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Mastering Truck Driving in Extreme Atlanta, GA, Winds

March 20th, 2017 · No Comments

Working as an Atlanta, GA, truck driver brings with it notable advantages and disadvantages in the course of managing such a large piece of machinery. Some of the benefits include a (literal and figurative) large presence on the road, a plethora of backup systems and safety gear, and a general sense of accomplishment for managing a beast-sized machine. However, expert Bay & Bay Transportation drivers know that doesn’t mean that big truck driving is entirely without risk. For instance, while driving in open windy areas or in severely windy weather, trying to control an oversized truck will quickly and effectively force you to appreciate its size.

The secret of high winds on the open road is that even truck drivers with years of experience can be thrown off balance by a well-placed gust. High winds don’t necessarily always lead to a major wreck, but an unexpected swerve can put you and the drivers around you in a dangerous situation in seconds. Driving a large truck (especially if you’ve already dropped off your cargo) can feel like driving an especially heavy kite in the right conditions. Additionally, high winds can lead to high tension while truck driving, which has the potential to make the situation worse overall. A tense truck driver is not a safe driver and their decisions will be made by nerves instead of by skill.

Since you can’t exactly duck and cover in the middle of a truck driving job, the best you can do is take special attention while preparing your rig for the trip ahead. Make sure that you secure your cargo thoroughly prior to departure in the event that you may be venturing into high winds. Pay special attention to road signs that indicate hazardous roads or tricky turns. And most of all, if you feel your rig getting whipped around on the road, consider pulling over or finding a safe place to wait it out. Keep an ear on the radio and take severe wind warnings very seriously; it’s better to be late and safe than to speed yourself right into a ditch.

If you’re a professional truck driver in Atlanta, GA, who is looking for truck driving jobs in rain, wind, or shine, contact Bay & Bay Transportation at (888) 801-3026 or visit their website here for more information. Drive safe and drive smart, but don’t underestimate the power hidden behind a calming breeze.

 

The Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Truck Driver for Your Philadelphia, PA, Business

March 17th, 2017 · No Comments

Starting up a new business is one of the most stressful things a person can undertake. Coming up with a business name, choosing a target market, and finding the right location to do business are just a few of the things Philadelphia, PA, owners have to deal with. If you have products that you need to get to stores, you need to have drivers who can get the job done. Some people would feel compelled to hire anybody who walks in the door, but it’s important to hire an experienced truck driver. Why is this the case? Keep reading to find out.

Shipment Management Will Be in Good Hands

An experienced driver will know that it’s important to handle your items with care. They will be less likely to drive recklessly on the road and they will pay attention to their surroundings. Why? Because of their experience, their past mistakes and misunderstandings will be behind them. They will have the kinks worked out and know the best way to transport products.

You Will Avoid Costly Errors

Delayed or lost deliveries cost you time and money. When you’re dealing with a truck driver with experience, you lessen the odds that you will have a headache on your hands.

You Will Have Less to Worry About

With so many things to keep track of on a daily basis, it’s easy to succumb to worry and stress. When you know your shipment is in the hands of an experienced truck driver, you can tackle your daily tasks with one less thing on your mind. You can focus on other important things and make your business stronger.

In 2014, there were 121,317 reported traffic crashes in Pennsylvania. Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Philadelphia, PA, and learn more about hiring a reliable and experienced truck driver. Call us at (888) 801-3026.

 

Haulers in San Antonio, TX, Receive a Secure Warning Over Spring-Time Inspections

March 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Truckers can’t say they weren’t warned. In fact, they can be secure in the knowledge of at least one expectation from inspectors in the San Antonio, TX, area and around North America later this spring.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance plans to pay special attention to cargo securement in this year’s International Road Check. The 72-hour event, which is marking its 30th anniversary, is scheduled for June 6-8.

At a rate of around 15 vehicles a minute, certified inspectors nationwide will take a close look at commercial vehicles and their drivers. Each year during the annual event, a category of violations is given extra attention and this year the focus will be on how well cargo is secured.

As usual, the emphasis will be on safety as inspectors go down a checklist that will include nearly 40 items and involve an examination of both drivers and the vehicle’s condition. Along with a usual list of equipment, operators will be expected to present a driver’s license, proof of hours-of-service, and cargo documents. There will also be checks for the use of seat belts and evidence of substance use.

