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The Past and Future of Trucking in Minneapolis, MN

August 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Trucking has been a hot topic in Minneapolis these last few months after the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock closed for the last time in early June. With the lack of barges following the Mississippi, the number of companies turning to trucking is expected to pick up in the next year which may bode well for Minnesota-native companies such as Bay & Bay transportation.

What few may realize is that trucking has been around for a very long time (since the late 1800’s in fact), and this coming uptick in trucking activity certainly isn’t the first time the industry has made the Minneapolis news. In fact, in the early days of trucking, Minneapolis was home to a volatile strike that is seen as a historical turning point for workers’ rights in Minnesota.

Compared to then, the trucking industry has expanded and developed into a modern marvel of long distance transportation. When you’re driving along I35 and you’re next to a large semi with another up ahead, it might be easy to write them off as overbearing road-hogs, but doing so would be a disservice to what they’re really accomplishing. The stores you shop at, the groceries you buy, and even the carnivals you attend all share a common characteristic; they had to get their stock somewhere. And some flatbed transportation units can carry around 24 tons of material which can be an incredible asset to farms and amusement parks alike.

Plus, thanks to early innovations such as refrigerated transportation, fresh food can be transported across the state, which is quite the feat in the Midwest where sometimes you can feel eons away from civilization. It’s also worth noting that the inventor of refrigerated transportation, Fred Jones, was living in Minnesota when he developed the technology in the 1930’s…a lucky thing considering the average Minnesota summer. Jones made a deal with Minneapolis native Joseph A. Numero and the two of them worked on securing the patent by 1940.

The history of Minneapolis nicely intertwines with that of trucking, and it’s impressive to consider that the industry has been up and running for over a century. The next time you pass a semi on the interstate, it may be worth making a note of what they’re carrying, or issue a passing guess of where it’s going. It’ll make those long trips in bad traffic just a little more historic.

If you’re in Minneapolis and are interested in joining a long-running tradition, or looking for transportation freight services, contact Bay & Bay transportation at 888.801.3026 or visit our website.

 

 

 

 

 

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving in Indianapolis, Indiana

August 26th, 2015 · No Comments

There are a number of behaviors that are frowned upon when driving. Huge campaigns have been waged to combat texting while driving and drunk driving, but there’s one kind of driving that’s just as dangerous, and that’s drowsy driving. It’s important to understand the impact of drowsy driving, and the following numbers give you just a hint of the kind of damage drowsy driving can have on yourself and others.

Drowsy Driving by the Numbers:

  • More than one-third of drivers (or 103 million people) have fallen asleep while driving in the past year
  • Drowsy driving causes an estimated $12.5 billion in monetary losses
  • Fatigued drivers cause an estimated 1,550 deaths a year and an estimated 71,000 injuries per year
  • Drowsy driving incidents can lead to jail time for the driver

With those kinds of numbers, it’s easy to see why drowsy driving is a hazard on the road. That is why all Bay and Bay Transportation drivers in the Indianapolis area should be educated on what to do to prevent sleepiness on the road, and what to do when fatigue sets in while driving.

Preventative Measures:

  • Sleep for a solid 7-8 hours before you drive: this will help you prevent those sleepy feelings, heavy eyelids, and lack of focus on the road.
  • Take a pre-drive nap: even a short nap can help you stay alert and focused while driving
  • Drink caffeine as you drive: caffeine will improve your alertness as you drive, though beware of the effect wearing off
  • Don’t drink alcohol: Even if you’re well under the legal limit for alcohol, it can still impair your driving by causing fatigue on the road

When Fatigue Hits:

  • Stop the truck: this is the most important step to take if you feel sleepy on the road
  • Give yourself a break: stepping out of the truck and getting some fresh Indianapolis air can help combat fatigue, but take care not to drive if you’re still feeling sleepy
  • Take a nap: even 15-30 minutes of sleep can have a positive effect on your mood and fatigue

All Indianapolis area Bay and Bay truck drivers should be aware of the true dangers of driving drowsy. Do yourself a favor and NEVER drive when that sleepy feeling hits.

 

How to Stay Healthy as an Indianapolis, IN Bay and Bay Transportation Inc. Driver

August 25th, 2015 · No Comments

According to an article in The Atlantic, long-haul truck drivers can face some serious obstacles to staying fit and healthy. Extended time sitting, convenient fast-food stops, and a tight schedule all contribute to the difficulty truck drivers experience with maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle. Here are just a few tips and tricks to staying healthy on the roads of Indianapolis and across the country.

