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

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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

What is a good way to determine which gear you should be in for a downhill grade?
  • Use the same gear or lower gears than what was needed for the uphill grade
  • Drivers should wait until they are about 1/4 of the way down the hill before deciding which gear to use
  • Use the same gear or higher gears than what was needed for the uphill grade
  • Downhill grades should always use 5th gear or lower
This is a review question from page 26 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 39 Of The CDL Manual:

Be in Right Gear Before Starting Down Grade - Shift the transmission to a low gear before starting down the grade. Do not try to downshift after your speed has already built up. You will not be able to shift into a lower gear. You may not even be able to get back into any gear and all engine braking effect will be lost. Forcing an automatic transmission into a lower gear at high speed could damage the transmission and also lead to loss of all engine braking effect.

A good rule for older trucks is to use the same gear going down a hill that you would need to climb the hill. However, newer trucks have low-friction parts and streamlined shapes for fuel economy. They also may have more powerful engines. This means they can go up hills in higher gears and have less friction and air drag to hold them back going down hills. For that reason, drivers of modern trucks may have to use lower gears going down a hill than would be required to go up the hill. Know what is right for your vehicle.

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Which of the following should you check on the windshield?
  • All of these should be checked
  • Check wiper blades for damage
  • Check windshield wiper arms for proper spring tension.
  • Check for damage and clean if dirty
This is a review question from page 11 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 20 Of The CDL Manual:

Condition of windshield:

- Check for damage and clean if dirty.
- Check windshield wiper arms for proper spring tension.
- Check wiper blades for damage, "stiff" rubber and securement.

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The maximum allowable width for commercial vehicles on designated state highways is:
  • None of these answers are correct
  • 9 feet
  • 7 feet 6 inches
  • 8 feet
This is a review question from page 4 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 9 Of The CDL Manual:

Width

The maximum width for most vehicles traveling on the United States Interstate System is 8 feet, 6 inches. While some individual states may have their own maximum limits on US Interstates within their state boarders, those limits must meet or exceed 8 feet, 6 inches

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How can you test the Tractor Protection Valve?
  • With the engine on, engage and release the parking brake several times until the trailer air supply control pops out
  • With the engine off, step on and off the brake pedal several times until the trailer air supply control pops out
  • With the engine off, engage and release the parking brake several times until the trailer air supply control pops out
  • With the engine on, step on and off the brake pedal several times until the trailer air supply control pops out
This is a review question from page 54 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 78 Of The CDL Manual:

Test tractor protection valve: Charge the trailer air brake system. (i.e., build up normal air pressure and push the "air supply" knob in.) Shut off the engine. Step on and off the brake pedal several times to reduce the air pressure in the tanks. The trailer air supply control (also called the tractor protection valve control) should pop out or go from "normal" to "emergency" position) when the air pressure falls into the pressure range specified by the manufacturer (usually within the range of 20 to 45 psi).

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What is the Trailer Hand Valve?
  • A lever which only controls the tractor service brakes
  • A valve used to release the air lines from the tractor to the trailer
  • A lever which only controls the trailer service brakes
  • The trailer release mechanism
This is a review question from page 49 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 73 Of The CDL Manual:

The trailer hand valve (also called the "trolley valve" or "Johnson bar") works the trailer brakes. The trailer hand valve should be used only to test the trailer brakes. Do not use it in driving because of the danger of making the trailer skid. The foot brake sends air to all the brakes on the vehicle (including the trailer(s'). There is much less danger of causing a skid or jackknife when using just the foot brake.

Never use the hand valve for parking because all the air might leak out, unlocking the brakes (in trailers that do not have spring brakes.) Always use the parking brakes when parking. If the trailer does not have spring brakes, use wheel chocks to keep the trailer from moving.

