Bay & Bay Transportation Honors Military Men and Women with Truck Designs

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Bay and Bay Transportation was purchased by Dave Anderson, a Vietnam veteran, in 1988. Though Dave was done with his tours of service, he didn’t forget about the rest of the men and women still serving our country. As a result, Dave made sure that his equipment at Bay & Bay Transportation displayed respect and honored the service men and women that have sacrificed for our country. So began the patriotic truck designs that mark our fleet.

As you approach Veteran’s Day this November, you’ll notice more flags and patriotic themed decorations popping up around the neighborhood. At Bay & Bay Transportation, however, we honor our service men and women throughout the year. Our patriotic truck designs run the roads all year long and also double as an incentive for our drivers. “Some of our top drivers are awarded them [the patriotic trucks]. It is a nice bonus for them.” explains Zach Little, Vice President of Operations at Bay & Bay. With the advances in digital printing, we will continue to create elaborate truck designs honoring all aspects of the military that protects us.

The truck designs also double as publicity for Bay & Bay Transportation. Commuters are much more likely to talk about the beautiful patriotic designs on the truck on the right instead of the white panels of the truck on the left. Some corporations are starting to pay trucking companies to advertise on their blank slate panels. Other trucking companies use the panels to promote certain aspects of the company, such as sustainability or recruitment. At Bay & Bay Transportation, our truck designs will stay on the patriotic side of the spectrum. We’ll keep the products and goods of our great nation moving while proudly honoring those in the military who keep our country safe.

Here at Bay & Bay, we aren’t just all design and no drive. In addition to our patriotic truck designs, we are committed to hiring veterans and active reserve military men and women for a variety of positions as both truck drivers jobs and non-truck driver jobs. We keep alive Dave’s idea, years after his passing, to honor those who serve and their family and make sure they understand that they have our support. With such a large blank canvas driving down the road, creating innovative and patriotic truck designs was the obvious answer.

Join in the conversation! Leave a comment below to honor or thank some one in the military or a veteran that you know.

Minnesota Truck Driving Tips- Communication on the Road

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At Bay and  Bay Transportation, we want to make sure that we’re in contact with our drivers at all times. Not only does this ensure the safety of our truck drivers, but increases the efficiency of our business and keeps routes and trips fully updated. There are a variety of ways for our truck drivers to keep in contact with the office, other Bay and Bay drivers, and even with other truckers while on the road.

CB (Citizen’s Band) Radio – One of the staples of the truck driving job, most people think of the CB radio when they think of truck drivers communicating on the road. This form of communication has been a solid option for drivers for most of trucking’s history. Drivers can use a CB radio to communicate weather conditions, accidents, delays, debris on the road, local directions, and any other questions drivers may have while on the road. Most drivers use channel 17 or 19 to communicate with each other, while local law enforcement officers will monitor channel 9 for emergency situations. Some companies also use specific channels for inter-company communication so that they don’t clog the other available channels.

Communicating on the road also has a distinct language all its own. If  civilian motorists were dialed in to the proper CB channels and heard truck drivers talking, they would swear they were in a foreign country. Some of the more popular phrases include:

  • Bambi – a deer on the road, dead or alive
  • Gator – a blown tire on the road with the potential to damage the truck
  • Driving Award – a speeding ticket
  • Double Nickel – 55 mph
  • Go-go juice – diesel fuel

There are plenty of other colorful code words and phrases used to describe common road items and situations. Feel free to tune in and get educated.

Cell Phones – It’s almost unheard of for someone to travel without a cell phone these days. They can be used to keep in contact with the company, catch up with friends and family, or other drivers. Many drivers prefer to stick with a nationwide provider to ensure better coverage throughout their travels. Smaller providers are fine for local routes, but service can fizzle out the further you travel from home. Additionally, external antennas can be attached to the truck to provide more stable cell service. These are not miracle devices though. An external antenna will only strengthen a signal that is already there. It can’t create a signal.

Internet – The internet is becoming more widely used to communicate on the road as well. It’s the easiest way to communicate in-depth information or something that may need to be referenced multiple times in the future. With the new 4G Service on cell phones, most websites, emails, and attachments can be accessed on a smart phone. More truckers are also bringing their laptops on the road, and invest in wireless cards so that they have constant internet access where ever they land.

Keeping in contact is especially important while drivers are on the road. They need to keep communicating with dispatch, the central office, other truckers, clients, and those at home. It is not only essential to the job, but to keeping normalcy in an ever-changing life. Communicating is a part of every culture and needs to be practiced daily to be kept alive. If you’d like to become a part of an established culture with its own unique language, apply for Minnesota truck driving jobs at Bay & Bay Transportation today.

“Truck Driving Jobs”: Breaking Free From Negative Trucking Stereotypes

Truck Driving Jobs Often Come With Negative Stereotypes…

Not at Bay and Bay Transportation

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Many jobs come with a pre-determined stereotype, but none more so than OTR truck drivers in the trucking industry. Many drivers at Bay & Bay Transportation constantly combat the stereotypes that the media has portrayed over the years. Hollywood has gone a long way to further the misconceptions of the old days, not bothering to update them to how things work today. Most stereotypes can be easily addressed with a little research. At Bay & Bay Transportation, we treat our employees as people, not as stereotypes of the role they’ve stepped into. Check out some of the common misconceptions of truck drivers and how easily they can be dis-proven.

