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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.

 

Minneapolis, MN, Ranks High Among Freight Hauler Bottlenecks Nationwide

February 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Chances are you’ve got an immediate answer if someone asks you which junctions you avoid where two interstate highways cross paths in the United States. In a recently released survey, no other metro area has Atlanta beat, but the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area isn’t exactly smooth hauling either.

For a second straight year, the American Transportation Research Institute has named what some call “Spaghetti Junction,” where Interstates 285 and 85 North intersect outside of Atlanta, Georgia, as the top freight highway bottleneck in the U.S.

The 2017 Top Truck Bottleneck List analyzes the amount of truck-related congestion at 250 locations on the nation’s highway system. By crunching the numbers from several data sources, the ATRI figures that Atlanta has seven of America’s 100 worst locations for back-ups within its metro area. The Minneapolis area isn’t far behind: it has at least four choke points that truckers should know rather well.

All Twin Cities metro area freight congestion bottlenecks revolve around variations of I-35 and I-94. The worst of them, according to the ATRI, survey is that very junction in downtown Minneapolis, MN. Another bad spot is the crossing of I-35E and I-94 in downtown St. Paul. Other major slowdowns can be found in the Southside of the metro in Bloomington at the junction of I-35W and I-494 and on the northern end of the Twin Cities I-35W and I-694 in Brooklyn Center.

If it’s any consolation, three of the four Minneapolis area bottleneck locations dropped in ranking in this latest survey and only one of them (I-35W and I-694) is trending upward. Even so, they present a challenge for drivers at Bay & Bay Transportation in Minneapolis and across the country.

ATRI says its research has pinpointed the trucking industry costs of more than $49 billion dollars annually. The slowdowns and delays caused by the nation’s worst bottlenecks are collectively worth more than 700 million lost hours and would be the same as if nearly 265,000 truck drivers sat idle for an entire year.

While the latest numbers are sure to be a powerful argument for major infrastructure spending, Bay & Bay is acutely aware of what logistical steps are needed to navigate the current roads in the Minneapolis area and nationwide in a timely manner. That applies to local routes in Minneapolis and other cities. Special attention is also being paid to avoiding slowdowns on longer runs across the U.S. and even into Canada.

Bay & Bay Transportation knows its emphasis on safety and reliability is tied to good planning and upgrades to our increasingly congested roadways. It’s why they are known as a quality driven tradition on highways around Minneapolis, MN, and on countless miles of roadway nationwide. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit our website to learn more.

 

Designing a Truck Driver’s Ideal Diet in Philadelphia, PA

February 6th, 2017 · No Comments

Staying fit and fed on the road in Philadelphia, PA, is a significant challenge for even the most seasoned Bay & Bay Transportation truck drivers. This isn’t to say that it’s hard to find food on the go, but that what you can find isn’t always the best for your body. It can be easy to treat your body just like your truck and insert fuel whenever it’s convenient, but with a little extra thought and awareness, you can start eating smart instead of just eating easy.

Obesity is a common problem for long time truck drivers due to the nature of the job itself. Long periods of sitting, irregular eating schedules, and time restrictions do not a healthy trucker make. It isn’t surprising that many career truck drivers develop weight and even heart problems because of their poor eating habits. Living on the road is different than living a static life at home, and in many ways a truck driver’s diet can reflect that. For some truck drivers, this may mean quick stops for fast food every meal, but for truck drivers interested in staying healthy longer, there are better ways to shape your diet.

One of the best things you can do for your health while truck driving is plan ahead. This can mean bringing your own packed food, mapping out restaurants and stops with healthy options, or just portioning your meals differently. For instance, if you’re working a regular desk job, three square meals a day might be reasonable and achievable, but if you’re on the road then it might be better to eat five or six small meals a day instead. This will keep you fueled all day and prevent you from feeling starved if your schedule shifts.

As with the building of any new habit, start small. Bring extra water along for the ride, switch out one of your regular meals for a homemade alternative, or just kick soda to the curb and drink tea instead to get a caffeine boost without as much sugar. Truck driving is a mobile lifestyle, so don’t be afraid to move your eating habits around a little to match.

If you’re interested in a professional truck driving position in the Philadelphia, PA, area, contact Bay & Bay Transportation today at (888) 801-3026 or visit their website here for more information.

 

Expanding Your Horizons Over the Road as a Truck Driving Professional in Dallas, TX

January 30th, 2017 · No Comments

Truck driving in Dallas, TX, is a great career option for wandering hearts and professionals with a thirst for adventure. The state is huge, the sights are vast, and with Bay & Bay Transportation the work is fair and varied. But sometimes, sticking to a single local region just doesn’t feel like enough of a thrill, even in a state as large as Texas. Luckily for drivers interested in something with a broader scope, Bay & Bay Transportation also employs over the road drivers who have their sights set far beyond the state border.

