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Beating the Heat With Refrigerated Trucking in Minneapolis, MN

June 28th, 2016 · No Comments

We’re getting a preview of summer’s heat even before the hottest months arrive. The long-range forecast suggests that by mid-July, Minneapolis, Minnesota could be sweltering under a string of days in the nineties. It’s all the more reason for you to start looking for a reliable refrigerated trucking company like Bay & Bay Transportation to handle your precious cargo.

Refrigerated transit is a must these days if you are hoping to deliver fresh lettuce, strawberries, and other produce. Bay & Bay will also ensure your ice cream arrives frozen and other dairy products reach their destination at the proper time and temp.

Cool, reliable refrigerated transport is also vital if your load includes medical supplies that could easily go bad in long, time consuming trips around Minneapolis and the Twin-Cities metro area. Depending on the time of day, traffic delays, accidents, and road construction can cause a trailer to sit in sweltering heat on blistering hot roadways for extended periods.

Our thermal refrigerated units feature programmable temperature profiles. This helps avoid costly mistakes with sensitive cargo. With the push of a button, a driver can ensure the correct level of coolness is maintained throughout the journey in order to meet FDA guidelines for handling perishable food products.

Bay & Bay has been a leader in the temperature-control transportation business since 1959.  Our fleet features all newer, reliable 53-foot refrigerated air ride trailers. Our highly experienced staff and independent contractors can boast a collective on-time pickup and delivery record of nearly 100-percent.

If your Minneapolis or metro area business wants to ensure that temperature sensitive summer deliveries arrive on time, in great condition, then Bay & Bay Transportation is your hassle-free answer with a nationwide reach.

To learn more about Bay & Bay Transportation’s temperature-controlled refrigerated solutions in Minneapolis, MN, please contact us at (888) 801-3026, for more details.


Hot Days and Cool Trucks in Madison, WI.

June 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

According to NASA, last month was officially the hottest May recorded in history. Not only does this mean it’s a great time to hit the lakes in Madison, WI, it’s also the perfect time to hire a refrigerated transport company such as Bay and Bay Transportation for all of your business transport needs.

Refrigerated transport is vital all year round thanks to the needs of medical transport, produce, and product delivery. During the hot summer months, however, it’s especially necessary. The higher the temperature goes, the more quickly ingredients spoil, items rot, and merchandise melts. The use of a refrigerated transport company allows businesses to send their services farther and wider which is not only good for advertising and revenue, it’s also great for long-distance networking.

One thing about living in Wisconsin is that you get a whole lot of open roads without an abundance of huge cities. Refrigerated transport in rural areas can be a life saver, particularly if your business caters to some of the smaller towns in the wild Wisconsin woods. When temperatures climb into the nineties, you can be sure that your rural contacts will be thrilled to get properly chilled deliveries.

If your products don’t need to be frozen, refrigerated transport is still an asset during Midwest summers. You don’t even need to be driving an ice cream truck for it come in handy. Adjustable and consistent temperatures will keep any type of cargo safe and secure once thermometers start popping, and that means above and below freezing alike.

If your Madison, WI business has struggled with temperature sensitive long-distance summer deliveries with short expiration tags, then Bay and Bay Transportation can help. To inquire about Bay and Bay Transportation’s refrigerated transport services, please feel free to give us a call at 888.801.3026, or visit our website here.



Truck Driving Jobs In Minneapolis,MN Provide Secure and Stable Income for Midwest-Based Drivers in Minneapolis

June 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Think you need a degree or diploma in your hands to get a great paying job with great benefits? A job where you can travel, meet lots of new people, and have a variable schedule? Not so. Truck driving jobs in Minneapolis, MN can give you all of these opportunities without the years and years of student loan repayments and a great starting salary to boot.

Our Minneapolisbased company is looking for highly motivated individuals who have their CDL license and one-year driving experience, for driving opportunities for company and lease purchase. We are also looking for owneroperators looking to work for a fast moving, progressive company and a record of excellence in the industry.

Your future in a truck driving job can be bright, with job security for both men and woman. We are seeking self-starters with a great driving record and a desire to take their career to the next level. Bay & Bay Transportation offers competitive pay as well as excellent bonus opportunities. We also offer full medical and dental benefits in as little as 60 days after hire. We also offer payment on approved tolls, fuel discounts for drivers, and a fuel surcharge. On top of our generous mileage pay, this means that you can be making excellent money quickly with our company.

