Though winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st, we are surely in the beginnings of the season in Minnesota. Now is the time to get in the habit of proper winter truck driving practices so that you won’t be caught unaware when the next snow storm hits. Follow the tips below from Bay & Bay Transportation for a safe trip and return home.
Plan Your Trip
This should be a common practice, but it is especially important in the winter. Bad weather can hit at any time and you must be prepared. Leave extra time when travelling in case you have to drive through a storm or aftermath of one.
Inspect Your Truck
This should be done before every trip, but there are items to take special note of during the snowy months. Make sure your wiper blades actually clear your windshield instead of just smearing salt and sludge around. Additionally, ensure that your rig is fully stocked up on washer fluid. Some other items to have on hand are anti-gel for your diesel tank and jumper cables.
Know Your Limits
We’re not just talking about speed limits here. If the roads are slushy or a little icy, know how much longer it will take to stop your truck. Don’t let other drivers (truck or commuter) pressure you into maneuvers or speeds that you are uncomfortable with.
Pay Attention to Surroundings
When you head out on the road, there are a few things about your surroundings that can clue you in to road conditions. First of all, an iced windshield means that there are iced roads. Proceed with caution if you find a frosted, iced layer when you get to your truck. When you’re out on the road, the tire spray of the vehicles around you can tell you how conditions are changing. Slushy, wet spray can be inconvenient, but tells you that the temperature is high enough to avoid ice. However, when the roads look wet, but there is little tire spray, it’s time to hunker down because you are probably heading into an area with a lot of black ice.
Planning your trip is just the first step. Weather conditions can change in the blink of an eye. Check The Weather Channel before heading out so you know what you are driving into. Also, you can always call on your fellow truck drivers over the CB radio to get a heads up on conditions. And finally, each state posts up-to-date information about the condition of their roads. Visit the Minnesota 511 website for information about Minnesota road closures and conditions.
Most importantly of all, return safely. At Bay & Bay Transportation, we work to provide our drivers with the best technology and safety practices so they can deliver the load and return home safely. If you are interest in applying for a job with us, please click here to apply online or visit our Driver Opportunities for more information.
Bay & Bay Transportation wants you to be prepared for your commercial driver’s license permit exam.
A CDL, or commercial driver’s license, is required to operate a commercial motor vehicle. These vehicles are those that carry more than 16 passengers, transport hazardous materials, or have a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 26,000 pounds. CDLs are required for truck drivers in Minnesota and drivers employed by Bay & Bay Transportation. Before you take your CDL exam, or even after, there are a few things you need to know to maintain your license.
What not to do:
If you already have your CDL and receive a moving violation when you are younger than 20 years of age, you must retake all exams related to obtaining a CDL. There are also more severe instances of violations that can cause you to lose your CDL.
- Driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over .04
- Driving while under the influence
- Refusing to take a blood or breath test while operating a vehicle
- Not stopping for an accident you were involved with
- Using a commercial motor vehicle to commit a felony
- Lying on the application for a CDL
Committing any of the above mentioned actions will earn you a one-year disqualification, but if you are convicted, it is upped to three years.
How to Prep for the CDL Exam:
The first step is to gain your commercial driver’s instruction permit (CDIP), which will allow you to legally practice driving a truck and trailer. To obtain the CDIP you will need to pass a written exam, similar to that associated with a traditional driver’s license. This test will most likely involve multiple choice questions that relate only to commercial driving questions and issues. You can prepare by studying the CDL manual of your state and taking a few practice tests.
In addition to knowing the nuances of truck driving in theory, you will also be expected to put them into practice. This includes inspecting the vehicle, successfully performing typical maneuvers, and knowing how to react to different scenarios.
There are certain things during the driving portion of the CDL exam that will automatically fail you. They are:
- Running a red light
- Getting into an accident
- Forgetting to check your peripherals
- Jumping a curb
- Other major moving violations
Fear of failure shouldn’t stop you from practicing or pursuing your CDL though. Through practice and studying, you’ll be just fine when it’s time to take your CDL exam. After you’ve acquired 6 months of OTR solo driving, come back and check out the truck driving jobs offered by Bay & Bay Transportation.
Bay and Bay provides some winter truck driving tips for drivers in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest.
