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Getting Harder to Find Good Work? eGears Can Help

hazmat tanker truckJust wanted to say thanks – your endorsement course for Hazmat was very helpful, more than the manual from the DMV! Thanks! –Larry C.

We recently received the above review from Larry out of Connecticut and of course had to share his story with you. When we reached out to Larry to learn his reasons for purchasing our Hazmat endorsement practice test, this is what he shared with us:

I’ve been a mechanic all my life working on cars, trucks, and bikes. I drove a school bus for 2 years and drove a dump truck a long time ago. Now that it is hard to work as a mechanic and since I had my CDL-B, I thought it would be a good time to go back to driving. So I needed to get the Hazmat and Tanker endorsements. I read the manual from the DMV and I failed, so I found eGears. It was very helpful and I passed the test!

Larry spent many years doing mechanic work on cars, trucks, and bikes. But times got hard and finding work as a mechanic became increasingly more difficult for Larry. Since he had experience driving various vehicles in the past, he decided it was time to get back into a driving career. After all, it’s an industry that has a high demand for drivers right now. Larry already had a Class B CDL, but needed to get a couple endorsements — specifically, the Hazmat and tanker endorsements. So he picked up the CDL handbook from his local DMV and ran into a problem we commonly see here at eGears — the handbook is chock full of information and can make it difficult to retain the material before taking the endorsement tests at the DMV.

Unfortunately, when he went to take the test at the license branch, he didn’t pass. So Larry did what any sensible individual would do, and purchased our Hazmat practice test program. After some time studying with the program, he headed off to the DMV again and passed that time!

eGears is a great hands-on tool for those who find the CDL handbook a little (or a lot) overwhelming. Because it’s in the same type format as the tests you’ll see at the DMV, it’s a good study aid that’s sure to help you actually learn the material instead of just memorizing it for long enough to pass the test. If you need help preparing for a permit or endorsement test, check out our selection of products to help you study better, not longer!

How eGears Can Help

Sign up for the HazMat Practice Test here!
Still need to get a CDL permit?  We have permit practice tests too.

 

A $14.95 Investment for a $2,000 Pay Raise

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A CDL isn’t always used to find an existing job. Reasons for getting a commercial driver’s license can really run the gamut, from needing it for a promotion or a raise to needing it for legal reasons or changes in how a business runs.

We received this review from Derek the other day on our Class A CDL Permit Course:

Downloaded it on a Thursday night and passed general studies on Friday and air brakes and combination vehicles Saturday morning. Helped a lot! Better than reading the book!

Naturally, we followed up with Derek to find out his reasons for getting a Class A CDL…

I got my CDL because my job offers $1/hour pay raise plus a $100 bonus if you get it. I work in construction hauling heavy equipment and dump trucks.

If that’s not enough incentive to get a Class A CDL, I don’t know what is! Let’s look at the math — let’s say for example’s sake you work a 40 hour week – that extra $1 per hour leads to an extra $2,080 a year! Not too shabby for a $15 investment, huh?

eGears is a low cost, quick way for both inexperienced and experienced CDL drivers to learn the information needed to pass a CDL permit test. Our online courses allow customers to study on their own time at their own pace, and we hear from many different people that after only a few days of studying with the program, they passed the permit test with flying colors!

Need a CDL permit? Check out our Permit Practice Test Courses here.

 

5 Ways eGears Has Helped Customers All Over the U.S.

Throughout the years, eGears has been able to help customers from all over the states in a variety of ways. We always like to follow up with our customers to learn their stories and reasons for pursuing a CDL. Among all these reviews, there is one common theme — eGears allows people to get their CDL quickly and on their own time, which means making money faster! Are you in a similar situation? eGears might be the answer for you.

Today, we’re going to share a few of our favorite customer stories from the past few weeks.

Making a Brand New Career Change with eGears CDL Practice Tests

Marlon is taking the plunge into an entirely new career. After speaking to a few friends involved in the trucking industry, he found eGears and used it to prepare for his permit test. Read more about Marlon’s story here.

Prevent Maintenance with Proper Pre-Trip Inspections

Elisa purchased a pre-trip inspection DVD for her company, Swift Enterprises, when the maintenance staff noticed that issues that should’ve been caught during a pre-trip inspection were going undetected. Learn more about how eGears is helping this company.

Fighting Fires with eGears CDL Practice Tests

In order to apply for a job as a Heavy Fire Equipment Operator with CalFire, Ryan had to get his class A CDL permit. After studying with eGears for a few days, he passed his permit test on the first try with flying colors.

On My Way to a Well-Paying Career

Roy needed a class B CDL permit to land a job with potential for a pretty hefty pay raise after 90 days. He bought the Class B Permit Course, studied for a few days, passed his test, and is now working on the pre-trip inspection part of his CDL!

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen – Time to Hit the Road!

Carole needed a career change after spending several years at a cook in elementary/high schools. Now that her children are grown, she decided it’s time to hit the road as a school bus driver. Learn about Carole’s career switch here.

