Juggling the holidays and work can be difficult for anyone, but it can be especially challenging for those whose work takes them on the road for long periods of time. Bay & Bay Transportation has some helpful tips to keep your holidays as peaceful and balanced as possible!
- Make your own celebrations! Many people who do not work a traditional 9-5 job are familiar with either missing a major holiday or celebrating it on a different day, close to the actual holiday.
- Keep in mind, and remind family members, that the actual day is not what is important, but the time spent with family or friends
- Try to be flexible, if possible, and enjoy your holiday celebration when you are able to. Sometimes those celebrations which take place just for your family can be even more special and memorable. Thanksgiving on Saturday? No problem!
- Keep in touch via technology! Truck drivers are no strangers to keeping in touch by using technology. Make sure you’re taking every advantage of technology to take part in as much of your family’s holiday celebration as possible. Use Skype or FaceTime to read a special holiday story to the kids, to participate in part of a family meal, or to watch presents being opened. Check to see if your place of worship has a streaming web feed of their service and attend worship services virtually.
- And of course, when you are on the road and don’t have time to stop and shop, don’t forget the ease of online shopping for gifts! Technology has truly changed the way we are able to spend time with our families and friends!
- Find others who are in the same situation! If you are stuck traveling on a holiday this year, try to make connections with others in the same boat. The truck driving community is a family, and a meal on Thanksgiving or Christmas when far from home feels less lonely if it is shared with a coworker or friend!
Bay & Bay Transportation understands the hardships of a life on the road. We hope to make it as easy as possible for you this holiday season! Call us today!
It’s an industry on the rise; there has never been a better time to become a truck driver. Or, if you’re already a truck driver, the time is now to make the most of your career. Bay & Bay Transportation, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the transportation company to have your truck driving career with.
The trucking industry has definitely seen changes in the last few years. According to American Trucking Associations, the truck driving industry is experiencing a driver shortage of an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 drivers. This shortage is expected to increase as truckers retire. The industry is working to find solutions by raising pay between 8% and 15% and adding sign-on bonuses.
In another industry trend, there are companies creating luxury cabs that trucking fleets are finding to be an attractive way to both draw in new drivers and retain more seasoned drivers. Some companies such as Bolt and Legacy Sleepers are building new, fancy luxurious custom cabs for truckers. While the price tag is extravagant, when you spend 11 hours on the road, it sure is nice to have a custom built home-away-from-home in the truck with you. It absolutely beats the normal, federally regulated sleeper berth that we in the trucking industry know so well.
Of course, your choice of which carrier to drive for sets the tone for your career. We at Bay & Bay Transportation, in Minneapolis, MN, offer some of the best motivating incentives to join our company. In 2015, we were voted one of the top 20 best fleets to drive for by the Truckload Carriers Association and CarriersEdge. Bay & Bay offers drivers so much more, including:
- New pay rates, plus bonus opportunities
- A higher base pay
- Full medical and dental benefits
On top of these, we offer so many diverse options for you, the truck driver. These include:
- OTR and local truck driving jobs
- Company drivers
- Lease purchase drivers
- Independent contractors
- Various hiring locations throughout the United States, including Minneapolis, MN
At Bay & Bay, in Minneapolis and throughout the United States, we are a family owned company who believes in our truck drivers. Our goal is to provide you with the best opportunities to work with us and have a truly satisfying truck driving career. Give us a call today.
Winter is nearly here in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For truck drivers, this means that extra precautions must be taken everyday while out on the road. At Bay & Bay Transportation, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we put the safety of you and your truck first, above all else. Whether you’re new in your truck driving career or a seasoned veteran of the open road, this is a good time to go over some of the basics of winter semi-truck driving.
It cannot be stressed enough: your pre and post trip inspections are absolutely key to your success in not only winter driving, but also in all of your driving. Checking these important essentials is vital to driving safely in the winter:
- Tire pressure
- Clean windows and mirrors
These are fundamentals that should be checked each time you drive. In winter truck driving, these items are even more critical to your success.
