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Bay & Bay Is Seeking the Best Truck Drivers in the Indianapolis Area

March 27th, 2015 · No Comments


indianapolis truck driver jobsWhen you drive professionally, you understand the value of your skills and the importance of supplying the everyday necessities to homes and businesses across America. Truck drivers navigate the continent with manufactured goods that make life more comfortable and productive. Your loads can vary drastically from one day to the next.  One day you may deliver to a popular wholesale store and the very next day you may have a load delivering to a car dealership. Whatever the load, or whatever the distance, Bay & Bay Transportation is looking for drivers like you.

Bay & Bay Transportation is currently seeking applications from the best Class A CDL drivers in the Indianapolis area. Bay & Bay is looking to recruit professional drivers who value more than just getting through their day. If you’ve got a passion to drive, and consider safety as a value on the road, then Bay & Bay Transportation wants you.

It is not a secret that there is work all over the place for truck drivers. Professional, experienced drivers should weigh their options carefully. There is a huge difference between a “job” as a truck driver and a “career.” What can be called a “full-time job” can be a jumble of contracts, working nights, or seasonal work. This would be less than ideal for many professional drivers. Find out how Bay & Bay Transportation can benefit you by offering work in the manner you see more in line with your lifestyle and interests.

If you are interested in driving for us in Indianapolis, or know someone who is looking, then please call Bay & Bay Transportation for application instructions. You can also apply online by clicking the button at the top of the page, or send us an email for further guidance. Bay & Bay Transportation welcomes you to be one of our best drivers now, and have work long into the future.


 

More Truck Drivers Are Bringing Their Spouses With Them On The Road

March 25th, 2015 · No Comments


truck driver couplesThere’s no doubt about it: truck driving can be a lonely occupation. Though the solo trips aren’t always a bad thing, it can be taxing to spend so much time alone with your thoughts. If you are leaving a spouse behind, it can add even more stress. Time with your family is limited even if you both work 9:00-to-5:00 jobs. Some drivers only have a few days a month to really connect and spend time with their family.

That’s why more and more spouses are starting to join their significant other on the road. With the current truck driver shortage, many drivers have been logging extra miles and hours to help their companies meet the demands of clients. Though this is great for bank accounts, it adds stress to relationships with those left behind.

Driving with your spouse could significantly reduce your living expenses, while allowing you to take on long-distance higher paying jobs. And the biggest benefit is that you can spend additional time with your spouse. This can be an ideal scenario for women that have not been in the work force recently.

Spouses don’t function as just company either. More women than ever are attending truck driving school so that they can team up with their husbands. By team driving they can earn more money. According to Women in Trucking, the average female truck driver is 52 years old. Usually by this age, the kids are grown and husband-wife teams can more easily leave the home to run the roads. In 2013, 7% of truck drivers were female and that number continues to rise.

Many spouses give life on the road a chance in hopes of creating new adventures for themselves and their partner. While single drivers may take on more local deliveries so that they can stay close to home, driver teams can both travel further from their home base and see more of the country.

Of course, for those new to the trucking industry, the lifestyle change can be quite a shock. The small living quarters leave little room for annoyances that can be easily overlooked in a larger home. Additionally, the loud environment of the truck, the smells, and the cramped spaces to perform typical daily tasks can take a toll on anyone’s patience.

Having a second set of hands and eyes on the road can be beneficial to both drivers and the company they work for. The truck driving industry is becoming both simpler and more complicated than it was originally. Though technology has made reporting easier and more accurate, stricter security and increased paperwork and detailed logbooks have added a lot of work to the shoulders of truck drivers.

Having a partner in the rig can help make navigating large cities easier, communicating with dispatch a breeze, and handling repairs less stressful. By both partners obtaining a CDL license, income is secured. Team drivers are a major benefit to companies, as they can deliver loads faster with shorter turnaround times.There are a variety or reasons that a truck driver’s spouse may decide to join them on the road. From the fiscal benefits to strengthening relationships, the open road provides different appeals for every couple. Read these two unique stories of couples on the road.

Bay & Bay Transportation is a trucking and transportation company headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. We offer jobs to experienced, motivated truck drivers that have vision that align with our mission of quality services, safe actions, and consistent results. Company drivers and owner-operators interested in working for us are encouraged to apply online.


 

Truck Driving Safety Reminders: Always Follow Posted Speed Limits

March 17th, 2015 · No Comments


Speed LimitAt its core, Bay & Bay Transportation values safety in all that we do. From maintaining trucks to providing drivers with continued education on the safest and most effective methods, safety is always a value which we will never compromise. This protects our drivers and others traveling on the road. It’s worth revisiting basic safety measures every now and again, especially now that driving conditions will be improving and drivers might ignore safety measures. Though it’s easy to exceed the posted speed limits, this key safety measure is in place for a reason.

