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Pittsburgh Truck Driving Tips: How to Avoid Distracted Driving

September 22nd, 2014 · No Comments


Bay and Bay Transportation encourages all truck drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

Driving DistractionsAt Bay and Bay Transportation, one of our top priorities is keeping our truck drivers safe. Distracted driving has become an issue with all types of drivers in Pittsburgh, PA and throughout the country, but because of their long hours, truck drivers are even more at risk. If you are a truck driver, consider the following safety tips for your trips and long hauls:

Keep devices away so they are less of a distraction. If you need your phone at hands reach, turn the volume on so you aren’t checking your device constantly. If you need to, pull off to a rest stop or truck stop to make a call or use your cellular device. Use a hands free device if available.

Find the best way to focus. If listening to music keeps you focused and entertained, use it. If not, or it is a distraction, explore other options for your long trips, including audiobooks, podcasts, or road trip games that keep your attention on the road and your surroundings.

Stay caught up on sleep. Every truck driver needs a decent amount of sleep to spend long days on the road. Don’t skip opportunities to sleep! It could be dangerous if you drive while running on very little sleep. Rest is vital in maintaining a healthy life and safe on-road career. We offer our drivers vacation and sick time to give you the rest you need off the road.

Some of our truck drivers have safely driven over one million miles. In fact, the Million Mile Club at Bay and Bay Transportation honors drivers that have safely completed one million miles or more during their driving career with us, all while staying away from distractions on the road.

If you are looking for a truck driving job in Pittsburgh, PA, consider applying to work with Bay & Bay Transportation. We have company driver, owner/operator, and lease purchase programs that will set you up for success. Apply today!

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How to Handle High Winds as a Truck Driver

September 18th, 2014 · No Comments


Bay and Bay offers a few truck driving safety tips for windy days

windy truck drivingDrivers for Bay & Bay Transportation are no stranger to the howling winds of the continental US. With most of our truck drivers traveling the roads of the Midwest, wind is a common enemy of trailers and MPG alike. Since the Midwest has fewer trees and consists mostly of flat plains, there isn’t much to break up the flowing airs of the seasons. Truck drivers must know how to handle high winds and wind gusts.

Imagine a strong gust of wind hitting your car. It pushes you around the road a little bit, doesn’t it? Now imagine that gust hitting a car twice the size of yours, with a higher center or gravity. Now imagine the wind also pushing around the trailer connected to the large vehicle. Truck drivers struggle with bullying winds day in and day out, while compensating for the dead weight of the trailer as well.

In situations where high winds are present, it’s important to keep extra distance between you and other trucks on the road. Don’t even think about drafting behind the truck in front of you! While steady winds are common, strong gusts will throw an unexpected curveball your way. It’s best to maintain more distance around your truck when driving in windy areas.

High winds often accompany storms as well. You may see a black cloud on the horizon, and press down on the accelerator just a bit to try and outrun it. That’s one of the worst courses of action to take though. Though you might outrun the storm, you put yourself at a higher risk of accident. When you drive at high speeds, there is less time to correct and avoid an accident. High gusts of wind, a nuisance at lower speeds, might become a fatal push while speeding. Storms with high winds and rain also bring along the potential for hydroplaning, another good reason to keep speeds at a lower level.

As a truck driver in Minnesota and the Midwest, it’s important to keep an eye on the weather and know what conditions lay ahead. From new drivers to seasoned professionals, safety on the road is the most important aspect. Maintaining a steady communication with your dispatcher is key. If conditions are reaching threatening levels, they may advise you to pull over and wait out the storms or high winds.

Bay & Bay Transportation is committed to the safety of our drivers and the delivery of goods. If you are an experienced truck driver, up for the challenges of high, gusty winds in the Midwest and along the east coast, please don’t hesitate to apply to one of our available Driver Opportunities.

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Bay & Bay Transportation Driver Appreciation Week 2014

September 12th, 2014 · No Comments


Bay and Bay says “Thanks!” to our outstanding drivers

Driver Appreciation Week

Without our experienced and hard working drivers, Bay & Bay Transportation would not be the thriving transportation company that it is today. As such, we’d like to honor ALL of our hardworking truck drivers in the Minnesota area. We will have a celebration at each of the terminals in the Twin City area all throughout the week. Check out the schedule below to participate in this week’s events!

