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Eyes on the Road and Hands on the Wheel: Combating Common Driving Distractions in Atlanta, GA

May 24th, 2016 · No Comments

If you’ve driven near a large delivery or freight truck recently, you may have thought to yourself “I really hope the driver sees me” as you pulled up alongside. This is a common reaction because most conventional cars feel tiny compared to the size and weight of modern trucks. Being a professional truck driver requires a sharp eye, a steady hand, and quick reflexes exactly for this reason. The truck drivers at Bay & Bay Transportation in Atlanta, GA know that when it’s time to drive, it’s time to stow the fuzzy rear-view dice and focus.

Keeping focused on the open road can be difficult if you’re driving for long hours, but that focus is crucial if you want to keep yourself and your road mates safe. Distracted driving is already dangerous as a casual commuter, but when it comes to truck driving, it can be disastrous. Learning how to stay clearminded is a vital skill for truck drivers everywhere.

Common truck driving distractions include phone management (which includes texts, calls, GPS, and email), eating on the go, and making adjustments for comfort while in motion (such as putting on a jacket or reaching for a new CD). All of these driving distractions, while benign seeming at first glance, are incredibly dangerous. Taking your eye off the road for even a second too long can cost you your cargo, your life, or the life of another driver.

The truck driving trick for preventing distracted driving is surprisingly simple: plan ahead. If you often get cold while driving, have a blanket or scarf on hand that doesn’t require extra reaching to put on. Having to struggle with a jacket or sweater is too risky if you’re trying to keep your eyes on the road. And instead of fiddling with the radio or CD player, stick with long pre-made MP3 playlists or audiobooks that will last until the next stop.

For your phone, turn on an automatic message for calls and texts saying that you’re driving and alert any other contacts that you’ll be unavailable via email. The safest way to manage your phone while enroute is to leave it alone entirely. For vital work-related calls, make sure you have all relevant numbers on speed dial before departing. If you need to dial a number, wait until you’re pulled over or stopped.

When planning meals, make sure you pack simple, easy to eat foods that won’t be problematic to eat with one hand. Simple snacks like fruits, thermos soups, and pre-cut sandwiches are easy to prepare and easy to eat. Anything that can spill, drip, or crumble is better left for a rest stop.

 Distracted driving may seem like common sense, but for many truck drivers, driving is like second nature. Looking away to change a CD may seem like an inconsequential action, but it could also be the difference between slowing down in time or rear ending the person in front of you. Truck driving is a high stakes profession, but it doesn’t have to be a dangerous one. If you’re interested in professional trucking driving in the Atlanta, GA area, Bay & Bay Transportation can be reached at 888.801.3026 or by visiting their website here.

 

 

Beating the Heat with Refrigerated Transport in Dallas, TX.

May 18th, 2016 · No Comments

Refrigerated transport companies are about much more than delivering ice cream. They’re vital to the transport industry, medical services, produce providers, and even museums. They allow for the transportation of food, medicine, art, and anything else that has a limited shelf life and a long distance to travel. This is especially true when it comes to cities like Dallas, TX, because in the transport industry, heat kills. It wilts, spoils, boils, and tarnishes. Without the proper atmospheric controls, it would be impossible to transport anything perishable for more than a day’s worth of travel, and depending upon the type of item, even less. Luckily, thanks to companies such as Bay and Bay Transportation, it’s possible to not only move food but many other life essential items, even with a scorching sun beating down on the trucks for days on end.

A refrigerated transport company has the difficult task of moving delicate things around in distinctly not-delicate machinery. Refrigerated reefers are big, heavy, and can be stressful to run since there’s a possibility of spoilage over long distances. With the proper training and management they can also be an incredible asset to southern communities. Refrigerated transport drivers must be properly trained in managing the temperature controls, proper loading and unloading procedures, emergency system failure procedures, and truck sanitation. And, because of the type of cargo involved, strict delivery schedules must also be closely followed.

All of these factors together make for a very precise, very technical delivery experience. The reefer drivers at Bay and Bay Transportation are fully trained in current Smart Reefer temperature technology and have the expertise to make sure that items arrive on time and in good condition, regardless of the Texas temperatures outside.

If your Dallas, TX business is in need of a refrigerated transport company and regular access to refrigerated transport vehicles, contact the professionals at Bay and Bay Transportation today to arrange a consultation. Bay and Bay Transportation can be reached at 888.801.3026 or by visiting our website here.

 

 

Stretch Your Legs at the Truck Stops You Discover During Your Truck Driving Career in Madison, WI

May 12th, 2016 · No Comments

As truck drivers, we spend a lot of time behind the wheel. All that driving time makes us really appreciate the time we can find to stretch our legs, and we know that time is precious. We want to make the most of each mile. When we stop, we want it to be for a good reason. Plan ahead to get the most from the rest stops along your truck driving route in the Madison, WI area with Bay & Bay Transportation.

There are several different kinds of roadside stops. Each is designed to provide different services. Rest areas and waysides are a great place to use the restroom and stretch your legs. The state of Wisconsin offers 30 state-run rest areas that offer clean restrooms, picnic areas, road maps, weather information, and vending machines. There are also a number of wayside stops open from late May to mid-September. These waysides have clean restrooms and picnic areas, but fewer amenities. You can find the rest areas along your route using this map provided by WisDOT. They are excellent for a quick rest but not designed for long-term parking of more than 24 hours.

Truck stops, on the other hand, are designed specifically with truck driving in mind. Common services include private showers, wifi, restaurants, overnight parking, and a variety of truck maintenance services. Truck stops also provide unleaded and diesel fuel for vehicles of all makes and models.

