The High Road™ Online CDL Training Program

The Most Effective CDL Test Preparation Course On The Planet

This program is 100% free for everyone!
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The High Road™ Online CDL Training Program Is Pure Awesomeness

We're not pulling any punches. We're going to say it like it is. This is the highest quality, most comprehensive online CDL training program ever created. As if that wasn't awesome enough, it also happens to be unconditionally free for everyone to use.

Our program has a ton of incredible features, and it's really user friendly. So grab a cup of coffee and strap yourself in because you're going to be blown away when you see what we have in store for you!

The Entire CDL Manual And Beyond

Our CDL training program has the entire CDL manual built right in. That alone will prepare you for all of the required written exams including the CDL learner's permit and all of the endorsement exams. Now that's pretty fantastic in itself, but as experienced drivers, we knew that wasn't nearly enough. No way.

Because passing the CDL exam isn't the real test. The real test begins when you're sitting behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound rig, and we want to make sure you have the knowledge it takes to survive out there in the trucking industry. So we've gone beyond the CDL manual and built several sections ourselves full of critical knowledge that will prepare you for a great start to your trucking career.

Who Designed This Training Program?

This training program was designed and built with the help of professional drivers, including certified CDL instructors with decades of safe driving experience. These experienced professionals know exactly what it takes to pass the CDL exams and become safe, productive drivers out on the road.

Our CDL training program has proven to be so effective that is has gone viral in the trucking community essentially overnight! We are blown away with the positive response to this program, and you're going to be amazed at how well it's put together. Take a couple minutes to browse the features, testimonials, and tips before you sign up and get going!

Features Of The High Road Training System

Includes The Complete CDL Manual & More

We've built the entire CDL manual right into our training system. But we didn't stop there! We've added several sections of our own to this training program so you'll be prepared for all of the written exams and life on the road.

This training system was built by experienced drivers and trainers who know there's a lot more to life on the road than what the CDL manual covers. We've added our own sections covering Logbook Rules and Weight & Balance so you'll be ready to tackle some of the toughest aspects of life in the trucking industry.

Sophisticated Review System

Repetition is the key to memorizing large amounts of information. By continuously analyzing your scores on each question as you progress through the program, our review system will determine which questions you are having the most trouble with.

These high priority questions will be repeated as many times as is necessary to reinforce the correct answers. This system is capable of determining each person's strengths and weaknesses and gives you continued reinforcement where you need it most.

Intelligent Halt System

Yellow Peterbuilt on the highway

When we find that you are beginning to struggle, we temporarily stop giving you new materials and have you review the questions you're having the most trouble with.

What would be the point of feeding you new materials if you're having trouble with what we've given you so far? The point is to learn the materials, not just fly through the program as quickly as possible.

If you miss a particular question too many times or your overall average drops below 85% we will help you review the areas you're struggling with until we see you're ready to continue on to new materials.

Dynamically Built, Interactive Quizzes

tractor trailer driving down the road

The multiple choice quizzes given on each page include questions from the page being loaded and review questions from pages you've already completed. The order of the questions and answers are randomized, and the answers to review questions from previous pages can be lookup up in an instant.

The quizzes are designed to work as a tool to help reinforce the information, not simply as a way to test your knowledge. We don't want you guessing at the answers, because guessing isn't learning. In fact, guessing can inhibit learning by reinforcing an incorrect answer.

When taking a quiz, the answer to each question can be quickly found in the content of the page, or in the case of review questions, with the click of a link which reveals the answer. This allows you to quickly find the correct answer, reinforces the information, and saves tons of precious time trying when having to look something up.

Complete The Materials In Any Order At Your Own Pace

We've designed our training program to be very flexible. You can complete the course materials in any order at your own pace. Simply jump to a different section of the program when you're ready for a change of pace.

The optimal experience means being able to work on the materials you're interested in learning at the moment, and working when you feel fresh and ready to take on a challenge. Instead of forcing everyone to work on the same materials at the same pace, our program allows you the flexibility to choose the materials you're working on and set your own schedule.

Even our review system and halt mechanism have been designed to adjust to your preferences. You can take the course in any order you like and we'll send the proper review questions from sections you've already completed. If you begin to struggle, we'll halt your progress and force a review of the materials before allowing you to move on.

Insights, Tips, And Suggestions Built In

Throught the program you'll find important tips, insights, and suggestions wherever you see the purple question mark () to help you understand the materials better and gain an understanding for how that knowledge will fit into the overall picture.

Not all information is created equal. Certain bits of information may be critically important to the safe operation of the vehicle, and some information will almost certainly show up on the CDL exam. We want to go beyond just teaching the information. We want you to understand why this information is so important and how it will affect your CDL testing and your career in the trucking industry.