Staying up to date with various state laws for winter driving is also important. For instance, Colorado and Oregon, among others, require chains for your tires while driving in winter conditions. Many states’ websites have their own safety tips for winter driving. For instance, the North Dakota Highway Patrol prepared an online handbook with vital information for truck drivers. Washington State, the Department of Labor and Industries in Washington State, Texas, Maryland and, of course, Minnesota, among many others, all have crucial information for winter truck driving.
Another key factor to remember is your pre-trip preparation. Do you have extra blankets, food, and warm clothing? If you become stranded due to bad winter driving conditions, do you have enough fuel and supplies to last a few days? It’s important to remember to check how road conditions may have evolved over the course of your journey. You don’t want to be caught unprepared for winter road changes. For instance, in November of 2014, truck drivers were forced to spin and fume in the snow with the Interstate closed to commercial traffic in New York State.
As for all vehicles on the road in snow or ice, one rule is necessary and it cannot be overstated: slow down, slow down, and slow down! When you are driving a big rig, you need at least six seconds and 500 feet to stop your truck. In the snow and ice, you are likely to require more room than that. Keeping your speed down and keeping a safe following distance will go a long way to avoid accidents or other serious problems. Always know that in bad weather, the posted speed limit is too fast.
Here at Bay & Bay Transportation, your safety on the road is imperative to the success of our company. We want all of our drivers to stop in and complete the winter driving training course on the simulator. As a truck driver, it is a helpful tool to have this training.
If you do your inspections and necessary preparation for winter driving, serious problems while on the road will be greatly reduced. At Bay & Bay Transportation, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, your safety as a truck driver is the most important element of our company. Together we can have years of success, no matter what winter brings to bear.
What would you say if we told you that there is a simple way to increase your job security and potentially your pay as a CDL driver? Impossible? Crazy? Genius?!
It’s not rocket science, but commercial trucks aren’t exactly fuel efficient. However, if you are able to increase your fuel economy, you can reduce your total operating costs by about 30%.
Let’s break this down a tad:
Reduced operating costs = Profit increase!
Profit increase = You are a rock star driver!
Rock star driver = Better job security for you!
Overall results = Win! Win! Win!
Bay and Bay Transportation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, works hard to provide top-notch support to our drivers. That’s because we see our drivers as more than hard workers – we see them as family. A win for you is a win for us, so let’s talk about how you can influence your fuel usage and maximize your potential benefits.
While there are plenty of things that you can do to ensure that you are maximizing your fuel efficiency, there are some other factors to keep in mind. There are uncontrollable factors that will inevitably alter the rate of fuel usage. While you can’t do anything about them, it’s just as important to be aware of how they will impact you so you can adapt as needed.
Factors that you can’t control:
The Vehicle – The truck that you drive has an enormous impact on fuel performance. Fuel usage varies based on a vehicle’s type, age, condition, equipment, and load. If you plan to lease your own truck, it is worth doing research on a truck’s fuel economy before picking your rig.
Traffic Conditions – Fuel use is greatly impacted by traffic conditions and the type of road that you are travelling. You will use more fuel the more often you change gears and each time you brake or accelerate. The stop-and-go movements of heavy traffic congestion can alter your fuel efficiency as well.
The Weather – During the winter you can expect to see your fuel efficiency drop as much as 10% compared to the summer months. Fuel consumption can also increase by up to 3% when changing over from ‘summer grade’ diesel fuel to ‘winter grade.’
Despite all of these uncontrollable factors, there are still measures you can take. The best way for you to control your fuel efficiency is to make sure that your driving technique limits any unnecessary strain to the vehicle.
10 Ways You Can Become a More Fuel Efficient Driver:
- Maximize fuel economy by using cruise control when appropriate
- Minimize gear changes
- Be gentle on your brakes
- Slow down and drive at or under the speed limit. You reduce your fuel consumption by 22% when driving 50 MPH instead of 56 MPH.
- Keep your tires properly inflated. Correctly inflated tires offer less resistance on the road, improve your fuel economy, and reduce the risk of accidents by giving greater vehicle stability.
- Turn off your engine when you are excessively stationary in traffic.
- Do regular maintenance on your truck, including regular oil changes.
- Use the correct fuel grade for the season.
- Use your exhaust brakes when possible instead of your foot/friction brakes.
