have to find the most restrictive law for each state.

Illinois

Allows 20,000 pounds on the steer axle

Your tire load rating of 6,500 means your maximum legal weight is 13,000 pounds on the steer axle.

The 13,000 pounds is the most restrictive for Illinois

Indiana

Indiana allows 12,000 on the steer axle

Your tire load rating of 6,500 means your maximum legal weight is 13,000 pounds on the steer axle.

The 12,000 pound limit imposed by Indiana on the steer axle is the most restrictive for Indiana

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Concrete pipe loaded crosswise generally:
  • All of these things apply.
  • At least one tiedown through the rear pipe of the bottom tier must run forward at an angle not more than 45 with the horizontal when viewed from the side of the vehicle, when ever practical.
  • Concrete pipe with an inside diameter up to 1.143 m (45 in) can form a complete single tier on a typical flatbed vehicle. Larger pipe often can only be carried as a partial tier.
  • Note: At least one tiedown through the front pipe of the bottom tier must run rearward at an angle not more than 45 with the horizontal when viewed from the side of the vehicle, when ever practical.
This is a review question from page 142 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 7 Of The CDL Manual:

Special Circumstances: Securing Pipe with an Inside Diameter Up to 1.143 mm (45 in)

Concrete pipe with an inside diameter up to 1.143 m (45 in) can form a complete single tier on a typical flatbed vehicle. Larger pipe often can only be carried as a partial tier.

Note: This pipe diameter of 1.143 m (45 in) is simply a convenient breaking point between "medium" and "large" diameter pipe.

Note: At least one tiedown through the front pipe of the bottom tier must run rearward at an angle not more than 45 with the horizontal when viewed from the side of the vehicle, when ever practical.

At least one tiedown through the rear pipe of the bottom tier must run forward at an angle not more than 45 with the horizontal when viewed from the side of the vehicle, when ever practical.

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Which of these are requirements for securement systems?
  • Components should be in proper working order.
  • If a tiedown would be subject to cutting or abrasion, edge protection should be used.
  • There should be no knots in the tiedowns.
  • These all qualify as requirements.
This is a review question from page 129 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 4 Of The CDL Manual:

Requirements for Securement System:
  • In proper working order with no damaged or weakened components that affect their performance or reduce their working load limit.
  • No knots.
  • Attached and secured in a manner that prevents them from coming loose during transit.
  • Able to be tightened by a driver of an in-transit vehicle.
  • Located inboard of rub rails whenever practicable.
  • Edge protection must be used when a tiedown would be subject to abrasion or cutting.
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On hazardous materials shipping papers, all identification numbers must be proceeded by the letters NA or:
  • HM
  • DH
  • UN
  • HZ
This is a review question from page 66 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 92 Of The CDL Manual:

The basic shipping description of a hazardous material on a shipping paper must include the (1) identification number (preceded by the letters UN or NA); (2) DOT proper shipping name; (3) hazardous class or division number of a product (must include subsidiary hazard class when required); and (4) packing group for a product in a roman numeric pattern (may precede with the letters PG).

TruckingTruth's Advice:

It is very rare for shippers to use anything other than the letters "UN" for hazardous materials identification numbers.

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