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Andrew J.'s Comment
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How long (hours) should it reasonably take to complete all the modules in the High Road Training Program?confused.gif

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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The short answer is probably about 40-80 hours, depending upon a number of factors.

The long answer is that a lot of that depends on how careful you are about looking up the answers instead of guessing at the ones you're unsure of.

The way the High Road Training Program is designed, it will track your score on every question, every page, throughout the program including the review questions you'll see from previous pages. If you get a certain question wrong a certain percentage of the time or your overall score falls below 85%, you'll be halted. What that means is you won't be able to continue on to new materials until you show an improvement in the areas you're struggling with. So you'll be given review questions in sets of 8 until you score well enough to lift the halt and continue on to new materials.

So the more careful you are about looking up the answers and getting every question right, the fewer times you'll be halted, and the faster you'll get through the program.

Now the nice thing is you can always look up the answer to every question quickly without leaving the page. If the question is from that page, you can scroll up and find the answer. If the question is a review question from a previous page, you'll see a button that says "Click here to look up the answer" and when you do, the content that contains the answer will appear. So it's always very fast and easy to look up the answers and get the questions correct.

By structuring the program this way it gives you a nice amount of repetition to help memorize the answers without allowing you to guess your way through or even worse - get a lot of answers wrong so you're reinforcing the wrong information.

The system is highly effective. There are even some truck driving schools that use it in their classroom straight off our website. It's really that good. smile.gif

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Robert K.'s Comment
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I'm working on the High Road Training Program now just wanted to say its great Brett.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Glad you like it! You're gonna love it after you get done breezing through your CDL written exams! smile.gif

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.
Andrew J.'s Comment
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I like the program. I should have started it last week.

Sharaya 's Comment
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@Andrew, Because everyone has a different style of learning, the way a person studies will differ, too. With the no-advance-until-mastered safety embedded within the program, if you can make it through at least once without getting halted you should do fine.

Here's what I did:

I started about 6 months ago while I was working another job. Once the job was over and I had my time free I buckled down and spent full 9 hour work days on the program. It took about a week to finish out the program on the first run and I was halted about 4 times. Side-note -- I've never been up close and personal with a CMV. This was/is all new to me. So I used google images... ALOT! I also asked questions on the forum here. The Experienced Drivers here are really nice. One of them even posted an image for me when I couldn't find a good one! A recommendation was provided to head down to my local truckstop, too. I thought that was a wonderful idea, until I discovered my 'local' truckstop was about 30 miles away. So I saved on gas and kept googling whatever extra info I felt would help me understand, including the DOT.gov site AND a firefighter training site pertaining to HAZMAT loads. The second week I reset and ran the program again. This took about 3 days and I was only halted once. Then I began running only the sections I would encounter on the CDL exam. I reset, ran through the questions without reading the material except for when I didn't know the answer. I did this process until I could run through the chosen sections consecutively without getting halted and without having to check for an answer. That process took about 3 days. I still missed some answers, but I didn't get halted. Then I took the exam with all the tests (General knowledge, Air brakes, Combinations, Tankers) in one shot. After the grueling study sessions I ran myself through, the exam itself was a breeze dancing-banana.gifgood-luck.gif

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

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Starcar's Comment
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Girl....you are a focused individual !!!!! I can't even re read a book I've read years ago. To keep going thru the tests would drive me over the edge !!! But it paid off for you, and I'm sure that all the knowledge has been imbedded forever in your grey matter.

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