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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Just to clarify - you don't need to study the Logbook and Weight & Balance sections of the training program for the permit. Those are additional sections we built because neither the CDL manual nor most schools cover them well at all. So the rundown is:


  • Rules & Regulations
  • Driving Safely
  • Transporting Cargo Safely
  • Air Brakes
  • Combination Vehicles
  • Pre-Trip Inspection
  • Driving Exam

The main sections for your endorsements which are optional but we highly recommend you get:

  • Transporting Passengers
  • Doubles And Triples
  • Tankers
  • Hazardous Materials

And two sections we've built ourselves with info you'll need for everyday life on the road but the manual doesn't really cover it:

  • Logbook
  • Weight & Balance

Pre-trip Inspection:

A pre-trip inspection is a thorough inspection of the truck completed before driving for the first time each day.

Federal and state laws require that drivers inspect their vehicles. Federal and state inspectors also may inspect your vehicles. If they judge a vehicle to be unsafe, they will put it “out of service” until it is repaired.


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.


A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.


Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Brian's Comment
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Thanks Brett!

I'll say this is a great site. Been lurking around since June, then made an account awhile back. It's very informative and helpful when it comes to real situations.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Glad you're enjoying it Brian! We're always happy to help out in any way we can.

Gerald H. AKA Doc's Comment
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I did both, manual and high road. What I found was that the manual to me seemed kinda confusing. with high road and all the little tests you do will really drive the correct answers into your head because of the refresher questions. the more you do the more refresher questions you get. repetition here it's the key. with the endorsements, if you wait till you get your license there will be a fee for a duplicate license. it's not much but it's money you can save by doing it at the time of your permit. also for hazmats you have to do a background check and it could take a couple of weeks to get that back. don't get caught up in having to wait for that to come back before you can take the test. what I mean by that is if you get the background check done, the day you go to get your license you can take the hazmat test and it will be put on your license from the start. most companies today require hazmats so it's best to get them out of the way as soon as possible.


Hazardous Materials

Explosive, flammable, poisonous or otherwise potentially dangerous cargo. Large amounts of especially hazardous cargo are required to be placarded under HAZMAT regulations

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