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Inclement Weather Requires Cautious Truck Driving in Dallas, TX

April 30th, 2016 · No Comments

The recent heavy rains and flash floods in Texas and Louisiana are an important reminder about the power of Mother Nature. The region received over two feet of rain, setting new flood records in several locations, damaging thousands of area homes, and closing multiple major roadways. The truck drivers at Bay & Bay Transportation in the Dallas, TX community know how to navigate safely when their route is affected by flash flooding and other dangerous weather conditions.

About one-quarter of all speeding-related truck driving incidents are caused by inclement weather conditions. Protect yourself and your fellow drivers by adjusting your driving style. Start by reducing your speed by one-third on wet roads. For example, if the posted speed limit is 60 miles per hour, you should reduce your speed to 40 miles per hour.

In addition to reducing speeds, you should also allow more time for signaling and making maneuvers. Begin signaling sooner than normal before changing lanes or entering a turn lane. Look a minimum of fifteen seconds ahead of you in good driving conditions, and farther still during bad weather.

Never attempt to drive over flooded roadways, no matter how shallow the water seems. Be especially careful at night when your visibility is reduced. Our 80,000 pound commercial trucks are powerful vehicles, but they are not more powerful than floodwaters. It takes only one foot of fast-moving water to carry away a small car. Two feet will carry away most vehicles, including commercial vehicles. Don’t let your guard down if a previously flooded road appears dry. Floodwaters can weaken the roadbed, allowing it to collapse under the weight of a heavy commercial vehicle. We recommend planning multiple routes so that you’re always driving on safe, dry roads.

We recommend that our Texas truck drivers keep the following links bookmarked in their smartphones. Refer to them before you leave the truck stop to begin your route.

Texas Weather Information

Texas Department of Transportation

Texas Traffic and Road Closures

Texas Traveling Information

Pay close attention to the other drivers on the road. If other commercial trucks have pulled off the road, you may want to consider doing the same. Part of what makes our Bay & Bay Transportation team one of 2016’s Best Fleets To Drive For is our commitment to truck driving safety in the Dallas, TX community and nationwide. Contact us at 888-801-3026 to learn about our truck driving career opportunities.

 

 

Five Signs of Excellence in Individuals Looking for Truck Driving Jobs in Minneapolis,MN

April 26th, 2016 · No Comments

Getting your commercial driver’s license is a big accomplishment! Now you’re on the way to starting your career as a commercial driver. While it may seem pretty cut and dry—get your license, get an OTR gigthere’s really so much more to trucking than moving things from point A to point B. At Bay & Bay, we’re looking for signs of excellence in the drivers we consider for our truck driving jobs in Minneapolis and around the country. Along with at least one year of successful OTR experience, we are seeking individuals who have strengths in the following areas:

Self-Reliant: While you’re part of the Bay & Bay team, there’s no doubt that at times you’ll need to make decisions quickly that can affect the rig or your load. Mechanical failures, traffic jams, or major detours can happen and you need to have quick thinking skills and strong verbal communication skills with our technical support team to overcome these obstacles without getting overly stressed or overwhelmed.

Comfortable Working Solo: We’re looking for people who consider themselves team players even though a large part of your time on the job will be spent alone. While our technical support team is top-notch, our truck drivers need to be able to work solo much of the time without constant direction. Great truck drivers will be able to blend these two and will enjoy both the time spent alone and the guidance from our expert athome team in Minneapolis.

Team Player: Understanding that your job is an integral part of the Bay & Bay process is important. We have an obligation to our customers and much of that relies on timely schedules and performance. When the wheel turns together and all parties do their jobs, our brand and your career are solidified. We offer some of the most rewarding incentive plans in the industry because of this belief, including our Million Mile Club.

People Skills: Many people think that trucking consists of long nights spent driving alone and a very solitary life. While there are some long stretches, you will still have to deal with people along the road. Being professional and courteous is a skill set that’s very important for our truck drivers. You will have to interact not only with our technical support team, but also with dock works, customer service staff, and other truckers along the way. Your positivity and courtesy will help you gain friends around the country and reflect on our company as a whole.

Mechanical Proficiency: Basic knowledge of how a truck operates and how to fix common problems is a must. Being alert and aware of changes in your rig is important, as is being able to tie down cargo if needed and safely move the vehicle off the road before performing any needed corrections.

If you feel that you are an excellent candidate for our available truck driving opportunities in the Minneapolis area, please contact us for more detailed information.

 

 

Our Truck Drivers Know How to Handle Tire Emergencies in Atlanta, GA

April 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

With all the time you spend behind the wheel during your truck driving career, your commercial truck is almost like an extension of yourself. You know right away when something about the truck doesn’t feel right while you’re driving. You also know how quickly tire trouble can occur. It could be that you drove over a particularly sharp piece of debris on the road. Or perhaps your tire treads experienced excessive wear. No matter what the cause of the problem is, you should take the time to review your tire safety knowledge before inquiring about driving jobs with Bay & Bay Transportation in Atlanta, GA.