Monday, 9/15
Lunch: 11:30 – 2:30 at the Rosemount Terminal
Dinner: 2:00 – 6:00 at the Burnsville Terminal

Tuesday, 9/16
Red Wing Shoe Truck Display: 7:00- 11:00 am and 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Burnsville Terminal
Lunch: 11:00 – 3:00 at the Rosemount Terminal

Wednesday, 9/17
Red Wing Shoe Truck Display: 7:00 – 11:00 am and 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Rosemount Terminal
Lunch: 11:30 – 1:30 at the Rosemount Terminal
Dinner: 2:00 – 6:00 pm at the Burnsville Terminal

Thursday, 9/18
Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00 pm at the Rosemount Terminal

Friday, 9/19
Lunch: 11:30 -1:30 at the Rosemount Terminal
Dinner: 2:00 – 6:00 pm at the Burnsville Terminal

Each meal will be accompanied by raffle prizes, Bay & Bay merchandise, and more goodies! At Bay & Bay Transportation, you’re family and we want to make sure you’re treated that way. We hope to see each of our drivers at least once throughout Driver Appreciation Week. Thank you to each and every one of our drivers for your hard work, dedication, and time away from your family. We appreciate it!

If you are looking to join the Bay & Bay Transportation family, check out our driver opportunities. You can also apply online if your are committed to quality transportation services, just like Bay & Bay. If you have at least 6 months of solo OTR experience, we encourage you to apply!

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Bay and Bay Transportation Offers a Variety of Careers

August 28th, 2014 · No Comments


Start a Career with Bay and Bay Transportation Today!

Bay and Bay Transportation is a firm believer in providing the best people with the best, most meaningful opportunities to succeed in their field. That includes more than just our truck drivers. We want to attract, retain and develop great employees while providing great service to those seeking transportation. If you are interested in the transportation business, we are happy to provide a variety of tracks to kick start a new career. Here are a few of our career opportunities outside of the truck driving field:

bay and bay customer serviceCustomer Service. Our quality-trained customer service representatives assist Bay and Bay Transportation in contacting customers to confirm shipments and opportunities, along with registering orders, advising customers, maintaining profiles in our database and assisting in training new team members. As a Customer Service Representative, you are helping customers find the most efficient and effective way to move their inventory.

Tractor and Trailer Mechanics. To provide quality transportation, we need people to keep our transportation up to quality. Our mechanics perform scheduled preventative maintenance, analyze break-downs and perform repairs. Bay and Bay Transportation mechanics also make sure our equipment is up to state and federal requirements.

Fuel Manager. Fuel Managers are key players in regulating annual fuel priorities for our drivers. They coordinate the cost/benefit analysis of fuel efficiency, communicate this with company leaders, maintain accuracy of fuel systems and much more. This very important position allows Bay and Bay Transportation to keep track of fuel costs and company operation.

Driver Recruiter. In this position, you will be responsible for finding the best potential drivers and interviewing qualified candidates for Bay and Bay Transportation. Duties include conducting background investigations and scheduling health checks for hired drivers, all while leading them through a detailed orientation.

Bay and Bay Transportation offers a variety of careers, from receptionists to technicians to much more. We offer competitive pay and benefits that are sure to help you succeed in your position. If you are motivated to jump into a career with us but aren’t sure about truck driving, check out our offering of other careers that will give you great experience.

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Resources for Truck Drivers in Wheeling, WV

August 26th, 2014 · No Comments


The transportation industry is becoming more high-tech, utilize these resources to make your travels safer and easier!

Trucker AppsSince the telephone industry is now dominated by the smart phone, it has never been easier to access information while on the go. This is especially convenient for truck drivers, who don’t have access to traditional forms of information, such as televisions or desktop computers.

There are plenty of great resources for you to bookmark on your smartphone to check (when you’re not driving, of course!) Check out a few of the best resources for truck drivers in Wheeling, WV and the surrounding areas.

West Virginia Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation is a key resource for any driver in West Virginia. There’s a plethora of information to be found, including rest areas and welcome centers. Each state differs slightly, so it’s always beneficial to check out the DOT website specific to the state you’re traveling in.

MyDAT Trucker App

This app allows you to find the closest rest stops, travel plazas, and diesel prices. This is extremely helpful in an unfamiliar area. Best of all, this app is free for Android  and iPhone users alike.

West Virginia 511

As an offshoot of the DOT website, the West Virginia 511 website helps you “know before you go.” Especially helpful during the summer, the map helps you plot routes to avoid road work or events that may hinder your travel time or abilities. Additionally, the interactive map lists road conditions throughout the state, an especially important tool during the winter season.

The West Virginia DOT website also lists road conditions and weather in the area so that you can plan accordingly. If you are traveling near or over state lines, this page also reports the road conditions of neighboring states.

There are plenty of resources for truck drivers in Wheeling, WV to make sure that they are safest and most efficient they can be. Bay & Bay Transportation is always trying to improve the traveling lives of our drivers. If you’d like to apply for a truck driving job in Wheeling, WV or anywhere else in the country, please take a look at our Driver Opportunities. From OTR to local company drivers, if you’ve got 6 months of OTR experience, we’re looking for you!

