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Is a Newly Approved State Budget Good or Bad for Freight Haulers in Madison, WI?

October 18th, 2017 · No Comments

Are no additional fees the best fees of all when it comes to heavy trucks on roads around Madison, WI and elsewhere in the state? It’s now a question that freight haulers, lawmakers, and other transportation experts will have another year to think about.

Wisconsin state lawmakers recently completed a budget that offers what would appear to be good news for the trucking industry. Instead of raising fuel taxes or other transportation revenue sources on the trucking industry, legislators decided to raise fees on hybrid and electric cars and then borrow around $400 million for transportation infrastructure.

The borrowing for road repairs and other transportation spending is far less than other budgets in recent years. It’s also frustrating to some who contend Wisconsin roads and infrastructure are in desperate need of repairs and upgrades.

Some transportation experts also believe that Wisconsin is greatly undercharging for the true cost of the trucking industry and the beating big rigs put on the state’s roads every day. Nationally, Wisconsin is rated as having some of the worst roads and bridges in the country. Even so, lawmakers decided against increasing or creating additional revenue raisers for those who drive and operate tractor-trailers.

A so-called “heavy truck fee” proposal might have offered a solution for overloaded rigs that travel Wisconsin’s roads every day. It’s believed that a single truck weighing 80,000 pounds or more can do as much damage as around 5,000 cars.

The state’s roads and the condition of them will certainly be a factor as companies such as Amazon look to create a new headquarters somewhere in the Midwest. The same concerns will hold as Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn eyes a promise of state incentives if it breaks ground on a multi-billion-dollar manufacturing plant next spring.

Maintaining good roads and bridges is a priority for Bay & Bay Transportation. The Minnesota-based company prides itself on safety and reliability. We utilize late model trucks and offer several hauling options for short and long-range shippers and drivers. There are also competitive medical and benefit plans for our local and longer route drivers across the U.S.

It’s why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition on roads around Madison, other parts of Wisconsin, and on countless miles of highway nationwide. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit our web page for more details and information about how you can join our growing team.


Even Minneapolis, MN, Truckers Feel the Effects of an Active Hurricane Season

October 12th, 2017 · No Comments

In a season of storms even freight haulers in Minneapolis, MN, know their services are in greater demand and can command a higher rate.

Since Hurricane Harvey came ashore from the Gulf of Mexico and slammed into Texas late last month, the Southern United States has been hit in two different directions by record-breaking storms.

If Harvey and Hurricane Irma didn’t create enough headaches for Truckers in Florida and Texas, two more hurricanes are now promising to threaten coastal areas along the Eastern Seaboard stretching from Florida to New England.

It’s a nightmare for people in the potential path of Hurricanes Jose and Maria. It’s also a stressful time for logistics planners, shippers, and haulers alike.

Trucks are already in short supply and the distance between the two storms that have already hit is stretching the supply chains of companies as they scramble to handle greater demand and a need to make relief supplies a priority. It’s expected to have a ripple effect for places far away like Minneapolis, as carriers shift to take advantage of higher rates and demand.

DAT Trendlines is noting that along with a large amount of rerouting, fuel prices also soared in the wake of Harvey and Irma creating the highest weekly averages in more than two years. In some cases, those average rates rose between 3 to 8 cents per mile.

It’s another challenge for the planning team behind the talented drivers at Bay & Bay Transportation. The Minnesota-based company prides itself on safety and reliability. That means taking extra care to keep drivers ahead of the next storm and to avoid traffic bottlenecks as folks try to evacuate from approaching danger.

It’s also why Bay & Bay is known as a quality-driven tradition on roads around Minneapolis, MN, and on countless miles of highway nationwide and across Canada. Call (888) 801-3026 or visit our site for more details on our late model trucks, competitive compensation, and get more information about how you can join our growing team.


How Your Over the Road Drivers Can Stay Safe in The Fall in Joliet, IL

October 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

Fall is almost here, and for many business owners that means new opportunities for expanding their horizons and encouraging customers to buy new products during the holiday season. If your business specializes in creating products, you know you have to play your cards right if you want things to go smoothly. You want your reputation to stay the same or improve, and you don’t want your employees or products to suffer damage. If you have over the road drivers on your team, it’s important to relay to them how to stay safe when driving in the fall. The information below should help you in Joliet, IL, and beyond.

 Beware of Leaves on the Road

When fall comes, that usually means leaves are sure to follow. When on the road, make sure to pay attention for any leaves, especially wet leaves. Wet leaves can be slippery and you may lose control of the truck if you’re not careful. In addition, leaves can hide potholes and other hazards, and you may not become aware of them until it’s too late. Don’t let your guard down, even if you’re tired and it’s been a long day on the road – you will regret it the moment something happens.

