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Truckers Asked to be Knights of the Road in Houston, TX and the Lone Star State

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments

Truck Drivers in Houston and elsewhere across Texas are being asked to keep watch for more than distractions, delays, and other safety issues. Under a recently enacted law, they’re also being encouraged to look for people being transported to places against their will.

The state of Texas estimates that around 300,000 people are affected by human trafficking. Many of them are youths, forced into prostitution or other forms of illegal practices.

The Interstate 10 corridor, which travels through Houston, is the number one route for traffickers, and truckers often see them at truck stops and other places along the road.

Under the new law, those who apply for a trucker or commercial driver’s license in Texas will also receive information on how to identify signs of the crime and how to report it.

Public colleges and schools that offer commercial driving programs will have to include education on how to recognize and prevent human trafficking.

At this point, there’s no educational requirement for existing commercial drivers, but supporters are hopeful it’ll give them more eyes and ears on Texas roadways. Currently, Ohio is the only state with a similar law on the books.

Advocates say it’s another tool to liberate victims and to help those who are trapped to escape from whoever is forcing them to do things against their free will.

It’s also possible a bill aimed at boosting penalties for traffickers and improving protections for victims could be passed sometime soon. Several other human trafficking bills are currently being debated in the Texas legislature and could be approved as well.

Whatever is decided, the push for greater responsibility on the road is welcomed by Bay & Bay Transportation. We pledge to do our part to ensure our drivers will do everything within their power to assist law enforcement officials in combating the heinous act of human trafficking.

The push for greater safety for everyone is why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition on roads around Houston and on countless miles of highway nationwide. Our drivers enjoy late model trucks and several hauling options around the greater Houston area, and we offer our route drivers competitive medical and benefit plans. For more details and information about how you can join our growing team, call (888) 801-3026, or visit our web page.

 

Healthy Truck Drivers Need More than a Balanced Diet in Minneapolis, MN

June 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Staying healthy means a lot more for truckers than watching what they eat on the road, but it surely doesn’t hurt to be thinking about what you put in your personal tank in Minneapolis, Minnesota and elsewhere across the United States.

It’s almost impossible to pull up to a truck stop and not find a fast food option that might taste good in the short-run but create weight gain in the long-run. Diets with too many carbs and sugar are considered to be a fast-lane to health troubles like obesity and diabetes.

Healthy snacks or meals that feature more fruits and vegetables, trail mix with a heavier portion of nuts, and beef or turkey jerky are among several better options.

Exercise can be difficult with a job that demands so much time on the road and behind the wheel. If weight training doesn’t fit into your schedule, setting aside some time each day for walking can pay dividends for muscle health, weight control, and preventing diabetes.

Caffeine and long hauls go together, but sleep shouldn’t be underrated. It’s hard to stay awake and focused if you’re sleep deprived. Find a way to get comfortable, no matter where you try to get a good night of sleep. If it means using a device to create a bit of “white noise” or finding a cushion that helps you snooze, it’s a good thing.

High stress levels, smoking, and no free time are other detours you’ll want to avoid if you’re planning on keeping the long haul from making to you pay too steep a price. When it comes to putting in miles and keeping demanding schedules, your health and wellbeing come first.

Bay & Bay Transportation prides itself on safety and reliability. We feature late model trucks and offer several hauling options for short and long range drivers. We also offer competitive medical and benefit plans to our local and longer route drivers across the United States.

That’s why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition on roads around Minneapolis and on countless miles of highway nationwide. Call us at (888) 801-3026, or visit our web page for more details and information about how you can join our growing team.

 

How to Avoid Auto Accidents While Transporting Goods and Why You Should Hire an Experienced Truck Driver for Your San Antonio, TX, Business

June 7th, 2017 · No Comments

When you’re running a San Antonio, TX, business and have a lot on your plate, you’re probably not thinking about the driving behavior of your drivers. The quality of your products and customer satisfaction is probably at the top of the list, right? If your drivers aren’t careful while on the road, however, accidents can occur. Accidents lead to serious injuries, among other things, and it’s important to use caution behind the wheel. That’s why Bay & Bay Transportation’s drivers are highly trained and well versed in safe driving practices. Including:

Ignore Angry and Aggressive Drivers
If you should come across any drivers that seem to want to cause trouble, it’s important to ignore them. Don’t shake your fist, tailgate them, or act aggressively. Let them pass you. If you act up, they will respond in kind. You could end up in a serious accident. An experienced truck driver knows to stay clear of trouble and stick to the plan.

Don’t Text or Talk On the Phone
In order to practice good shipment management and avoid problems behind the wheel, make sure the road has your complete attention. If you receive a text or phone call while you’re driving, wait until you’re parked somewhere before you answer. No matter what the content of the message, it’s not worth swerving off the road and getting into an accident.