With winter quickly approaching (or is it already here?), motorists across the United States and Minnesota are preparing for inclement weather and scary road conditions. Now more than ever, it is important to ensure that you are prepared for the worst case scenario when you are away from home.
Stay Warm Inside…
Always tuck a few blankets away in your rig. If you are stranded in the middle of a storm, you don’t want to deplete the energy of your truck by running it the entire time. Also pack a contained candle and a lighter or book of matches in your truck. If you crack the window slightly and light the candle, it will provide your cab with hours of warmth.
Always be sure to pack a backup pair of mittens, gloves, boots, and a hat or ski mask. If you have to travel away from your vehicle at all, or go outside for a small repair, you’ll want to be sure you can bundle up. This is especially important if we have another winter anything like last year.
Survival Snacks and Water
Keep high-energy foods in the cab, like protein bars, dried fruits, and granola in case you are stuck for an extended period of time. Even if you are not stuck, it’s important to have a supply of healthy snacks to keep you focused on the road ahead. Bottled water, well that’s just a no brainer. You can survive for much longer without food than you can without hydration.
Small Repair Tools
Truck drivers are very familiar with their rigs and are usually more than capable of performing small repairs or maintenance tune-ups. It’s a smart idea to keep basic repair tools in your truck to keep it running perfectly. Tow straps and tire chains are also something to consider carrying during winter.
First Aid and Flashlights
Things rarely go wrong in the middle of the day. With shorter daylight hours until the end of December, you’ll want to keep a flashlight and batteries, or a hand crank flashlight on hand in case of breakdowns at night.
For more tips on truck driving in Minnesota, check out more of our blogs about driving. If you are interested in applying for the truck driving job in Minnesota with Bay & Bay Transportation, click here to apply online!
Bay & Bay Transportation provides trucking tips for drivers in Pittsburgh and around the country.
As we ride the downhill grade into winter, you can’t help but notice that it’s getting dark a lot earlier. Last week we “fell back” one hour as Daylight Saving time concluded for 2014. While we “gained” an extra hour that particular day, we “lost” an hour of afternoon sunlight until next year. Unfortunately for truck drivers, that means a little extra planning is needed to make a safe trip. Here are some tips from Bay and Bay Transportation for truck drivers in Pittsburgh, PA and around the country:
- Greg Swanson, one of our truck drivers, suggests checking both your GPS and your atlas when planning out your route. You can’t always rely on one or the other because of changes, traffic, tolls, and more. Your fellow truck drivers at Bay and Bay will be more than happy to help you map a trip.
- When planning times, keep in mind when it gets dark. If it’s more difficult for you to drive in the dark, try and map for driving earlier in the day. If you don’t mind driving at night, keep on trucking!
- Watch out for increased deer activity! The changing of the seasons along with harvesting and hunting makes these animals more migratory now than any other time of the year. Be careful and reduce your speed if you think you see a deer ahead of you.
Daylight Saving time isn’t the only reason you should be cautious about planning your trip. As the snow and ice of winter approaches, prepare for slower speeds and more accidents on the road. Using these tips while planning can help you have a safer, happier trip!
There are plenty of videos with tips and tricks for truck drivers in Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding areas. Bay and Bay Transportation is committed to safety for our drivers, even if it means changing plans to compensate for earlier darkness or nasty winter weather!
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Flexible holiday scheduling is just another perk we offer truck drivers at Bay & Bay.
The holiday season is approaching and everyone is readying their plans for time off and traveling. This includes the truck drivers of Bay & Bay Transportation. It’s important that we work closely with drivers and employees to make sure we can get them home to their families when they need, and safely at that.
A quick forum search will tell you that home time is a complex topic in the trucking industry. Typically, OTR drivers are gone for seven days at a time, have a few days off, then are back on the road again. Most forums suggest trying to find a small to medium sized company to work for. Typically, companies of this size (like Bay & Bay Transportation) have more flexibility to work with drivers on specific home time needs.
At Bay & Bay Transportation, we have a national reach within the transportation industry, but we are also a family. We care about you as a person, and not just a number. Through clear communication and advanced notice, we can help you balance the important things in your life: your career and your family. We work with you to make sure that your time home and your assignments align to help you meet the expectations needed to succeed with Bay & Bay.
In addition to clear communication, we also value maintenance and safety of all of the trucks at Bay & Bay Transportation. Regularly scheduled maintenance keeps trucks running in tip-top shape. We also have safety meetings and courses that offer both safety reminders and new safety tips to make sure you can make it home safely for the holidays.