When driving a rig loaded with equipment, supplies, or product, one focus is obviously how quickly one can arrive at a destination. This is especially the case when paid by the mile or even by the hour. Speeding, though it may cut down on time, may cause more problems in the long run. Posted speed limits are there for both the safety of the truck driver as well as the passenger vehicles around them.

Providing a safe traveling environment starts with the most basic of rules: following posted speed limits. It’s no surprise there’s always someone not observing the posted speed limit most anywhere you go. The high value of safety on the road will always trump time saved. That’s why drivers who understand the value of safety first are the ones Bay and Bay Transportation strive to recruit for employment.

If you are a driver with six months or more of experience who would like to work from the Indianapolis area, then Bay and Bay Transportation would like to hear from you. If interested in employment with Bay and Bay Transportation, you can apply via the online application button, call the toll free number at the top of the page, or by emailing us at hr@bayandbay.com. Following the posted speed limit and valuing safety will definitely go a long way toward your future as a professional truck driver at Bay and Bay Transportation.


 

What To Do if Your Truck Gets Stuck on Railroad Tracks

March 13th, 2015 · No Comments


railroad crossingWith so much snow and ice thawing and freezing during the spring season, conditions on the road remain treacherous. Particularly in the Midwest, you’ll be driving over railroad tracks and potentially in inclement conditions. What if the worst happens and your truck gets stuck on the railroad tracks? How should you proceed?

The correct response is to get out of your truck and call the proper authorities immediately. Every “active” control railroad crossing (flashing lights, bells, stop arms, etc.) comes equipped with a box that should have an Emergency Notification Sign attached to it. This sign displays a specific phone number you are to call to report your situation and a DOT Location Number which identifies your exact location. That number should be called immediately to prevent an accident.

If you become stuck at a “passive” controlled crossing (just a sign, no warning devices), there may not be a DOT Location Number or specific phone number to call. In this case you call 911 immediately and identify to your best ability where you are. The 911 dispatcher will notify the proper authorities responsible for that crossing and communicate to you what is being done and how you are to proceed.

Typically truck driving students are taught how to avoid these situations during schooling. The most efficient way to avoid the above scenario is to never shift gears while driving over the crossing. This can prevent your rig from accidentally stalling on the tracks.

Finally, remember common sense: you can’t beat a train. Give yourself plenty of time to stop before train tracks, especially during less-than-ideal weather.

By stressing safety, Bay & Bay drivers are able to provide consistent, quality transportation services for our clients across the country. If your ideals align with ours, we encourage you to apply for one of our Driver Opportunities. We are also excited to hear from experienced drivers that have 6 months or more of OTR experience. We have multiple openings for company drivers, as well as owner-operators.


 

Effects of the Freezing & Thawing Cycle on Truck Drivers

February 27th, 2015 · No Comments


Truck Driving Freezing and ThawingThe freezing and thawing cycle that truck drivers experience in Minnesota is nothing new. It’s just one of those quirks of living in the upper Midwest! Have you thought about the effects of this cycle on your trips though? There are some obvious effects, but there are also some you may not expect:

Black Ice. The most obvious result of the freeze/thaw cycle is the ice that reforms over the road ways. Though most winter temperatures stay stable, the weeks surrounding the end of the winter season see days with more sunlight and temperatures above freezing. Of course, the warmth never lasts long, and as the above freezing day surrenders to the cold of the night, what was wet pavement slowly becomes icy. These fluctuations contribute to the worst type of ice: black ice. The slight bit of snow melt that refreezes overnight creates this tricky-to-spot hazard. Black ice is one of the most dreaded obstacles for recreational and professional drivers alike.

Potholes. Everyone is familiar with these nuisances. Potholes are created when snow and ice melt and the water seeps under the pavement through cracks cause by the daily wear of traffic. When freezing temperatures reappear at night, the water below the pavement turns to ice and expands, which forces the pavement to rise. As traffic continues over this raised section and temperatures reach above freezing, a small hole forms under the pavement and repeated pressure causes the pavement to break. This is the very beginning of a pothole. Some DOTs describe the freeze/thaw cycle of late winter and spring as “pothole season” because of the large number that form during this time.

Irritation. In addition to dealing with obstacles on the road, some people may experience Seasonal Affective Disorder or some variation of it. This is in full swing right around when the freeze/thaw cycle occurs, causing a seasonal funk for many. This can be due to the lack of sun, or the teasing days of sun followed by bitter cold temperatures. It’s enough to make anyone irritable! Biologically, a lack of sunlight can upset your circadian rhythm, drop your serotonin levels, and/or disrupt your melatonin levels, all factors that play into your mood.