If you’re motivated, have a great sense of direction, and possess excellent time management skills, your skillset is right in line with the individuals we are seeking. While some of the job requires solitary driving, there is also a fair amount of working with other truckers and suppliers coordinating how to get the freight delivered safely and on time. For that reason, you must show strong interpersonal skills and the ability to be independent much of the time while out on the road.

You won’t find a staff more committed to your success as a truck driver than the one we have here at Bay & Bay. We pride ourselves on providing our drivers and owneroperators with the most extensive support and benefits available. Interested in knowing more about a truck driving job with Bay & Bay? Contact us today.



Summer Construction Season Means Dry Van Trucking Truckers Need to Be Vigilant!

June 19th, 2016 · No Comments

You see them all over the road hauling non-food grade items across the country: dry tanks. These specialized loads are what keep construction and building companies running. At Bay & Bay, our dry van trucking tank truckers are delivering Fracking Sand, Foundry Sand, Silica Sand, Bentonite, Quartz, Limestone, Blasting Grit, Rock Salt, Fly Ash, and White and Gray Cement all over the US and Canada.

With spring almost already behind us and summer looming just weeks away, we’ve already seen an uptick on construction around the Minneapolis area and all over Minnesota. Major bridge construction in St Paul and Winona have begun, and on the Minnesota Department of Transportation site you can count over 40 road projects scheduled from April until September. There’s an old joke that in the Midwest we have two seasons: winter and construction. If you don’t plan ahead, you can find yourself mired in some traffic jams you could have avoided with a little planning!

Tips for Driving in a Construction Zone:

Merge as soon as you can. With a big rig like a dry tank, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Be respectful and move when traffic allows. Blocked lanes can result in fines!

Slow down as soon as you see the construction signs. Don’t wait until the last minute to start to take notice of conditions or slowdowns.

Watch for flaggers. In a construction zone, flaggers are there to make things run smoothly, even if it feels like it’s taking forever. Remember that they have just as much authority as posted signs and are working under strenuous circumstances in variable weather.

Plan ahead and stay calm. If you’re concerned about construction zones, give yourself plenty of time so you aren’t stressed when you hit them. Play soothing music or listen to an interesting audio book to pass the time if you do get caught.

Leave extra following distance. Your commercial driver’s license manual specifies one second of stop time should be allowed for every 10 feet of your dry tank. Rear end collisions are common in construction zones and can be avoided by carefully adjusting the amount of space between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Remember the payoff for those gray winter days is seeing the beautiful summer sights as you travel around the country in your dry tank big rig. With a little planning, you can avoid construction stress as you travel around Minneapolis and beyond!



Meet the Transportation Equipment Dallas, TX Driving Jobs At Bay & Bay Depend On

June 12th, 2016 · No Comments

You’ll have the opportunity to work with customers in a wide variety of industries over the course of your truck driving career. Our Texas drivers get to work with customers in the fields of telecommunications, information technology, aerospace equipment, fuel processing, and agriculture, just to name a few. Dallas in particular features a booming transportation industry, and the community is known for the transportation equipment it produces. Get to know some of the equipment you depend on as part of driving jobs at Bay & Bay Transportation in Dallas, TX.

Securing the Load

Even if you’ve only held a driving job for a week, you understand the importance of securing the load in place. Secured cargo will not shift, tip, or fall. That means you won’t risk being distracted because you won’t hear anything moving around in your trailer. Most importantly, secured cargo is a delivery that will arrive at your customer’s location undamaged and can be unloaded safely.

You have a wide array of tools to secure your load, including but certainly not limited to straps, tarps, ropes, chains, hooks, stakes, posts, and anchor points. Drivers must inspect each piece of equipment thoroughly so they aren’t using damaged equipment to secure their cargo. You must also double-check every tiedown before you leave the parking lot. There can be no loose or unfastened tiedowns while you’re traveling on the road.

Securing your load doesn’t just mean keeping your delivery safely tied down. It also means keeping your safety equipment, logs, and personal possessions secured. Every unsecured item is another chance for you to get distracted or earn costly violations during safety inspections.

Tracking Your Delivery

Our customers expect to know where their delivery is at all times. They want to know right away if problems like inclement weather or bad traffic will cause a delay. Our trucks are equipped with QUALCOMM technology that allows us to maintain constant communication with our drivers through email-style messages and shorthand codes. The QUALCOMM includes a GPS that shows us your location accurate to a few blocks. When our customers ask about your status, we can give them an accurate update. Along with our QUALCOMM tracking, we also rely on EDI technology to provide freight invoices, load confirmations, load tender, and other critical information to our customers for a better business experience.

