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Fighting Back against Sore Muscles as a Professional Truck Driver in Houston, TX

November 15th, 2018 · No Comments

For all of its joys, truck driving in Houston, TX, isn’t without its workplace stressors. Just like every other profession, truck drivers engage in certain repetitive activities, movements, and patterns that can cause strain on their bodies unless they take proper care.

Taking care of yourself on the road is one of the most important skills a Bay and Bay Transportation professional truck driver can master, and your body will thank you if you do all you can to mitigate physical discomfort before it becomes a real thorn in your side during your long-haul day to day.

One of the more common ailments among professional truck drivers after hours on the road is a sore back. This is because sitting for long periods of time, paired with short intervals of intense shifting or lifting, can twist and strain the back repeatedly throughout a single shift. Plus, if your drive is especially long, your tailbone is being assailed by consistent pressure. This can cause numbness, discomfort, or a feeling of restlessness. Altogether, it doesn’t paint the prettiest picture for the state of your back. But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to having a whining spine all day.

No matter where your aches and pains are originating from, keeping well hydrated and practicing regular stretching exercises are great ways to keep your muscles limber and flexible. Mixing up your routine whenever possible can help as well. Sometimes, even positioning your hands differently on the wheel while truck driving can change where you’re putting pressure on your body. If, as professional truck driver, you find yourself getting sore, there is likely an area or two in your daily work that could use adjusting.

There’s no single, magic cure-all for professional truck drivers of every type, so if you find yourself encountering a single ache or pain, don’t be afraid to make accommodations that work for you. Some professionals may have a pillow propped behind their back while driving; others may work brief hand exercises into their schedule. Or, if you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll never have any aches and pains at all.

If you’re already feeling fighting fit and you’re interested in taking to the roads this fall, contact Bay and Bay to inquire about opportunities for a professional truck driver in Houston, TX. Call at (888) 801-3026 or visit our website here for details. And for all of the current drivers out there, stay limber and stay driving!

 

Establishing Healthy Sleep Habits as a Professional Philadelphia, PA Truck Driver

October 15th, 2018 · No Comments

Regular sleeping habits are important for every career under the stars, but they’re especially important for truck drivers who have to manage and operate large machinery in the presence of many (occasionally unskilled) non-commercial drivers. Learning to sleep on the road is, like many other truck drivers’ skills, something that takes a little practice. But the veteran truck drivers with Bay & Bay Transportation want Philadelphia, PA newbies to know that once you achieve a sleeping pattern that works for you, professional truck driving becomes a lot simpler and a whole lot healthier.

Routinely getting adequate sleep is especially difficult in professional truck driving thanks to irregular hours, unfamiliar sleeping environments, and ongoing work-related stress. Truck drivers may feel like they’re constantly on the clock or might be anxious about getting enough sleep in short bursts. These are valid concerns that plague many new to the professional truck driving world, but they aren’t in any way insurmountable challenges.

Sleeping well, or at least sleeping effectively, means learning to listen to your body and planning accordingly. If you find yourself getting tired at the same times during every shift, you’re likely hearing you body telling you when it really needs rest. Whenever possible, plan around these feelings instead of scheduling what feels most convenient. Since it isn’t always possible to stick to a single sleep rhythm on the road, you want to give yourself as many advantages as possible and plan ahead. Bring ear plugs, black out curtains, comfortable clothes, and if it helps, something familiar from home like a pillow.

Professional truck driving is a career path that presents unique challenges such as learning how to regulate your sleeping patterns in a healthy, effective way. But once you master your own sleep, everything, including trucking, becomes simpler. Unhealthy eating, mood swings, stress, and frequent illness are all potential side effects of poor sleep. Don’t let an unregulated routine throw you off your game in your professional life and your personal life. If you feel like you’ve tried everything and you still find yourself drowsy or irritable on the road, never discount the influence of a well-time power nap.

If you’re a prospective truck driver interested in a professional truck driving position, or you’re looking for the right company to help build your future as a truck driver in Philadelphia, PA, contact Bay & Bay Transportation for additional information. Call us at (888) 801-3026 or visit our website here for details. And to our current truck drivers, don’t forget to sleep tight.

 

The ‘National Challenge’ of Truck Parking Gets an Updated Survey in Nashville, TN

October 9th, 2018 · No Comments

Chances are you’ve got a story or two about not being able to find parking when you needed it in Nashville, TN. You’re not alone and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is busy conducting a commercial truck parking availability survey very similar to one it did back in 2014.

In a city with three major interstates passing through it, Nashville knows a thing or two about truck traffic and the demand for big rig parking. The FHWA will take a state by state look at the location, number of spaces, availability and demand for truck parking; including truck stops and trucks parked along roadways and on highway ramps.

