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.


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 cargo securement standard applies to commercial vehicles weighing more than:
  • 4,500 lbs
  • 5,000 lbs
  • 26,001 lbs
  • 10,000 lbs
This is a review question from page 152 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 1 Of The CDL Manual:

Vehicle Type:

Vehicle Type - for commercial vehicles (trucks, truck tractors, semitrailers, full trailers and tractor-pole trailers) with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 4,500 kgs. / 10,000 lbs.

What happens if you forget to perform an air brake check on an air brake vehicle during the pre-trip inspection exam?
  • Performing an air brake inspection is voluntary
  • You will receive an automatic failure
  • You will be reminded of the oversight
  • You will be docked 25 points
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.
Every time you pull off the expressway to take a break, you use about how much time off your 11-hour driving limit?
  • About 1 minute
  • About 5 minutes
  • About 10 minutes
  • About 30 minutes
This is a review question from page 108 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

Bonus Tip: Stay Away From Caffeine!

Alright, well, you don't have to completely stay away from caffeine. Everyone needs a pick-me-up now and then. But remember, every time you stop, you are using up about 10 minutes from your log. By taking in a lot of caffeine, you'll certainly have to stop more frequently. You should try to limit your caffeine intake and as long as you're being safe and healthy, limit the amount of any fluids you're drinking. This may seem like a ridiculous tip, but drivers who "think outside the box" are generally rewarded with higher earnings. Remember, every minute counts!

You have steer tires rated at 6,150 pounds each, and you're in the state of West Virginia which says the legal limit for the steer axle is 20,000 pounds. What's the maximum legal weight you can carry on your steer axle in West Virginia?
  • 12,000 pounds
  • 12,300 pounds
  • 34,000 pounds
  • 20,000 pounds
This is a review question from page 110 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

When distributing weight across a set of axles, you will ultimately be limited by the most restrictive law for any given situation. For instance, if the law states that you can carry 20,000 pounds on your steer axle, but your steer tires have a load rating of 6000 pounds each, then you can only carry a total of 12,000 pounds on your steer axle

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Your steer tires are rated at 6,150 pounds and you have two of them on your steer axle. Therefore you can carry a total of 12,300 pounds (6,150 x 2) on your steer axle. Because you can not legally exceed the load rating of your tires, the fact that West Virginia allows 20,000 pounds on the steer axle doesn't matter. You're ultimately limited by the most restrictive law, which in this case is related to exceeding the steer tire load rating.
All of the following tanker-specific inspections are correct, except:
  • All of these inspections are true and correct
  • Check pipes, connections and hoses for leaks
  • Make sure manhole covers and vents have gaskets and that they close correctly
  • Make sure intake, discharge, and cut-off valves are in the correct position before loading, unloading or moving the vehicle
This is a review question from page 60 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 84 Of The CDL Manual:

On all tank vehicles, the most important item to check for is leaks. Check under and around the vehicle for signs of any leaking. Do not carry liquids or gases in a leaking tank. In general, check the following:

  • Tank body or shell for dents or leaks.
  • Intake, discharge and cut-off valves. Make sure valves are in correct position before loading, unloading or moving the vehicle.
  • Pipes, connections and hoses for leaks, especially around joints.
  • Manhole covers and vents. Make sure covers have gaskets and that they close correctly. Keep vents clear so they work correctly.
  • Special purpose equipment. If your vehicle has any of the following equipment, make sure it works:
    • Vapor recovery kits.
    • Grounding and bonding cables.
    • Emergency shut-off systems.
    • Built-in fire extinguisher.

Make sure you know how to operate your special equipment. Check the emergency equipment required for your vehicle. Find out what equipment you are required to carry and make sure you have it (and it works).

When you turn suddenly while pulling doubles, which trailer is most likely to turn over?
  • The rear trailer
  • Both trailers are equally as likely to turn over
  • The tractor is more likely to turn over than either trailer
  • The front trailer
This is a review question from page 48 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 70 Of The CDL Manual:

Trucks with trailers have a dangerous "crack-the-whip" effect. When you make a quick lane change, the crack-the-whip effect can turn the trailer over. There are many accidents where only the trailer has overturned.

"Rearward amplification" causes the crack-the-whip effect. The rear trailer is twice as likely to turn over as the tractor. You can roll the last trailer of triples 3.5 times as easily as a 5-axle tractor-semi.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

When pulling more than 1 trailer, the rear-most trailer is always at a higher risk of overturning than the front trailer.


What violation has occurred at 8:00 a.m. on Day 2?