 Watch for Children in Certain Areas

Now that summer is over, children are going to school. If you’re driving through an area where children will be walking home, stay on high alert. Look out for crossing guards – they’re a true sign that children will be around. Keep your eyes peeled. Even if a child is on the sidewalk, they may suddenly dart across the road and cause immediate problems. Professional over the road drivers know that they should never be careless. Truck driving is serious business.

Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Joliet, IL, and learn more about our over the road drivers. The number is (888) 801-3026.


Contending With Flood Waters as an Atlanta, GA, Truck Driver

September 26th, 2017 · No Comments

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on the coast, residents of Atlanta, GA, are gearing up for the aftermath. For commercial truck drivers and non-commercial drivers alike, knowing how to keep your vehicle safe in flood conditions is key for anyone contending with extreme weather over the coming weeks. The truck driving professionals with Bay and Bay Transportation encourage all drivers to pay close attention to safety alerts and to plan ahead with the weather in mind until Irma blows over for good.

When your job as a truck driver keeps you on dry land (hopefully) more often than not, it can be easy to forget that water has a lot more power than it seems. This is due particularly to two characteristics: water is deceptively heavy, and it gets everywhere in a hurry. Even a foot of flood water in the right conditions can kill a car or even upend a truck, and not even the best truck driver in the world can do a thing to stop it. In fact, four inches of water is enough to start causing trouble for even the tallest, sturdiest vehicle. If water splashes up into any vital parts, boom. Dead truck. No amount of truck driving finesse can magic a flooded truck back to life, and if the water is deep enough to do that kind of damage, you’re already in a world of trouble.

Even if the water seems shallow enough to drive through, flood water isn’t going to be clear like the stuff coming out of your faucets. It’s murky, occasionally filled with chemicals, and often concealing unexpected dangers like potholes, sharps, or shrapnel. Plus, thanks to the extreme weight of water, roads can collapse under the pressure. If your truck driving route puts you through a flood risk area, plan to re-route and take all barriers and warnings extremely seriously.

Seasoned truck driver or not, getting caught in flood waters can be hazardous to your health as well as your truck. Plan your routes around official warnings and take those warnings seriously. If it looks flooded, avoid it. If it looks fine but the sign says it’s flooded ahead, avoid it. You may think that your rig is heavy enough to push through a few inches of water, but if your truck dies and won’t start up again, you’re stranded with a few tons of weight and very few options. Play it safe and play it smart to keep your cargo and yourself on the move.

Truck drivers or professionals interested in truck driving information in Atlanta, GA, can contact Bay and Bay Transportation today for more information on available positions and safety information. Call today at (888) 801-3026 or visit their website here.


Following Your Truck Stop Intuition as a Professional Truck Driver in Philadelphia, PA

September 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Any seasoned Bay and Bay Transportation truck driver knows that you won’t always be able to choose the perfect truck stop on every trip. Some will have all the amenities you want, but three times the population, while others will have the bare minimum but plenty of space to stretch your legs. Here are a few quick tips on how to make your breaks really count while truck driving in Philadelphia, PA.

If you know ahead of time which route you’re going to be following, there’s no reason why you can’t take a look online at what truck stops you’ll encounter along the way. In the modern internet age, many stops have helpful information for truck drivers such as 24-hour menus and contact information listed on an easy to navigate website. If you’re really committed to having a good experience, go ahead and give each location a call to see what they offer. Some locations even provide gyms and internet access, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of what they have available. Being a truck driver always requires a degree of flexibility, but as long as the information is available, use it.

Like many aspects of professional truck driving, it’s also wise to know what you’re willing to sacrifice going in. If you know that you can’t relax in a busy, strip-mall environment, don’t be afraid to go a little ways down the road for a more rural Mom-and-Pop option. If you have a stomach of steel and don’t give a hoot what you eat, it’ll be easy to widen your options and take things as they come.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, follow your instincts. If you’re a truck driver desperate for a break, then anywhere might do. If for whatever reason a stop is giving you a sketchy feeling and you aren’t out of ‘gas’ quite yet, keep going! It might turn out to be nothing, but even when you’re tired your subconscious is often hard at work. That bad feeling might be your brain trying to avoid danger…or just a miserable night.

For more truck driving tips and information on how to apply for professional truck driver positions in the Philadelphia, PA area, contact Bay and Bay Transportation at (888) 801-3026, or visit our website here for additional details.