Local truck driving is perfect for drivers who want to get out of the house and on the road, but who don’t necessarily feel the need to stray far from home. This means steady, fulfilling work with enough time to get home to the family as well. But for some, the life of over the road drivers may be a better fit. With a broader range of locations to visit, you can find yourself on the road for longer trips and more engaging journeys. This means less time back in your own bed, but more time seeing the sights and staying on the roads.

Over the road drivers are generally cut from a certain cloth and the long driving hours aren’t for everybody. However, if you consider yourself a lover of travel, trucks, and a bit of unpredictability, then long distance truck driving may be the perfect fit for you. Over the road drivers need to be effective problem solvers who are comfortable with long stretches of solitude, but for the right sort of driver, these situations will be highlights rather than obstacles.

For Dallas, TX, area truck driving professionals used to regional driving and looking to expand outward, or anyone else interested in joining the world of over the road drivers, contact Bay & Bay Transportation at (888) 801-3026 or visit their website here for more information.

 

Tips to Create Products Customers Love and Why You Need to Hire a Trucking Company in San Antonio, TX

January 27th, 2017 · No Comments

You’ve got employees and you’ve got the office space; now you just need a few products under your belt. Developing products is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do as a business owner. It takes a lot of work to put out something that people will actually talk about and want to buy. Some people give up while others find themselves overwhelmed and confused. Just how are you supposed to create products that stand out from the crowd? If you find yourself pulling your hair out in frustration, check out the information below. Your San Antonio, TX, business will benefit from it in the coming year. When you’re ready to ship your product, Bay & Bay Transportation is here to provide expert transportation services tailored to your needs.

Seek Feedback and Look at the Data

Before you release a product to the masses, be sure to do your homework. Look at the data. Who is your target consumer? What would they expect and look for in your product? What do they typically buy? Talk to customers and ask them what they think. They can help you find problems you overlooked and save you a lot of money in the long run. Don’t grab a random person off the street; aim for the people that fit what you want the most.

Go Simple, Then Build

It’s important to start with something basic. You don’t want your product to be too complicated. You don’t want to have too many features, especially if your target customer is elderly. Once you have a simple product, build on it based on what people want, not what you think they should want.

Think About the Cost

Some people don’t think about how much product development costs in the long run. Keep your budget in mind and be responsible.

Once you have a product, be sure to select a reliable transportation company that can help you get it to stores. They will have the experience and knowhow necessary to give you the best service.

In 2012, Texas had over two million small businesses. Don’t be left behind. When you’re ready to ship products, call Bay & Bay Transportation of San Antonio, TX, and talk to a reliable trucking company. The number is (888) 801-3026.

 

Truckers Eye the Good, the Bad, and the Potential Automation for 2017 in Chicago, IL

January 24th, 2017 · No Comments

If you found yourself more than busy in the second half of 2016, you’re not alone among truckers in Chicago, Illinois, and other parts of the country. After a six-month string of improvement, the number of hauling jobs closed out the year with a new record high total.

A newly released report by the U.S. Department of Labor suggests that there are nearly 1.5 million people employed as for-hire truckers in the country.

Bay & Bay Transportation, based in Minnesota, is among those firms adding jobs just outside of the Chicago area. Currently, Joliet and Rockford, Illinois, are among the places Bay & Bay is looking to add experienced and reliable haulers.

The need for OTR and local drivers stretches from Alabama to the upper Midwest and parts of the East Coast. Bay & Bay is offering improved pay and rewards to retain the best operators.

This year, it’s fair to wonder what proposed rules will move ahead under the new Donald Trump administration. Experts believe that a Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse final rule, which will create a central database for verified positive controlled substances and alcohol tests for CDL holders, will likely survive. Other proposals like driver training rules, sleep apnea studies, and speed limiters may very well end up parked.

Many in the transportation industry seem to view Trump’s ten-year, one-trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal as a big positive for the nation’s highways. How these improvements will be paid for remains a mystery, since Trump has said that he’s opposed to increasing the deficit to pay for his plans.

While the wide-spread reality of autonomously operating trucks appears to years away, a recent report released from the Executive Office of the President is making some dire predictions about potential fallout. It concludes that automation and artificial intelligence will create a huge reduction in the number of jobs in the United States, especially driving jobs. Heavy and tractor-trailer jobs are expected to suffer the most.

Bay & Bay Transportation knows that its emphasis on safety and reliability rests on hiring excellent drivers today. It’s why they’re known as a quality driven tradition on highways around the Chicago area, nationwide, and in Canada. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit our website to learn more about career opportunities in one of America’s best fleets to drive for.