Day 1

Day 2

  • There is a 14 hour rule violation
  • There is an 11 hour rule violation
  • There is no violation
  • There is an 11 hour and 14 hour rule violation
This is a review question from page 101 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

Day 1

Day 2

Violations: There are 11 and 14 hour rule violations from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Day 2.

Explanation - 11 Hour Limit: After 10 consecutive hours off duty, the driver was eligible to drive for up to 11 hours beginning at 2:00 a.m. on Day 1. The driver reached the 11 hour driving limit at 3:00 p.m. on Day 1 and did not obtain another 10 hour break before driving again at 8:00 a.m. on Day 2, thus violating the 11 hour limit. The driver then obtained 8 consecutive hours in a sleeper berth, which, combined with the earlier 7 1/2 hour sleeper berth period, made the driver eligible for the split sleeper berth provision which means the driver accumulated at least 10 hours of rest using a combination of at least 8 (but less than 10) consecutive hours in a sleeper berth and another break of at least 2 (but less than 10) consecutive hours. This moves the 11 hour calculation point to the end of the first of the two qualifying breaks, or 5:00 a.m. on Day 2. Between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., the driver had 5 hours of driving, so at 9:00 p.m. on Day 2 there were 6 hours remaining, and there were no further 11 hour rule violations.

Explanation - 30 Minute Break: The driver was never on duty or driving for enough consecutive hours which would make 30 minute break mandatory, therefore the 30 minute break provisions does not apply in this example.

Explanation - 14 Hour Limit: After 10 consecutive hours off duty, the driver had 14 hours available beginning at 2:00 a.m. on Day 1. The 14 hour limit was reached at 4:00 p.m. on Day 1. Without a valid 10 hour break, the hours continued to accumulate into Day 2, and the driver violated the 14 hour rule by driving at 8:00 a.m. The driver then went into the sleeper berth for 8 consecutive hours, which enabled him or her to take advantage of the split sleeper berth provision. This moves the 14 hour calculation point to 5:00 a.m. on Day 2, the end of the first of the two qualifying breaks. Counting forward from there, the 8 hours from 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. are included in the calculation, but the 8 hour sleeper berth period is excluded. Therefore, at 9:00 p.m. on Day 2, the driver had 6 hours remaining and had no further violations of the 14 hour rule.

To remain in compliance: The driver should have remained in the sleeper berth until 5:30 a.m. on Day 2, thus moving the calculation point to 9:00 p.m. on Day 1. Or, at 9:00 p.m. on Day 1, the driver should have remained in the sleeper berth instead of going on duty for 30 minutes.

Before coupling a tractor to a trailer, the Fifth Wheel should:
  • Be free of oil and grease
  • Be tilted down towards the rear of the tractor
  • Be put in the manual lock position
  • Have the jaws closed
This is a review question from page 51 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 75 Of The CDL Manual:

Inspect Fifth Wheel Check for damaged/missing parts.

  • Check to see that mounting to tractor is secure, no cracks in frame, etc.
  • Be sure that the fifth wheel plate is greased as required. Failure to keep the fifth wheel plate lubricated could cause steering problems because of friction between the tractor and trailer.
  • Check if fifth wheel is in proper position for coupling:
    • Wheel tilted down towards rear of tractor.
    • Jaws open.
    • Safety unlocking handle in the automatic lock position.
  • If you have a sliding fifth wheel, make sure it is locked.
  • Make sure the trailer kingpin is not bent or broken.
If the cargo is fully contained in a sided vehicle, what is the minimum requirement for withstanding sideways force?
  • 0.7g (70% of cargo weight)
  • 0.2g (20% of cargo weight)
  • 0.5g (50% of cargo weight)
  • 0.8g (80% of cargo weight)
This is a review question from page 122 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 2 Of The CDL Manual:

Note: If the cargo is contained in a sided vehicle, the vehicle structure MUST be strong enough to withstand the forces described earlier.

  • Forward force: 0.8 g (80%)
  • Rearward force: 0.5.g (50%)
  • Sideways force: 0.5 g (50%)
How should you properly test the parking brake?
  • Place chocks against the tires of the truck, release the parking brake, then visually inspect each parking brake
  • Idle the vehicle in the lowest gear possible then apply the parking brake and be sure the vehicle comes to a complete stop
  • Stop the vehicle, put the parking brake on, and pull against it in the highest gear
  • Stop the vehicle, put the parking brake on, and gently pull against it in a low gear to test that the parking brake will hold
This is a review question from page 45 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 67 Of The CDL Manual:

Test parking brake: Stop the vehicle, put the parking brake on, and gently pull against it in a low gear to test that the parking brake will hold.

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