No doubt operators from Bay & Bay Transportation will be among those getting a second look from inspectors in San Antonio, TX, and other parts of the country, where Bay & Bay not only has local routes but longer assignments for over the road drivers who operate late-model gear and are eligible for several types of bonuses.

The Texas Trucking Association estimates that slightly more than 40% of what is manufactured in the state is handled by the trucking industry. A reliance on trucks to deliver the goods in many Texas communities is why Bay & Bay is currently seeking drivers for local routes and those who are willing to haul within a 100-mile radius around Dallas and 50 miles around Houston and San Antonio, TX.

Every day and on every assignment, Bay & Bay Transportation prides itself on safety and reliability. It’s why they’re known as a quality driven tradition on highways around San Antonio, TX, and on countless miles of roadway nationwide. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit our website to learn more.

 

Spring Driving Tips for Your Drivers and Why You Should Hire a Truck Company for Your Dallas, TX, Business

March 13th, 2017 · No Comments

Spring is almost here, and for many people, that means getting out of the house and taking to the road. Whether that means having a picnic at the local park or getting shopping done in comfortable weather conditions, there are bound to be a lot of cars around. If you have a business in Dallas, TX, and need to transport goods to stores, you need your drivers to be aware of the hazards that come along with spring driving. So, what do they have to keep in mind, and what should you tell them?

Stay Away From Potholes

It’s easy to daydream and drift off to another world while you drive if you’ve taken a route hundreds of times before. However, this can be dangerous, especially if there are any potholes on the road. Potholes are not just bumpy; they can also damage the tires of your company car. They could also lead to an accident if the driver panics. Truck driving requires vigilance, and it’s important to avoid potholes if possible. They may not be on every street, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. When you hire a truck company, let them know upfront about your concerns.

Drive Carefully in Wet Conditions

If it’s raining outside or it has rained recently, it’s not a good idea to drive at regular speed. You never know when a puddle will pop up that could send a vehicle sliding across the road. It doesn’t matter if other drivers are doing it or if you feel embarrassed, it’s important to drive slowly and carefully in these conditions.

Know Your Surroundings

It’s not enough to look out for potholes or puddles. Your drivers should also be aware of other hazards such as pedestrians and fellow drivers.

If you don’t have drivers, consider hiring a truck company. They will have the experience necessary to do the job right.

In 2015, 581 people were killed in head-on crashes in Texas. Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Dallas, TX, and learn more about hiring a reliable and safety oriented truck company. The number is (888) 801-3026.

 

Using Tech to Save Valuable Time Finding Parking Near Minneapolis, MN

March 9th, 2017 · No Comments

As hours-of-service regulations get even more attention with the federal electronic logging device mandate this year, another form of tech is offering some help for drivers trying to find parking around Minneapolis, MN.

A recent study by the American Transportation Research Industry found that more than half of all truck drivers who used the system believed it was a significant help as they tried to find parking in congested stops around Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The study used several cameras to keep tabs on parking spot availability at three rest areas along the I-94 within a hundred miles of the Twin-Cities area.

Drivers could get updates on parking possibilities via the internet, an in-cab display, and through roadside electronic message signs. The ATRI survey learned that drivers prefer to get that information in the order of roadside signs first, followed by smartphone apps, web sites, and finally, through on-board devices.

The ATRI report suggests that advance notice of parking will help drivers do a better job of scheduling their stopping points and allow them to spot other options if their first parking choice turns out to be full.

While some tweaks need to be made to improve the system’s accuracy, any additional assistance in finding parking would appear to have value on several levels. It would not only help drivers comply with the HOS mandate, but also save money, considering another ATRI study that suggested truck drivers spend an average of nearly an hour a day searching for parking, costing them nearly $5,000 a year in lost wages.

Bay & Bay Transportation supports innovations that improve the productivity of its local haulers in several metro areas, and those who are handling longer routes across the U.S. and into Canada.

Reliability and safety are a direct result of great drivers and good planning. It’s one of the many reasons why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition on highways around Minneapolis and thousands of miles of roadway nationwide. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit our website to learn more about driver opportunities and hauling solutions.