What People Are Saying About The High Road Training System

"My own experience with the course itself was nothing short of amazing. To come into the course with absolutely no prior knowledge of the subject, and to be able to grasp the information, understand it, and retain it, has taken quite a bit off stress off me. Now I know that when I do enroll in a school, I can focus on the driving aspects, and not have to worry about the classroom side of things.

Being able to study at my own pace and in my own time was extremely helpful to me. Being able to see what areas I was having difficulty with, and being able to spend more time on those sections was so beneficial. The way the information is broken down and presented topic by topic keeps the course from being overwhelming, and the layout of the program itself is condusive to a variety of learning styles."

- Ahmalia

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"My experience so far has been fantastic. It is set up in such a way that it learns and adapts to what the student needs to pay closer attention to. If the program notices you need to go over a certain subject again, it will halt you for a review so that you dont continuously get a subject wrong.

I love the way it pulls refresher questions from other parts of the course that you have already covered. It reinforces the information needed to not only pass the permit test, but engrains it so it almost becomes second nature.

After studying for a week, and taking the practice tests here for the basic info needed to obtain a CDL learners permit, I can consistantly pass the practice tests for General Knowledge, Air Brakes, Combination Vehicles, Doubles and Triples, and Passengers at my State DMV. My lowest score so far is 94%.

I feel that anyone who doesn't use this before attending a school or taking their permit test is wasting a valuable asset. Before taking the course, I was lucky if I had gotten anything above 68% by just studying the manual alone.

Thanks again Brett. I'm gonna pass this on to anyone who is looking to get their CDL."

- Skip

Hi Brett,

I just want to say thank you for putting online such a valuable resource.

I used your CDL training course to study for my CDL, and when I took my written tests the DMV administrator was amazed as I finished the test faster than anyone she had ever had in her facility, and with the highest scores she had ever seen. I took all of my endorsements (Hazmat, Doubles - Triples, Tanker, and Air Brakes) all in one sitting and without hesitation I knew all of the answers. Some were tricky and not in the Colorado Manual (which I had also read) however because of the knowledge I had gained from your course I was able to logically figure out the answers.

I can honestly say that had I simply read the CDL manual I would have struggled to pass the test at all. I am convinced your course made all the difference. I went in prepared and knew what to expect and how to answer.

Thanks again Brett. I'm gonna pass this on to anyone who is looking to get their CDL."

- Tom Cooper

I wanted to share something that just made me pat myself on the back today... I am currently attending the FFE Driving Academy (Now KLLM). Today was our final written exam for the school, tomorrow we go take the DPS written tests. Once the class tests were graded, our instructor told me that in the more than two years the school had been open and with all the hundreds of students that had gone through the program, I was the third person EVER to get a perfect score on all 5 written exams.


Darn right I'm proud of myself, but I didn't do it alone. I can't express enough how helpful The High Road Training Program is, and can't thank Brett and TruckingTruth enough for putting it together.

- Joseph

"I think that the program is great! I love the way the halt feature works if it feels you're having a lot of trouble or just guessing, and the way the review system reinforces learning by re-introducing material in the form of review questions.

Even with the limited amount that I've completed thus far, I feel as if I was much more prepared when I began my schooling, and was amazed by the amount of material covered at school that I already knew just from having done this program here!"

- Rob "Moe Rhonic"

"My stress was easily cut in half by taking TruckingTruth's High Road online CDL course. I've taken many courses online and never have I seen a better product that can produce better results! I have fond memories spending endless hours studying. It was simple, clear, and so well thought out. I have absolutely nothing to criticize.

If I were to try and put a price tag on it, $250-450 easily! You and your Team of Truckers, which I can now say I legitimately am one, are the greatest!"

- Jay

"I have taken several courses via computer (Navy, private/instrument pilot exams, and teacher courses) and this incorporates all of the best of each. It is obvious you have spent an incredible amount of time bringing all of this information together.

Great job!"

- Larry

Understanding The Review System

The High Road Training Program™ will continuously adjust to your strengths and weaknesses as you work your way through. Each page of the program has its own set of questions. Along with those questions you'll see a mix of review questions from pages you've already completed. These review questions were not selected at random. We track your scores throughout the program and choose the questions you're struggling with the most, and those are the ones you'll be reviewing.

For instance...say you're ready to begin page 10. Before page 10 loads we calculate your scores on every question you've done so far, including all review questions, and decide which questions you need the most help with right now. Those high priority questions from the previous 9 pages will be loaded along with the questions from page 10.

