Rites of Passage for Bay & Bay Transportation’s Truck Drivers

Minneapolis Truck Driving Jobs Available at Bay and Bay Transportation

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Each culture has a set of expectations and milestones that its people reach to show growth and advancement. Americans adolescents typically experience the same or similar milestones and rites of passage across the country as they grow into adulthood. Similarly, truck drivers at Bay & Bay Transportation go through rites of passage when they begin their career with us. Though the milestones are similar, drivers progress through these milestones with the experience and wisdom that one can only gain with age and experience.

The most well-known, shared experience that American teens and truck drivers participate in is the acquisition of a driver’s license. At the age of 16, most teenagers are finally given the privilege to drive without a parent trying to slam on the brakes from the passenger’s side. Teenagers and new truck drivers both need to put in the hours to master driving skills, both solo and with a mentor, and take special classes that provide supplementary information. And just like newly licensed drivers get to drive the clunker instead of Dad’s Lincoln, newly licensed truck drivers shouldn’t expect to drive the newest equipment or log the most miles. A rite of passage is an experience that you work your way to, something that you earn, and that doesn’t change, no matter the culture.

Soon after a teen achieves their license, they begin to pull away from home. Whether it’s finding a job or heading off to college, American teenagers begin to find independence as they gain experience in their driving. Time away from home is new and unexperienced, something that both teens and new truck drivers must become accustomed to. While liberated teenagers are learning new skills and subjects, truck drivers are seeing new sights on the road and learning the ins and outs of traveling across the city, state, and country. It’s a completely new lifestyle they both have to learn and adjust to.

Probably the hardest part for both young adults and truck drivers is the separation they experience from their support system. Even with ever increasing forms of communication, and the ease of access to them, it’s still not the same as having a cup of coffee at a friend or family member’s house. Drivers must develop a support system for the road, whether they call at the same time every night, visit distant relatives as they pass through, or make new friends through the CB radio.

At Bay & Bay Transportation, once you’ve proven yourself as a driver through successful completion of CDL classes, meeting safety guidelines, and even meeting our MPG expectations in our new “Focus on Fuel” program, we’re glad to reward you for making it through all these familiar, but new rites of passage. Logging more miles and driving the newest and best equipment is a physical showing of how much hard work you have put into driving and transporting for Bay & Bay Transportation. Always be proud of the rites of passage you experience while driving because we are proud of all the work that you do!

If you are interested in truck driving jobs in Minneapolis, contact Bay and Bay Transportation today.

Truck Driving Tips- Driver Fatigue Management Strategies

One of the Truck Driving Job’s Most Treacherous Hurdles

Here are a few practical tips from Bay & Bay Transportation for staying safe while on the road. Bay & Bay offers truck driving jobs in Minneapolis and other locations around the nation, with the best compensation and incentives in the industry. Contact Bay & Bay Transportation for more information.

Driver fatigue can be one of the most dangerous and deadly part of having a truck driver job, and those who work for Bay & Bay Transportation are no exception. It is so important for our truck drivers to be alert while on the road, not only for their safety, but for the safety of others as well. While we can provide the training to operate the specifics of the truck, it is up to each driver to determine the best ways to combat fatigue while driving on the road. Although each individual’s fatigue management strategies are unique to that person, most fall under the category of tips we’ve assembled below.

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Get enough sleep. This tip seems obvious, but it’s the most important. While your body can fight through other symptoms, like hunger, it is much harder to ignore feelings of drowsiness. Fatigue can only be offset by music, caffeine, and conversation for so long.

Exercise regularly. Just 20 minutes, three times a week of easy exercise, like a brisk walk, will help combat the fatigue. After sitting in a truck for so long, the activity will make it easier for you to sleep when the time comes, resulting in a better rest.

Keep a healthy diet. Try to eat at similar times every day. This will keep you full and able to focus on driving without being distracted by thoughts of how hungry you are. Also, try to maintain a balanced diet. Healthier foods will give you energy instead of that sinking, tired feeling fast food provides. Drink plenty of water, since dehydration is a key factor in feeling fatigued.

Avoid medicine that causes drowsiness. This is especially important during cold, flu, and allergy season. Check labels to make sure you can still operate heavy machinery after taking medicine such as Benadryl or other cold medicines.

For truck drivers, sometimes fatigue masquerades as being bored with the scenery, especially after all the horizons start to look the same.  When you find yourself more bored than tired, try a few simple tricks to keep you focused on the drive.

  • Sing along to the radio
  • Turn up the A/C or roll down the windows
  • Drink a moderate amount of caffeine
  • Play “I Spy “ and take notice of landmarks in front of you

If you should find any of these methods failing to help you stay alert and focused, then it’s time to pull over. A 10-20 minute nap and a small loss of time are much more preferable than an accident on the highway. On the road, Bay & Bay Transportation’s first priority is the safety of our drivers. By combating fatigue with these easy techniques, we can make sure the road is safe for truck drivers and other drivers as well.