Truck drivers are out every day throughout the year dealing with these challenges, along with other drivers that may not know how to handle them as well. Bay & Bay Transportation believes professional truck drivers should be compensated fairly and treated like family. After all, drivers have helped us become the successful business we are today!

Apply for a position with Bay & Bay online right now!


 

Is Truck Driving For You?

February 25th, 2015 · No Comments


Is Truck Driving for Me?The United States is experiencing a truck driver shortage. Companies around the country are recruiting new truck drivers and urgently seeking experienced drivers to fill vacancies. At Bay and Bay Transportation, we require our drivers to have six months of experience behind the wheel, but we’re always looking for new faces to join our team. When thinking about joining our team, considering your personality and interests might just help you determine if truck driving is a career for you. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when looking into becoming a truck driver with Bay and Bay Transportation:

Adventure. Being a truck driver with us means a new adventure every day: new roads, new challenges, new people, and new scenery. Are you someone who likes to try something new and see new things every day? At Bay and Bay Transportation, our drivers average 2,500-3,300 miles per week. Think about your desire for adventure when choosing your next truck driving job.

Interests. Being a Bay and Bay truck driver means making a difference in many different fields of work. Truck drivers at Bay and Bay Transportation work with a variety of services, including refrigerated, dry van, intermodal, and more. Check out our services and see what interests you most. Knowing you are making a difference and transporting something you find interesting may contribute to a successful and happy career.

Benefits. Truck driver benefits at Bay and Bay Transportation include full medical and dental (after 60 days), company paid life insurance, paid holidays and vacation, and eligibility for a 401(k). We also offer bonuses for safe driving and fuel management, as well as referral bonuses for employees. Giving our employees benefits are an important part of keeping a happy staff.

Contact Bay and Bay Transportation for more opportunities in truck driving or to learn if truck driving with our company is the right fit for you.


 

Trucking Accident Statistics & Prevention

February 23rd, 2015 · No Comments


trucking accidentsOne of the core values of Bay & Bay Transportation is to provide safe and reliable transportation services to our clients. As such, we cannot stress safety enough when out on the road. We constantly invest in advanced equipment and technology to keep our drivers safe and able to return to their families. Unfortunately, accidents still happen.

In 2012, 333,000 large trucks – those weighing more than 10,000 pounds – were involved in traffic accidents. Fatalities increased 4% from the previous year. Typically, these fatalities were the result of multiple vehicle accidents. A recent example of this would be the 193 car pileup on I-94 in Michigan earlier this year.

Most accidents occurred when both the large truck and the other driver were on a straight-away. The rest of the time, one or both vehicles were turning or negotiating a curve. According to a study by the Department of Transportation, drivers of large trucks were far less likely to have had a previous license suspension than were passenger car drivers. Of all the states that drivers travel through, Texas is among the most likely to have a large truck involved in the accident.

The statistics about trucking accidents in the United States can be shocking. The safety of our employees, our company family, is of the highest priority to us. We frequently send out safety reminders to our drivers, especially during periods of inclement weather. We stress the basics of safety, like sharing the road. No matter your experience, it never hurts to review safety rules, but it can hurt to ignore them.

At Bay & Bay Transportation, we have also invested in safety training methods that take the risk out of maneuvering out of tricky situations. Instead of learning the theory of driving in a snow storm, our driving simulator helps drivers prepare by giving them “real life” experience in handling icy situations while on the road. Though it’s impossible to exactly replicate conditions with other drivers, the simulator provides a life-like experience and grades your response.

Keeping our drivers safe and providing quality transportation services are two of the main components that have made Bay & Bay Transportation one of the best fleets to drive for in North America. To view our newest openings, check out our Drivers Opportunities.


 

The Difference Between Offensive & Defensive Truck Driving

February 20th, 2015 · No Comments


defensive truck drivingMillions of people across the country turned on their TV earlier this month, made delicious snacks, and watched the 2015 Super Bowl with family and friends. Since football is fresh on everyone’s mind after the big game, it might be smart to look at offense and defense in a different light. There is a difference – an important one – between offensive and defensive driving, and it may mean the difference between safe driving and accidents for truck drivers.

Offensive driving is a more dangerous driving method than defensive driving, as it involves taking control of the road and forcing vehicles around you to adapt. Many drivers that experience road rage use offensive driving when traveling. They pay little attention to others on the road and how their actions will affect traffic. Offensive driving by truck drivers is even more dangerous because of the size of the rig and the amount of damage it can do.