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
Keeping the above in mind, remember that you have to pay attention to what’s happening around you. Are any pedestrians crossing the street? Is the traffic light turning red? Is there a pothole in the road?

When the time comes to hire drivers for your team, Bay & Bay Transportation’s drivers have the training and real world experience to ensure your products are transported safely.

There were 40,200 motor-vehicle deaths in 2016. Call Bay & Bay Transportation of San Antonio, TX, and learn more about hiring a reliable and experienced truck driver. Our number is (888) 801-3026.

 

Craig Hvidsten of Bay and Bay Named April 2017 Driver of the Month

May 24th, 2017 · No Comments

CraigCongratulations to Bay and Bay Transportation’s professional truck driver, Craig Hvidsten, on being named the April 2017 MTA Driver of the Month! Craig has been driving truck for 17 years and has driven over 900,000 safe miles.

“Craig always does a fantastic job. He is a safe driver and continues to provide feedback to safety and operations. I truly believe that he is a driver by which all others are measured. He keeps setting the standard. A true professional,” said Bay and Bay Safety Director, Todd Outcelt.

Craig entered into the trucking industry a little later in life. After graduating college, he worked for Cargill for 13 years in various financial positions. He then left Cargill and became a contractor for Fed Ex Ground, owning multiple local routes for nine years. At that point he decided he needed a life change and sold his routes to do some soul searching. Due to the poor state of the economy at the time, he ultimately decided to enroll in truck driving school and ended up working for Bay and Bay soon after.

When asked what he loves about trucking, Craig explained, “There is something about moving and seeing the country that I really enjoy. I enjoy meeting our different customers and people from all areas. I find it satisfying to leave them pleased with our service and hopefully a good opinion of Bay and Bay.”

Craig currently does dedicated work at Bay and Bay. He first heads out in his 2017 Kenworth T-680 to deliver a load of various plastic fabricated assemblies from Mikros in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota to Ecolab, usually at their South Beloit, Illinois facility. He then takes an empty trailer from Ecolab and travels to Carpenter Co. in Elkhart, Indiana. From there he leaves with a combination of polymer and foam based products to deliver to Carpenter’s customer back in St. Paul, Minnesota. He finishes it all off by taking an empty trailer back to Mikros to start the process over again. The whole run of just-in-time deliveries takes Craig two days. Completing three turns in a full week requires a wise use of hours and great time management skills on Craig’s part.

In addition to being involved with the Driver’s Council at Bay and Bay, Craig has also won numerous safety awards, as well as Bay and Bay’s Driver of the Year award in 2014. When he is not out on the road you will find Craig making the most of his time at home with his family. Whether it’s working around the house, going out, attending special occasions, or just helping them out in some way, he really enjoys every moment with them. He has also been involved with the American Heart Association as well as Roger’s youth basketball and soccer programs.

Craig’s Safe Driving Tips: I believe strongly in following the five principals of the Smith System, which Bay and Bay uses to train its drivers: Aim high, the big picture, keep your eyes moving, leave yourself an out, and make sure they see you. I work on these every day and believe it’s better to be “steady and safe” than “hard and fast.” You can remember this with the acronym “SMART,” which stands for “speed management allows reaction time.”

In all my life activities, I work on self-awareness and how my actions affect others. Always put yourself in the other person’s shoes and treat them the way you would like to be treated. What goes around comes around!

 

Treating the Minor Maladies of a Madison, WI Truck Driver

March 31st, 2017 · No Comments

Being a professional Madison, WI, truck driver brings with it some minor troubles and pains that don’t impact your work directly, but can leave you feeling drained and strained at the end of the day. These issues are things that every non-commercial driver has to deal with as well, but often to a much lesser extent. If you’re a Bay and Bay Transportation truck driver who deals with regular stiffness, aches, or minor strain, try a few of these little remedies to alleviate your symptoms before they move from the realm of merely irritating to full-on chronic.

Like many jobs, professional truck driving requires a good amount of sitting and concentration. But, as a truck driver, you get the added bonus of being able to get out and move around a little in the sunshine if necessary. For many of the daily aches and pains that may accompany long periods of inaction, this may be all the help you need to get back on your feet. This is especially true for general stiffness.

If you find yourself feeling cramped or stiff while truck driving, pull into a rest area or Truck Stop to get out and stretch. Doing a couple of laps around the truck, walking or jogging, can be enough to get the blood flowing in your legs again and can even stretch out your lower back. If there isn’t a good opportunity to stop, rearrange your sitting position as much as possible. This could mean straightening your back against the seat, shaking out your arms, or just scooting backwards so your legs have a bit more room. You don’t necessarily have to have a mobile truck driver yoga routine, but staying limber will prevent aches and pains over long distances. Most importantly, and this one will come up often, drink a lot of water!

