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How to Create a Business Plan for Your Philadelphia, PA, Business and The Importance of Over-the-Road Drivers

December 11th, 2017 · No Comments

When you’re in the process of creating a business, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed. You have a lot to deal with – not only do you have to design a logo, you have to hire employees, find a headquarters both online and offline, and come up with a product to sell. None of these things really matter, however, if you don’t have a business plan for your Philadelphia, PA, business. How do you come up with one? Why do you also need to think about hiring over-the-road drivers? Why do they even need to be a possibility? The information below should help you figure it all out.

 Keep It Short and Sweet

Some people get a little carried away when they try to create a business plan. They think they need to address every possible problem in the world, and this leads to extra information nobody will ever really need. Nobody is going to want to read a plan that’s 200 pages long! Even 50 pages might be too much. Try to stick to addressing what is most important. You can always change something later if you feel you need to. You can even add a section about truck driving if you like.

 Don’t Be Afraid to Try

Don’t be too afraid to write up a business plan. Ask employees to help you so you won’t have to do it alone. This will help fuel your creativity and motivate you moving forward.

 Think About Your Potential Customers

Keep potential customers in the back of your mind as you write your plan. What would they care about? What would you need to do to attract them?

Don’t forget to hire over-the-road drivers, especially if you plan to transport your product to stores. Regardless of your business plan, they’ll know what to do to keep you on track and keep everybody happy.

Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Philadelphia, PA, today at (888) 801-3026 and learn about our over-the-road drivers and what we can do for you.

 

Why Truck Drivers Should Never Rush Through Slush in Joliet, IL

December 8th, 2017 · No Comments

Slush is coming soon to roads near you in Joliet, IL, and Bay and Bay Transportation wants all professional truck drivers to be ready with steady hands and vigilant eyes. Anyone truck driving during the winter season should prepare for the weather coming their way, from sheet ice to powder snow, and everything slushy in-between.

Though any driver out of control on a major road is dangerous, you have to remember, as a truck driver, you have a much larger “weapon” at your disposal. The sheer size of a standard commercial truck dwarfs the popular energy-efficient cars traveling alongside you. This is just a fact of daily truck driver life, and during most seasons, it’s a fact that can sit at the back of your mind. However, during the winter months, the size and weight of your vehicle should be actively considered much more frequently.

Like any skill, being an effective truck driver in the winter takes practice. Learning to slow down on ice, give your neighbors extra space, and when to pull over in low visibility are all skills you can glean from simply experiencing the roads. The same goes for fresh snow. If your tires aren’t gaining traction, even with a weighty rig, you may need chains, kitty litter, and an emergency shovel. Most truck drivers that spend time in wintery climates will likely have some sort of personalized emergency kit as well.

All of these winter prep techniques have one thing in common: foresight. That’s the downside of slushy driving – it can be incredibly irregular and varied. Driving on slush is fundamentally different from driving on ice or on snow. The level of control over your rig can be thrown off balance at a moment’s notice, even if you’re taking it easy on the gas. Unlike other winter road conditions, slush can cause hydroplaning, sudden large bumps or ruts, and can be paired with hidden black ice for a deadly combination.

Though each individual truck driver will have their own comfort zone for speed based on the size and weight of their load, slow and steady always wins the race against slush. Truck driving in slush isn’t impossible, but it can be unpredictable. As a professional driver you should always plan that everyone else around you has no plan, especially when it comes to slush.

If you’re a truck driver in the Joliet, IL, area interested in professional truck driving work, contact Bay and Bay Transportation today. We can be reached at (888) 801-3026 or by visiting our website here.

 

3 Common Truck Driver Ailments and How to Avoid Them in Madison, WI

November 29th, 2017 · No Comments

Truck driving is an ideal profession for a wide variety of personality types. If you’re dedicated and a little introverted, you’re good to go. If you like variety and meeting new people on the road, you’re all set! If you like steady work, reliable pay, and beautiful sights then truck driving could be for you too. However, like every profession, truck driving does come with its downsides. Rather than dealing with troublesome coworkers or frustrating customers, you have to spend a lot of time dealing with yourself. The Madison, WI, area truck drivers of Bay and Bay Transportation value health and well-being while out on the road. Here’s are a few ways you can aspire to that ideal in your own way.