Track your Intake
With over fifty McDonald’s restaurants in the Indianapolis area alone, it’s no wonder it’s difficult for truck drivers to eat healthy when travelling across the country. Fast food meals are quick, easy, and affordable; a tempting combination for someone who is on a tight driving schedule. However, even though the meals are cheap and tasty, they might not be the best option all the time. Using a calorie tracker can help you stay healthy by keeping you aware of what you’re eating and how it’s affecting your body, especially in comparison with how many calories you burn each day. There are plenty of apps that offer options for counting and tracking calories. Find the one that best fits your habits and start thinking about salads and turkey sandwiches instead of fries and burgers.

Do High Intensity Movements
As an Indianapolis Bay and Bay Transportation, Inc. driver, it’s hard to find the time to have a full-blown workout, not to mention finding the space to stay fit. Truck drivers have to find a flat place to park, change clothes, and take out their workout equipment, only to have to pack it all back up to keep on schedule. This isn’t always a great option for Indianapolis drivers, but there are options for shorter workouts that will still keep your lungs, muscles, and body healthy. Siphiwe Baleka, nicknamed “Fitness Guru of the Trucking Industry,” recommends that truck drivers spend fifteen minutes doing high intensity movements rather than an hour doing moderate or low intensity exercises. For example, movements like jumping jacks, squats, or jogging around a parking lot can give you a great workout and boost your metabolism in just fifteen minutes, so you can get back on the road. The biggest lesson: just get out of the truck and move.

Get Enough Sleep
It seems that truck drivers are notorious for bad sleeping habits. Indianapolis drivers can experience changing schedules that have them driving at night and sleeping during the day. This can make it difficult to get proper restorative rest and contributes to weight gain— the opposite of keeping healthy. One tip to achieving better sleep is creating a pre-sleep routine that will indicate to your body that it’s time to sleep. This could be ten minutes of reading, some deep breathing, or music. To get to know your sleep schedule even better, fitness bracelets can track your sleep and tell you how much deep sleep you get each night.

Here’s the bottom line: it takes a little work to stay fit and healthy on the road. Indianapolis Bay and Bay Transportation, Inc. drivers can use these tips to stay healthy, and also look online for testimonials of other long-haul drivers for motivation.

 

Four Products That Should Be in Every Bay and Bay Transportation, Inc. Driver’s Arsenal in Indianapolis, IN

August 20th, 2015 · No Comments

A lot can happen when a truck driver doesn’t have what he or she needs. They can become woozy, tired, or even stranded. That’s why there are a few things that are essential for all Bay and Bay Transportation, Inc. drivers to keep with them to have the best trip possible.

Sunglasses
Don’t let the Indianapolis sun keep you from driving safely. Driving while blinded by the sun is dangerous, especially for an operator of a large vehicle. All truck drivers should keep a pair of sunglasses that are comfortable, provide UVA and UVB protection, and most importantly, keeps the sun from impairing their driving.

Reusable Water Bottle
Keeping hydrated is essential for Bay and Bay Transportation, Inc. truck drivers in Indianapolis, Indiana. When a driver is dehydrated, they can become woozy, lightheaded, or dizzy, making their presence on the road dangerous for both the truck driver and the drivers around them. That’s why it’s important to always keep water on hand and consistently drink throughout driving trips. The best way to do this is to use a reusable water bottle that saves you money and saves the environment from plastic water bottles.

Cell Phone Charger
For Bay and Bay Transportation Inc. drivers in Indianapolis, it’s important to not be caught with a dead phone in case of mechanical problems or emergencies. It’s always a good idea to keep a cell phone plugged in somewhere in the truck so it’s always on hand for when you might need it. Remember though, texting while driving is illegal and irresponsible, so keep yourself and others safe and only use your phone when parked.

Protein or Granola Bars
Hungry driving is not fun driving. Keeping a healthy snack that won’t rot or expire quickly is a good idea for all Bay and Bay Transportation Inc. truck drivers in the Indianapolis area. Snacks such as protein or granola bars not only keep energy up, but also keep drivers from feeling lightheaded or dizzy from lack of nutrition.

Keep yourself and those surrounding you safe and happy while truck driving by having what you need on hand. Happy driving, Bay and Bay Transportation, Inc. drivers!

 

Ways for Long-haul Truck Drivers to Stay in Touch with Loved Ones

August 15th, 2015 · No Comments

When you’re on the road for days or weeks at a time, it can be hard to stay in touch with what’s going on back home. You may occasionally find yourself unable to attend birthday parties, graduations, dance recitals, school plays, sitting together watching your favorite TV show, etc. Being on the road and far away doesn’t mean that you can’t stay close to those you love. While staying in touch might take a little effort, we believe it is worth it.