- Position your load so that the truck is weighted for maximum aerodynamics.
Bay and Bay Transportation is a Minneapolis, MN based transportation company that strives to provide safe, consistent, and quality transportation solutions. We hope that these fuel efficiency tips have inspired you to become a more fuel efficient truck driver. If you have at least 1 year of OTR solo driving under your belt and aren’t already a part of the Bay and Bay family, check out our opportunities to become a Company Driver, Owner Operator, or a member of our Lease to Own program.
What’s the difference between a good truck driver and a great truck driver? Efficiency.
A good truck driver knows how to get the job done safely and on time. A great truck driver knows how to maximize his or her time so that they can log as many miles as is legally, safely, and physically possible in any given week.
A great driver is insanely efficient. Bay and Bay Transportation of Minneapolis, MN wants to help you become an insanely efficient truck driver. Sound like a good plan? Stick with us.
If you’re already a CDL driver, during your training you learned about the safe operation of large vehicles on the road. However, chances are you did not receive classroom training about how to make the best use of your driving time.
Every driver is different, so efficiency is best discovered and practiced while on the road. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Timing is Everything
Plan to drive when road conditions are the most in your favor. Rather than wasting precious time and fuel sitting in traffic congestion, plan your routes for when the roads are prone to be empty (or for when most people are asleep).
The first step is to calculate how you can be off the road altogether before the evening rush hour (starting around 4:30 – 5:00 pm). Take it one step further by figuring out where the most generally traffic-heavy areas of your route are and drive them around 3–4am when traffic tends to be light (if there is any at all).
Load and Unload Like a Boss
Meeting deadlines is extremely important. Missing deadlines results in losing miles, loads, and sometimes even your job…and we don’t want that!
Plan ahead to load and unload early so that you can not only meet your deadlines, but also exceed them. When you know you are on track to arrive early, call your DM to get in touch with the shipper to see if they can arrange for an earlier pick up time than originally scheduled. This will allow you to make the delivery earlier than planned.
Doing this consistently will boost your reputation and increase your chances of being requested for loads in the future.
Sleep Like Your Job Depends on it
Because it does! Getting enough rest is absolutely imperative to being a healthy and efficient truck driver.
When you allow yourself the proper time to rest, you are able to think more clearly and safely respond to issues and driving conditions as they arise. When you push yourself to drive when you are exhausted, your body releases more adrenaline to keep you going. The more adrenaline in your system, the more recovery time you need to make up for your exhaustion.
Continuing the pattern of pushing yourself past exhaustion creates a chronic deprivation of sleep and increases stress to your body. It’s not doing you any favors.
Rather than putting your nose to the grindstone and driving through your exhaustion, recognize that even a 20-minute nap can do wonders to help you feel refreshed and ready to go.
Meticulously Gauge Your Fuel Usage
An efficient truck driver is a fuel efficiency expert. Even just a slight decrease in your fuel usage can boost your job security and even your pay! In a previous post we outlined specific ways to become a more fuel-conscientious driver. You can read that post here.
Some basic tips for saving fuel are to keep your tires properly inflated and to turn off your engine when idling for a significant amount of time.
Slow(er) and Steady Wins the Race
While probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of getting things done quickly, it’s actually more efficient for a trucker to drive within the speed limit.
Driving fast can lower your truck’s miles per gallon (of fuel) usage. Cruise control, within the speed limit, is a much better way to conserve fuel. Also, trucking over the speed limit is wasteful and dangerous. Increasing your chances of a crash and/or fines simply isn’t worth the costly risk.
Becoming an insanely efficient truck driver is the key to a successful career as a CDL driver. With careful planning, skillful driving, and a lot of practice, you will become the kind of driver that is every transportation company’s dream! If you think you have what it takes to be an insanely efficient truck driver (and have 1 year of solo OTR driving experience), contact Bay and Bay Transportation of Minneapolis, MN today to hear about our wonderful opportunities for company drivers and owner/operators.
When you have temperature sensitive products, you need those products to arrive at their destination on time. You also need them to remain at a stable temperature during transport and you need to be able to trust the company transporting your products. Serving the Indianapolis, IN area, Bay & Bay Transportation has the most reliable refrigerated trucking services available and can be counted on to get your products to their destination on time at a controlled temperature.
