Truck Driving Tips- Making the Most of Time Spent on the Road

Truck Driving Tips from Bay and Bay Transportation

Truck driving is the name of the game at Bay & Bay Transportation. Unlike many other occupations, it’s much harder to multitask or work on another project when working for as a truck driver. Because of this, driving can become monotonous fairly quickly, especially on long trips spanning over several days. Luckily, there are many options that can help pass time and add a little extra productivity to your drive.

  1. Learn a new language. With all the time spent next to a stereo system, you might as well put those speakers to use. Check out tapes or CDs that you can pop into the stereo and learn a new language. You’ll have plenty of uninterrupted time to listen and lots of privacy to practice speaking aloud. After you’ve mastered a new language, test your proficiency by listening to a news station in that language. Even if you work all your life as a truck driver in the Midwest, it never hurts to learn an extra language. You never know when you may need it!
  2. Listen to a book.  Experienced commuters will let you know that one of the best uses of driving time is to listen to an audiobook. One of the easiest ways is to rent an audiobook from your local library and pop the tapes or CDs into the stereo. Another option is to download an audiobook onto a portable music player, such as an iPod, though those will add up quickly. Check out daily deals on audiobooks or check out websites like audible.com to sign up for a monthly subscription. With a variety of ways to listen, you’re sure to find one that works best for you.
  3. Locate a news source. Long trips can feel very isolating. Check out local news stations to keep up-to-date on not only traffic, but current events and important issues in your area. You can also download podcasts, if you prefer, utilizing your portable music player. There’s a podcast for almost every category from Games & Hobbies to World History.
  4. Check out new music. We’ve all got our favorite songs, but there are only so many times you can listen to “Bohemian Rhapsody” before even that masterpiece becomes repetitive. Give the seek button on the truck’s stereo a try. If you normally listen to Top 40 Hits, switch to classic rock for a few minutes. Alternative lovers might want to give country a chance. The best part is you can always change the station back to your preferred setting.
  5. Get in a workout. Surprisingly, there are actually a few exercises you can do while driving to help combat on-the-road weight gain. The easiest move is to tense the abdominal muscles for a set amount of time. Try tensing and releasing for 10 seconds at a time and work your way up to one minute. You’ll be on your way to sporting a six-pack, as well as delivering a shipment. It’s all in a day’s work!
  6. Roll down the windows. Fresh air is just a glass pane away. Let a breeze in the truck to air out the cab, after a lunch, or to enjoy the scents as you drive past a bakery. It’s possible to feel disconnected or stuck on the road, but driving with the windows down for a while will revitalize you and break up the drive a little.

Next time you’re driving on the road, whether it’s a short trip or a multi-day excursion, try out some of these new tips. Bay & Bay Transportation treats its truck drivers as more than just a number. We strive for growth, both professionally and personally, in all aspects of our company and encourage our employees to do the same. If you are interest in working for Bay and Bay, click here to apply. We are offering truck driver jobs in Minnesota, as well as across the United States.

Truck Drivers are Not the Only Employees We are Looking For

 

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You know that Bay and Bay Transportation is one of the leading trucking and transportation companies in the Midwest. You know that we offer truck driving jobs with better than average pay, benefits, and incentives. You know that we offer a friendly, open door work environment. Experienced and new drivers alike are impressed by Bay and Bay’s focus on the success of our drivers. But, did you know that our office staff enjoys all the same things about working at Bay and Bay?

–        Excellent pay, benefits, and incentives

–        Friendly, open door work environment

–        A company focused on your success

Sound like someplace you’d like to work? You’re in luck! We are currently looking for great people to fill several key office staff positions. Check out our listings below:

Position: Billing/Settlement Specialist                                    Location:Lake Elmo, MN

Reports to:  Office Manager/Driver Settlement Supervisor

Benefits: Medical and dental insurance, paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, 401(k) and ROTH 401(k), company-paid Life Insurance, company-paid Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability Insurance.

Description: This position is based in LakeElmo and is responsible for accurately processing billing information to customers and pay/settlements to drivers.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Audit trip information to ensure proper documentation to support driver payment and customer billing.
  • Review/audit pay deductions and billing data for accuracy and completeness.
  • Interact with drivers, customers, dispatch etc. on a daily basis.
  • Update settlement records to record changes and/or add new information.
  • Maintain confidentiality of payroll/settlement information.
  • Process payments for direct deposit pay and garnishments (i.e. Child Support, etc.).
  • Review and approve billing information for invoices.

Ideal candidates for this position will have:

  • College degree or a combination of education and experience.
  • Prior experience in a payroll/settlement or billing/accounting role.
  • Experience in trucking/transportation industry preferred.
  • Proficiency with computer systems and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Strong attention to detail and problem solving skills.
  • High level of confidentiality.
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work professionally and effectively with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment.
    • Ability to tolerate high stress situations.

 

Position: Brokerage Manager – Service Delivery               Location:Eagan, MN

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Compensation: Salary + incentives

Direct Reports: Truckload POD managers

Benefits: Medical and dental insurance, paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, 401(k) and ROTH 401(k), company-paid Life Insurance, company-paid Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability Insurance.

 Description: This position is responsible for carrier development and load coverage/service delivery in our truckload PODs. Manages PODs to achieve budget and productivity goals.

 Job Responsibilities include:

  • Sourcing and development, and grading of carriers for customer needs.
  • Manage distribution of workload among PODs
  • Coordinate efforts between PODs to cover customer commitments.
  • Coach POD staff on negotiating with carriers.
  • Coordinate service commitments with customer service staff.
  • Coach POD staff on using internal customer management system.
  • Oversee recruiting, training and supervision of all POD staff and independent contractors.
  • Ensure compliance with company policies by POD staff and independent contractors.
  • Achieve budget for PODs and independent contractors.
  • Assist accounting and operations staff in resolving settlement disputes with carriers.
  • Provide pricing feedback to Pricing Manager.
  • Provide feedback to IT for internal customer management system  development
  • Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.

Ideal candidates for this position will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in business
  • Prior experience managing a truckload brokerage team required.
  • Prior supervision experience required.
  • Prior P&L responsibility required.
  • Proficiency with computer systems and Microsoft Office suite.
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to make sound decisions.
    • Ability to work professionally and effectively with a diverse group of individuals, both internal and external customers.
    • Ability to work in a fast paced, multi-tasking environment.
      • Ability to tolerate high stress situations.

For more information or to apply for these and other career opportunities, visit our careers page. Whether you are beginning your career or building on past experience you have the opportunity to make a difference as we grow and expand our business.