Home time for truckers is an important part of truck driving jobs in Minnesota or anywhere else in the US. Bay & Bay Transportation offers competitive compensation and benefits. This doesn’t just mean that the pay is awesome, but that the benefits (including home time and insurance) also live up to your expectations.
If you are interested in applying for an OTR truck driver position with Bay & Bay Transportation, check out our Driver Opportunities page to apply online and learn more. We’d love to hear from you!
Bay & Bay Transportation explores the effects of day-after-Thanksgiving shopping on truck drivers.
As we flip the calendars to November, many are gearing up for the holidays, and that includes Black Friday. While consumers are focusing on the best deals and safely venturing out to stores, truck and transportation companies in Minnesota and across the US are preparing for the increase in miles and loads. Though Black Friday may seem like just a weekend event, the retail and transportation industries have been prepping for it for quite a while now.
How do truck drivers play in to all of this? Now more than ever, it is extremely important to deliver goods on time. Bay & Bay Transportation provides dry van, flatbed, and intermodal transportation services to ensure that your goods are delivered on time to stores and warehouses across the Midwest. Additionally, we are a licensed, bonded, and insured property broker, so you never have to worry about property loss when you work with us.
Bay & Bay Transportation hires experienced truck drivers in Minnesota and across the country. By employing drivers that are local to the area they deliver, we ensure the quickest routes, the safest travels, and, maybe most importantly, significant home time during the holiday season.
Black Friday is not just a time for stores to move from the red to the black. The transportation industry also thrives in this time. Beginning in November and extending through Christmas, we are working hard to keep stores in supply. In fact, during the last recession, Black Friday and Cyber Monday were key players in pulling the trucking industry through. No matter your views, the earlier that holiday shopping begins, the stronger the retail and transportation industry emerges.
Bay & Bay Transportation has proudly been providing quality transportation services for a variety of industries for many decades. We are continuously looking for experienced OTR and owner-operator drivers to join our family. If you are interested in applying, click here to apply online or check out our truck driver hiring locations nationwide. We can’t wait to hear from you. Happy Holidays!
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Want to work for an environmentally conscious transportation company? Become a truck driver for Bay and Bay.
Bay and Bay Transportation is committed to quality care for our truck drivers as well as the world around us. That’s why we are actively working to reduce our carbon footprint and care for the environment. Here are just a few of the ways we are helping and some tips for truck drivers in Pittsburgh on how to continue on the right path.
We offer a variety of transportation services to meet our customer’s needs, including intermodal transportation services. Not only does intermodal transportation save money and resources, but it also puts a little extra back into the earth. Using an intermodal train means 280 less trucks on the highway, improving air quality and saving our resources.
Our truck drivers have a variety of resources on our website. Our videos show our truck drivers the most efficient, effective way to plan a long trip, as well as fuel saving tips to save everyone time and money. Using less fuels helps everyone, including the environment. Maintaining a consistent speed and accelerating smoothly are just a few tips to save fuel!
Bay & Bay Transportation also strives to find green alternatives to traditional transportation methods. We recently invested in trucks that run cleaner, use less fuel, and are eco-friendly, without sacrificing the power and pulling force of our traditional models. Through these new trucks, we are hoping to run more efficiently with less pollution to the Earth. This is just a small part of our commitment to the health and safety of our drivers, and the world.
Work for the company that does it’s best to reduce carbon emissions and use truck driving efficiently and environmentally friendly. Visit our website for truck driving jobs in Pittsburgh, PA and career centers around the nation.
Bay and Bay Transportation is always looking for truck drivers in Pittsburgh to join our team!
The heart of Pennsylvania is a great place for our truck drivers to thrive. Bay and Bay Transportation has happy employees based in Pittsburgh and around the country. We are currently recruiting truck drivers in Pittsburgh, PA interested in refrigerated transportation.
One of our specialties here at Bay and Bay Transportation is refrigerated transportation. Our temperature-controlled trailers have technologically advanced Thermo King Smart Reefers for maximum protection. Traveling across the country, we have been happy to successfully provide refrigerated transportation for our customer’s needs.