 

Beating the Dallas, TX, Heat as a Professional Truck Driver

March 6th, 2017 · No Comments

It’s not quite the time of year where heat stroke in Dallas, TX, is a major concern, but spring is around the corner along with much higher temperatures. For many regular commuters, thanks to modern advances in air conditioning technology, this might not seem like too much of an adjustment. For a full time Bay and Bay Transportation truck driver, however, there are some genuine heat-related dangers that you should consider.

Working for a trucking company means loading and unloading, servicing your truck, and sitting for long stretches in a truck cab exposed to the sun. Even driving with the window open can be enough exposure to cause trouble on a hot day. Plus, the early symptoms of heat stroke might be easy to miss if you’re in the middle of a long shift.  Heat stroke can sneak up on a truck driver who is focused on the job. You may feel a little dizzy, have cramping in your stomach, feel as though all of your skin is hot to the touch, or find yourself wheezing or breathing heavily. If the weather isn’t especially severe, truck drivers can be exposed to a less severe form of heat stroke called heat exhaustion. It’s not necessarily deadly, but it can impede your work and still be dangerous.

To avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion while working for a trucking company, make sure your truck is stocked with plenty of water to drink and something to block the windows if you need to lie somewhere shady on short notice. If possible, it can be helpful to have a portable fan with you as well. If you notice any symptoms of heat related illness as a truck driver, address it quickly before the problem compounds. If you catch it early enough, treating it might be as simple as getting out of the sun for a bit.

If you’re searching for professional truck driving tips in the Dallas, TX, area, contact Bay and Bay Transportation today at (888) 801-3026, or visit our website here for more information. Working for a trucking company in the summer doesn’t have to dangerous! For more tips on driving safely in hot temperatures, check out this page.

 

Curbing Your Temper on the Road as a Professional Truck Driver in Chicago, IL

February 28th, 2017 · No Comments

It goes without saying that professional Bay & Bay Transportation truck drivers need to have a certain temperament in order to succeed. Dealing with regular drivers (especially Chicago, IL, drivers) can push even the most level-headed man or woman to frustration. A lack of signal utilization, unnecessary back-ups thanks to texting and silly mistakes, and a whole lot people who have no idea how to behave next to a truck all add up to a big pain in the rear on the daily. Instead of sweating the small stuff, try a few of these calming techniques to make sure that your time on the road stays relaxed and easy… instead of rage inducing.

First and foremost, learn to perfect the art of truck driving de-escalation. Never go out of your way to goad, frighten, or teach the drivers that exist alongside you, even if they could stand to learn a lesson or two about proper driving. Truck drivers have a responsibility as the biggest (and usually the best trained) drivers on the road to act as an example to those around them. This will probably get tiring over time, but it’s easier to ignore the masses and focus on doing your job well instead of involving yourself in other peoples’ terrible driving habits. Learn to ease away from erratic drivers and give a wide berth to nervous ones. The easiest way to avoid anger on the road is to avoid bad situations to begin with.

Next, learn to breath in a beneficial way. When you feel the frustration building, taking several deep, long breaths can help you re-center yourself. This is also helpful whenever you notice yourself breathing hard after a confrontation or a near miss. Good, deep breathing is the simplest way the human body can take the cue to calm itself down, and a calm truck driver is a good truck driver.

Finally, if possible, change your mindset. You have control over your cabin while truck driving, so control it in your favor. Play soothing music, have a favorite snack or beverage nearby, and whenever possible, try to find the situation funny. It may be hard at first to laugh about the guy that just cut you off, but being able to laugh it off instead of dwelling on it is incredibly effective. It’s hard to be angry when you’re chuckling.

If you’re interested in a truck driving position in Chicago, IL, or are looking for more tips on how to combat road rage, contact Bay & Bay Transportation at (888) 801-3026 or visit their website here for more information.

 

The Benefits of Dry Van Transportation and Why You Should Hire a Truck Company for Your Joliet, IL, Business

February 27th, 2017 · No Comments

There are many things that go into running a business in Joliet, IL. You have to be aware of your customer’s changing needs. You have to stay on top of the competition and make sure that your employees are getting things done. Of course, you also have to keep tabs on your production schedule and make sure that you can get your products to stores in a timely manner. Maybe you’re not sure about the kind of transportation you should be using. It can be a very confusing decision, especially when you already have so much on your plate. How about dry van transportation?  Here are some of the benefits:

Keep Theft at Bay

When you lose money, your business takes a critical hit. The last thing you need in the midst of a busy day is the news that somebody stole your merchandise during transportation. Don’t let potential thieves get their hands on your items. Dry transportation makes it harder for people to access your items. They will be kept in a locked container and won’t be out in the open. This can give you peace of mind, especially if your products are expensive.