Before you leave the parking lot, remember to conduct a full pre-trip inspection. This includes watching tire pressure, looking for any troubling visual cues in the tires like cuts or irregular wear, and measuring tread depth. Remember that you need a minimum of 4/32-inch depth on your steer tires and 2/32-inch depth on all other tires.

Even the most careful drivers encounter tire failures during their truck driving careers.

There are a number of signs your truck will give you if tire trouble arises:

A vibration is a sign that a tire has gone flat.

A heavy feeling in the steering wheel may occur if one of your front tires goes flat.

Your trailer may begin fishtailing if a rear tire goes flat. This may not happen if your truck is equipped with dual rear tires.

A loud bang means a tire has blown.

Your truck may not always react right away. If you notice one of the signs listed above, pull over safely on an emergency ramp or wide shoulder and inspect each tire on your vehicle.

A tire failure can be a startling experience if you don’t know how to handle your vehicle in emergency situations. That being said, you can’t begin a truck driving job without knowing how to drive a commercial truck safely in all scenarios. Experienced drivers know how to maintain control of their trucks, but a little review is always helpful.

Do not brake quickly. Just like when driving on icy roads, doing so could cause you to lose control of the truck even faster. Wait to brake until the vehicle has slowed down considerably, then begin to gently apply the brakes. When you’ve come to a complete stop, walk around the vehicle and inspect each tire to diagnose the issue. Then, call the local roadside assistance provider for help with replacing the bad tire.

Safety is a critical part of sharing the road with both smaller private vehicles and fellow large commercial vehicles. Call Bay & Bay Transportation at 888-801-3026 or email recruiting@bayandbay.com to learn more about our driving jobs in Atlanta, GA. Our commitment to driver safety is what makes our nationwide fleet so successful.

 

 

Finding a Columbus, OH Trucking Network You Can Rely On

April 17th, 2016 · No Comments

By definition, trucking seems like a lonely profession. Driving on the open road from place to place away from home… but in reality, a successful trucking company such as Bay & Bay Transportation relies on a complex network of brokerage specialists, drivers, dispatchers, customers, technicians, and more. A huge amount of trained professionals have to work together in order to keep businesses running in Columbus, OH and without everyone working consistently at the top of their game, it would be impossible to get anything done. This cooperation forms the basis of the true essence of a trucking company: the ability to work together over wide distances and with varied skill sets in order to get the job done.

Finding a freight transportation company that knows how to juggle a multitude of requests can be very straining. If you’re trying to run a company that has a fluctuating amount of freight, your work can be harrowing on the best days and downright demoralizing on the worst. This goes double if the types of items you’re shipping vary as well. If you need one kind of truck on Monday, a second kind on Tuesday, and then three times as many of both on Wednesday, it can leave your resources drained and your stress levels high. This is where the brokerage services like those offered by the Bay & Bay Transportation network come in handy. If you don’t have the resources to get your work done, Bay & Bay will find someone who does.

In the world of freight and trucking, building a reliable network of workers and suppliers makes all the difference. Knowing that you can call for additional trucks in a pinch or request a specialized truck in an unexpected circumstance will give you peace of mind while dealing with any type of client. If you’d like to be part of a tight-knit network of Columbus, OH freight transportation experts, contact Bay & Bay Transportation today. Their brokers can fill in any blanks in your service without hesitation and provide support to your business today, tomorrow, and onward. Contact & Bay Transportation at 888.801.3026 or visit their website here.

 

 

Finding Your Fit With Truck Driving Jobs in Madison, OH

April 12th, 2016 · No Comments

For professional drivers in Madison, OH, truck driving is a lifestyle choice as much as it is a career path. It involves long hours and sometimes odd sleeping schedules. It requires technical know-how and mental fortitude to get the job done right, and possibly being away from home for long stretches of time. Even so, thousands of drivers, such as those at Bay & Bay Transportation, choose the truck driving life every day.

If you’ve ever considered getting involved in a professional driving job, it’s good to know what to expect going in, especially because it’s not the sort of position you can just snag on a whim. Beyond the special training required, truck driving jobs demand a certain type of mindset, and if it doesn’t suit you right away, it may not in the long run. How do you know if driving jobs are up your alley?

Transportation is a booming industry in Ohio and all over the United States, and there are no signs of it disappearing in the coming years. This means work can be found in many locations with enough variety to keep drivers coming back for more. If you’re looking for a truck driving position that can provide a livable income and a steady work schedule, you’re looking in the right place.