Safety is the top priority for everyone with truck driving jobs at Bay & Bay Transportation, whether you are based in Dallas, TX or anywhere nationwide. We provide quality state-of-the-art equipment for our drivers, and our mechanics keep your trucks in top condition. You can also count on your fellow truck drivers who are all expected to have strong mechanical know-how in case of equipment trouble.



Send Your Products Wherever They Need to Go With the Flexibility of Dry Van Trucking In Atlanta, GA

June 10th, 2016 · No Comments

Take a look down the road ahead of you. What do you see? In addition to the sedans, pickup trucks, and minivans, you are also sharing the highway with a variety of commercial trucks. Let’s look at the truck a few cars ahead in the next lane for example. What kind of commercial truck do you think it is? If your first guess is a dry van truck, you’d probably be right! Dry van trucks are quite common because they can be used to transport so many types of cargo. Bay & Bay Transportation offers our own dry van trucking services in Atlanta, GA to give our customers the flexibility they seek from their transportation company.

A dry van trailer is the most basic and versatile type of commercial trucking trailer. It is essentially a trailer with a level floor, sturdy walls, a ceiling, and no refrigeration or other special controls. It can haul most types of cargo, making it perfect for the Atlanta, GA community where so many diverse industries are headquartered. The region is home to textile and apparel companies, publishing houses, printing companies, and manufacturers of furniture, metals, machinery, and telecommunications equipment.

Our customers can count on dry van trucking to haul any type of product, but what they really love is the flexibility our service provides. You are not limited to set routes. We can deliver your cargo anywhere in the United States and Canada. Our delivery routes are based on your needs, be they:

  • Plant-to-plant moves
  • Dedicated transportation from distribution centers to stores with a regional fleet
  • Inbound vendor pickups to distribution centers
  • Reverse distribution
  • One-way deliveries
  • Dedicated service routes

Our Bay & Bay Transportation dry van fleet is equipped with 53-foot air-ride vans that we clean and maintain regularly. The air-ride suspension absorbs the bumps and shakes of the road and provides a smoother journey for your cargo. We customize our dry van trucking prices according to your service requirements. Best yet, you can expect your shipments to arrive reliably on-time no matter where they are headed.

The Bay & Bay Transportation dry van trucking team consists of only the most dependable truck drivers with experience and immaculate safety records both in Atlanta, GA and across the country. We take things one step farther and equip these top-notch drivers with the safest, most up-to-date equipment. When your freight is in our hands, you have no need to fret about the delivery arriving safely and on time.



Creating a Food Budget for Columbus, OH Truck Driving Jobs

June 5th, 2016 · No Comments

We’ve all been pretty financially focused lately. Now that the deadline to file your taxes is behind us, we may feel that we can relax a bit. However, now is the perfect time to evaluate your spending habits and create a budget to meet the lifestyle of truck driving jobs in Columbus, OH with Bay and Bay Transportation. There are likely several categories in your personal budget, but for now we’re focusing on food expenses.

You’re already used to recording your on-duty and off-duty hours using your driver’s daily log. It’s easy to extend this part of the truck driving job to your personal finances. Create a paper or electronic spreadsheet that will track your income and expenses and detail your personal budget. Decide how much money you’re willing to spend each month on food, truck stop showers, fuel, and other necessities. You can adjust your budget as needed each month. Just don’t spend more than you have saved.

It’s easy to overspend on food if you’re not careful, especially when truck driving jobs require long hauls. We’ve come up with a few money-saving tips for eating well while you’re on the road:

  • Store your favorite foods and beverages in your plug-in cooler.
  • Limit your visits to restaurants. When you do eat out, take half of the meal with you in a to-go container and enjoy it for the next meal.
  • Ask for a water glass instead of soft drinks to stay hydrated and reduce the cost of eating out.
  • Use a refillable plastic water bottle instead of constantly buying water bottles at the convenience store.
  • Keep a gallon or two of refillable water jugs on board. Your grocery store may allow free refills when you bring the empty jug back.
  • Look for reward programs at your favorite stores and truck stops. Many truck stops offer free showers based on fuel purchases. Some grocery stores partner with local gas stations to let you earn higher fuel discounts based on the items you buy. Pick the reward programs that will benefit you the most.