Bay & Bay Transportation Introduces “Focus on Fuel” Incentive Program

bay-and-bay-transportation-focus on fuelBay & Bay Transportation understands the effect businesses can have on the environment. That’s why we have rolled out a new incentive program that is good for our drivers and the environment. Fuel efficiency saves money and time, and our new “Focus on Fuel” program helps us pass those savings on to the drivers through quarterly and bi-annual bonuses.

The Bay & Bay “Focus on Fuel” program was launched 4th quarter of 2013 for our existing company truck drivers. We’ve split our trucks into four separate groups with different MPG targets of fuel efficiency. During this 3 month period that ends on December 31st, 2013, drivers have the chance to become acquainted with the trucks they have been permanently assigned to drive. During this period, they have the ability to increase their cent per mile bi-annually. Any company drivers hired on or after January 1st 2014, uses the first period of measurement to develop the skills to exceed the MPG goal and earn more during the next period of measurement. The money that truck drivers save by being fuel efficient is passed on to them in the form of bonuses.

Bay & Bay has two incentive programs in place. One program is geared at increasing the driver’s cent per mile and the other is recognizing our top MPG performers by truck group. The cent per mile incentive gives the drivers the ability to earn above their current cent per mile pay. They have the potential of increasing their cent per mile with every .4 increase of MPG above the target that has been set for that specific truck group. This will be measured bi-annually.

The other incentive is measured quarterly; the drivers with the highest percentage above targeted MPG will receive a quarterly monetary bonus of $2500 and the chance to earn the annual bonus of $10,000. In contrast, failure to meet the expected MPG is a loss for Bay & Bay and will result in a deduction from the driver’s quarterly mileage bonuses.

Since we expect our truck drivers to meet these expectations, Bay & Bay provides the tools and training that drivers need to perform well. A simplified rundown of our fuel efficiency tips include:

  • Keeping speeds near 55 to 60 mph
  • Eliminating unnecessary idling
  • Using cruise control when safe to do so
  • Avoiding hard acceleration or hard braking
  • Keeping tires properly inflated
  • Shifting within the range of the engine’s “sweet spot”

All in all, the “Focus on Fuel” program is very simple and straightforward. By drivers paying attention to their trucks and driving habits, Bay & Bay Transportation saves money, and our drivers earn more. Quarterly qualifications are easy to meet:

  • Must log at least 30,000 miles within the quarter
  • No preventable accidents/incidents during the quarter. If so, the diver is ineligible for the quarter bonus for that quarter and annual reward bonus. However, they may still qualify for future quarterly bonuses.
  • Can only win top quarter performer once per year
  • In the event of a tie, the driver with the most miles will win.

As our launch period is winding down and we begin moving into the assessment period, Bay & Bay Transportation is proud to see that most of our drivers are meeting and exceeding the MPG expectations in all four categories. Keep up the great work team!

It’s not too late to join the “Focus on Fuel” program, either. We have a system in place for those that join Bay & Bay Transportation after the launch period. Contact Bay & Bay Transportation today to learn more about our available truck driving jobs.

Bay & Bay Transportation Sponsors November Luncheon with James Wills

This month, Bay & Bay Transportation is proud to sponsor the Transportation Club’s November Luncheon. Mark your calendars for November 12th so you can attend this special event. The luncheon starts at 11:30 am and should conclude around 1 pm. It is being held at the Ramada Mall of America, located at 2300 East American Boulevard in Bloomington, MN. Members of the Transportation Club are encouraged to attend and bring friends, as are non-members. The cost is $35 for members, with the same rate extended to their guests, and the rate for non-members is $40.

This month’s topic is The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, more commonly known as MAP-21. Congress passed this funding and authorization bill in the summer of 2012 to govern US federal surface transportation. The bill includes many significant reforms that surely affect the transportation industry.

Our guest speaker on the topic is James Wills, an experienced lawyer who has done extensive work within the transportation and trucking industry. Wills has worked in the management department and as general counsel for two major trucking companies throughout his career. With over 35 years of experience, he is well-versed in the needs of his clients, particularly those within the trucking industry. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Trucking Association and the Brainerd Baxter Lodging Association. Wills is a valued speaker within the trucking community. Be sure to hear his thoughts on MAP-21 and the future of motor carriers!

To register and pay online, visit http://store.transportationclub.com/main.sc. If you would like to mail in a paper registration and pay by check, visit transportationclub.com and click on the printable luncheon registration option under the Monthly Luncheon Schedule tab. Forms and check payments can be mailed to:

Transportation Club
PO Box 385995
Bloomington, MN 55438

Bay & Bay is excited and honored to host the Transportation Club’s November Luncheon on November 12th. For the latest on our industry, don’t miss this informative event!