The safest way to drive is defensively. Defensive driving involves being prepared for anything and being ready to react to other drivers, including offensive drivers. Paying careful attention to others on the road is the best way to prevent accidents. Look at the movement of your truck and the other vehicles around you. Think defensively when it comes to changing lanes or passing others.

Use your defense skills to be a careful truck driver. Bay and Bay Transportation is proud to have some of the most careful truck drivers in the nation. For more tips on sharing the road and driving defensively, check out our YouTube videos.

Although your defensive tactics won’t be exactly like the defense from the Seattle Seahawks or New England Patriots, driving defensively can prevent accidents involving other vehicles and help you be a better, more attentive driver. No matter what team you cheer for, we are all fans of safer driving and few accidents!

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5th Annual Driver Banquet and Top Dawg Awards Recap

February 18th, 2015 · No Comments


2015 Bay & Bay Driver BanquetThis year’s Driver Banquet and Top Dawg Awards were an especially exciting celebration since this was the 5th annual event. Every year, Bay & Bay Transportation honors and recognizes the outstanding drivers that have made our company such a great one. The banquet was held Jan. 31 at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel. As always, the main focus of the banquet was to celebrate our drivers, and thank them for all of the hard work they did in 2014.

The Top Dawg Awards ceremony is one of the biggest draws of the banquet and celebration. Winners received a plaque, Bay & Bay decal for their truck, a gift card, and raffle tickets. The Top Dawg is determined by whoever is the top-producing truck driver in each division of the company. This year’s Top Dawgs include:

  • Pam Hokanson – Rosemount Mileage Owner/Operator
  • Dennis Rasch – Rosemount Company Driver
  • Denny Hook – Burnsville Company Driver
  • David Foster – Rosemount Percentage Owner/Operator

Congratulations to the 2014 Top Dawg winners!

There is more to “winning” than just being the top-producer. The Driver Banquet also serves as a time to honor those that have been with Bay & Bay Transportation for 10 years or longer. We recognize both the previous honorees and the new drivers who will be added to our Wall of Fame. The group for 2014 includes:

  • Brad Bunn
  • Alvin Hanson
  • Arlen Holland
  • Steve Holmberg
  • Larry Jackson

From awards to raffles, everyone had the chance to walk away a winner during the banquet. Prizes ranged from substantial gift cards to TVs, iPads, and other great gifts. Some of the biggest prizes included trips. Winners headed to Las Vegas are Pam Hokanson, Robert Kotfila, Joel Ortiz, David Foster, and Brad Miles. Additionally, two personalized trips were awarded to Duane Peterson and David Perdue.

Once again, Bay & Bay Transportation would like to thank each and every one of our drivers for helping us have an excellent 2014! Congratulations to the winners, and thank you all for celebrating with us. We can’t wait until next year!

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Bay & Bay Transportation is a truck and transportation company serving the needs of the Midwest, East Coast, and elsewhere in the U.S. To apply for a position as a truck driver, please view our Driver Opportunities.  


 

Bay & Bay Transportation Named One of the “Best Fleets to Drive For”

February 16th, 2015 · No Comments


Best Fleets to Drive forFor 7 years, the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and CarriersEdge have conducted an annual survey to seek out the best trucking companies in North America. This year, Bay & Bay Transportation was selected as one of the ‘Best Fleets to Drive For’ in 2015.

Only 20 for-hire trucking companies across the continent are selected for this honor. To even be considered, the company must be operating with at least 10 trucks or more, and be nominated by one of the current company drivers or owner-operators. After nomination, the HR department was interviewed and assessed based on the following:

  • Compensation – including pay, bonuses, vacation, and sick days
  • Health benefits and pension plans
  • Professional development and advancement opportunities
  • Team building and driver community
  • Driver turnover rate
  • Fleet safety record
  • Commitment to employee growth and continued improvement

Additionally, a small selection of each nominee’s drivers was surveyed to compare to the feedback from the management side. This portion is just a small part of the contest to determine the best fleets in North America.

The next phase of the contest will divide the fleets into small and large categories, from which two winners will be selected. The overall winners will be announced on March 10. You can follow the clues posted on the days leading up to the awards ceremony by following the hashtag #BestFleets15 on the TCA’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

We are very excited about this distinguished award and can’t wait to see what else the TCA has in store for the #BestFleets15! We’d also like to extend a special thank you to the employees who nominated Bay & Bay Transportation. Without all of your hard work and dedication, we wouldn’t be able to provide the high quality transportation services that we are known for today. If you would like to apply to be a truck driver with Bay & Bay Transportation, please visit our Driver Opportunities page.