If your muscles feel fine but your eyes and neck are the problem, don’t be afraid to pamper yourself a little on the road. Eye strain and headaches can quickly turn a comfortable trip into a miserable journey. Again, drink lots of water. Staying hydrated as a truck driver is vital and can help prevent headaches if you do it consistently. For your eyes, wear sunglasses, keep glare down, and relax your neck and shoulders. Any time you feel your shoulders bunch up or your neck crick, just slowly let the tension out of them. Truck drivers need to have a lot of focus on the road, but tension headaches can linger for hours if you don’t cut them off in time.

If you’re a Madison, WI, area professional truck driver looking for more tips on how to stay cozy on the road, contact Bay and Bay Transportation today at (888) 801-3026, or visit our website here for more information.

 

Mastering Truck Driving in Extreme Atlanta, GA, Winds

March 20th, 2017 · No Comments

Working as an Atlanta, GA, truck driver brings with it notable advantages and disadvantages in the course of managing such a large piece of machinery. Some of the benefits include a (literal and figurative) large presence on the road, a plethora of backup systems and safety gear, and a general sense of accomplishment for managing a beast-sized machine. However, expert Bay & Bay Transportation drivers know that doesn’t mean that big truck driving is entirely without risk. For instance, while driving in open windy areas or in severely windy weather, trying to control an oversized truck will quickly and effectively force you to appreciate its size.

The secret of high winds on the open road is that even truck drivers with years of experience can be thrown off balance by a well-placed gust. High winds don’t necessarily always lead to a major wreck, but an unexpected swerve can put you and the drivers around you in a dangerous situation in seconds. Driving a large truck (especially if you’ve already dropped off your cargo) can feel like driving an especially heavy kite in the right conditions. Additionally, high winds can lead to high tension while truck driving, which has the potential to make the situation worse overall. A tense truck driver is not a safe driver and their decisions will be made by nerves instead of by skill.

Since you can’t exactly duck and cover in the middle of a truck driving job, the best you can do is take special attention while preparing your rig for the trip ahead. Make sure that you secure your cargo thoroughly prior to departure in the event that you may be venturing into high winds. Pay special attention to road signs that indicate hazardous roads or tricky turns. And most of all, if you feel your rig getting whipped around on the road, consider pulling over or finding a safe place to wait it out. Keep an ear on the radio and take severe wind warnings very seriously; it’s better to be late and safe than to speed yourself right into a ditch.

If you’re a professional truck driver in Atlanta, GA, who is looking for truck driving jobs in rain, wind, or shine, contact Bay & Bay Transportation at (888) 801-3026 or visit their website here for more information. Drive safe and drive smart, but don’t underestimate the power hidden behind a calming breeze.

 

The Benefits of Hiring an Experienced Truck Driver for Your Philadelphia, PA, Business

March 17th, 2017 · No Comments

Starting up a new business is one of the most stressful things a person can undertake. Coming up with a business name, choosing a target market, and finding the right location to do business are just a few of the things Philadelphia, PA, owners have to deal with. If you have products that you need to get to stores, you need to have drivers who can get the job done. Some people would feel compelled to hire anybody who walks in the door, but it’s important to hire an experienced truck driver. Why is this the case? Keep reading to find out.

Shipment Management Will Be in Good Hands

An experienced driver will know that it’s important to handle your items with care. They will be less likely to drive recklessly on the road and they will pay attention to their surroundings. Why? Because of their experience, their past mistakes and misunderstandings will be behind them. They will have the kinks worked out and know the best way to transport products.

You Will Avoid Costly Errors

Delayed or lost deliveries cost you time and money. When you’re dealing with a truck driver with experience, you lessen the odds that you will have a headache on your hands.

You Will Have Less to Worry About

With so many things to keep track of on a daily basis, it’s easy to succumb to worry and stress. When you know your shipment is in the hands of an experienced truck driver, you can tackle your daily tasks with one less thing on your mind. You can focus on other important things and make your business stronger.

In 2014, there were 121,317 reported traffic crashes in Pennsylvania. Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Philadelphia, PA, and learn more about hiring a reliable and experienced truck driver. Call us at (888) 801-3026.

 

Haulers in San Antonio, TX, Receive a Secure Warning Over Spring-Time Inspections

March 15th, 2017 · No Comments

Truckers can’t say they weren’t warned. In fact, they can be secure in the knowledge of at least one expectation from inspectors in the San Antonio, TX, area and around North America later this spring.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance plans to pay special attention to cargo securement in this year’s International Road Check. The 72-hour event, which is marking its 30th anniversary, is scheduled for June 6-8.

