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

A container chassis vehicle, by definition, is:
  • A reusable, transportable enclosure that is especially designed with integral locking devices that secure it to a container chassis trailer to facilitate the efficient and bulk shipping and transfer of goods by, or between various modes of transport, such as highway, rail, sea, and air.
  • A vehicle especially built and fitted with locking devices for the transport of intermodal containers.
  • A specialized container, primarily used to contain and transport materials in the waste, recycling, construction/demolition, and scrap industries, which are used in conjunction with specialized vehicles, in which the container isloaded and unloaded onto a tilt frame body by an articulating hook-arm.
  • The load carrying area of a truck, trailer, or intermodal container.
This is a review question from page 157 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 2 Of The CDL Manual:

  • Container Chassis Vehicle:

    A vehicle especially built and fitted with locking devices for the transport of intermodal containers.

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    Which of the following best describes Braking Distance?
    • None of these accurately describe Braking Distance
    • The distance it takes to stop once the brakes are applied
    • The distance traveled from the time your brain tells your foot to move from the accelerator until your foot is actually pushing the brake pedal
    • The distance your vehicle travels from the time your eyes see a hazard until your brain recognizes it
    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:

    Make sure you memorize the definition of braking distance as this will likely show up on your written exam. You should also memorize braking time as well.

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    What happens if an EOBR malfunctions?
    • The driver is expected to use an "honor system" until the issue can be repaired
    • Drivers are still required to have a paper logbook in the truck in case of a malfunction
    • A broken EOBR will require you to shut down immediately and remain off-duty until the EOBR can be repaired
    • Drivers can call their carrier and have each duty-status changed remotely
    This is a review question from page 106 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

    What if my EOBR malfunctions?

    As with any electronic device, your EOBR may malfunction or become completely unusable at times. You are still required to have a paper logbook in the truck in case of a malfunction. It is your responsiblity to ensure your paper logbook accounts for all time your EOBR has been down.

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    Remember, during a random logbook inspection, you may be asked to show that you have a paper logbook in case of an EOBR malfunction.

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    How often do tires need to be checked on a placarded vehicle?
    • At the beginning of each trip and every 250 miles thereafter
    • At the beginning of each trip and each time the vehicle is parked
    • At the beginning of each trip and every 150 miles thereafter
    • At the beginning and end of each trip
    This is a review question from page 74 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 102 Of The CDL Manual:

    Make sure your tires are properly inflated. Check placarded vehicles with dual tires at the start of each trip and when ever you park. You must examine each tire at the beginning of each trip and each time the vehicle is parked. The only acceptable way to check tire pressure is to use a tire pressure gauge.

    Do not drive with a tire that is leaking or flat except to the nearest safe place to repair it. Remove any overheated tire. Place it a safe distance from your vehicle. Do not drive until you correct the cause of the overheating. Remember to follow the rules about parking and attending placarded vehicles. They apply even when checking, repairing or replacing tires.

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    Every time you stop, you should make a not in your logbook indicating you checked the tires.

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    Why should you always plan on arriving to your destination as quickly as possible?
    • All of these are reasons to arrive at your destination as quickly as possible
    • You might be able to sneak in a 34 hour restart
    • Many things can go wrong along the way
    • Many customers will give you an earlier appointment time if you show up early, even if they said they wouldn't over the phone
    This is a review question from page 108 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

    Arrive early

    It's good practice to always arrive at your destination as quickly as possible. Many things can go wrong along the way. It would be a shame to take your time, only to have something slow you down later on. Always get as close to your customer as possible right away. If you have time to waste, you should waste it near the customer. Far too many drivers lose out on miles because they had a problem en-route and wasted too much time along the way. Not to mention, many customers will give you an earlier appointment time if you show up early, even if they said they wouldn't over the phone.