Bay & Bay Transportation can ship many types of refrigerated freight, including dairy products, meats, produce, fresh flowers, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, and any other types of perishable and temperature sensitive products. Whether you are looking for a refrigerated trucking company who can reliably handle regular refrigerated truck shipments, or if you simply need the occasional shipment, we have the experience, reliable drivers, and equipment to get the job done well for you.
As a valuable customer of Bay & Bay Transportation, you can be assured that your product will remain at a steady temperature from the time it leaves your facility until it is delivered to its destination. We understand that when you need refrigerated shipping, there’s no margin of acceptable error when it comes to your product arriving safely. Whether you are transporting goods that are frozen or chilled, or simply temperature controlled items such as food or dry goods, we have state-of-the-art refrigerated trucks with expert drivers to provide you with the most reliable service. We have a proven track record of delivering products in our refrigerated trucks on time, and without issues. You can trust your shipments with our refrigerated trucks and our reliable drivers.
Rely on Bay & Bay Transportation when you need refrigerated truck delivery options in the Indianapolis, IN area. We will make sure that your deliveries are done well, safely, at steady temperatures, and on time!
Everyone knows, when you have a job that involves a lot of sitting, it is nearly impossible to remain as healthy or as physically fit as you would like. Truck drivers can have an especially difficult time staying healthy on the job. For all our drivers in the Indianapolis, IN area and throughout the Midwest, Bay & Bay Transportation has a few tips to help keep you healthy on the road!
First, make sure to schedule a little bit of exercise each day. Yes, as a driver, you are on a tight time schedule, and miles are money. But sitting for more than 6-8 hours a day is a health risk, and even just 15-30 minutes of walking at a moderate pace is enough to get your heart rate going. An added benefit of aerobic exercise is alertness, and also better sleep. Both excellent benefits for those with a lifestyle on the road!
Eating properly is also an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but one that is difficult to achieve when you’re on the road. Choosing the healthier options when dining out is not always easy. Choose grilled chicken or fish instead of a burger, or ask to substitute grilled chicken for fried. Choose a salad instead of French fries. Just make sure to go easy on the dressing, as it can often be as many calories and have as much fat as the fries! Try tea or coffee or even water instead of sugary sodas, to avoid all of the extra calories from drinks, and also to keep your blood sugar down. Packing healthier snack options to take with you is also helpful. Fresh fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, nuts or even protein bars are a better option than a drive-thru or diner when you need a snack.
Getting enough sleep is another important step in living a healthy lifestyle, but is also a difficult thing for those with changing schedules and strange hours. According to the national sleep foundation, adults should get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Plan your trips, and make sure to schedule sleep times. Not only is better sleep better for your overall health, but it is also important for safety on the road. If you think that sleep apnea is possibly an issue, schedule an appointment with your doctor right away.
Bay & Bay Transportation looks out for you and your health. We care about our drivers in Indianapolis, IN and across the Midwest and want you to be in the best health possible! Call us today!
Now that autumn has arrived, many of us have begun to focus on the holiday season. Bay & Bay Transportation, in Minneapolis, MN, is no different. We are a family oriented company. Your truck driving career is vital to your family. Our focus is on your overall well-being, and that includes the time spent with your family at home.
Time and again, studies show that a strong work/home balance is key to a successful life. For instance, in a study conducted by Journal of Business and Psychology, a congenial work and home life can compliment each other; conversely, a deficient work/home balance can lead to larger problems. In a different study, conducted by Moreno Valley College, the risks of a poor work/life balance were significant: heart disease and other health related issues, poor job performance, and financial loss were among the known effects. But the benefits of a good work-life balance were shown to be just the opposite.
In a story published by U.S. News and World Report, an appropriate work/life balance is becoming more and more difficult to maintain. Now that we can reach each other so often, via cell phones, emails, et cetera, it is all too easy to stay involved with work issues, even when a person should be enjoying time away from their job.