How Your Over the Road Drivers Can Stay Hydrated in Dallas, TX

September 11th, 2017 · No Comments

You already know that running a business can be stressful. You have to think about the well-being of your employees, make customers happy, and get your products where they need to go. Of course, you can’t get your products where they need to go without over the road drivers. To make sure your drivers stay healthy during their long treks, it’s important to encourage them to stay hydrated. How can you do this? By looking at the information below. Whether your business is in Dallas, TX, or elsewhere, you can benefit from these tips.

Keep a Bottle of Water Around

Whether it’s a generic plastic bottle from the grocery store or a personal thermos, it’s important to have a container filled with liquid around. If you don’t like water, consider juice. Always keep this container nearby and don’t leave it behind if you stop to eat. Truck driving can feel monotonous, so it’s easy to lose track of something or become confused. Everything can run together after a while, so try to fight mistakes. The minute you see that the bottle is empty, refill it as soon as possible.

Turn The A/C On

Some people think they can “tough it out” when it gets hot but this isn’t a good idea. The longer you sit inside a hot truck, the more miserable you’re going to feel. Sooner or later you’re going to feel like you can’t breathe. Give yourself, a member of the over the road drivers club, a break. Turn on the A/C—you’ll feel more refreshed and able to concentrate on the road.

Drink Water on a Set Schedule

Tell yourself you’ll drink something with a meal, just before you go to sleep, etc. This will help you stay on track.

Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Dallas, TX, and learn more about our over the road drivers. Our number is (888) 801-3026.


Preparing Your Business for Fall and the Importance of Over the Road Drivers in San Antonio, TX

September 7th, 2017 · No Comments

Fall is just over the horizon. For many businesses, that means getting ready for a new season of buyers. Of course, if you want to keep up with the competition and stand out, you can’t sit back and wait for something to happen to your own business. You have to take action and plan. So, what should you do for your San Antonio, TX, company? There’s no need to panic or feel lost. At Bay & Bay Transportation, we want our clients to succeed, especially when it comes to obtaining over the road drivers. The tips below should help.

Take A Look at Your Branding

What are you trying to convey to your customers? What message is actually coming through? If you’re trying to sell “fun” to people but your logo and written content feels like they would fit better with a funeral home, it might be time to make a few changes. Talk to a marketing company and a graphic designer if you’re feeling completely lost – with their experience, they will be able to walk you through things. You won’t have to do anything blind and you’ll increase your chances of success.

Look for Ways to Attract New Customers and Clients

What can you do to get the attention from more people? You could sponsor a local event, hold a contest, or even email coupons to those on your mailing list. There are countless ideas out there to help you attract new customers. Don’t be afraid to bring your employees together and brain storm. The more people you have to consult, the better your chances are of coming up with some great things.

Hire Truckers to Handle Transportation

Over the road drivers should be professional and reliable. If you try to hire your own truck drivers, you may not get the results you want. Bay & Bay Transportation hires the most competent drivers and provides them with rigorous training. Even our senior drivers receive continuous training to stay up to date with the latest safety guidelines and transport techniques.

Call Bay & Bay Transportation of San Antonio, TX, at (888) 801-3026 and learn more about our over the road drivers.


Hurricane Harvey’s Aftermath Creates a Major Challenge for Truckers in Houston, TX

September 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Anticipating hurricane force winds is one thing; dealing with rising water is turning out to be a whole other matter in the Houston, Texas area.

Hurricane Harvey was a category four storm when it slammed ashore on Friday, August 25th, packing 130 mph winds. That seems less important now as the storm has become a record setting rainmaker by dumping massive amounts of rain on the area around Houston, Texas.

It’s a nightmare for Houston homeowners who found themselves trapped by rising water and people trying to make their way around a city that has turned into a series of islands.

Those who refuse to stay off the roads are being cautioned about potentially deadly conditions.

One driver found himself in serious trouble on Sunday, August 27, and in dire need of help.

KHOU-TV reporter Brandi Smith and her photographer Mario Sandoval were broadcasting live from North Houston’s beltway when she spotted a tractor-trailer surrounded by water. The cab was filling with water and a rescue of the driver was needed right away.

Smith and Sandoval spotted a Harris County Sheriff’s Truck towing a boat and got the deputies to stop. Shortly afterward, the deputies pulled the driver, identified only as Robert, from his passenger window as the contents of his cab swirled around him.

Robert told Smith it felt “wonderful” to be back on dry land. He said he was thinking “Lord help me get out of here safe” as the flood water rose around his stalled rig.