Ask for a copy of your receipt after every purchase and keep them together in a folder. You can recycle them at the end of the month when you’ve recorded your expenses in your spreadsheet. Remember to shred credit card receipts and never buy more in a month with your credit card than you will be able to pay off the next month. Carrying a balance on your credit card could lead to credit card debt that’s difficult to escape.

We encourage you to re-evaluate each section of your budget once a month and adjust it as needed. Any extra money leftover at the end of the month should be put into a savings account where it can earn interest or be invested wisely so that your hard-earned money is ready to use when you need it most. At Bay and Bay Transportation, we want the best for our truck drivers in Columbus, OH and across the country. For more helpful budgeting tips or to learn about our open driving jobs, please contact us at recruiting@bayandbay.com or call 888-801-3026.



Superior Logistics Services by Bay and Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN

May 29th, 2016 · No Comments

When you’re driving down the road across the United States, you’ll see a lot of trucks. Most people assume that those trucks are all driven by drivers working for one company or that the drivers own their own trucks and are carrying freight for a company. Both scenarios can be true, but there’s another part of the trucking industry that coordinates the finer details of how these big rigs can more efficiently move freight around the country, and that’s called freight brokerage. Bay and Bay is a leader in the Minneapolis, MN area for Logistics to companies who need reliable carriers to deliver freight from point to point.

Our knowledge of both the trucking industry itself and the right connections between companies and carriers is where we shine. We pre-qualify our carriers and can offer a complete line of options for flatbeds, specialty, tanker, or reefers. With over 13,000 rigorously screened pre-qualified carriers in North America at our fingertips, we can find the right one for your job. If you’re looking for more cost effective solutions, we also offer intermodal and rail system transport as well.

At Bay and Bay, we know what it means to have empty trucks sitting waiting for loads: it means lost revenue for you, and lost revenue for your drivers. We have the know-how and the experience to choose the right shipper to transport the freight and we handle all the logistics from rollout to delivery with our uptodate tracking and freight management systems. Our solid reputation and 5 decades of experience go handinhand with our commitment to leaving nothing to chance when it comes to delivering your freight safely and on time.

We are licensed, bonded, and insured, and we’re members of the Transportation Intermediaries Association, the national trade association for intermediaries and the publisher of industry best practices. Trust Bay and Bay Transportation to deliver your freight across Minneapolis, the Twin Cities, or across the United StatesCall us today.



Keeping Cool on the Summer Roads in Columbus, OH

May 29th, 2016 · No Comments

Heatwaves are hitting the states this week and Columbus, OH is no exception. With temperatures landing among the 80s and 90s, it’s hard enough to keep cool in a swimming pool, let alone a cramped truck cabin. Seasoned truckers like those at Bay & Bay Trucking know that truck driving can be a serious challenge in the summer, and that in some cases not even the strongest air conditioning units can save you. So here are a few tiny tips for keeping your body temperature lower than the asphalt you’re driving on.

One of the best things an overheated truck driver can have at their side is a miniature cooler. A little cooler can be a life saver on all day scorchers, and with a little planning, it can be the ticket to smooth and cool trucking. Even if you can’t get your hands on a cooler, a well-insulated bag is a great option as well. Anything that can hold a little cool air in and keep the hot air out will do just fine!

Once you have a container, prepare your summer truck driving arsenal: at least three bottles of water, a damp rag, grapes, and one or two spare undershirts.

The first step is to fill a couple of bottles with water and freeze them. Fill the third bottle to the top with water and stow it in the cooler. Next, pick the grapes off the stem, put them in a bag, and freeze these as well. Bag up the undershirts and stow them in the cooler, then take the damp rag and place it in the cooler (without a bag).

Once the water and grapes are frozen, add them to the cooler as well and you’re ready to go! While you’re on the road, the grapes give you quick access to a frozen snack without too much additional sugar or spending. Plus, the frozen water bottles will help keep everything cool and provide more cold water as they thaw.

When you start getting too warm, place the cool, damp rag on the base of your neck and return it to the cooler once it heats up. The other items should cool it back down and you can re-apply as needed. If you find yourself getting too damp and sticky from the heat or sweat, take some time at your next stop to switch into a cool, dry undershirt.

Truck driving requires a lot of tenacity, but it also requires creativity. Heatstroke and fatigue can severely impact the health of a truck driver, or at the absolute least, interrupt their work. Staying comfortable and cool is just as important as keeping your gas tank full.

If you’re a Columbus, OH resident and you’re interested in truck driving opportunities, contact Bay & Bay Transportation at 888.801.3026 or visit their website here. Stay cool out there, truck drivers!



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.