Hope 2012 has been good to you so far. This is a banner year for us — it's our 25th year! Yes, we first hung out our shingle on Jan. 5, 1987. Lots of things have changed since then but one thing remains the same: the need for a solid education to get new drivers off to a good start and a promising career. Let us know what we can do to help provide that.
Hang on to that paper
If there's drilling operations going on in your area, you know that a shale "play" means a geographic area which has been targeted for exploration due to favorable geoseismic survey results. There are plays all over the US but here in south Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale play is big news. It's created challenges in lots of industries, not the least of which is commercial motor vehicle driving, training and safety. Our Education Coordinator, John Rojas, is a member of the Eagle Ford Consortium. He recently participated in the Eagle Ford Shale Job and Vendor Fair held January 13, 2012 at the Laredo Energy Arena and is spearheading the meeting scheduled for the March 1-2, 2012 in San Antonio. He's the go-to guy if you've got questions about what all this drilling means to you and your enterprise.
We've Got an App for That!
If you've got an iPhone, iTouch or iPad, check out our latest app: BUMPER TO BUMPER ® Easy CDL for Hot Shot Trucking. Our first two apps, BUMPERTOBUMPER® Easy CDL and Easy CDL Hazardous Materials Endorsement Review were so well received they've earned a Five Star rating. Easy CDL for Hot Shot Trucking will help operators of heavy duty pickups study for and pass the CDL tests, get a license and be able to drive a commercial motor vehicle truck-and-trailer combination with a gross combined weight rating in excess of 26,000 pounds. Eight "lectures" cover the information that CDL applicants must know and the audio feature makes reading more enjoyable. Over 200 multiple-choice test questions give the student lots of practice. There's even a bonus vehicle inspection video.
Look for these apps in the iTunes store or go to Study By App on the Internet. We'd love to hear your reactions. You can also leave your comments right on the iTunes Easy CDL pages.
And yes, we've started working on our fourth app. Look for a Spring 2012 launch. It's on a topic that people have been asking us to write about for decades!
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Don't forget to check out our short "how to" pieces on the Internet:
- "Tips for Passing Your CDL"
- "How to Get a Commercial Driver's License in Mississippi"
- "How to Get a CDL in Nebraska"
- "How to Back Up a Trailer Safely"
- "How to Hook Up Tractor-Trailer Doubles"
- "How to Climb into a Truck Cab"
- "How to Test Trailer Air Brakes for Leaks"
- "How to Adjust Fifth Wheel Trailer Height" and
- "How to Hook Up a Tractor Protection Valve."
Just click on the links to view the stories. You can easily email them and share them. If you want to print them to use as handouts, there's a button for that at the top right of the Web pages.
And now, for something completely different!
This has nothing to do with trucking or training, but you might find it of interest. For decades, people (including Mike Byrnes) have been telling Devorah Fox that she should write a novel. She finally did. You can find "The Lost King" as a print book in the createspace.com e-store or on www.amazon.com where it has a Five Star Rating! You can even read the first chapter for free. It's also available as in e-book in Kindle format. Don't have a Kindle e-book reader? No problem. You can download a free Kindle for PC app and read Kindle books on your computer. You can also download free apps to read Kindle books on your iPhone or iPad.