Those looking for truck driving jobs should be comfortable being independent. For some people, long hours alone on the road can be a cause of tension instead of relaxation. If you enjoy time to yourself and the freedom to work under your own terms, truck driving is a great option. Being able to adapt to unexpected developments is important as well, but managing your own time and being able to work alone is even more key.

This solitude is not constant among driving jobs. Your truck driving peers can be enormous assets to you as well as comrades. A truck driving career is a great way to build bonds and make connections on the road. Though much of the work can be done without immediate supervision, many find it fulfilling to rejoin other drivers between loads. These moments on the road may seem fleeting, but the truck driving life is in no way deprived of simple pleasures.

Transportation companies such as Bay and Bay Transportation are always looking for experienced drivers interested in making this change in their lives. Madison, OH residents looking into driving jobs can contact Bay and Bay Transportation at 888.801.3026, or visit our website here. Inquire about truck driving jobs or the training necessary to get your trucking career on the road.

 

 

Dry van trucking careers in Minneapolis MN at Bay and Bay.

April 6th, 2016 · No Comments

Our dry van truckers are at the heart of our business, and of the commercial trucking business overall. It takes a lot of trucks out there on the roads to move freight across America, and Bay and Bay is proud to have a first class staff of drivers, often referred to as dry van truckers. If you have your Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL-A), you have the advantage of having an in-demand skill and an opportunity for a career with job stability at Bay and Bay.

Our dry van truckers run 53 airride vans to various points in the country, delivering freight to distribution centers, plants, and more. As a dry van trucker, your responsibility will be to deliver the freight safely and on time. Loading and unloading is generally done by other parties, and then you’ll be on the road to you next assignment.

Since safety is a value we live by every day, our Bay and Bay trucks are serviced and maintained regularly, as well as cleaned so they look great when they head out on the road. This ongoing commitment to making sure our equipment, as well as our drivers, are taken care of is what makes us different in the trucking industry. With our clear communication on expectations, you’ll be able to tailor your career as a Bay and Bay dry van trucker with your home life as well.

Our steady work volume means that you can count on an income week to week, month to month, and year to year. While we are based here in the Midwest, Bay and Bay delivers freight to all points in the U.S. and to Canada as well. Our generous driver incentives and amenities mean we have one of the lowest turnover rates in the industry.

If you’re interested in hearing more about our dry van trucking positions, apply online, or call our recruiting office at 888-801-3026 to ask us about truck driving jobs with Bay and Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN.

 

Bay and Bay Transportation Can Find the Right Product Distributor for You with Our Truck Brokerage in Atlanta, Georgia

March 30th, 2016 · No Comments

Starting a new product brand can be a difficult process. Nothing can be more challenging than finding a distributor who will ship your product quickly and for the best price available. When searching for the best product distributor there are several things to consider in order to find the best option. If a suitable carrier cannot be found in Atlanta, Georgia after trying these suggestions, it would be very worthwhile to acquire truck brokerage services from Bay and Bay Transportation. With our help, connecting with the best distributor will be a breeze.

As found on SmallBuisness.com, there are a few things you can do to help decide on a distributor:

Consider Whether or Not You Need a Distributor
It’s possible to do your business on the internet by getting ecommerce capabilities to ship your products. Another option would be to get a sales representative who can create catalogs for you.

Become a Member of an Industry Association
One of the best ways to learn of reliable distributors is by word of mouth. Recommendations can be easily obtained with connections to an association. By doing this you can talk to other business owners who can point you in the direction to the distributor who can best fit your needs.

Participate in Trade Shows
At trade shows, you’ll be able to talk facetoface with distributors and get a glimpse of who you may be dealing with. Not only would you be meeting distributors, but other business owners, and even customers. Create a memorable exhibit and you shouldn’t have a problem attracting good distributors.

Visit the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) Website
If none of the other options fit, then you may want to try searching the internet. The website of the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors is designed to bring businesses and distributors together.

Should deciding on a distributor still trouble you in the Atlanta, Georgia area, wait no longer and dial 800273-0366 to speak to a representative at Bay and Bay Transportation. With our truck brokerage, we can get you in touch with a distributor that will provide you with all your needs.

 

 

Regional Minneapolis Truck Drivers Add Their Experience to Our Fleet

March 25th, 2016 · No Comments

Congratulations! You have earned your Class A commercial driver’s license. Now you’re eagerly searching for jobs. As anyone who is job searching will tell you, and as you may have already discovered, you’ll want to have some previous experience before you apply. This is also true for truck drivers applying with us. Learn more about why experience matters when applying for truck driving jobs with Bay and Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN below.

Before you apply for a truck driving job with Bay and Bay Transportation, you’ll want to have at least one year of solo on-the-road experience and a valid Class A commercial driver’s license. There are many reasons why we look for this level of experience. The most important reason is that we need to know you can safely operate your truck, both for your safety and for the safety of other drivers on the road. You will also be spending a lot of time by yourself behind the wheel. We need to know that you’re committed to your career and that you’re comfortable with long stretches of solitary activity.