 

 

Making a Brand New Career Change with eGears CDL Practice Tests

New Career Journey

Starting a new job can be scary enough even when you’re familiar with the industry and the territory that comes with it. But what about embarking on an entirely new career altogether? Something you know nothing about. Marlon has some insight on the matter…

I’m trying to make a career change into the truck driving world but I have no idea what it’s like. After speaking to friends that are truck drivers and checking out websites and online videos, I came across eGears. It’s like the closest thing to the real thing based on all the research that I have been doing and what my truck driver friends told me! Since buying eGears I have learned so much about trucks that I didn’t know. It has been about two weeks since I’ve had it, and I’m now ready to do my exam even though I have only studied a few times!

Learning is so easy with eGears online course. I would recommend it to anyone who would like to get their CDL license. I’ll be going for my exam soon and I’m positive that I will pass and be on the road soon.

It can be nerve wracking trying to prepare for a new career — we understand that. eGears has helped many people in this same situation who want to get a CDL license for a new job but aren’t sure where to begin. Maybe they don’t have the time or money to attend a truck driving school but they still need to learn the material well enough to pass a permit test.  Whether you’re a beginner with a clean slate or someone who needs a little refresher, eGears can bring anyone up to speed on the trucking/professional driving industry in a short amount of time.

Need help preparing for the CDL permit test or pre-trip inspection? eGears has the study method for you.

View CDL permit tests.

View pre-trip inspection study aids.

 

Prevent Maintenance with Proper Pre-Trip Inspections

Pre-Trip Exterior InspectionElisa P. is the HR Director for Swift Enterprises (no, not that Swift) out of Tennessee. Her company recently purchased our Class A Pre-Trip Inspection Study Pack and had nothing but good things to say, so we reached out to Elisa to ask about her motivations for buying the course:

We were noticing that maintenance issues that should’ve been caught when doing pre-trip inspections were not, and then [trucks] were breaking and causing more trouble/downtime. We also accept student drivers and want to give them the tools needed to succeed. So, basically we are using it as an additional training tool to help not only our drivers stay on the road and out of the shop, but to also assist us with less downtime due to routine maintenance issues.”

The Importance of a Pre-Trip Inspection

Professional truck drivers and trucking companies know how important it is to perform a proper pre-trip inspection every day. On top of it being mandatory for all CDL holders, performing a proper pre-trip (say that 3 times fast) can help to prevent maintenance and downtime in the future as a result of truck breakdowns. Breakdowns mean a driver doesn’t get paid, so it’s a good idea to have a solid knowledge on what to look for when performing a pre-trip inspection in order to minimize downtime and maximize take home pay!

Not only can failing to perform a pre-trip inspection cost you money in your pocket, but it can also cost a job. Failing to perform a pre-trip inspection can result in points on a CSA score. This could threaten your career, and it’s something that’s easily avoidable as long as pre-trip inspections are performed. A couple hours in the shop, or a couple days/weeks/months out of service?

Check out eGears Pre-Trip Inspection products here.

 

Cool Customer Story: Fighting Fires with eGears CDL Practice Tests

Recently we’ve been highlighting some cool customer stories and positive reviews we’ve received from those who have ordered our CDL products. Ryan ordered our Class A Permit Course and recently left a very positive review of the course…

Best Study Guide on the Market!”

This study guide was amazing! It was very easy to get through and with so many extra study material for all 3 tests, they covered everything! I passed my Class A test first time up for California with flying colors. Definitely recommend to anyone trying to get theirs.

- Ryan F.

firetruck

Image credit: Jordan Nielsen, Flickr

We reached out to Ryan to find out what his reasons for getting a CDL were.

Ryan told us that he decided to get his CDL so he could apply for a position with CalFire as a Heavy Fire Equipment Operator. Another cool customer story! He told us he had to get his CDL, and quickly, because the job posting closed on the 31 of March. Ryan says he was able to study the eGears material over the weekend and on Monday, and took and passed the CDL permit test with flying colors on Tuesday.

This is one of the biggest perks of eGears’ online CDL permit test — how quick it is to use. With an interactive program, customers are able to learn the material quicker and easier without spending countless hours reading through bland, wordy text in the CDL state manual. Rather than reading the info time and time again and trying to just memorize information, students will actually learn the info with eGears’ study course.

Check out eGears CDL Practice Tests here.

 

On My Way to a Well-Paying Career Thanks to eGears

I bought the Class B Permit Course and passed within a week! I found a job starting out at $14.00 an hour. After 90 days, you jump to $18.00 an hour. I am now taking eGears pre-trip inspection. This is the best site I have ever found! I have wasted a lot of hours looking online for help, but I have finally found the right site. Thank you eGears, you truly are going to change my life.