 

Tips for Your Business’s Facebook Page and Why You Need Over the Road Drivers in Houston, TX

January 19th, 2017 · No Comments

You’ve done just about all you think you need to in order to advertise your business and appeal to your customers. You have a website. You answer emails. You attend events and give out free gifts. You couldn’t possibly be behind on anything. Actually, if you want your business to truly succeed, you need to have a social media presence. Facebook is one of the most important websites on the Internet. Millions of people visit the site and interact through it every day, no matter who they are or where they live. To keep up with the competition, you need to set up a page on Facebook. But what do you do after that? How do you keep things interesting for people in Houston, TX?

Pick a Great Banner and Profile Image

Some business owners pick something at random for their banner and profile image. What they go with doesn’t really matter, right? Well, you don’t want to look sloppy or unprofessional. Choose images that stand out and match your brand. You want people to spot you easily in their news feed, after all. Use your logo or a mascot as your profile photo, but don’t make it confusing or difficult to understand.

Post Interesting Content Every Day

Don’t go weeks without posts. Your customers will forget about you or assume you went out of business. Do your best to post something just about every day. If you don’t have time to do it, hire someone who can take on the task. Make sure the content is interesting and relevant. If you sell car products, your fans won’t care about pie recipes.

Reply to Comments

If somebody comments on a post, have a reply ready. This will tell people you care about what they have to say.

By the way, if you create products that need to be shipped to stores, be sure to look into specialized transportation services. The right company will be able to deliver your goods in a timely manner and give you the best assistance possible.

In 2016, there were 1.79 billion monthly active users on Facebook. When you’re ready to ship products, call Bay & Bay Transportation of Houston, TX, and talk to reliable over the road drivers. The number is (888) 801-3026.

 

A New Year Means New Rules Ahead for Food Transporters in Minneapolis, MN

January 17th, 2017 · No Comments

Even though snow and winter weather are the norm in Minneapolis, Minnesota, spring is fast approaching, and so too are new regulations which will affect haulers nationwide.

The federal government’s new food safety transportation rule will take effect in April, and Bay & Bay Transportation will be ready to meet the change in regulations aimed at improving food quality and preventing contamination.

The federal food safety modernization effort will affect shipping companies and their carriers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulation will tighten up rules on the sanitary transportation of human and animal food.

More than 280 pages of new FDA guidelines will affect just about everything – from loading docks and the ways products are handled to training and records.

Bay & Bay Transportation’s fleet of carriers will join shippers, receivers, and loaders to improve our sanitary food transportation practices.

The regulations don’t affect food that is fully enclosed in a container, except food requiring temperature control for safety. Bay & Bay is a leader in temperature-controlled transportation in Minneapolis and longer hauls nationwide.

Bay & Bay’s fleet features Thermo King Smart Reefers. Newer, reliable equipment is clearly an asset to shippers who’ll face greater documentation about whether loads of food have been properly cooled and trailers have been cleaned between loads.

Tracking will be an important part of the new FDA rules, and Bay & Bay is already solving those issues with industry leading technology that offers continuous monitoring and communication between our drivers and clients. It means better control of paperwork, shipments, and status updates on demand.

The new requirements could be a potential burden on managers and decision makers. Bay & Bay wants to offer an easily accessible solution to the additional paperwork, with fewer headaches, combined with a quality transportation experience.

Bay & Bay Transportation has always made safety and reliability among its cornerstone values, whether it’s a local run around Minneapolis, or a longer trip across the U.S. and into Canada. It’s why we’re known as a quality driven tradition. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit our web site to learn how we’re meeting and exceeding new regulations and client expectations.

 

Trusty Eyes and Truck Driving in Madison, WI

January 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Professional truck driving in Madison, WI, is a job that comes with no small amount of personal responsibility. You’re responsible for getting your cargo to where it needs to go, responsible for the safety of those around you on the road, and responsible for carefully maintaining your own wellbeing. The expert truck drivers with Bay and Bay Transportation will tell you that in all of these areas, your eyes are the most important tools that you have at your disposal . . . even more important than the techy-est GPS.

The well-trained eyes of a professional driver don’t only see what’s going on immediately around them, they can also foresee and assess potential risks and hazards on the horizon as well. Of course, professional truck driving also requires a lot of technical expertise and a strong work ethic, but if you don’t know how to read the road, your performance could be less-than-optimal.

Reading the road is essentially the ability to pay attention to three different areas at once: the personal, the peripheral, and the possible. A truck driver with well-trained eyes will know what’s going on in the truck itself, on all sides of the vehicle, and several miles down the road. This may sound impossible without installing a third eye on your forehead, but with the right amount of truck driving experience, this kind of road sense can become second nature.

Having a strong road sense is an especially important skill for truck drivers in Wisconsin, where winter weather can shift from iffy to terrible very quickly. With enough professional truck driving experience, you can learn to quickly and accurately judge the road conditions directly around you as well as potential road hazards that may await you down the road.

If you’re interested in professional truck driving opportunities in the Madison, WI area, contact Bay and Bay Transportation today at (888) 801-3026, or visit our website here for more information.