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Staying Connected to Family as a Long Haul Truck Driver

August 23rd, 2014 · No Comments


Bay & Bay Transportation values family whether within the job or at home.

Bay & Bay Transportation values the hard work that each of our truck drivers put into their jobs. From quick daily runs to long hauls, our drivers are the reason that we thrive and continue to grow. The transportation industry is not an easy career to take on. It is a solitary job that can take you away from your family for an extended period of time.

We want our drivers to stay connected to their families as much as possible, so we’ve compiled a list of tips and ideas to maintain that connection with each member of your family.

Truck Driver Family TipsGo old school. Send postcards from your stops on the road. This is an especially great idea for the children at home, as they can map out your route from the places you’ve visited. Post cards are something they can always keep and a quick and easy item if show and tell day is coming up!

Carve out some telephone time. Any relationship needs more than just written communication. Though quick texts and emails are convenient, you miss out on the subtleties that you pick up in verbal conversations. Schedule some time when you are not driving to have an actual conversation with your loved ones at home. Remind your family that you are only ever a phone call away.

Get high-tech. The hardest part about being away from family is the small, everyday occurrences that you miss in each other’s lives. Traveling is of great interest to many people. You might want to consider starting a blog detailing the adventures you encounter on the road. Industry peers, family, and travel-lovers may all sit ready to hear your tales from the road.

With so many recent advancements in technology, there are plenty of ways for truck drivers to stay in touch with family and loved ones. You can carry as many or as few electronic gadgets that fit your space and your budget. With video calls available through phones, tablets, and laptop computers, you can see your family and barely miss anything while you’re away.

It’s still important though to talk to your employer about big events upcoming in your family life, such as graduations, weddings, and other events. Technology can make up for a lot of things, but big events are still hard to miss. Talk to your employer and work out your schedule before major life events sneak up on you.

Bay & Bay Transportation values family in all aspects of life. If you’d like to become part of our company family, please take a look at our Driver Opportunities. We are hiring in many locations nationwide, and have lease purchase programs available to get you started. Contact us today!

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Bay & Bay Transportation Truck Driver Recruitment

August 19th, 2014 · No Comments


Looking for a truck driving job in Minnesota? Consider Bay & Bay!

Truck Driving MNBay & Bay Transportation is always looking for experienced truck drivers. Wouldn’t you like to be part of a family-owned and driver-focused transportation company? There are many reasons to consider becoming part of the Bay & Bay family, so let’s explore a few of them.

Integrity & Respect. The drivers of Bay & Bay Transportation are expected to operate with the highest level of integrity and respect. In return, they are treated with that same esteem. We know that our drivers are the reason that we are able to provide quality transportation services for all of our customers. Bay & Bay recognizes the potential and the value within each one of our truck drivers.

Home-Time. We communicate with each and every one of our drivers about their home-time needs. Instead of just scheduling and assigning our truck drivers to meet our needs, Bay & Bay takes into account what each individual driver needs to best succeed in this career.

Quality Equipment and Safety. Solid maintenance and safety are key points when out on the road, as every truck driver already knows. We aim to provide the most up to date equipment to our drivers to ensure safety and maximum efficiency.

Are you an owner-operator looking to contract with a new company? Contact Bay & Bay! We set you up with the resources and network to build a successful business as an independent contractor. From fuel discounts to paid tolls, we gladly welcome owner-operators into the Bay & Bay Transportation family.

We are always looking for traditional company drivers as well. If you have over 6 months of solo OTR experience, then we encourage you to apply! In addition to receiving the benefits associated with Bay & Bay while driving, you can also sign up for health and retirement benefits, including 401(k), medical and dental benefits, life insurance, and paid holidays.

There are plenty of ways to learn more about our open positions or to apply. You can reach out to a Bay & Bay Transportation recruiter by emailing HR@bayandbay.com. If you’ve already decided to apply, you can click here to fill out our online application.

There are numerous opportunities for drivers, owner-operators, and leasing truck drivers in Minnesota as well as across the country. Contact us today and begin your journey with Bay & Bay Transportation!

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How Much Experience Do You Need To Be A Truck Driver?

August 14th, 2014 · 1 Comment


Bay & Bay is looking for experienced truck drivers in Minnesota and across the US

Over The Road ExperienceBy now, you’ve probably figured out that Bay & Bay takes great pride in our employees. And we want you to become part of the team! We are looking for experienced truck drivers in Minnesota, the Midwest, and the East Coast to help us meet the demands of our customers. What exactly do we mean by “experienced truck drivers” though?

