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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!

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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.


 

America’s Trucking Shortage: Truck Drivers are Needed Everywhere!

February 9th, 2015 · No Comments


Now Hiring Truck DriversAccording to American Trucking Associations (ATA), the trucking and transportation industry is short by about 35,000 drivers – and that’s just for this year. If the shortage continues, along with high turnover rates, the industry could be short almost 240,000 truck drivers by 2020. According to Jason Seidl, a transportation analyst for Cowen & Co., “This is the mother of all truck driver shortages.”

One cause of the shortage may be that the economy is finally bouncing back. This means there are more construction and factory based jobs available, where workers can live in a stationary place for extended periods of time.

Another part of the equation is that many Baby Boomer generation drivers are now reaching retirement age. Currently, there just aren’t enough experienced drivers to keep up with those that are leaving. In response, many companies are offering signing bonuses or covering the cost of classes to obtain a CDL license.

For many experienced drivers, however, this shortage means that they get their pick of employers. From big corporate companies to small family-owned operations, a driver with many years (and miles) of OTR experience can decide which will fit them best instead of which comes along first.

Bay & Bay Transportation is no exception to the shortage the entire industry is facing. We are looking for experienced drivers (at least 6 months of solo OTR time) to fill company positions and owner-operator positions. In addition to competitive pay, Bay & Bay offers extensive benefits, including full medical and dental benefits, life insurance, paid holidays, sick and vacation time, as well as 401(k) plans.

If you are looking to switch companies or start a trucking career, consider applying for a position with Bay & Bay Transportation.


 

How Truck Drivers Can Stay Healthy While on the Road

February 2nd, 2015 · No Comments


Healthy Trucker HabitsIf you are a truck driver, you know just how difficult it can be to get proper exercise, eat healthy, and sleep enough while on long trips. Balancing all this can be difficult, but there’s no better time to get healthy than the start of a new year! Follow these tips from truck drivers and Bay and Bay Transportation to lead a healthier life while on the road.

1. Working out is hard when all you want to do is come home and relax. However, sitting for as long as you do while driving can take a toll on your health. Working out for at least 15-30 minutes a day can help you both physically and mentally. You don’t need to build a formal workout plan or get a personal trainer; just taking a walk around the neighborhood or going to the hotel gym is sufficient.

2. Try to make only good food available to snack on throughout the day. This will encourage you to eat a little healthier each day rather than grabbing quick snacks, which aren’t always the best option. Always eat breakfast to start your day right! Skipping breakfast can keep you from reaching your nutritional needs, and may even contribute to the bad habit of overeating.

3. Even if you don’t get enough sleep, always make time to relax. You may not have time to take an hour long nap, but pulling over at a rest stop for a 15-minute break can mean the difference between a good trip and a bad trip. Making time to relax is essential in staying healthy mentally, which will keep you healthy (and safe!) physically.

Bay and Bay Transportation offers truck drivers in Pittsburgh, PA and across the country more tips and tricks on our website. We hope you are making a conscious effort to staying healthy, not only this month, but for the rest of your truck driving career!

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3 New Year Resolutions for Indianapolis Truck Drivers

January 28th, 2015 · No Comments


Truck Driver New Year ResolutionsHow are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? We’re not that far into 2015 and people around the world have already ditched their promise to go to the gym! Making a New Year’s Resolution doesn’t have to be hard, and it’s never to late to begin! Bay and Bay Transportation offers three ideas for Indianapolis truck drivers for their New Year’s resolutions:

Stay Healthy – Along with colds and the flu, traveling frequently in all kinds of weather can take a toll on truck drivers. To stay healthy, drink a lot of water. Even if this means taking frequent stops for the bathroom, it can drastically decrease your risk of getting sick. To keep your system up and running, make sure to do some kind of physical activity. At least 30 minutes a day will keep you healthy both mentally and physically!

Relax More – Situations on the road can be stressful for truck drivers, and being on the road for long periods of time can be difficult. Make it a goal to find time to relax this year, whether for stretching, reading, yoga, or an activity you really enjoy. Perhaps making plans to spend more time with your family and loved ones will help. Overall, you will be happier and healthier because of it!

Save MoneyBay and Bay offers tips and tricks for planning your trip and hopefully saving money in the long run. Truck driving may be associated with some higher costs, but using these tips can help you come away with more!

Remember, it’s never too late to make New Year’s resolutions and stick to them. Write down your goals and think about the best ways you can accomplish them. For more information, contact Bay & Bay today!

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Truck Stop Tips: Saving Money, Time, and Frustration

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments


Truck Stop TipsTruck stops offer convenience and supplies for long distance drivers. If you haven’t already, be sure to read our recent post on the history of truck stops in America. There are many tips and tricks that can save you money and spare your sanity at truck stops. We’ve compiled some of the most useful tips for OTR drivers to make the most of their stops:

Park your truck beside a curb when possible. This protects at least one side of your truck from other drivers that, for some reason, may not see your giant trailer. These spots may be located further away from the building than other spaces, but that just means it’s a quick and easy way to work some exercise into your day.

To save money, limit your spending at truck stops. Convenience always comes at a cost. While the average 20 oz. soda will run you about the same price anywhere, other items such as medical products, groceries, and truck maintenance supplies will show a remarkable price increase. Stock up on your most used items before you leave and rely on truck stops for small items and snacks only.

Choose a stop based on your needs. Is it time to do laundry? Can you barely see out of your windshield after the salty spray of the last 200 miles? Are you just looking for a hot meal? Each truck stop offers these services, but some may be just a bit better. For example, The Flying J truck stop has long handles on the brushes for window washing and includes washer fluid in the water to clear your windshield completely. The Petro offers a great salad bar, with tons of options to make your own deluxe salad. All Travel Centers of America (TA) truck stops include laundry, and some include TV and video game rooms.

Use reward cards to earn free showers. Most TA, Petro, Love’s, and other truck stops offer showers to the drivers that visit. Typically, showers cost between $7-10 per use, and include a towel, wash cloth, soap, toilet, and an individual shower stall. By using reward or loyalty cards for specific chains, you can earn free showers with fuel purchases, as well as other discounts and freebies. Be sure to bring your own toiletries, though! You’ll need your own razors, flip flops, and other personal products.

In case you are wary of truck stop showers, keep in mind the complete overhaul that Pilot Flying J performed in 2013. They invested in a complete overhaul of their bathrooms and shower facilities, recognizing the importance of their patrons and their needs.

Think of those that come after you. This is probably the most important truck stop etiquette tip. Think of the truck drivers that will visit the stop after you. Throw all your trash away, keep bathrooms neat and tidy, park or pull ahead when you are done fueling, and park in the appropriate spaces. These few things might seem like common sense, but making sure you do them will make life on the road easier for everyone involved.

Bay & Bay Transportation employs hard-working OTR drivers and they deserve the rest and respite that truck stops offer. When we do our part to keep things neat, tidy, and clean, everyone’s job is easier. If you are interested in applying for a truck driving job with Bay & Bay Transportation, visit our Driver Opportunities page.