At a rate of around 15 vehicles a minute, certified inspectors nationwide will take a close look at commercial vehicles and their drivers. Each year during the annual event, a category of violations is given extra attention and this year the focus will be on how well cargo is secured.

As usual, the emphasis will be on safety as inspectors go down a checklist that will include nearly 40 items and involve an examination of both drivers and the vehicle’s condition. Along with a usual list of equipment, operators will be expected to present a driver’s license, proof of hours-of-service, and cargo documents. There will also be checks for the use of seat belts and evidence of substance use.

No doubt operators from Bay & Bay Transportation will be among those getting a second look from inspectors in San Antonio, TX, and other parts of the country, where Bay & Bay not only has local routes but longer assignments for over the road drivers who operate late-model gear and are eligible for several types of bonuses.

The Texas Trucking Association estimates that slightly more than 40% of what is manufactured in the state is handled by the trucking industry. A reliance on trucks to deliver the goods in many Texas communities is why Bay & Bay is currently seeking drivers for local routes and those who are willing to haul within a 100-mile radius around Dallas and 50 miles around Houston and San Antonio, TX.

Every day and on every assignment, Bay & Bay Transportation prides itself on safety and reliability. It’s why they’re known as a quality driven tradition on highways around San Antonio, TX, and on countless miles of roadway nationwide. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit our website to learn more.

 

Spring Driving Tips for Your Drivers and Why You Should Hire a Truck Company for Your Dallas, TX, Business

March 13th, 2017 · No Comments

Spring is almost here, and for many people, that means getting out of the house and taking to the road. Whether that means having a picnic at the local park or getting shopping done in comfortable weather conditions, there are bound to be a lot of cars around. If you have a business in Dallas, TX, and need to transport goods to stores, you need your drivers to be aware of the hazards that come along with spring driving. So, what do they have to keep in mind, and what should you tell them?

Stay Away From Potholes

It’s easy to daydream and drift off to another world while you drive if you’ve taken a route hundreds of times before. However, this can be dangerous, especially if there are any potholes on the road. Potholes are not just bumpy; they can also damage the tires of your company car. They could also lead to an accident if the driver panics. Truck driving requires vigilance, and it’s important to avoid potholes if possible. They may not be on every street, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. When you hire a truck company, let them know upfront about your concerns.

Drive Carefully in Wet Conditions

If it’s raining outside or it has rained recently, it’s not a good idea to drive at regular speed. You never know when a puddle will pop up that could send a vehicle sliding across the road. It doesn’t matter if other drivers are doing it or if you feel embarrassed, it’s important to drive slowly and carefully in these conditions.

Know Your Surroundings

It’s not enough to look out for potholes or puddles. Your drivers should also be aware of other hazards such as pedestrians and fellow drivers.

If you don’t have drivers, consider hiring a truck company. They will have the experience necessary to do the job right.

In 2015, 581 people were killed in head-on crashes in Texas. Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Dallas, TX, and learn more about hiring a reliable and safety oriented truck company. The number is (888) 801-3026.

 

Using Tech to Save Valuable Time Finding Parking Near Minneapolis, MN

March 9th, 2017 · No Comments

As hours-of-service regulations get even more attention with the federal electronic logging device mandate this year, another form of tech is offering some help for drivers trying to find parking around Minneapolis, MN.

A recent study by the American Transportation Research Industry found that more than half of all truck drivers who used the system believed it was a significant help as they tried to find parking in congested stops around Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The study used several cameras to keep tabs on parking spot availability at three rest areas along the I-94 within a hundred miles of the Twin-Cities area.

Drivers could get updates on parking possibilities via the internet, an in-cab display, and through roadside electronic message signs. The ATRI survey learned that drivers prefer to get that information in the order of roadside signs first, followed by smartphone apps, web sites, and finally, through on-board devices.

The ATRI report suggests that advance notice of parking will help drivers do a better job of scheduling their stopping points and allow them to spot other options if their first parking choice turns out to be full.

While some tweaks need to be made to improve the system’s accuracy, any additional assistance in finding parking would appear to have value on several levels. It would not only help drivers comply with the HOS mandate, but also save money, considering another ATRI study that suggested truck drivers spend an average of nearly an hour a day searching for parking, costing them nearly $5,000 a year in lost wages.

Bay & Bay Transportation supports innovations that improve the productivity of its local haulers in several metro areas, and those who are handling longer routes across the U.S. and into Canada.

Reliability and safety are a direct result of great drivers and good planning. It’s one of the many reasons why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition on highways around Minneapolis and thousands of miles of roadway nationwide. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit our website to learn more about driver opportunities and hauling solutions.