It can be easy to fall into a habit of poor eating when you live your life on the road. Fast food, gas station snacks, and caffeinated sodas can be the gateway combo that leads you to tighter belts and cramped truck cabins. Instead of flying by the seat of your pants while truck driving, pack food whenever possible and strive to drink more water than sugar on a daily basis. This can be a frustrating life change as efficiency on the road is hard sought after, but long-term health is a much better reward than a few minutes shaved off of a drive.

Truck drivers may also be susceptible to muscle soreness and weakness from frequent sitting and heavy lifting. Back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain are all relatively common side effects of long drives without relief. However, these aren’t necessarily inevitable while truck driving. All of these ailments can be kept at bay by performing regular stretches and taking short walking breaks throughout your trips. Even something as simple as parking further away from a truck stop to fit in a brief stroll can help keep you feeling loose and ready for the rest of your journey.

Not all truck driver ailments are purely physical. While driving, you may find yourself feeling disconnected, isolated, or even lonely. Keeping yourself aware of your surroundings and present in the job can be achieved by regularly calling home, building a rapport with the people you work with, or simply by chatting with people during stops. Truck driving doesn’t have to be a lonely experience, and if you find yourself anxious for some conversation, listening to the radio can be enough to pull you back to the task at hand.

Each of these minor pitfalls can be avoided with a little bit of effort and awareness. If you’re interested in pursuing professional truck driving work in Madison, WI, and would like additional information, contact Bay and Bay Transportation today at (888) 801-3026 or visit our website here.

 

Holiday Driving Safety Tips for Your Over-the-Road Drivers in Atlanta, GA  

November 27th, 2017 · No Comments

 

No doubt your business is ready to tackle the various Halloween activities in your community. You’re in the middle of marketing to people who love the holiday, and you can’t wait to get your products out to the stores before the big day. Before you get in too deep, however, it’s important to think about driving safety. Not just for yourself, but for the over-the-road drivers you hired to move your products as quickly as possible. What do they need to keep in mind when they’re going through Atlanta, GA? The information below should help. Still have questions? Feel free to contact Bay & Bay Transportation.

 Watch for Children

It goes without saying that children and Halloween are connected in a big way. While you’re in the middle of driving, especially in the evening, make sure to check for running children. They might dart into the road without thinking, especially if they don’t have adult supervision or their costume hinders their sight. That spells big trouble for everybody. Many will be wearing reflective items, but some won’t. Be on the lookout no matter where you are. Truck driving is serious business.

 Stay Off the Phone

It’s tempting, but over-the-road drivers need to be constantly alert. When you look down to check your email or post on Facebook, you turn yourself in a huge safety hazard. Don’t do it. Your phone can wait. If you absolutely must check, wait until you pull over.

 Drive Slowly

Now is not the time to be a maniac. Use common sense and pay attention, no matter how busy or stressed you may feel, especially if you’re driving on Halloween night. Trick-or-treaters may be wearing dark clothing and more difficult to spot.

Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Atlanta, GA, at (888) 801-3026 and learn about our over-the-road drivers and what they can do for you.

 

Fuel Saving Truck Platoons? They Could be Coming to Dallas, TX, Soon

November 21st, 2017 · No Comments

Every trucker has had an experience with the driver of a four-wheeler who got too close. Around the Dallas, TX, metro, it’s just everyday driving in congested traffic.

Out on the interstate, the driver following a rig too close has a slang name; “bumper sticker.”

It’s a driver who’s trying to draft behind a big truck to use the aerodynamics created between both vehicles to lower drag and save on fuel. It works well on NASCAR race tracks, but the open road is usually not populated by professional car drivers.

But, if a new company has its way, a variation on the concept of drafting, known as “platooning,” could be coming to trucks in the Dallas area and nationwide, a lot faster than any of the self-driving vehicle concepts that are being talked and fretted over these days.

Peloton Technology of California is trying to interest trucking companies in a way to platoon trucks going the same direction, even if they aren’t with same company. At least they’ll be able to benefit from technology that will allow them to draft, save fuel, and prevent rear-end collisions.

By wireless technology, speed sensors, crash avoidance gear, and cameras, the driver of a lead truck can control a second one, which will follow close behind. A driver will be behind the wheel of the second vehicle to steer or take actions if something goes wrong, but if the paired vehicles perform as Peloton expects, the two trucks will be able to use the system for accelerating, braking, and fuel savings as they operate in tandem.

Additional testing will have to take place, and some state laws will need to be changed

if this form of platooning is to catch on and be adopted by trucking companies nationwide.

It could one day be worth a look for Bay & Bay Transportation. Our Minnesota-based company prides itself on safety and reliability. We utilize late model trucks and offer several hauling options for short and long-range drivers, plus competitive compensation and benefit plans.