The Sheriff’s Deputies told Smith that a truck driver had drowned after getting stuck in high water in the same area about a year before. When Robert learned about that he said, “Thank God you guys were here to get me and put me on land safely.”

It’s sure to be a lesson for all drivers about how difficult it is to know just how deep rising water is as they try to make their way through the soggy aftermath of Harvey or other storms in the future.

Bay & Bay Transportation is a Minnesota-based company that prides itself on safety and reliability. Our dispatchers are doing their best to help navigate the changing conditions for our drivers in the Houston area.

Bay & Bay features late model trucks and offers several hauling options for short and long range drivers in Houston and elsewhere. You’ll want to check our competitive pay and benefit plans for local and longer route drivers across the U.S.

It’s why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition on roads around Houston, and on countless miles of highway nationwide. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit our web page for more details and information about how you can join our growing team.



Truckers Bracing for a Super-Sized Construction Project in Minneapolis, MN

August 31st, 2017 · No Comments

When it’s time for the State Fair again, it’s also time for haulers who deliver to the Great Minnesota Get Together to plan-ahead.

The crowds are large, the parking scarce, and there is usually a good amount of construction to be found on the heavily traveled highways near the fairgrounds.

But local and longer range truckers will soon have a new variable to worry about on a major route into Minneapolis. Beginning after Labor Day, Minnesota’s Department of Transportation is ready to start work on a long overdue update to Interstate 35W.

It will move along in stages and over the next four years, several things on 35W between downtown Minneapolis and Highway 62 Crosstown, farther South will receive upgrades.

It’s an important stretch of road because 35W crosses some of the busiest places for slowdowns and lost time on roadways in the entire state of Minnesota.

The first noticeable change will require the closing of the Franklin and Portland Avenue bridges so they can be redone.

It’s only a start and truckers shouldn’t expect to see any major lane or ramp closures until spring of next year. In all, nearly a dozen bridges will be replaced, others will be repaved, noise walls will be extended, two new exit ramps will appear, and express lanes will be added.

It adds up to a lot changes, additional detours, and hopefully a quicker drive through Minneapolis for haulers and other drivers when it’s finally completed.

The Minnesota State Patrol is asking for patience and understanding to deal with the expected inconveniences ahead. It’s something Bay & Bay Transportation’s drivers and logistics experts do their best to work around. Bay & Bay is a Minnesota-based company that prides itself on safety and reliability. They deliver with late model trucks and offer several hauling options and compensation plans for short and long range drivers.

It’s why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition on roads around Minneapolis, other parts of Wisconsin, and on countless miles of highway nationwide. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit their web page for more details and more information about how you can join Bay & Bay’s growing team.


Defeating Distracted Driving for Novice and Professional Truck Drivers in San Antonio, TX

August 24th, 2017 · No Comments

There’s no such thing as infallible reflexes whether you’re a professional juggler or a professional truck driver. A wild animal darting out suddenly can equally distract both parties and can lead to disaster in seconds. But for professional truck drivers, the disaster that looms is much, much worse than a few dropped juggling pins. For the professional San Antonio, TX, area truck drivers with Bay and Bay Transportation, conquering distracted driving is one of the most important skills that any aspiring truck driver can master.

Preventing distractions as a truck driver can be especially difficult thanks to a limited and sometimes cramped environment with long hours. You can’t predict everything on the open road while truck driving but you can always take the appropriate steps to keep yourself focused and your reflexes as sharp as possible. This doesn’t mean you should be practicing your hand-eye coordination while driving, but taking a few physical precautions can keep you alert and prepared for anything that may swerve your way.

To stave off internal distractions while truck driving, always start with maintaining your physical health in the most basic ways. Staying hydrated, avoiding excessive caffeine, and getting enough sleep will cut down unexpected distractions consistently and with little effort. Water and sleep will keep you alert and focused far more than any clever concentration techniques ever will. Once you feel comfortable with your baseline level of attention you can turn your attention to more acute focusing techniques.

Keeping your body limber can be difficult over long distances while truck driving, but keeping your mind limber doesn’t have to be as complex. Sometimes all it takes is occupying your mind just enough to prevent wandering attention. For instance, listening to music or the radio on a low hum can direct your thoughts without overtaking your attention. Keeping your cabin a few degrees cooler than comfortable can also provoke natural alertness.

For novice truck drivers interested in pursuing a long-term career in truck driving, learning to focus is the first step towards a long and rewarding career. Potential drivers in the San Antonio, TX, area can contact Bay and Bay Transportation at (888) 801-3026 or visit our website here for more information on available opportunities in the professional truck driving industry.