So you don't have to keep track of what you're learning well and what you need help with - we're already doing that for you. Just work your way straight through the program and focus on getting every single question correct. We'll feed you the review questions you need the most help with throughout the program.

Do Not Guess At The Answers - Look Them Up!

Consider the quizzes at the end of each page to be a learning tool as opposed to a way of testing your knowledge. Repetition is the key to learning a large amount of materials, and the quizzes will help reinforce the correct information time and time again.

Keep in mind that your goal is to learn the materials, and guessing is not learning. In fact, guessing wrong will reinforce the incorrect answer, requiring extra repetitions of the correct answer to force the incorrect answer out of your mind.

So when taking the quizzes, please look up the correct answers and shoot for a perfect score on every quiz. With every review question you will see a link that will say "This is a review question. Click here to look up the answer". Please do it! Do not guess at the answers. We've put that link there so you can quickly and easily look up the answer. We want you to look it up. It's not a weakness or a failure on your part to have to look up the answer - that's a victory! Getting a question wrong is the only failure. So shoot for a perfect score on each quiz by looking up the correct answers each and every time. You'll learn the materials better and get through the program more quickly.

The High Road Online CDL Training Program

Our High Road Online CDL Training Program is a complete CDL test preparation course. It has everything you'll need to pass the CDL permit exam, the endorsement exams, and prepare for the start of CDL training:

  • The entire CDL manual is built right in and split into small sections
  • A few multiple choice questions follow each section
  • Score tracking and progress reports throughout the program
  • A review system helps you learn by reinforcing the correct answers
  • A friendly and easy to use interface makes it a breeze to use

We've found a way to teach you the entire CDL manual faster and easier than you thought possible. By breaking it down into small sections and reviewing the questions several times you'll be well prepared for your CDL exams!

Random Questions From The High Road™ CDL Training Program

Review Questions - Click On The Picture To Begin...

These Questions Are From The Illinois CDL Manual

Which statement is true about hazardous material cargo?
  • Not all hazardous material loads require placards
  • Hazardous liquids can only be carried in a tanker truck
  • Any amount of hazardous cargo requires a hazardous material license endorsement
  • Hazardous material shipping papers must be kept in the glove box at all times
This is a review question from page 33 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 49 Of The CDL Manual:

Not all vehicles carrying hazardous materials need to have placards.

What is a "safe speed"?
  • The yellow signs before curves and ramps are designated safe speeds
  • 10mph under the posted speed limit is considered a safe speed
  • Speeds of 55mph or below are considered safe speeds for maximum fuel mileage
  • A predetermined speed for descending down a long or steep grade, which helps determine when brakes should be applied or released
This is a review question from page 47 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 68 Of The CDL Manual:

Remember, the use of brakes on a long and/or steep downgrade is only a supplement to the braking effect of the engine. Once the vehicle is in the proper low gear, the following is the proper braking technique:

  • 1. Apply the brakes just hard enough to feel a definite slowdown.
  • 2. When your speed has been reduced to approximately 5 mph below your "safe" speed, release the brakes. (This brake application should last about 3 seconds.)
  • 3. When your speed has increased to your "safe" speed, repeat steps 1 and 2.
What are Cargo Tanks?
  • Removable tanks attached to a chassis
  • Any of these are considered Cargo Tanks
  • A series of portable containers
  • Bulk packaging permanently attached to a vehicle
This is a review question from page 72 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 100 Of The CDL Manual:

Cargo tanks are bulk packagings permanently attached to a vehicle. Cargo tanks remain on the vehicle when you load and unload them.

What is the 8 day / 70 hour on duty limit?
  • None of these answers are correct
  • You are not allowed to drive after you've been on duty 70 hours in the previous 8 consecutive days
  • You are not allowed to be on duty more than 70 hours within the previous 8 days
  • You must have taken at least 70 hours off during the previous 8 days in order to drive legally
This is a review question from page 93 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The CDL Manual:

The 8 day / 70 hour limit:

If your company does operate vehicles every day of the week, your employer may assign you to the 70-hour/8-day schedule. This means that you are not allowed to drive after you've been on duty 70 hours in any 8 consecutive days. Once you reach the 70 hour limit, you will not be able to drive again until you have dropped below 70 hours for an 8 consecutive day period. You may do other work, but you cannot do any more driving until you get below the limit. Any other hours you work, whether they are for a motor carrier or someone else, must be added to the total.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

The 8 day / 70hr limit will restrict how much time you're allowed to be on duty during an 8 day period. So if you take a 10 hour break to reset your 11 and 14 hour clocks, but have been on duty / driving for 65 hours in an 8 day period, you will only be able to drive 5 hours.