It’s why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition on roads around Dallas, other parts of Texas, 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.

 

How to Get Your Business Ready for The Holiday Season with Over the Road Drivers in Philadelphia, PA

November 14th, 2017 · No Comments

The holiday season is fast approaching! For many businesses that means ramping up their marketing. Why would they do this? Because they want to stand out from the competition and ensure a steady flow of profits. If you want to do the same, you need to take action now. What should you do? How do you get ready and get your name out there to potential customers in the Philadelphia, PA, area? On top of hiring over the road drivers to get your products in stores, you should consider these additional strategies. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Get Your Customer Service Reps Ready

When the holiday season comes, people are going to have a lot of questions. They’re going to want to know if they can return broken or defective items, and so on. You need to be ready for the flood of questions. If you don’t take care, you could wind up with a lot of negative reviews both online and offline. It doesn’t matter if you have the best truck driving team in the business if you can’t take care of the people who give you their time and money.

Work on Your Website and Social Media

It’s not enough to get ready for a flood of calls and emails – you have to prepare for additional traffic. If your website can’t handle the amount of visitors sure to come, it will shut down, and that means lost money.

Hire Over the Road Drivers

If you don’t have any, hire reliable truck drivers to get your products where they need to go. After all, how can you sell your items if they’re not in stores?

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

 

Like it or Not, Truckers in Minneapolis, MN, Will Have New Electronics for the Holidays

November 6th, 2017 · No Comments

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s naughty or nice list is about to go all electronic in Minneapolis, MN, and just about everywhere else trucks roll in the United States.

Following years of planning and debate, what’s known as Electronic Logging Devices are supposed to be in the nation’s commercial motor vehicles, keeping tabs on data including; miles traveled and hours of service, while cutting down on paperwork.

In Minneapolis and elsewhere, drivers aren’t quite sure if the new rule, which takes effect in mid-December, is to have an immediate effect on the hours allowed over the road (it’s 11 by law) in a 14 hour stretch of duty.

It’s anticipated some truckers will see their incomes drop if there is greater accuracy in logging and in how long it takes to make a delivery. Some fear the result could be a greater driver shortage and smaller trucking firms will be forced out of business.

Another great unknown on Minneapolis roads and those across the country is whether less “unlawful driving” leads to more safety, fewer wrecks, and more lives saved each year.

While December is the deadline for electronic logging compliance, truckers and their companies could be fined for non-compliance for several months after the rule takes effect before regulators attempt to force their rigs off the road.

Another issue being closely watched is the number of miles traveled as the result of greater compliance and accuracy due to the electronic measurements. If there is still good demand for haulers to deliver, some are hopeful pricing will go up and the industry will become more profitable. Other observers aren’t so sure about that.

Like everyone else, Bay & Bay Transportation will do its best to comply with the new rules and to keep tabs on whether the new rule is good for its drivers and customers. The Minnesota-based company prides itself on safety and reliability. They operate late model trucks and offer several hauling options for short and long-range drivers, along with competitive pay and benefit plans at several locations across the U. S.

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

 

Tackling Autumn Truck Driver Safety Issues Near San Antonio, TX

November 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Autumn for truck drivers can be a bit of a tumultuous time, especially if you’re a truck driver who drives all over the country. In the north, autumn often means frost, heavy fog, and biting wind. Down near San Antonio, TX, however, autumn looks a little different. For the versatile truck drivers with Bay and Bay Transportation, this means it’s wise to know what to expect whether you’re skirting closer to Canada or driving alongside Mexico.

In the southern states, autumn rain looks a little different than its northern counterpart. Though recent years have brought more thunderstorms to the north, the southern states are truly the masters of wild fall storms. Truck drivers heading down to these states should be aware of their route and whether or not it’ll take them through a major storm. High winds, heavy rain, and flood conditions are more common in the spring, but can continue into the fall as well due to the extreme southern heat. In the event of a major storm truck drivers should be sure to watch warnings carefully and take alternative routes if necessary.

Texas also gets its share of fog. Early morning fog and mist is quickly vanquished in the hot sun, but until that sun comes up, truck driving during the early hours can be downright hazardous. Take your time, drive carefully, and be as vigilant as possible to the other drivers making their way through the gloom.