Bay & Bay Transportation anticipates we will be asked along with our drivers about the growing issue of a lack of truck parking and the impact on overall safety. The two biggest concerns: tired drivers being forced to keep moving and others who must pull over and park in what are considered to be unsafe places.

The need for truck parking and rest facilities has grown even more acute with electronic logging, which limits a driver’s service hours.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) believes “we are in a crisis stage now” regarding the truck parking shortage. The ATRI cites data which suggests truck drivers search for parking on average for close to an hour per day. They figure that amounts to an “opportunity cost” of $4,600 annually in terms of lost wages per truck driver. It’s a figure the ATRI says can be up to 10 percent of a truck driver’s annual salary.

This year’s parking survey will be expanded to include ports as well the nation’s interstate highways. It will also look at the parking needs of drayage and short-haul local drivers as well as over the road drivers.

The FHWA says all states have a parking problem and they need to work together to meet those needs. The results of the latest survey will be available sometime in 2019.
Bay & Bay Transportation believes in driver safety and hopes to be a part of the solution to the nationwide parking shortage. We’re currently looking for drivers in the Nashville area and other parts of Tennessee. Be sure to look for more details as Bay & Bay offers even more competitive pay and benefit packages.

Learn more and find out why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition. If you’ve got the right stuff, call (888) 801-3026, or visit us here for more details and information about how you can join our growing team in the Nashville area, and other parts of country.

 

Rain Driving Tips for Over-the-Road Drivers on Albany, NY Roads

October 4th, 2018 · No Comments

Safety is very important. As a business owner, you know you must do more than make sure customers are happy and your products are profitable. You know you also have to make sure that any over-the-road drivers on your payroll are safe and sound while on Albany, NY roads. However, as much as you might care or as much effort you put into making sure everybody is happy, you can’t sit in the trucks with the drivers and make sure they’re careful. At Bay & Bay Transportation, we believe every driver must be responsible. We hope the information below will help your truck driving experts.

Reduce Your Speed
Most important of all, drivers shouldn’t be driving like it’s the end of the world. They shouldn’t drive like their lives depend on it. During a rainfall or rainstorm, they need to slow down and take their time. Yes, it takes longer to reach a destination, but safety should be at the forefront. If they’re not cautious they could end up hydroplaning, and that will make the situation worse.

Stay Away from Standing Water
Puddles are normal. No matter where you are, if it’s raining and you’re outside, chances are there will be puddles. Of course, as harmless as they can be in some places, when they’re on the road, they’re a hazard. Over-the-road drivers who come across them risk hydroplaning if they speed over them. They could lose control of the steering or panic. Puddles should be avoided when possible.

Turn on Your Headlights and Windshield Wipers
Drivers shouldn’t drive without turning their headlights and windshield wipers on in these conditions. They need to be seen by other drivers and able to see the road in front of them.

Contact Bay & Bay Transportation of Albany, NY at (888) 801-3026 and learn about our over-the-road drivers and what they can do for you.

 

Making a Digital Search for Good Truck Drivers in the Minneapolis, MN

October 1st, 2018 · No Comments

Minnesota’s native son Bob Dylan once sang that “the times they are a changing.” It’s still true and even more so when it comes to attracting and keeping truck drivers in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.

Chances are the troubadour never envisioned what some now refer to as “millennial” truck drivers. But it’s something Bay & Bay Transportation of Minneapolis is keeping an eye on as the competition for driving talent grows even tighter.

The old ways of recruiting aren’t delivering results and won’t get loads to their destination either. We’re talking about word of mouth, job flyers, job boards, fairs, trucking schools, and printed ads to attract people to apply for those positions.

A new age calls for new tactics and the bottom line is firms like Bay & Bay must go where their future truck drivers are. It means using social networking and other digital recruitment methods to find its future workforce.

Researchers say that a majority of company drivers and owner-operators are using social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube, which are the sites of choice when it comes to creating compelling posts that might reach a place that “millennials” check several times a day.

Much has been made about the truck driver shortage and high driver turnover rates. Experts believe that digital media might be a way to create more engagement with employees. If it leads employees to feel more appreciated and respected in the workplace, it could lead to less turnover and more satisfaction overall.

Bay & Bay believes that rewarding drivers with competitive pay and benefit packages is also an important factor. We’ve got great local opportunities in Minneapolis and OTR positions available nationwide.

Learn more and find out why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition. If you’ve got the right stuff, call (888) 801-3026, or visit our web page for more details and information about how you can join our growing team in the Minneapolis area, and other parts of the country.