Truck drivers are dirty. Most people assume that truck drivers, because they don’t have a readily available shower or washer and dryer, become a “dirty person” while on the road. In fact, the opposite is true. Many truck stops have modern shower facilities and laundry areas available, but most average travelers don’t notice because they avoid truck stops. Additionally, many transportation companies have adopted stricter policies concerning cleanliness and appearance.

Truck drivers don’t follow the same rules as everyone else. Most think that because truck drivers spend their days on the road they have their own rules and don’t pay attention to those set in place for everyone else. Whether its drugs, promiscuity, or the rules of the road, this has been a negative and false stereotype perpetuated by Hollywood’s portrayal of truck drivers. Truck drivers make their money by delivering their shipment on-time and undamaged. Most wouldn’t risk the time it would take to break rules just for a little “fun” that could potentially end their trucking careers. Almost all companies do drug testing and random screening of their employees to make sure they are staying safe out on the road. Most likely, the only “substance” you’d find in a driver’s system is caffeine from their favorite soda or coffee.

Trucks cause more accidents. This is a product of the media again. Trucks are more visible and garner more attention on news stations. There are many safety rules that govern the operation of a tractor trailer, and strict fines apply if they are broken. So the next time you are frustrated by a slow truck, just remember that they are keeping to the guidelines that help keep everyone safe on the road.

Only men are truckers. In fact, more and more women are joining the trucking profession. There are some that even pair up with their husbands to become team drivers. Though men are still the higher percentage of truckers, more women are seeking truck driving jobs.

Truckers are uneducated. Trucking has become a very profitable industry. Because of that, drivers come from all walks of life. There are those that have a high school diploma, as well as drivers that used to be lawyers or doctors. Additionally, all that time on the road leaves plenty of airtime to listen to audiobooks, language tapes, and pre-recorded courses. So on top of having mechanical knowledge about their trucks, most drivers also have normal, if not above average, education levels.

As with everything, there are a few exceptions but, the vast majority of those with truck driving jobs are hard-working, family-oriented, educated, clean and careful. They come from all walks of life and share the same hopes and dreams as just about everyone. Bay & Bay is a company that celebrates and rewards those people.

If becoming a truck driver sounds like an occupation you are interested in pursuing, contact Bay & Bay Transportation. We are always looking to add motivated drivers to our team of transportation professionals.

Trucking Driving Essentials: What to Bring on the Road

OTR Essentials for Truck Drivers from Bay & Bay Transportation

truck driver jobs, bay and bay transportationAt Bay & Bay Transportation, our OTR drivers have the same basic needs as those with a stationary job – they just have much less room to store it! Experienced truck drivers have narrowed down the essentials needed for long trips to keep both the truck driver and the truck running smoothly. Here are some suggestions for newbies and veterans alike. The essentials can be split into the following categories:

Truck Tune-ups: Having the necessities for your truck is just as important as having items to meet your own personal needs. Make sure your truck is stocked with the right tools to deal with any minor problems or help with the loading or unloading process. Pick up a Trucker’s Atlas in case other means of navigation fail. This falls under the DUH! category but, you know that a CB is also a great way to stay in communication with other drivers who can give you a heads up about traffic snarls, road construction or other conditions that may affect your trip. Use it accordingly.

Personal Needs: Whether it’s clothing, toiletries, or something in-between, your needs don’t suddenly change once you’re on the road. The bright side is that clothing can be minimized by re-wearing pants or shirts every now and then. Be sure to bring a jacket no matter where you are traveling, but especially if you are driving through changing altitudes. The right footwear is needed and it’s important to make sure you have the correct boots for the job, like steel toe boots for safety if you’re driving a flat bed. Getting the proper amount of sleep is very important on the road. Invest in an indoor sleeping bag (they take up less space) to move from bunk to bunk and still have a comfortable night’s sleep…like at home. Don’t forget your pillow! Communication is another essential, especially on an unfamiliar route. Make sure you have your cell phone as well as a charger that works in the truck. Finally, have at least one (if not multiple) pairs of sunglasses. You’re first trip on a westbound road at sunset will prove why they are such an essential item.

Free Time Entertainment: The easiest and most efficient way to store any type of entertainment is to invest in a portable music player, an e-reader, or a laptop computer/tablet PC. Books are clunky, and changing CD’s can become a distraction while driving. With an e-reader you can bring your entire library with you and take up less space than one single book. Similarly, playlists can be made for portable music players so that you’ll barely have to touch the device between stops. A laptop is also a possibility, though you’ll have to invest in a wireless internet card if you want to use it anywhere besides a truck stop. Similarly, a laptop is an efficient use of space, holding your entertainment, communication, and another possible charging station for electronics when stopped on the road. Make sure to have chargers and adapters for any electronic you may bring with you.

Odds and Ends: Sometimes it’s better to be over prepared. On the road, you may need work gloves for random repairs or to make loading or unloading easier. Wet wipes are great for small spills and to clean up between showers on the road. An emergency kit with food and supplies in case of a breakdown is always a great idea. There is no set list of odds and ends for the road since every driver will tell you something different relating to their preferences. However, it never hurts to be prepared for every instance and there are plenty of ways to make the most efficient use of your space.

Whether it’s a long or short trip, Bay & Bay Transportation deals with all different types of transportation needs. Our drivers are professionals, both in the trucking world and in the efficient use of space. If you’re interested in truck driving jobs with Bay & Bay Transportation, please visit our truck driver jobs page for more information about applying.