Bay and Bay Transportation is a Minnesota-based commercial trucking company that values families. We want our employees to feel connected to home wherever their long-hauls take them, whether it be within Minnesota or nationwide.

Truck driving can be lonely. Without proper care, it can lead to increased risks in your physical and mental health. Studies among both adults and children have shown that connectedness (or staying in touch with a community of support) builds more resilient people.

When you are able to fulfill your basic needs for community, you are better prepared to handle both the ups and inevitable downs of life.

 

While on the road:

Phone calls have become the standard for drivers to stay connected to friends and family back home. Instead of relying on your memory to make sure you call, consider scheduling regular phone or conference calls. Apps such as Skype, Facetime, and Google Hangouts, provide free video and chat services. If making phone or video chat calls make sure you have invested in a reliable hands-free device. Wait on the chat services until you are safely parked.

 

At the Rest (or another) Stop:

Now is the time you can safely use messaging and chat services provided by different apps (some described above). If you have kids back at home, why not make a game out of it? Send intriguing pictures that act as clues for them to guess where you are. Include fun facts about the various places you visit for extra fun!

 

Speaking of apps, there are several varieties out there that let you “check-in” to your location. One of these most commonly used apps is Swarm created by Foursquare. This kind of app will not only let your loved ones know where you are, but you can also notify them that you have arrived safely at your destination.

 

Start a blog. Upload pictures and write about your many adventures out on the road. Different blog sites provide varying services, such as the ability to post via text message. Many are free to setup but may require a small monthly fee to maintain. Here are a few tried and true blog host sites:

 

You really can’t go wrong with email these days. Most people have an email account, and if they don’t, can sign up and get one for free in less than 2 minutes. Try putting a twist on your back-and-forth email conversations by commenting on different portions of the other person’s email using different font colors. This can help the conversation not seem so segmented since you are actively commenting on different parts of their message.

 

For example: Today Johnny decided to show mommy how to open the flour. He was quite proud of himself, and the mess he made. That’s hilarious! I’m sure he was trying to tell mommy he wanted to bake a cake. J

 

Last but not least, sometimes you just have to do things the “old-fashioned” way. People rarely send letters, cards, and postcards via snail mail anymore. That also means that receiving a handwritten note will feel even more special to the recipient. Many gas stations and truck stops have quite the collection of postcards to choose from. Just make sure that you stock up on stamps as well.

 

Now that you have some ideas to get you started, we want to hear from you! Any tips for how you stay connected to friends and family while you are on the road?

 

Bay and Bay Transportation is currently hiring experienced company drivers, lease purchase drivers, and owner operators across the United States. We offer competitive pay, benefits packages, and bonus opportunities. Get in touch with us to find out how you can become part of the Bay and Bay family.

 

What Self-Driving Trucks Mean for the Transportation Industry and Your Career as a Truck Driver | Minneapolis, MN

August 10th, 2015 · No Comments

While Minnesota highways are filled with the usual assortment of sports cars, SUVs, and delivery trucks, there’s a new type of vehicle sharing the roads in Nevada: the world’s first self-driving semi-truck. Engineers have been developing self-driving cars for years, and it makes sense a self-driving big rig might be next. These advances in technology could instigate major changes for trucking companies like Bay & Bay Transportation and impact those who make their careers as long-haul truck drivers.

 

The term “self-driving” is a bit misleading. The self-driving semi, known as the “Freightliner Inspiration Truck,” is classified as a level 3 autonomous vehicle. With this classification, the truck still requires a driver present who must take full control to pass other vehicles, exit the highway, drive on local roads, and pull up to loading docks. For it to be truly self-driving, it would be classified as level 4 and able to perform all driving actions and monitor road conditions at all times whether the cab was occupied or not. The Freightliner Inspiration Truck basically takes advantage of many of the technologies already available in personal cars such as collision avoidance, speed control, and lane stability,  and is still only in its experimental stages.

 

Of course, as with any new technology, the Freightliner Inspiration Truck has its advocates and opponents. The pro-driverless technology crowd says that embracing the self-driving semi will:

  • Reduce accidents caused by human error
  • Improve fuel consumption by allowing a chain of semis to take advantage of aerodynamics from the lead truck
  • Alleviate driver fatigue by allowing the sensors to maintain optimal speed, distance between cars, and lane location
  • Increase driver productivity by allowing them to review notes or use an iPad to plan their next route

 

On the opposite side, those who are against relying on self-driving technology have just as many valid concerns regarding:

  • Safety for driver and others on the road if the technology malfunctions or doesn’t react quickly enough to changing conditions
  • Cost for trucking companies to install the technology in addition to paying drivers
  • Lawsuit responsibility in the event of an accident
  • Driving areas; only a handful of states allow self-driving vehicles on the road

 

Either way, it’s unclear how self-driving technology will be integrated into the transportation industry since the Freightliner Inspiration Truck is still only in the experimental stages. But, for the near future at least, Bay & Bay Transportation is keeping drivers in full control of their semis on long-haul deliveries. If you are interested in furthering your career as a long-haul truck driver, contact us today!