 

Boosting Your Truck Driving Reputation to the Next Level in Dallas, TX

September 24th, 2018 · No Comments

What makes a truck driver? As long as you put forth the effort to get your haul where it’s supposed to go, isn’t that all it takes? A truck driver can simply put things in a truck and move them from point A to point B and conceivably scrape by, right? Well, sure! However, if you actually want to be a good truck driver then it takes a bit more than that. Bay & Bay Transportation’s Dallas, TX area truck drivers know what makes a trucker truly great, and with a little effort, you can join the big leagues and maximize your reputation and productivity in the competitive business of professional truck driving.

If you’re hoping to improve your standing in the world of professional truck driving, you’ll need to learn how to be on time. This may seem like the absolute lowest bar to clear in any transport job, but when it comes to professional truck driving, you can really up your effectiveness and appearance by being habitually on time and ready to go. It looks great to clients, it helps out your co-drivers, it’ll put dispatchers at ease, and it’s the first step to presenting yourself as an effective, reliable truck driver. Timeliness is constantly mentioned in the world of truck driving because it really matters, and it really works.

So, you’ve become a time-management expert. Great job! Next, it’s time to master the art of interpersonal contact. Professional truck driving isn’t always sunshine and roses as any veteran truck driver will tell you, but part of your job as a professional is knowing when and where to share concerns and complaints. If you’re sharing gripes with the wrong people, it’s a perfect way to end up on peoples’ “pain-in-the-neck” list. Sure, being a truck driver can be tough, and sometimes a drive goes wrong in ways that you can never foresee, but if you’re interested in professional truck driving for the long haul, get ready to take punches as they come and walk out smiling. A good attitude about non-controllable factors will get you through even the toughest trips and saving harsh words for the right audience is key in any work environment.

And perhaps most importantly, learn to rely upon yourself. Being a truck driver doesn’t always mean acting like the lone wolf, but more often than not when a problem occurs on the road, you have you, yourself, and you again to deal with it. Being a good truck driver has little to do with the rigs and everything to do with the person behind the wheel. If you can prove that you can handle whatever the road throws at you, your clients and cohorts alike with respect your ability to take on any challenge.

If you’re interested in professional truck driving or you’re a current truck driver hoping to up your game in Dallas, TX, contact us at Bay & Bay Transportation to inquire about professional truck driving opportunities. Call today at (888) 801-3026 or visit our website here for additional information.

 

How to Increase Confidence in Your Over the Road Drivers on Oklahoma City, OK Roads

September 18th, 2018 · No Comments

When you own a business, you need things to run as smoothly as possible. You want your employees to feel safe and confident with whatever they do. If you run into problems, morale could suffer (and your products won’t get to stores in the case of over the road drivers). How do you make sure your team of drivers feels confident while they head down Oklahoma City, OK, roads? We hope the tips below will help. If you have any questions about Bay & Bay Transportation or road safety, please call us at (888) 801-3026.

Listen to Calming Music

When some people don’t feel confident on the road, their hands shake. Their legs feel like jelly and they don’t know what to do. It can help to put on quiet, soothing, and relaxing music. The music shouldn’t be so relaxing that it makes truck driving experts feel sleepy, but it should be enough to take away any jitters. They shouldn’t feel like they want to nod off, especially in the middle of the highway.

Practice With an Expert in the Truck

In order to make a truck driver feel more confident in their abilities, they should ask a driver with more experience to sit in their truck with them. Of course, these companions can’t sit for the duration of a long trip, but for a shorter one (say, across a few counties), this could work well. Your over the road drivers shouldn’t feel they can’t go to anyone for help.

Drive Under Different Conditions

Truck drivers should try their hands at driving under different conditions. For example, they should drive when it’s raining or the sun is very bright. When they know they can handle any scenario, everyone benefits.
Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Oklahoma City, OK, and learn about our over the road drivers and what they can do for you. The number is (888) 801-3026.

 

Serious Safety Tips for Summer Truck Driving in San Antonio, TX

September 17th, 2018 · No Comments

Truck driving in extreme heat can be more hazardous than many non-commercial drivers realize. Not only are you in a confined space for hours on end, but there’s also heavy movement, lifting, and cargo transferring that has to happen as well… even when the sun is beating down on your shoulders. For truck drivers in traditionally hot locales such as San Antonio, TX, the summer heat may be a welcome change from the cooler winter air, but without proper attention, it could also lead to some major summer woes. The Bay and Bay Transportation truck drivers encourage all fellow drivers to put their safety first while summer continues its oppressive reign.

 

Working outside in high temperatures is more than just a sweaty pain when it comes to professional truck driving. If the conditions are right, and they often are in the South, working in extreme heat can lead to heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and dehydration. Many truck drivers know to up their water intake during the summer for this very reason, but even if you’re drinking gallons throughout the day the sun can still be a major threat to your health or even just your productivity.