One of the easiest ways to locate a truck stop along your route is with a simple search on Google Maps or your GPS. Just type in “truck stops near [insert cities along your route here]” and pick the truck stop that best meets your current truck driving needs. For your safety, please do this before you leave the parking lot, not while you are driving.

You can also visit a truck stop’s website to learn about their locations and services. Truck drivers with routes in Wisconsin can find these popular truck stops:

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores

TravelCenters of America

Pilot Flying J

The best way to learn about great truck stops is by talking with other truck drivers. Share your experiences with each other and keep an ear out for stops along your route that can provide the services you’re looking for. Don’t forget to contact us at recruiting@bayandbay.com or 888-801-3026 to learn more about a truck driving career with Bay & Bay Transportation in Madison, WI. We’ll see you out on the open road!

 

 

Truck Driving Jobs on the Rise in Minneapolis

May 8th, 2016 · No Comments

In 2014, NPR did a census data study to see what America’s most predominant job was, and they found that in 29 states, truck driving jobs were the #1 job held by adults 18 and over. At Bay and Bay Transportation, we understand how important trucking is to people across the country from Minneapolis and beyond. For most of the items in our homes, you have a trucker to thank for delivering it. Our current lifestyles, from the food we eat, to the cars we buy, and even to the homes we live in are because of a trucker carrying cargo across the country.

The boom of ecommerce in the US and the fact that trucking is highly immune to automation means that truck driving is a career that has sustained families for many generations. We’re proud of our reputation for excellent drivers and we’re always seeking to add experienced drivers to the road and local drivers to our Minneapolis, MN offices.

Bay and Bay Transportation is specifically looking for experienced drivers (6 months of professional experience or more) looking for truck driving jobs to fill company positions and owner-operator positions. In addition to competitive pay, Bay and Bay offers extensive benefits, including full medical and dental benefits, life insurance, paid holidays, and sick and vacation time. And did we mention the stateoftheart equipment available to our drivers? Our company drivers average 2500 to 3300 miles each week, with some of the most modern trucks and trailers at their disposal, all meticulously maintained.

Nominated by our own employees, Bay and Bay Transportation has been named one of the best fleets to drive for and is proud to have had fleets on the road since 1941. We’re seeking strongly motivated individuals with a Midwestern worth ethic to join our team!

For more information about truck driving job opportunities at Bay and Bay, check out our driver opportunities, or click here to apply online right away.

 

 

On the Road Pain Prevention for Driving Jobs in Madison, OH

May 4th, 2016 · No Comments

Professional truck driving is a very rewarding and dynamic occupation. It’s great for people who like handson work, traveling, and having new, exciting experiences. And like many jobs with similar qualities, it can take a bit of a toll on your body if you don’t know how to handle its unique pressures and stressors. Bay & Bay Transportation values the health and happiness of its drivers, so when you’re on the road, it’s good to know some easy tips and tricks to keep yourself in tiptop shape. Truck drivers in the Madison, OH area can try out a few of these easy on the road stretches to keep your job and your bod running smoothly.

One of the main body parts that can get a little run down while you’re running around are your wrists. Though small, your wrists are absolutely vital to truck driving. There can be a good amount of lifting and twisting involved in loading and unloading trucks, and if you sustain a wrist injury prior to a driving job, it can make it difficult to perform and maintain certain arm and hand positions for long periods of time. It’s important to recognize that since driving jobs require a good amount of time with your hands on the wheel, wrist pain isn’t uncommon, but a little special attention can help you circumvent it entirely.

First of all, be aware of how you grasp the wheel and where you rest your hands when they’re not in action. Grasping too tightly can strain muscles, but resting your hand limply over the wheel can lead to cramping and prickling fingers. If your fingers are falling asleep, that’s a good sign that it’s time to change positions. The best way to avoid sleepy digits entirely is to frequently change your hand positions and to keep your forearms level with the tilt of your wrist. Avoiding excessive bending and dangling will provide more stability for your entire arm.

So let’s start with some basic wrist stretches. Try these if you’re experiencing any discomfort while you’re on the road.

Shake out your hands one at a time with your arm extended outward and to the side. This can help when your fingers have fallen asleep. A good, firm shake for about ten seconds is a great start.

Hold the wheel at the 10 and 2 position and press your palms forward until you feel a light pull. Hold this position for five seconds or for as long as it feels comfortable.

Keep your hands in the same position as above but this time twist your hand forward around the wheel so the tips of your fingers are pointing at your forearm. Continue until you feel a pull and hold for five seconds or until it becomes uncomfortable.

Check out this page for some more wrist stretching tips and for other types of stretches you can do while you’re on a driving job. You don’t need to make a wrist stretching schedule, but don’t forget about your hand positions as you drive either. Whenever something feels stiff or sleepy, give it a little shake at least.

If you’re a Madison, OH resident interested in more healthy truck driving tips or you’re looking to get involved with professional truck driving, contact Bay & Bay Transportation at 888.801.3026 or visit their website here. In the meantime, keep those wrists strong!

 

 

Inclement Weather Requires Cautious Truck Driving in Dallas, TX

April 30th, 2016 · No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

Texas Weather Information

Texas Department of Transportation

Texas Traffic and Road Closures

Texas Traveling Information

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

 

 

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

April 26th, 2016 · No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

April 22nd, 2016 · No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A loud bang means a tire has blown.

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

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

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

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

 

 

Finding a Columbus, OH Trucking Network You Can Rely On

April 17th, 2016 · No Comments

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

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

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

 

 

Finding Your Fit With Truck Driving Jobs in Madison, OH

April 12th, 2016 · No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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