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Rudy T.'s Comment
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Hi guys,

I will be starting my truck driving training soon but first have to get my Class A CDL permit.

So I have some topics i can study for on apps like dmv Genie or CDL Prep. They are:

1. General Knowledge 2. Hazmat 3. School bus 4. Passenger vehicles 5. Air brakes 6. Doubles/triples 7. Combination vehicles 8. Tankers 9. Pre-trip

I will be working at Wilson Logistics as a regional driver. Anyways what should I focus on? I know some of these don't even seem relevant. Thanks a lot.

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.

HAZMAT:

Hazardous Materials

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

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Combination Vehicle:

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

Doubles:

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.

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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High Road CDL Training Program

Definitely use the high road. Almost everyone that's used it has aced their tests. General knowledge, airbrakes and combination vehicles are the minimum for a class A CDL, with the rest being endorsements. Keep in mind for the passenger endorsement you will be required to take a test in a school bus.

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.

Combination Vehicle:

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

Rudy T.'s Comment
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High Road CDL Training Program

Definitely use the high road. Almost everyone that's used it has aced their tests. General knowledge, airbrakes and combination vehicles are the minimum for a class A CDL, with the rest being endorsements. Keep in mind for the passenger endorsement you will be required to take a test in a school bus.

Thank you sir for the advice. The state i will take my test in is Montana. My company said to download that state's manual and study it.

Does the Highroad Program go by state or does it really matter?

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.

Combination Vehicle:

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

Rob T.'s Comment
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Does the Highroad Program go by state or does it really matter?

the high road is based on the Illinois manual but nearly all states are the same except texas adds some extra and NY has a coil endorsement needed to haul steel coils (flatbed) if you're licensed in NY. I primarily used the high road and only got a couple wrong in Iowa.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Rudy, our High Road CDL Training Program has the CDL manual built in, but it goes far beyond that. It's broken down into small sections with multiple-choice questions at the end of each one. As you work your way through the program, the system will figure out which questions you need more help with or more repetition and it will give you review questions from prior sections. It's a very intelligent and effective system. It beats reading the CDL manual by a long shot.

Try it and see what you think. There are sections labeled Permit, Endorsements, and Job Duties. Start with the Permit and Endorsement sections. If you have time, do the job duty sections called "Logbook Rules" and "Weight & Balance" because those are required knowledge for doing your job.

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.

Logbook:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Rudy, it's true, after Section 1, all state CDL manuals are the same, section for section and almost word for word.

The High Road CDL Training Program will help you learn what's on your own state's CDL manual and it even keeps asking you the questions you missed until you get them right.

The pertinent section for the question you're looking at is only a click away. You can't beat the High Road program for CDL study.

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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