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When loading bell pipe on one tier, all of the following apply except:
  • If possible, the ends of consecutive pipe must be staggered within the allowable width.
  • Load bell pipe on one tier so that the bells alternate on opposite sides of the vehicle.
  • If the ends cannot be staggered, they must be aligned.
  • Load bell pipe on one tier so that the bells all lie on one side of the vehicle.
This is a review question from page 141 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 7 Of The CDL Manual:

One tier

Load bell pipe on one tier so that the bells alternate on opposite sides of the vehicle.

If possible, the ends of consecutive pipe must be staggered within the allowable width.

If the ends cannot be staggered, they must be aligned.

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What does the Tractor Protection Valve do?
  • Lets the air out of the trailer emergency line, causing the trailer emergency brakes to come on
  • All of these are functions of the Tractor Protection Valve
  • When the valve closes, it stops any air from going out of the tractor
  • Keeps air in the tractor or truck should the trailer break away or develop a bad leak
This is a review question from page 49 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 73 Of The CDL Manual:

The tractor protection valve keeps air in the tractor or truck should the trailer break away or develop a bad leak. The tractor protection valve is controlled by the "trailer air supply" control valve in the cab. The control valve allows you to open and shut the tractor protection valve. The tractor protection valve will close automatically if air pressure is low (in the range of 20 to 45 psi). When the tractor protection valve closes, it stops any air from going out of the tractor. It also lets the air out of the trailer emergency line. This causes the trailer emergency brakes to come on.

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What happens if you forget to perform an air brake check on an air brake vehicle during the pre-trip inspection exam?
  • You will receive an automatic failure
  • You will be docked 25 points
  • You will be reminded of the oversight
  • Performing an air brake inspection is voluntary
This is a review question from page 82 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 117 Of The CDL Manual:

Air brake check (air brake-equipped vehicles only): Failure to perform an air brake check will result in an automatic failure of the Vehicle Inspection Test.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

If you forget to perform an air brake check, you will be automatically disqualified and will need to retest. Further, the air brake check must be performed in a very specific order. If any step is done improperly or if you forget any step, that will also be grounds for disqualification. The proper steps to checking an air brake system is as follows:

  • 1. With air pressure built up to 120 - 125 psi (fully charged system), depress the clutch and put the transmission into a low gear (keeping the transmission in gear will prevent the truck from rolling).
  • 2. Shut the engine off, but turn the key back to the "on" position (this will allow you to hear the low air pressure warning alarm later in the test).
  • 3. Release your foot off the clutch.
  • 4. Release both the yellow tractor parking brake and the red trailer parking brake if equipped (remember, the truck is in gear so you won't roll - stay off the service brakes).
  • 5. After air stabilizes (no sound of rushing air), fully apply the foot brake and hold it for one full minute (you can ask the examiner to time it for you). The system should not lose any more than 3 psi for a single vehicle and 4 psi for a combination vehicle in that minute. During this time, listen for any air leaks.
  • 6. Begin "fanning" off the air pressure by rapidly pushing and releasing the foot brake. The low air warning light and buzzer should activate before pressure drops below 60psi.
  • 7. Continue to fan the service brakes. At approximately 40 psi, the red tractor protection valve (trailer brakes) should pop out. Continue to fan off air pressure until the yellow tractor valve pops out (tractor brakes).
  • 8. Put the transmission into neutral, depress the clutch, and restart the truck.
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If you're feeling drowsy, you should:
  • Take caffeine pills
  • Open the window
  • Turn up the radio and start singing
  • Find the closest place to safely stop and sleep
This is a review question from page 23 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 35 Of The CDL Manual:

Drivers often do not realize how close they are to falling asleep even when their eyelids are falling shut. If you can safely do so, look at yourself in a mirror. If you look sleepy, or you just feel sleepy, stop driving! You are in a very dangerous condition. The only safe cure is to sleep.

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How many air tanks do trailers have
  • At least four
  • Trailers typically do not have their own air tanks
  • At least one
  • At least two
This is a review question from page 50 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 74 Of The CDL Manual:

Each trailer and converter dolly has one or more air tanks.

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