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    What statement is true about speed limit signs on offramps and onramps?
    • The speeds are designed to be safe for large trucks
    • The signs are generally posted at 10mph under the actual safe speed
    • These are not safe speeds for large or heavy vehicles
    • The speeds are safe for empty trucks
    This is a review question from page 27 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 40 Of The CDL Manual:

    Offramps/onramps: Freeway and turnpike exits can be particularly dangerous for commercial vehicles. Offramps and onramps often have speed limit signs posted. Remember, these speeds may be safe for automobiles but may not be safe for larger vehicles or heavily loaded vehicles. Exits that go downhill and turn at the same time can be especially dangerous. The downgrade makes it difficult to reduce speed. Braking and turning at the same time can be a dangerous practice. Make sure you are going slow enough before you get on the curved part of an offramp or onramp.

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    Which of the following steps to checking the low pressure warning signal is incorrect?
    • All of these steps are correct
    • Step 1: Shut the engine off when you have enough air pressure that the low-pressure warning signal is not on
    • Step 3: The low air-pressure warning signal must come on before the pressure drops to less than 60 psi in the air tank, or the tank with the lowest air pressure in dual air systems
    • Step 2: Turn the electrical power on, and step on and off the brake pedal to reduce air tank pressure
    This is a review question from page 45 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 66 Of The CDL Manual:

    Test low pressure warning signal: Shut the engine off when you have enough air pressure that the low-pressure warning signal is not on. Turn the electrical power on, and step on and off the brake pedal to reduce air tank pressure. The low air pressure warning signal must come on before the pressure drops to less than 60 psi in the air tank, or the tank with the lowest air pressure in dual air systems.

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    It is very important to know how to check the low pressure warning signal. You will learn most of the procedure when studying for the pre-trip exam, but for the written exam, here's what you should know:



         
    • Build air pressure so the warning light and buzzer are not activated.

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    • Turn the engine off.

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    • Turn the key to the "on" position (this will allow you to see the warning light and see the buzzer).

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    • Begin depressing and releasing the service brake (brake pedal) repeatedly. This will deplete your air pressure and at about 60 psi, the warning light and buzzer should activate.

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    For belt driven engine components (water pump, alternator, air compressor, etc), how much free play is allowed at the center of each belt?
    • No free play at all
    • 3/4 inch of free play
    • 1.5 inches of free play
    • 1 inch of free play
    This is a review question from page 80 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 116 Of The CDL Manual:

    Engine compartment belts: Check the following belts for snugness (up to 3/4-inch play at center of belt), cracks or frays:

    • Power steering belt.
    • Water pump belt.
    • Alternator belt.
    • Air compressor belt.

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    When checking belts, tell the examiner:

    The belt is not cracked, frayed, or broken and free play is between 1/2in and 3/4in."

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    Which statement about the air and electrical lines is FALSE:
    • Make sure air and electrical lines are not tangled
    • Listen for air leaks
    • Steel braid should not show through on the air or electrical lines
    • Make sure the air and electrical lines are dragging against the tractor cat-walk for additional support
    This is a review question from page 84 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 120 Of The CDL Manual:

    Air/electric lines:

    • Listen for air leaks. Check that air hoses and electrical lines are not cut, chafed, spliced or worn (steel braid should not show through).
    • Make sure air and electrical lines are not tangled, pinched or dragging against tractor parts.

    TruckingTruth's Advice:

    You should say the following to the examiner for the air and electrical lines:

    Air Lines: "The air lines are securely mounted to the tractor and trailer. The lines are secured to the trailer using glad hands and glad hand seals which are in good condition and not leaking air. They are not dragging on the cat walk, no leaks are present, and they are free of abrasions, bulges, or cuts."

    Electrical Lines: "Electrical line is properly connected to the tractor and trailer, is not dragging on the cat walk, and has no cracked, frayed, or bare wires showing."

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    Whether or not you load and secure cargo yourself, you are responsible for all except the following:
    • Drivers are responsible for all of these
    • Inspecting your cargo
    • Knowing your cargo is properly secured
    • Recognizing overloads and poorly balanced weight
    This is a review question from page 34 - click here to look up the answer

    Quote From Page 52 Of The CDL Manual:

    Whether or not you load and secure the cargo yourself, you are responsible for:

    • Inspecting your cargo.
    • Recognizing overloads and poorly balanced weight.
    • Knowing your cargo is properly secured.
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