Protect Your Products From The Elements

Of course, you don’t want your products to sit in the sun for too long or get wet when it rains. Dry van transportation ensures that your products will get where they need to go without suffering damage by way of Mother Nature.

Go With A Trucking Company

When the time comes to use dry transportation, use a professional company to handle the work. They will make sure the transportation process is done right. So many companies use this form of transportation that it’s easy to find a business that can meet your needs

There are 3.5 million truck drivers in America. Make sure you get the best ones. Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Joliet, IL, and learn more about dry van transportation. The number is (888) 801-3026.

 

A New Administration and Year Guarantee Change Ahead for Truckers in Atlanta, GA

February 21st, 2017 · No Comments

Just as sure as there will be a major bottleneck and a big slowdown on your favorite freeway in Atlanta, GA, there are also a few not so apparent changes ahead for the transportation industry this year.

The new Trump administration is promising to put a dent in regulations far faster than the DOT can do something about the notorious congestion at the I-285/I-85 interchange, known to most locally in Atlanta, GA, as “Spaghetti Junction.”

Trump’s freeze on new federal regulations will apply to the trucking industry as well as several other businesses overseen by government agencies. It is likely more of a delay in the case of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Entry-Level Driver Training rule, which was published in December. But now regulators will have until late March to review it. At this point, the rule’s compliance date, which is early February of 2020 has not changed.

Transportation industry watchers believe Trump’s battle against regulation will probably mean the end of the U.S. DOT’s push to require speed limiters on larger trucks. The proposal wanted to require all new trucks to be equipped with speed limiters and to require older rigs to have them installed as well.

But not every rule or regulation can be scrapped or delayed. The new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is still scheduled to take effect in mid-December of this year. Companies like Bay & Bay Transportation of Atlanta, GA, and drivers everywhere have been given a nearly two-year head start on complying with the new regulation. While some government regulations can be sidelined by the stroke of a pen, this one will likely take an act of Congress to overturn.

Bay & Bay is ready to comply with whatever regulators decide will lead to safe and timely hauling of loads in Atlanta, across the U.S., and into Canada. Bay & Bay is currently seeking local drivers in the Atlanta, GA, area and those who want to handle longer routes in the Southeast.

Bay & Bay’s emphasis on reliability is tied to great drivers and good planning. It’s one of the many reasons why they are known as a quality driven tradition on highways around Atlanta, GA, and on countless miles of roadway nationwide. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit our website to learn more about driver opportunities and hauling solutions.

 

Mistakes You Need to Avoid When Seeking Truck Driving Jobs for Your Madison, WI, Business

February 14th, 2017 · No Comments

You’ve just completed production of your product and you’re ready to rush it to stores. The problem is, you don’t have anybody that can do the job. You need reliable, dependable over the road drivers as soon as possible. But how do you hire them? What do you need to keep in mind so your Madison, WI, business comes out on top? What common mistakes should you be aware of? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out the information below and move forward with confidence.

Hiring Somebody Because You Know Them

You might have a cousin, uncle, or neighbor who is looking for a job, but it’s not a good idea to hire them based solely on the fact that you know them and want to help. Do they have any experience with truck driving? Do they have a history of poor boss/employee relations? Do they tend to slack off? It’s okay to hire people you know, but you need to take the same precautions that you would with complete strangers. Handle them the same way; don’t back down because of family or community pressures. Let them know that nothing is guaranteed.

Walking in With A Certain Mindset

Truck driving jobs are just as serious as any other job; don’t walk into the situation feeling that you can just grab a few people and be done with it. If you end up with inexperienced or unpleasant drivers, your products (and reputation) could suffer.

Do Your Homework

Don’t hire somebody based on stereotypes. Be open to people of various ages and backgrounds.

Go With the Experts

Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t know where to turn? Instead of looking into truck driving jobs yourself, hire a company that already has a team of drivers on their staff. They will know exactly what to do to get you the best results.

Trucks are responsible for moving roughly 70% of freight tonnage in the U.S. Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Madison, WI, and learn more about truck driving jobs. The number is (888) 801-3026.