CDL Permit Question.

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Brandon's Comment
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So, I've been using the high road training program for a few days now and I'm making good progress. It seems every time I start to learn something new I'm always paranoid about failing and just keep studying over and over. I'm just wondering, about how long did y'all study for your permit? I'm trying to study as fast as I can, but still retain all the information. I guess I'm just curious how long I should study before I attempt the test.

Thanks :)

PS: If this is a dumb question I am so sorry lol.

Turtle's Comment
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Good morning, Brandon.

The HRTP is designed in such a way that you don't really have to study. Just follow the course, and it'll naturally bring you to the areas on what you need to focus.

If you have trouble in certain areas, the review process will automatically generate questions to help you zero in on those trouble spots.

If you focus on the general knowledge, air brakes, and combination vehicle sections, you'll have more than enough knowledge to just go out and get your permit. The other areas of the course will help you with endorsements, HOS , and such..By the time you finish the course, you'll be able to get a permit with endorsements in any state.

Combination Vehicle:

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


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I went through the High Road CDL Training Program once, reset my scores and did it a second time.


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.
RealDiehl's Comment
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During the first read through I really didn't focus on trying to remember everything. I just read through it as I would any typical story book. To my surprise I was able to answer most of the questions correctly after each section. If I missed an answer I'd reread the section and answer the next set of questions that popped up. If I remember correctly, the program will actually highlight the section where you can find the answer to whatever question you answered incorrectly.

Like Turtle said, the program is set up in such a way that you don't have to tax your brain by trying to memorize everything. It's a very natural-feeling process. Don't put too much stress on yourself. That could be counterproductive. Just read through it at your natural pace without constantly telling yourself you have to remember everything you read.

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