Finally, be prepared to contend with bats, armadillos, opossum, and snakes on the roads around San Antonio while truck driving. Yes, even in the autumn! Cold weather is a great deterrent for many wild animals in the northern states, but in Texas, hibernation doesn’t come into play in the same way. Of course, these animals (and more) have their own natural rhythms to when they’re most active, but with the warmer temperatures, truck drivers should still be prepared to meet some unusual visitors on the open road. Keep your eyes peeled and make sure that that pile of leaves is really just leaves. You may not be able to swerve out of the way, but keeping a moderate speed around wildlife can lower the chances of a collision that could be dangerous for you or for other drivers around you.

If you’re in San Antonio, TX, and interested in becoming a truck driver who’s ready to contend with a few autumnal pitfalls, contact Bay and Bay Transportation today at (888) 801-3026, or visit our website here.

 

Road Hazards That Every Truck Driver Should Prepare for in Houston, TX

October 25th, 2017 · No Comments

Every part of the USA has some amount of detrimental road conditions to deal with, and Houston, TX, is no different. The extreme southern heat can lead to some major road issues that may not manifest in other parts of the country, but still require a flexible, action-ready truck driver at the wheel to navigate them. Bay and Bay Transportation drivers should be ready to tackle anything from deep potholes to endless construction when they’re on the road in the great state of Texas.

Thanks to major heat and heavy traffic flow in Texas, many roads experience significant degradation of road conditions. For truck drivers, this means cracked roads, unexpected drop-offs, large potholes, and occasional large road debris. All of these factors together mean that both rural roads and areas that may see lots of traffic should be approached with caution and carefully surveyed as you drive. This is a good rule of thumb in general, but special attention should be paid to bridges as well. Since bridges have similarly suffered from these conditions, if you’re approaching a new route you should carefully review weight limits and any posted warnings and make adjustments if necessary.

These generally poor road conditions have only been compounded by recent weather events. The flooding from Hurricane Harvey combined with drought conditions can lead to and have resulted in unexpected standing water. Not only is this a risk to truck drivers in itself, but it can also conceal additional truck driving hazards such as the ones listed above. Areas with standing water should be carefully avoided and planned around. Luckily, many such areas are still being reported publicly for drivers so problem areas can be avoided with a little research.

Truck drivers will also have to contest with the people working on these problem areas on a daily basis. Construction zones and inadequate signage are a fairly common occurrence on long Texas trips, and as soon as confused pedestrian drivers enter the mix, truck drivers suddenly have their work cut out for them. Along with keeping an eye on the non-commercial drivers trying to navigate detours and construction zones, be sure to keep an eye out for workers and poorly parked construction equipment. It can be difficult to predict worker behavior in a construction zone, so your job as a truck driver is to play it as safe as you can for the benefit of everyone involved.

These road hazards can be found in different forms all over the country, but thanks to the size of Texas, you’re likely to encounter several at a time on a long trip. Prepare yourself for whatever may come your way. If you’re a Houston, TX, area driver interested in truck driving work or becoming a professional truck driver, contact Bay and Bay Transportation at (888) 801-3026 or visit their website here for additional details.

 

How to Get the Word Out That You’re Hiring Over-the-Road Drivers in Chicago, IL

October 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

Maybe your business is just starting out and you need to consider your options, or perhaps your business has been around for a long time and you’re looking to grow and expand. No matter where you are in the scheme of things, you know you need to hire over-the-road drivers to make sure your products reach the stores for purchase. The only problem is you’re just not sure about how to get the word out. What do you need to do when you’re located in a city like Chicago, IL? Who should you reach out to? Don’t worry…Bay & Bay Transportation can help.

 Use Social Media

One of the biggest things you can do is post your job openings on social media. Facebook and Twitter are great places to get the word out, especially if you have a lot of followers. Chances are one of them will know about truck driving (or know somebody who does) and they can get the word out. You could receive replies within hours – all you have to do is sit back and wait for something to happen.

 Use Online Job Sites

Online job sites are still hot spots for people looking for employment. This is definitely to your advantage. Make sure your listing mentions any experience or background information you need to know about. Avoid spammy or strange words that’ll make people think you’re trying to scam them. Ask a member of your team with notable writing skills to handle this.

Spread the Word to People You Know

To get over-the-road drivers for your business, you also need to connect with people in your circle. Tell friends, neighbors, and colleagues about your need for drivers.

If your business is in need of professional drivers and the most modern transportation equipment available, contact Bay & Bay Transportation of Chicago, IL at (888) 801-3026 to learn more about our skilled over-the-road drivers and excellent transportation offerings.