 

In addition to having solo OTR experience, we seek out drivers who are flexible and willing to take on driving assignments anywhere in the country. Your truck driving job could take you anywhere from Grand Forks, ND to Houston, TX, or from Kansas City, MO out to Washington, D.C. The strongest candidates are willing to take on any challenge, not just local driving assignments.

 

Once you join our fleet, you will continue to gain experience. Eventually you will be able to join the ranks of our Million Mile Club. These drivers have safely completed one million miles or more during their truck driving careers with Bay and Bay Transportation. To reach one million miles, you would have to drive 60 miles per hour, 24/7 for two whole years. We proudly honor 14 individuals who have completed over one million miles, plus an additional 2 individuals who have completed two million miles.

 

When you’ve gained enough experience, apply online or call our recruiting office at 888-801-3026 to ask us about truck driving jobs with Bay and Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN. You can also check here for additional careers with our team. Thanks to our dedicated drivers, we are recognized by the Truckload Carriers Association as one of the nation’s Best Fleets to Drive For in 2015 and 2016.

 

Bay and Bay Keeps Driving Jobs in Dallas, TX Secure by Abiding by FDA Regulations

March 18th, 2016 · No Comments

Having a transportation business isn’t something you can just get up and do, especially when it comes to hauling loads that are easily damaged such as food. If you aren’t careful, there’s a possibility that the food you’re carrying could spoil, which could decrease your chances of getting those kinds of driving jobs. For that reason, Bay and Bay Transportation keeps a close eye on common ways that food perishables are mishandled and what regulations are needed to retain such driving jobs for our drivers in Dallas, TX.

According to the FDA website, the following are common problems that could lead to food spoiling during transportation:

  1. Improper refrigeration of products
  2. Cross contamination of food products or improper sanitization of the container
  3. Products not being handled the way they should when waiting to be loaded onto the truck
  4. Drivers not having the proper training or knowledge of food safety
  5. Food not being packed properly
  6. Lack of employee hygiene
  7. Policies not being put in place for the proper handling of food products
  8. Rejected loads not being tracked well
  9. Transportation units having design flaws
  10. Not having the proper equipment to load food into the transportation unit

When transporting food products, making sure the load you’re carrying doesn’t become contaminated or spoiled is simply what’s good for business. At Bay and Bay transportation, there’s nothing more important than keeping perishable products safe while they’re shipped to their destinations. In order to keep these transportation jobs available for our drivers, we do everything we can to follow FDA regulations for hauling food products. Keeping our drivers on the road is a top priority. If you’re an experienced truck driver in Dallas, TX looking for a reputable company to haul for, fill out an application for Bay and Bay Transportation today!

 

Dark and Stormy Safety Tips for Columbus, OH Truck Drivers

March 11th, 2016 · No Comments

Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week starts on March 20th in Columbus, OH this year, which means that finally, finally, spring is springing. Winter is nearly over and the truck drivers of Bay & Bay Transportation will be able to drive ice-free for many months to come. But, those of you reading closely may have noticed that the word “severe” was also included in that lovely spring weather announcement, because yes, tornado season is nearly upon us as well.

Tornado season is a scary time to be a long-term driver of any sort, but it can be especially nerve-wracking if you’re a truck driver. Truck driving means operating a vehicle that can be a little unruly, difficult to park on short notice, and sometimes too large for ordinary shelters. Keeping your cool in bad weather is essential, but it can also be very hard to think things through when the sky is falling. Start by sticking to some of the basics:

  • Check the weather on all your truck driving routes before departing.
  • Keep in regular contact with your dispatcher about sketchy conditions and dangerous weather.
  • Never try to outrun a storm, instead retreat to a nearby ditch or shelter and wait it out.
  • And for truck drivers specifically, do NOT rely on your truck for protection.

Even if you think you have the heaviest truckload in the history of truck driving, your vehicle is still a large, flat-sided object that may as well be a big rectangular kite in the right kind of winds. Even if the storm isn’t strong enough to lift or damage your cargo, it could still tip the truck over . . . and there’s no way to predict where it will land.  Keep away from your truck, find low ground, and make yourself the smallest target possible. Protect your head and neck and wait out the worst of the wind. And under no circumstances should you try to hide underneath a highway overpass. It may seem like logical protection, but it actually makes you more vulnerable than hiding in a ditch.

If you’d like more tips on truck driving through storms or in severe weather around Columbus, OH, contact Bay & Bay Transportation at 888.801.3026 or visit their website here. Staying a step ahead of the weather can be difficult, but when your safety as a truck driver is on the line, it should always be your first priority.