 

4 Great Reasons to Consider Starting a Career as a Truck Driver for Bay and Bay Transportation

August 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Why should you choose a career as a truck driver for Bay and Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN? There are many good reasons to consider a truck driving career with Bay and Bay Transportation. Here are just a few:
• Truck driving is a secure, high-paying job. You can earn anywhere between $58,000 to $72,000 annually. Bay and Bay Transportation pays up to $70,000 annually.
• Bay and Bay offers you great benefits, including full medical and dental, paid holidays and vacation time, and company paid life insurance.
• Bay and Bay Transportation provides quality state-of-the-art equipment for their drivers and keeps trucks in excellent condition through our own mechanic shops in our truck yards.
• Bay and Bay offers you higher base pay for stable income. With an additional average of 2,500 to        3,000 miles a week, this means a paycheck you can count on for you and your family.

High pay and terrific benefits are reason enough to start a career truck driving with Bay and Bay Transportation, but a being a truck driver also gives you the chance to travel to many places you have never been. If you love to travel, it is a rare opportunity to do what you love and get paid to do it.

Freedom and independence are other rewards for truck driving. There are deadlines, as with any job, but there are no managerial hierarchies to answer to for every decision you make. You set your own hours.

You are your own boss, and you avoid the paperwork stress of a dreary desk job.
As you can see, a career in truck driving for Bay and Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN offers you great pay, great benefits, state-of-the-art equipment, high base pay, adventure, and freedom! Visit our website today and find out more about how you can start your career as a truck driver with Bay and Bay Transportation.

 

Top Apps to Help CDL Drivers Stay in Touch with Family and Friends

July 17th, 2015 · No Comments

In a previous post, Bay and Bay Transportation talked about how important it is for you to stay connected to loved ones while on the road. Whether in Minnesota or nationwide, it can be refreshing to catch up after a long day of driving. Remember the days when you had to wait until the next rest stop to use the pay phone? Lucky for us, there are now more ways to stay in touch than ever before.

Our previous earlier blog post gave you some ideas for different ways to reach out to friends and family. Here are the top methods we suggested:

  • Phone calls or video chats
  • Messaging and chat services
  • “Check-in” apps
  • Start your own blog
  • Email
  • Letters, cards, and postcards

Technology has become increasingly helpful for CDL drivers. Advances have improved their quality of life during travel with hands-free calling devices, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), updated safety equipment, fuel measurement, detailed mileage tracking, and so much more.

With smartphones and tablets becoming so popular, we at Bay and Bay, want to give you some ideas for apps that you would find beneficial while on the road. Many are free and all are definitely worth a look.

Finding Wi-Fi Hotspots

Why waste your data when you can easily locate FREE Wi-Fi wherever you go without having to connect to the internet? Wi-Finder for iOS or Android uses your phone’s GPS to locate hotspots near you. You can also filter search results by location type (e.g. hotel, café, restaurant, etc.). Osmino Wi-Fi is a similar app made specifically for Android. Both apps provide the option to display search results as a list or map.

Phone Calls

Several apps have been created that allow for free or very inexpensive calls to landlines and mobiles. Skype is one of the most well-known of these apps. Plans for unlimited landline and mobile calling in the US and Canada start from $2.99/mo. Mobile and landline calling using Google Voice is free within the US and Canada. Viber for iOS or Android costs about 1.9 cents a minute for mobile and landline phones, but Viber-to-Viber calls are free.

Video Calls

Sometimes it’s best to just talk with someone in-person. Unless they ride with you, friends and family are hard to talk to in-person, while in route. However, video calls are the next best thing. Skype, Google Hangouts, Facetime, and Viber all offer free video calling if both individuals use the app. They each offer group or conference calling, but the max number of callers varies depending on the app.

Messaging

Messaging and chat capabilities are available through Skype, Viber, Google Hangouts, and Facebook messenger for iOS or Android. Contacts+ is an electronic address book that keeps your contacts all in one place. It functions with text messaging, WhatsApp,  Facebook and Twitter, so you don’t have to launch each app individually. Other group chat apps to checkout are Telegram and Group Me. Make sure you only use messaging and chat once your rig has been safely parked.