Even with cool, refrigerated transportation, Bay and Bay Transportation won’t leave you out in the cold. It can be scary and nerve-wracking jumping into a new truck driving job, but we make it an easy transition. On our Pittsburgh homepage, we offer resources for weather information, traffic and construction updates, travel updates and more. Our dispatch office also provides a friendly voice to help you navigate your route and deliveries.
Working for Bay and Bay Transportation is full of benefits. Our trucks are all comfy, late-model freight-liners. As mentioned earlier, our technology for refrigerated transportation is all up to date. We also offer driver benefits, bonuses, set wages, and more.
To learn more about refrigerated truck driving jobs in Pittsburgh, PA, give us a call or apply online. From company drivers to local owner-operators, there may just be a spot waiting for you in the Bay & Bay family.
Celebrate the holiday with these treats for truck drivers and regular drivers alike!
Halloween is (pardon the pun) a magical time of year. Ghouls and witches run around creating joyous mischief on October 31st. As a truck driver, be sure to pay extra attention on Friday night! There will be extra people, extra traffic, and extra obstructions on your route. But what should you do for your own Halloween celebration? Well, you’ve got a few options! Let Bay & Bay Transportation guide your spooky night!
A company in California has converted many different 5th wheel, 44’ long trailers into housed houses on the move. Terror Trucks, Inc. can be transported anywhere in the nation to spook and scare even the most brave hearted! Do you have what it takes to brave the haunted trucks?
If you’re not a fan of haunted spectacles, you can always settle down with a thriller movie of the truck driving genre. Joy Ride tells the story of three young adults chased across the country after playing a cruel trick on a truck driver. The scenery of the Midwest provides the setting of the movie, something the Bay & Bay truck drivers are quite familiar with.
Looking for more of a classic? Check out Maximum Overdrive, directed by Stephen King and based loosely on one of his short stories. In this movie, the effects of a comet passing by Earth cause inanimate objects to come to life. The terror begins when a group of people become trapped in a truck stop by the recently animated trucks and trailers. Filmed in North Carolina, you can visit the now fully-operating Dixie Boy truck stop that was featured in the movie.
There are plenty of other movies that feature the transportation industry (Smokey and the Bandit, anyone?), but none quite as spooky and scary as the two above. So this Halloween, settle in, grab some popcorn, and celebrate right! Bay & Bay Transportation will be here to turn on the nightlight when you are done.
Bay & Bay Transportation is a trucking company based in the Midwest. We meet the refrigerated, dry van, flatbed, and dry tank transportation needs of companies all over the nation.
If you are interested in applying for a truck driving job with Bay & Bay Transportation, please visit our Driver Careers. We are hiring truck drivers throughout Minnesota, the Midwest, and along the East Coast. From Company Drivers to Owner/Operators, there are opportunities for any experienced OTR driver. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or click here to apply online today!
If you’re looking for a new career, consider joining the Bay and Bay team!
With more online economies thriving, in addition to brick and mortar stores returning to profitable levels, the need for transportation companies and truck drivers has continued to rise over the last few years. In late 2013, American Trucking Associations reported that the transportation industry would need to fill almost 100,000 new truck driving jobs to keep up with demand. As such, Bay & Bay Transportation is always looking for OTR, owner-operator, and company drivers to help us best meet the demands of our clients.
Unfortunately, the high demand for truck drivers has also been accompanied by a high turnover rate. Smaller fleets in particular have seen a high turnover rate for at least 6 quarters. Those that are independent operators have also started to be more cautious when it comes to their business.
As of the 2013 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, there were over 3.1 million men and women putting on the miles in the trucking industry. It’s been just over a year since those statistics were released and the number has definitely risen since then. Bay & Bay Transportation was proud to participate in appreciation week and honored all of our drivers with events and meals at our local terminals.
The truck driving industry is growing just as much, if not slightly more, than other occupations. It’s important that we keep growing our numbers to meet demands, as well as increasing our retention rate with the best of drivers.
Bay & Bay Transportation is looking to fill many different truck driving jobs. If you have 6 months or more of OTR experience, we are looking for you! Assignments range from local routes to routes that extend to the east coast.
We believe in creating a family atmosphere between the company and our employees and appreciating the hard work that everyone puts into making this company run smoothly. Bay & Bay Transportation rewards hard work and safety above all. If you are interested in becoming a truck driver for Bay & Bay, please take a look at our Driver Opportunities to apply online!