- Roy T., out of Indiana

We see it becoming more and more common that individuals need to get a CDL for a job, whether it’s a title they already hold or a new job they’re hoping to land. When this is the case, most people want to train for the job and get the necessary license out of the way as soon as possible. This is where eGears comes in. It allows you to progress through the program at your own pace. Customers aren’t locked into a multiple-week, several-thousand-dollar training program like they might be if they attended a trucking school, so you can learn the material and pass the CDL permit test as soon as possible!

Even Roy said himself that he wasted a lot of time online looking for study materials that ended up being low-quality. eGears, however, offers a full permit course that allows people to spend less time parsing through 150 pages of CDL handbook and more time studying with a hands on program that will actually teach the material. The quicker you pass the test, the quicker you start making money. Start making money now by studying with eGears!

 

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen — Time to Hit the Road

We recently received this review from Carole out of Oregon that we wanted to share with you all today…

“I absolutely love the pre-trip inspection video. I can pause it to look at the engine parts or steering or brakes. It’s the best video to prepare for the CDL test.”

- Carole H.

school bus

Image credit: peddhapati, Flickr

As you know, there are many reasons why one decides to pursue a commercial driver’s license, so we reached out to Carole to find out what hers was.

“I have been working as a cook in the kitchen at elementary and high schools while my two boys were little. Now that they are grown, I need to get out of the kitchen and I chose to become a school bus driver because I love to drive and like to be outdoors. Your video has definitely helped me.”

While not quite as exotic as the customer who needed a CDL to run a surgery practice lab, Carole’s story is a unique one. That’s why we love hearing from our customers — everyone has their own story and it seems a different reason for wanting/needing a CDL!

Check out all of our pre-trip inspection products here.

Why did you decide to get a CDL?

 

Trying To Find The Best Trucking GPS Units? Start Here

GPS for truckersHere at eGears, we’re all about helping people pass the CDL permit test and become safe drivers. But we also like to do what we can to help drivers prepare for a successful trucking (or bus-driving, or whatever it may be) career.

One thing that can be a little daunting at first for new truck drivers is traveling roads and routes they’ve never been down before. Drivers will learn the basics of trip planning and map reading during trucking school, but some find it’s helpful to invest in a good truck GPS. As you can imagine, having a good GPS device can save a lot of time and frustration on the road. When it comes to topics like this one, we like to turn to the CDL training experts over at Driver Solutions. Here are a couple of great articles they’ve shared about finding the best truck driver GPS devices…

Truck GPS Unit Reviews: What is the Best GPS for Truck Drivers?

What are the most important things to look for in a GPS for truck drivers? Well, for starters, it should be a truck specific GPS. That is, unless you want to land yourself in some hot water when it tries to take you down a path that an 80,000 pound semi truck can’t fit. It’s also helpful to invest in a GPS that allows drivers to fine-tune the specifics of their truck when planning routes. Learn about the features to look for when shopping for a truck GPS in this blog post.

3 of the Top Trucking GPS Units from Garmin

Garmin is one of the most trusted, household names when it comes to GPS devices, but many are unaware that the company also has quite the selection of truck-specific GPS units as well! Whether you’re the old-school, back-to-the-basics type, or a top-of-the-line, high-tech kinda person, Garmin has the right truck GPS for you. Learn about the top 3 Garmin GPS units in this blog post.

What about you — do you use a truck GPS on the road? Which model would you recommend to fellow truck drivers?

 

Tired of Boring Pre-Trip Videos? eGears Can Help!

Pre-Trip Exterior InspectionWhen we created eGears, we originally set out to provide a resource for individual people trying to get their Class A and B CDLs. But over time, we’ve seen an influx in businesses utilizing our tools to train their fleets of drivers. One of these businesses is Wick Buildings. Jane Kapusta was tasked with finding a pre-trip inspection video to play at her company’s annual safety meeting. Here’s what she had to say about our video…

Jane’s Pre-Trip Inspection Search

Jane told us that every year, her company has a big safety meeting where they discuss pre-trip inspections with company drivers and office employees. “Usually the videos are just so bad. They’re outdated, boring, and put everybody to sleep,” she said. So when Jane was doing research for this year’s pre-trip video and came across eGears, she was impressed by the demos she saw of Phil Tandem presenting the material. “The dude is current, easy to listen to, prepared… he doesn’t sound arrogant, and he comes off very approachable.”

Jane received the DVD in the mail and printed off the study guides and realized that for someone who doesn’t drive, the material was easy to understand and flowed nicely.

Jane plans to use the pre-trip inspection during the classroom portion of her company’s meeting. Following the classroom portion of the meeting, employees/drivers perform a booby-trapped pre-trip inspection during hands on training.

She also told us that when you have drivers with 35 years of experience, playing pre-trip inspection videos for them can often be boring and redundant, as they’ve been exposed to the information for so long. But Jane noted that with our DVD, the instructor was upbeat and professional, and could keep her attention on a dry topic.

 Looking for a pre-trip inspection study aid for your company? Check out our selection of pre-trip inspection study aids here.