Digital and “Real” Postcards

You won’t always have time for a phone or video call, and messaging can only explain things so far. You can use Instagram to send digital postcards of the many places you visit. You can also upload them to Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr. With Postagram, you can take pictures and then send them as real postcards. This app is free to download but may cost about a buck to mail, depending on how far you are mailing it.

Checking-in

Instead of calling at every stop to keep people updated on your trip, try out a “check-in” app. Swarm was created by Foursquare as a way to share your location with friends. Like photography? MoPho.to is another location-based app where you post a picture and then tag the picture using your location. If you’d rather only share your location with designated friends, try out Rally Up. This app also lets you post to Facebook and send group messages about your location.

Now that we’ve given you some ideas, try some out! Bay and Bay Transportation is a Minnesota-based commercial trucking company that values family, and wants you to stay connected to them while on the road. If you use any of these apps, please let us know how it works for you.

Oh, and we have one more app for you. If you’re not already a member of our team, find out how to get a hold of our app by calling us today at 1-888-801-3026 or emailing us at recruiting@bayandbay.com.

 

The Numbers Don’t Lie: It’s a Good Time to Start Your Career as a Truck Driver with Bay & Bay Transportation | Minneapolis, MN

July 12th, 2015 · No Comments

On July 2nd, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest employment data which showed an increase of 223, 000 jobs in June. As usual, the health care and retail industries were two of the strongest contributors, but the transportation and warehousing industry also had a notable expansion in the number of jobs added to the economy. This means that trucking companies like Minneapolis-based Bay and Bay Transportation are currently looking for people who want to make their careers as truck drivers to fill newly created positions.

When looking at the numbers, it’s clear that the transportation industry is growing quickly. An article in TruckerNews stated that the trade, transportation and utilities sector added 49, 000 jobs in June, 7,400 of which were in the for-hire trucking industry alone. It was also noted that this is a new all-time high for employment in the industry, a total of 1.4585 million employees on a seasonally adjusted basis. According to the Wall Street Journal, the 7,400 new trucking jobs raise the past three-month total to 19,000 and, looking back over the past year, 43,000 jobs were added to the trucking industry since June 2014.

Let’s see how job growth in the transportation industry stacks up against other areas of the economy in the latest report:

  • Health Care: +40,000 jobs
  • Retail: +33,000 jobs
  • Financial: +20,000 jobs
  • Mining: -4000 jobs
  • Manufacturing: little to no change
  • Construction: little to no change
  • Government: little to no change

With thousands of new jobs in the last few months and the transportation industry widely acknowledged as a growing part of the national economy, it clear that it’s better than ever to start your career as a truck driver. And if you want to join a trucking company that is committed to customer satisfaction and investing in it’s employees, contact Bay & Bay Transportation today!

 

Attention Truck Drivers: Contain Your Cargo

July 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Recently we examined the top 20 truck driver cargo securement violations which lead to commercial vehicles being placed out-of-service. Bay and Bay Transportation also challenged you to become a cargo securement superstar and post the top 20 list in the cab of your rig.

So…how did it go?

When you take the extra few minutes to look over the contents of your trailer, you reduce the amount of shifting, tipping, sliding, falling, and unnecessary crushing of trailer goods. Securing your cargo isn’t just about doing it by-the-book (although that’s part of it); it’s about being a professional.

Cargo that is not properly in place and tied down poses greater safety risks to those who unload trailers. It also increases distractions for you as a driver, and can hurt a transportation service’s reputation and safety ratings should they deliver damaged loads.

Let’s take a look at some pointers for containing your cargo:

  • Secure your other equipment, as well as your load. Items such as tarps, chains, spare tires, ratchets, etc. should be placed so that they do not shift around or fall while in route.
  • Use equipment that is in proper condition. Inspect your tie downs regularly for defects such as wear on synthetic webbing, and stripping on steel strapping or anchor points.
  • Check. And check again. Be diligent in ensuring that your load will not leak, fall, shift, spill, or otherwise create damage and instability for the vehicle. When in doubt, get a second opinion for how to transport unique shipments.
  • Do your research. Pick up a free copy of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association’s This outlines the minimum safety standards for safely carrying cargo.
  • Want to go the extra mile? Snag an easy to read handbook on cargo securement from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. It will run you around $35.

If you have some tips for how you pack your rig, let us know! Bay and Bay Transportation values safe, consistent, and quality transportation services for our customers. If you’re a cargo securement superstar, we want to hear from you. Contact us today to learn about our opportunities for professional growth in the transportation service industry.