We'll give you some more examples later on in the program. This can be a little difficult to understand, but try to understand the differences between the 11hr, 14hr, and 70hr clocks.

Regulations require vehicles transporting certain types or quantities of hazardous material to display:
  • A yellow banner on the front and back of the truck displaying the type of hazardous material on-board
  • Diamond-shaped warning signs on all 4 sides of the vehicle
  • An orange "HAZMAT Certified" window sticker on the passenger side of the windshield
  • A red square warning sign on all 4 sides of the vehicle
This is a review question from page 62 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 86 Of The CDL Manual:

The regulations require vehicles transporting certain types or quantities of hazardous materials to display diamond-shaped, square-on-point, warning signs called placards.

How can you tell if there is a leak in your exhaust system?
  • There will be rust visible in a particular spot
  • A loose fitting may cause a leak
  • There will be carbon soot collected into one area of the pipe
  • All of these can be signs of an exhaust leak
This is a review question from page 84 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 119 Of The CDL Manual:

Exhaust system:

  • Check system for damage and signs of leaks such as rust or carbon soot.
  • System should be connected tightly and mounted securely.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

While inspecting the exhaust system, tell the examiner:

"The exhaust should be properly mounted and secured, no loose clamps, no signs of leaks such as rust or soot, and it must contain no holes, cracks, or dents."

Who can help coordinate emergency response to chemical hazards?
  • National Response Center
  • Federal HAZMAT Response Corp.
  • Poison Control
This is a review question from page 77 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 104 Of The CDL Manual:

The National Response Center helps coordinate emergency response to chemical hazards. It is a resource to the local police and firefighters. The center maintains a 24-hour, toll-free line. You or your employer must call the center when any of the following occur as a direct result of a hazardous materials incident per 171.15, 171.16:

How much air loss can occur in a combination vehicle in 1 minute with the service brakes applied?
  • No more than 2 psi
  • No more than 3 psi
  • No more than 5 psi
  • No more than 4 psi
This is a review question from page 82 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 117 Of The CDL Manual:

With the engine running, build the air pressure to governed cut-out (100-125 psi). Shut off the engine, turn the electrical power on, chock your wheels, if necessary, release the tractor protection valve and parking brake (push in), fully apply the foot brake and hold it for one minute. Check the air gauge to see if the air pressure drops more than 3 pounds in 1 minute (single vehicle) or 4 pounds in 1 minute (combination vehicle) with brake applied. When brake is unapplied, air pressure drops more than 2 pounds in 1 minute with a single vehicle and 3 pounds in 1 minute in a combination vehicle.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Be sure to memorize how much air loss is acceptable when the service brakes are applied and not applied.

You may not transport division 1.1 or 1.2 explosives if:
  • All of these answers are correct
  • More than two cargo carrying vehicles are in the combination
  • The other vehicle in the combination contains any substances, explosive, n.o.s., Division 1.1A (explosive) material (initiating explosive)
  • Any fuller trailer in the combination has a wheel base of less than 184 inches
This is a review question from page 70 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 97 Of The CDL Manual:

Division 1.1 or 1.2 (explosive) materials may not be loaded into or carried on any vehicle or a combination of vehicles if:

-More than two cargo carrying vehicles are in the combination,
-Any fuller trailer in the combination has a wheel base of less than 184 inches,
-Any vehicle in the combination is a cargo tank required to be marked or placarded under ยง177.823, or
-The other vehicle in the combination contains any:

- substances, explosive, n.o.s., Division 1.1A (explosive) material (initiating explosive),
-Packages of Class 7 (radioactive) materials bearing "Yellow III" labels,
- Division 2.3, Hazard Zone A or Hazard Zone B materials or Division 6.1, PG I, - - Hazard Zone A materials, or
- Hazardous materials in a portable tank or a DOT specification 106 A or 110A tank.

Why don't most food grade tankers come equipped with baffles?
  • To save room in the tank, most shippers of liquid food products prefer to forgo baffles so more product can be loaded
  • Sanitation regulations forbid the use of baffles because of the difficulty in cleaning the inside of the tank
  • Food products are generally light enough that the entire tank can be filled, thus, limiting any liquid surge
  • Food grade tankers are required to be fitted with baffles or bulkheads
This is a review question from page 61 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 84 Of The CDL Manual:

Sanitation regulations forbid the use of baffles because of the difficulty in cleaning the inside of the tank.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Anytime you see a food grade tanker, it is safe to assume there are no baffles installed. Not only is that important for you to know when pulling a food grade tanker, but you can also drive differently around other vehicles that are pulling food grade tankers (give them more room).

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