Bay & Bay Transportation, in Minneapolis, MN, was recognized as one of the Best Fleets to Work For, in a survey conducted by CarriersEdge, in partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association. This rating was based upon (among other criteria):
- Career path/advancement opportunities
- Team building
- Professional development opportunities
- Fleet safety record
We are honored to be chosen for this recognition and consider this to be just one of many reasons to choose a career as a truck driver with Bay & Bay Transportation. We also have many happy and satisfied drivers, who attest to the decent work/life balance that we offer our truck drivers.
Just in time for the holiday season, know that Bay & Bay Transportation, in Minneapolis, MN, is here for you. We take care of you, so that you can take care of your family and enjoy your truck driving career. And, so you can enjoy your holiday season. Call us today.
Shipping logistics can present major challenges for small, mid-sized, and even large companies. A company that is growing beyond their current fleet capacity faces the risk of limited growth if they are unable to meet the demands of their customers. These challenges soon become headaches, but not for the team of professionals at Bay & Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN.
Bay & Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN provides freight brokerage services, specialty cargo hauling options, dry tank, dry van, and refrigerated shipping options. We also provide full-freight logistics management using the latest technology, including sophisticated tracking systems.
Initial contact and continuous communication with multiple shippers and vendors can be overwhelming for some businesses, but our project management services eliminate the need to micromanage shipments. We use our knowledge and experience to recommend the best shipping options, whether we have multiple truckloads or less than one truckload.
Our fleet of vehicles is regularly and thoroughly cleaned to avoid the possibility of contamination. With regularly maintained and updated equipment, we offer full-service dry tank delivery using dependable drivers to ensure delivery is always on-time. We offer transportation and logistics project management services to streamline all aspects of load delivery.
Different businesses have different transportation needs, which is why a company like Bay & Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN offers solutions for everyone. We offer a variety of transportation options, from refrigerated transportation, dry van, dry tank, flatbed, and specialty shipping options for overweight and oversized loads. Our high tech tracking services keep us in constant contact with our drivers. We attract and keep good employees and good customers by focusing on safety and customer satisfaction. We are also a licensed, bonded, and insured property broker, so we can provide freight brokerage services. We are connected to thousands of fleets coast to coast, all of whom have passed our rigorous qualification process. We connect with the best and most trusted carriers in the business to get the job done safely, on time, and within budget.
Bay & Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN works hard to solve complex shipping arrangements and simplify them so business owners can concentrate on production and sales. Save yourself from logistical nightmares and call us today.
If you’ve ever driven across the thousands of highways that cover the United States, you’ve no doubt seen thousands of big rig trucks. While you may not be aware of what cargo these trucks are hauling, you should know they are transporting the products and equipment necessary to keep America running. You may well wonder how all this transportation is coordinated. It’s something we think about everyday at Bay & Bay Transportation.
Many of the logistical services involved with freight transport in and around Minneapolis, MN are handled by a freight broker like Bay & Bay Transportation. A freight broker acts as an intermediary to connect companies with carriers. The freight brokerage services of Bay & Bay Transportation ensures customers always have access to hundreds of reliable shippers across North America. We handle all the logistics; from pickup to delivery and every point in between.
Bay & Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN has the personnel, experience, knowledge, and commitment to transport goods to where they need to go. As a freight broker, we are never at a loss for transportation options. We don’t ever have to turn away business because of a lack of shipping options. We act as the liaison between you and reliable, trusted freight carriers who can transport your cargo to one or multiple destinations.
We use pre-qualified carrier fleets that we have worked with before. These carriers have all undergone a rigorous qualification process before we trust them with your cargo. We have the option of over 13,000 fleets under contract at any given time to serve any and all shipping needs. We don’t like to see empty trucks, which is why we work hard to fill them and get them on the road. We have the knowledge, technology, and equipment to link qualified carriers to safely transport goods via flatbeds, reefers, or tankers. We specialize in refrigeration and are experts in temperature control.
We don’t just rely on our connected fleet of trucks; we can recommend rail or less than truckload shipping options to fit your budget. We are licensed, bonded, and insured, and members of the Transportation Intermediaries Association. Trust Bay & Bay Transportation to deliver your freight across Minneapolis, the Twin Cities area, Minnesota, or across the entire continent. Call us today.