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Tater's Comment
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I cant say enough about the great work Brett has done here and the outstanding training provided for FREE!! As a result, I passed my Gen Knowledge, Air Brakes and Combo today!! Got my permit finally!! Could not have done it without High Road Training!!

One bit of advice, I'm in WV and I can say that the wording on our test was COMPLETELY different from the High Road Course here. Definitely read your state manual too, don't rely on any one source. The more you study the better your chances overall. This sounds like a given but its something to really keep in mind. There were entire sections on the WV Gen Knowledge test that I never heard of. I just skipped them and came back at the end. Worked for me!! Thanks Brett and everyone here at Trucking Truth!! Fantastic resource!!'

Tater

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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Hey congrats Tater! I'm going to look over that WV state manual and see what's so different about it.

Tater's Comment
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Hey congrats Tater! I'm going to look over that WV state manual and see what's so different about it.

Well see thats the thing that was weird Brett, its worded different even from their OWN manual! Tricky to say the least. Plus I actually had a few questions about passenger buses on my Gen Knowledge test?? Maybe thats normal but it threw me a bit. The High Road Training is right on par with ALL other training material I found anywhere. I took tests on a couple other sites using just High Road for study material and passed with flying colors. Im telling ya, this was just a WV thing!! It is after all WV, wheels turn sloooowwwwwww in WV!!

Tater

Mr. Smith's Comment
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The biggest difference I've noticed so far between the High Road and CA is the classes. A, B, C, D in vs A,B,C in CA we have non-commercial as well, which allows you to drive but not for higher. One can get Class A non-commercial.

Also in CA I'm not sure about everywhere else... You have to have TSA background check before you're issued a hazmat endorsement. (At least the DMV said so and the handbook) the private training school here said you get all endorsements with them but when asked about the background for TSA he was confused. My red flag to nit go with them.

The differences are minor in all aspects. At any rate If you follow the high roads classes you won't be driving out of class in california... Unless your a firefighter.

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

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.

Mr. Smith's Comment
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Another thing I noticed are the wording to some of the questions and the answers.

1/4 of a leaf spring isn't 1/4 of the leaf springs. if my truck is missing 1/4 of its leaf springs that could be a whole axle lol...

another one very similar is on right turns lol. the answer to the question differs from the image and the statement in the page but knowing that close as possible could be argued as i had to swing out toward the center line and that was as close as I can possibly be... lol... all the other questions I have gotten wrong are mainly because I misread the question or trying to get it done so I dont burn my food lol.

other than that, its actually an awesome well planned out program and whoever built it, thank you. I think all companies should use it for their training program.

suggestion, on pages that cover the topics where states differ, maybe a footnote showing the differences between the states.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

LunchBox's Comment
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I might have failed using the search; nevertheless, I'm aware the site is under-going some improvements/changes, but are there any plans to improve the High Road program? If so, what are the proposed changes?

What are the thoughts of having customization options, on High Road, for your account. Sometimes, I just want to test myself on a certain section. This would be similar to the Trucking Truth App.

Examples:
- Disabling certain sections from the review questions
- A custom review option: set the # of questions, which sections, possible repeated questions
- Mouseover the addition information icons instead of having to click for the popup, or perhaps the mouseover would just be condensed information. This would apply to the new glossary feature too.

I'll be excited to see this site progress. Right now, it seems like it is harder to find information than it needs to be. A lot of repeat questions for new folks.

Note: Don't take this post the wrong way because, as you all are aware, this site is already a phenomenal tool for newbies becoming professional drivers.

Mr. Smith's Comment
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I could be wrong but try resetting your score to zero and then only review and test the area your interested in.

That may eliminate the non covered material.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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suggestion, on pages that cover the topics where states differ, maybe a footnote showing the differences between the states.

Thanks for this. We're looking into this today to get a feel for the scope of the project. From past comparisons there are very few differences between state CDL manuals, but there are some for sure. So we're going to have another look to see what we can do to improve this situation further.

Mouseover the addition information icons instead of having to click for the popup

I avoid mouseover functions for two reasons:

1) People will quite often accidentally mouseover something and it will unexpectedly pop up which can be annoying or even startling

2) They close anytime you accidentally move your mouse off of the open item which is also annoying

At least when people have to click on something I know they meant to open it and it will stay open until they're ready to close it. I agree that mouseovers are faster and easier in a way but I think the side effects make clicking the more predictable behavior

- Disabling certain sections from the review questions

- A custom review option: set the # of questions, which sections, possible repeated questions

There are two options for doing this:

1) We have the questions from the High Road by themselves in a different section of the website. The High Road Questions.

2) You can logout of TruckingTruth and use the High Road Training Program. You won't get any review questions and it won't keep track of your score from page to page. But each page will still give you the quiz from that page and correct your answers for you.

I might have failed using the search; nevertheless I'll be excited to see this site progress. Right now, it seems like it is harder to find information than it needs to be. A lot of repeat questions for new folks.

One thing we're in the midst of doing is tagging all of the content we have on the site. Some of it already is. Once we have everything tagged it will be easy to aggregate the information on any given topic from all different areas of the site. For instance, you will look under the tag "DOT Physical" and the page would list forum conversations, blog articles, wiki entries, and anything else we may have for "DOT Physical". So I'm hoping that's going to make information on a particular topic easier to find.

I might have failed using the search; nevertheless

You should try it. It's amazing.

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.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mr. Smith's Comment
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One reason I hear people complaining about CA is the right two lanes rule and 55 mph lol.

Please don't burden over it. I'd hate for you to burden yourself. Your already a selfless giver to the fullest and we all appreciate it.

The minor details shouldn't matter. Like for instance we have to know speed limits even if its not posted in areas with a certain amount of lanes and a sidewalk... Should those matter? And unfortunately we have things in different states that carry over from just the standard laws like no turn on red no left turns double yellow lines pedestrian right of way... These aren't always included in the commercial handbook. At least not emphasized because you should already know those laws because you have your standard license... It takes experience to learn in New York city there is no right on red and in la the pedestrian has the right of way...

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mr. Smith's Comment
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I got another bone to pick.

I sat and contemplated with myself. is it one of the questions where the person writing it didnt pay attention to detail or one of the questions the person testing has to pay attention to detail?

All of the following tanker-specific inspections are correct, except:

one of the answers was:

Make sure manhole covers and vents have gaskets and that they close correctly

I chose this to be the EXCEPT because just above I read

Manhole covers and vents. Make sure covers have gaskets and that they close correctly. Keep vents clear so they work correctly.

we don't learn here that vents have gaskets.

we learn that covers alone have gaskets. or at least that is what it appears to teach since it separates what to emphasize between covers and vents.

if you tell me that sentence and then ask me do vents need gaskets I would assume the answer is No. therefore I will choose that the covers and vents was a pay attention to detail question and still got hosed.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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