Studying For The CDL

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Ben D. 's Comment
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I'm ready to pursue my dream, I think. But I'm ready to go like yesterday - studying for the CDL on tt may not be an option for me anymore - I'm sorry - it's great and a totally excellent study tool that I've learned a lot from, but in what shape would I be in if I didn't take it and just studied the CDL training manual the trucking school gives me? I'll probably have to study harder and study unnecessary stuff, I'm guessing, but I guess I'm willing to go down that road. I would like to study for the CDL here on truckingtruth - I'm not trying to bash it - but help me!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Tractor Man's Comment
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You have two choices. Study the manual, take lots of notes, use up a highlighter. OR....... Use the High Road Training and CDL practice tests on this site that simulate the actual tests you will be taking at the DMV in the same type of computer format. Using the manual only will force you into MEMORIZING. The High Road will help you LEARN and RETAIN the material. Your choice. FYI......The majority of people on this site that use the High Road Ace their permit exams on the FIRST TRY. And in record time!

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Ben D. 's Comment
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Thanks, Tractor Man. I'll study as much as I can.

You have two choices. Study the manual, take lots of notes, use up a highlighter. OR....... Use the HR and practice tests on this site that simulate the actual tests you will be taking at the DMV in the same type of computer format. Using the manual only will force you into MEMORIZING. The HR will help you LEARN and RETAIN the material. Your choice. FYI......The majority of people on this site that use the HR, Ace their permit exams on the FIRST TRY. And in record time!

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Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Tractor Man's Comment
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You really need to devote several weeks to the High Road. It is not a couple of hours or days thing. Whats the rush, thesesmile.gif schools start new classes every week!

IR0ND0G's Comment
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I will be getting my CLP in January. I have been studying and taking tests on The High Road for the last month or so. I can tell you that it has helped me retain materials way better than reading a manual and a highlighter ever could. The simple, straightforward presentation of materials, and the random questions (more random as you make progress) have helped make the information stick rather than 'pass and forget' like some tests tend to do. I am very grateful for this site and those people that contribute no bull**** information to those of us preparing, those still learning, and... OK that last part covered everyone. I have recommended this site and THR to 3 other people I know looking at entering this profession. I guess my ramble basically says 'Why waste the opportunity of such a valuable tool?'

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Ben D. 's Comment
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true!

I will be getting my CLP in January. I have been studying and taking tests on THR for the last month or so. I can tell you that it has helped me retain materials way better than reading a manual and a highlighter ever could. The simple, straightforward presentation of materials, and the random questions (more random as you make progress) have helped make the information stick rather than 'pass and forget' like some tests tend to do. I am very grateful for this site and those people that contribute (mostly) no bull**** information to those of us preparing, those still learning, and... OK that last part covered everyone. I have recommended this site and THR to 3 other people I know looking at entering this profession. I guess my ramble basically says 'Why waste the opportunity of such a valuable tool?'

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

CLP:

Commercial Learner's Permit

Before getting their CDL, commercial drivers will receive their commercial learner's permit (CLP) upon passing the written portion of the CDL exam. They will not have to retake the written exam to get their CDL.

Penny's Comment
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I am working through The High Road Training here and finding it to be an EXCELLENT tool.

In fact, I think I've realized I need to not multitask while doing it, but such is my life at the moment!

I also have my state CDL manual and I intend to go through it as well and I will start school in January, but I also work and will be going to night school and will have VERY limited study time, so I am trying to get as much done ahead as possible so that I will be better prepared.

I can't imagine just memorizing the book when this tool is available.

I have been impressed greatly so far and I am only about 15% in!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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In fact, I think I've realized I need to not multitask while doing it, but such is my life at the moment!

We've had a few other people say that also. They would try studying with the TV on or the kids running around throwing things and kept missing questions and getting stuck in review mode. You really have to focus when you're working on it. If you miss one word in the question or any of the answers you're likely to get that question wrong.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Tractor Man's Comment
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We regularly have people report that they'll go in and knock out all of the CDL permit exams and all of the endorsement exams in 45 minutes to an hour. They walk out of there with their permit and their endorsements all in one shot.

That is exactly how it worked out for me. The MVD Lady was SHOCKED!

Thanks Brett

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Dave's Comment
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We regularly have people report that they'll go in and knock out all of the CDL permit exams and all of the endorsement exams in 45 minutes to an hour. They walk out of there with their permit and their endorsements all in one shot.

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That is exactly how it worked out for me. The MVD Lady was SHOCKED!

Thanks Brett

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Hoe it worked for me too. The High Road program is invaluable for preparing for the written permit tests. It also is generally a great tool. I've learned so much more than my fellow trainees who haven't used it.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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