The High Road Online CDL Training Program - PDF Offline?

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John C.'s Comment
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Brett,

Thanks for making this great, helpful training program!

Is it possible to create a PDF of the text from the High Road program? It would be awesome if we could print and study the program offline while away from the computer in addition to online. I'm thinking just the text, not the test questions. We could study offline, then go online and go through the program with the test questions.

It would be a great help to me to be able to study at night when I don't want to use my computer, and when I'm out hiking, sitting under a tree, reading while in nature when I prefer to get away from electronics. I'm getting very far online...too many distractions. My bad, I know, but I'm trying to spend less time in front of my computer, and more time outside.

I would try myself, but it's really not place to alter your material, and you created a way better PDF then I did for the Pre-trip inspection guide. I'll give it a try if you don't have the time. I'd prefer to have your permission first.

Thanks!

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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You can get the hard copy from your state's DMV. Most states have a PDF you can download. It's called the CDL manual. The High Road course is interactive. There is also a Trucking Truth app, you can download on your phone.

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.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, many of the materials are in your state's CDL manual, which you can download for free, but the rest we've built ourselves and there's no option for a PDF of any sort. You're free to make your own if you like.

State CDL Manuals - Free Downloads

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.
John C.'s Comment
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I understand, Thank you both for the quick response!

John C.'s Comment
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My apologies for asking in the first place. I should have thought of getting a hard copy of California handbook myself. This site is so helpful, I forgot my local resources.

This brought up a curiosity question though. Which state is the High road program based on? And will there be many differences from other states such as California?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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It's originally based on the Illinois CDL manual but there are very few differences from state to state. The biggest difference was in the stopping distance formulas, but most states now agree on that.

If you use the High Road you'll fly through any state exam. Any of them. All state manuals are based off the same Federal manual with almost nothing in the way of significant changes.

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.
John C.'s Comment
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Thanks again Brett,

I picked 2 copies from the local DMV today. One for home, and one for the day backpack I keep in my car. I will go through the High Road program, these are for use when I'm not on my computer.

Between work & personal projects, I get too much screen time these days, and my favorite hiking trail has the perfect tree to sit under and read! smile.gif

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.

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