To put it in simple terms, we are looking for drivers that have had at least 6 months of solo OTR driving experience. You might be wondering why we have this requirement. After all, you probably just spent a significant amount of money putting yourself through trucking school to earn your CDL license. It’s important to us that you’ve shown for a significant amount of time that you can safely operate your truck.

We need that time to be on your own. Driving is a very solitary activity and it can take a toll on you. Driving by yourself is much different than having someone to chat with in the passenger seat. Bay & Bay wants to be sure that when you join our company, you’ll be up for the challenges of driving many miles each day on your own.

We provide transportation services to customers all over the Midwest and the East Coast. Interstate, or OTR, drivers are essential to making sure we can meet the demands of our markets. This isn’t to say there are no local driving assignments available. We just prefer that our drivers are versatile and able to take on any of the challenges that may present themselves.

Now that you know what Bay & Bay expects of new recruits, you can work on filling those requirements. We’ll be here once you’ve got the experience and the drive to work for us.

For those that have over the 6 months of OTR solo driving experience, we encourage you to apply. We work with independent contractors, as well as hiring company drivers. Bay & Bay Transportation even offers lease purchase programs to help set you up for success in your transportation career.

Bay & Bay Transportation is committed to providing quality driven transportation of all kinds. Whether you need refrigerated, dry van, intermodal, or any other type of transportation, just contact us! We’re the company you can trust with your transportation needs.

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The Benefits of Driving for Bay and Bay Transportation in Wheeling, WV

August 10th, 2014 · No Comments


Bay and Bay Transportation Provides Many Job Benefits to Drivers in Wheeling, WV

truck driving benefitsSummer can be an expensive time for everyone. Whether you want to take an extra vacation or splurge on a new boat, you shouldn’t have to worry about your finances. With all the benefits of being a truck driver for Bay and Bay Transportation, you can build a financially sound foundation to help secure your ability to achieve your career goals and a happier life.

Joining our quality driven company that has been in business since 1959 brings many benefits. Besides a stable income, truck drivers for Bay and Bay Transportation can experience full medical and dental benefits, company paid life insurance, paid holidays, sick time, vacations, and eligibility for a 401(k). Additionally, bonuses are available regarding fuel management, mileage, and retention.

We also implemented the Predictable Pay Program to flatten out early expenses for lease owners. This program holds back some of the startup costs so we can give truck drivers an advance on their weekly paycheck. Some of the expenses withheld include maintenance costs, license fees, security deposit, fuel costs and more. This program allows our truck drivers to take home some direct pay for their drive right away, making it easier to handle and manage their finances.

Lastly, if you think you know of someone who sounds like a perfect fit for a truck driving career at Bay and Bay Transportation, check out our referral program. Refer drivers to our company and receive:

  • $1,000 for each Company Driver referral
  • $1,500 for each Lease Purchase referral
  • $2,000 for each Owner Operator referral

Instead of fretting over your financial situations at your current trucking job, invest in a career at Bay and Bay Transportation in Wheeling, WV.


 

Keep it Cool in the Summer with Refrigerated Transportation in Wheeling, WV

August 6th, 2014 · No Comments


Bay and Bay Transportation Provides Refrigerated Trucking Services in Wheeling, WV and around the country.

refrigerated transportationThis summer’s weather has been unpredictable. As always, the hot weather can either make your plans or ruin them. If you have a temperature sensitive product that needs transportation in bulk for your business or event, look no further than Bay and Bay Transportation. We offer experienced truck drivers and quality transportation services in Wheeling, WV and surrounding areas.

Bay and Bay Transportation has clients that have relied on us since 1959 for refrigerated transportation needs. We are committed to reliable service and safe practices.

With the truck drivers from Bay and Bay Transportation in Wheeling, WV, you can expect the best for refrigerated transportation:

  • New, reliable equipment, including 53-foot refrigerated air ride trailers with technologically advanced Thermo King Smart Reefers for maximum protection
  • Personalized dispatch to streamline delivery and ensure quality service
  • Highly experienced and trained staff that have contributed to an on-time pickup and delivery record of more than 99 percent
  • We strictly follow FDA federal guidelines for handling perishable food products
  • Drivers with the most current technological training

Does our process of refrigerated transportation interest you? Maybe a truck driving career is on your mind. Bay and Bay Transportation offers flexible truck driving jobs for Wheeling, WV and other Bay and Bay career centers across America.

Refrigerated transportation may sound like a complex task, but with Bay and Bay Transportation, you don’t have to worry. Our truck drivers are trained and committed to bringing you the best service so your perishable products aren’t ruined by hot, humid weather.

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