 

Heat, along with the more severe consequences, can increase one’s tendency towards absent mindedness or distraction. If truck drivers are overheated, sweaty, and tired they may make some bad calls. And as anyone working in professional truck driving will tell you, a single bad call can make or break an assignment. It may be something as small as making a wrong turn, but it could also be as catastrophic as causing an accident.

 

Heat can also impact your mood. Being uncomfortably warm for long periods of time can make anyone including truck drivers short-tempered, impatient, and irritable. This can lead to aggressive driving, extreme frustration, and sometimes a fairly literal “burning out.” If you’re finding that your mood is being inordinately impacted by the hot weather, some environmental interventions may be necessary.

 

If you’re going to be working in professional truck driving this summer in San Antonio, TX, be sure to fight back as hard as you can against the heat. Drink water, keep your cabin cool, and wear sunscreen, visors, and hats. For truck drivers looking for a new, hot opportunity (but not literally) call Bay and Bay Transportation today at (888) 801-3026 or visit our website here for additional information on summer trucking and additional trucking opportunities.

 

Tips for Over the Road Drivers Who Run Out of Fuel on Houston, TX Roads

September 13th, 2018 · No Comments

Drivers, no matter what their age, background, or location, have a lot to think about when they’re out on the road. They must pay attention to the drivers around them or try to quiet their restless kids in the backseat. They may even have to keep track of how long they have to stay on the highway before they reach their destination. When you own a business in Houston, TX, you know there’s more to driving than small inconveniences or thoughts. Your over the road drivers also have to focus on something else — running out of fuel. If they don’t, they could find themselves in bad situations. Not just for them, but for you, too. So, what should they do if their tank empties before they can get to a truck stop?

Try to Pull Over to a Safe Spot

When one of your truck driving experts realizes they’re about to run completely out of gas, they should do what they can to keep themselves and other drivers safe. If possible, they should move to the side of the road. The middle of the road is dangerous and could cause traffic backups, among other things. Obviously, this can be tricky when someone drives a truck, but it’s an important step that needs to be taken.

Call for Help

Of course, it’s important for over the road drivers to call for help once they have parked safely. If the driver is within walking distance of a truck stop, they can head over there for help. They won’t have to worry about sitting around for hours until someone can come by and assist. Above all, they shouldn’t panic.

Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Houston, TX, and learn about our over the road drivers and what they can do for you. The number is (888) 801-3026.

 

 

Will Easing Age Restrictions Relieve the Shortage of Truck Drivers in Places Like Joliet, IL

September 10th, 2018 · No Comments

The orders and demand from retail giants like Amazon and Walmart aren’t easing any. As a matter of fact, they continue to rise in places like Joliet, IL and elsewhere around the country.

 

The issue now for companies like Bay & Bay Transportation  is what to do about a need for truck drivers that’s leading to higher wages, rising prices, and delivery delays.

 

The numbers aren’t good; according to the American Trucking Associations estimates, the U.S. will experience a shortage of around 63,000 truck drivers this year.

 

At least a few members of congress are promising to push legislation that would ease a major restriction on  truck drivers who want to break into the business.

 

Currently commercial drivers must wait until they reach the age of 21 before it’s legal for them to deliver freight across state lines.

 

Assuming younger drivers can operate safely, a proposed law change would ease the need for people behind the wheel while offering new high school graduates a way to make a good wage right away.

 

Supporters are hoping an apprenticeship program overseen by experienced drivers and technology requirements like speed controls might help ease the concerns of critics.

 

The fallout from a lack of drivers is already hurting American business. Quarterly earnings reports are being affected as some industries can’t get enough raw materials or are having a hard time getting finished products delivered.

Bay & Bay Transportation is acutely aware of how difficult it can be to find the right people. We’re currently hiring over-the-road drivers in Joliet, IL and other locations across the United States.

Joliet is located in a transportation hub where interstates, waterways, and railways meet. Joliet is served by Interstates 80 and 55 and is minutes from Interstate 355. It has freight rail connections to local and regional carriers, and most importantly, is only 45 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop.

As an independent contract driver, Bay & Bay Transportation can help you achieve the best profits in the trucking industry. Through programs such as our truck lease-to-own program, our truck drivers have the opportunity to build a successful business career by using the highest-quality equipment at exceptionally affordable rates.

It’s one of many reasons why Bay & Bay Transportation is known as a quality driven tradition. If you’ve got the right stuff, call (888) 801-3026 or visit our web page for more details and information about how you can join our growing team in Joliet and other parts of the country.