Sharing the Road with Other Truck Drivers

Truck Driving Tips from Bay & Bay Transportation

minnesota truck driving jobsDriving, particularly truck driving, is not actually a singular activity. It may seem like you are isolated and alone when you’re driving many miles by yourself, but other drivers will always occupy the road along with you. From carpoolers to road trippers, commercial drivers and other truck drivers, Bay & Bay Transportation knows that you’re never truly alone on the road.

Respectfully sharing the road with other drivers helps everyone stay safer while traveling. Here are a few tips from one of our Owner-operators, Charlie Griffin. You can also check out the video here.

Merging: It’s important to be aware of upcoming on and off ramps. Anticipate what is happening around you. Pay close attention to drivers trying to merge onto the highway, as well as the big picture of all traffic.

Passing: When being passed by a car or other commuter vehicle on the road, it is important to maintain your speed. Reducing your speed could cause traffic backups and potentially increase the risk of accidents. On that same note, when another truck or transportation company vehicle is passing, sometimes it is appropriate to reduce your speed so that they can make a timely passing and the proper distance between vehicles can be maintained.

Lights: Most of the time it is completely appropriate to drive with your lights on. Just remember the 3 D’s: dusk, dawn, and dreary weather. If driving conditions match any of the 3 D’s, you should definitely have your lights on. Essentially, the only time you don’t need your headlights on is during bright, sunny days with dry roads.

Mirrors: You should scan your mirrors at least once every minute. Also remember to fully turn your head left and right to ensure there are no dangers hiding in your blind spots.

Inattentive Drivers: No matter the state or the law, there will always be drivers that think they can multitask while driving. Be aware of cars that are frequently drifting over lines or lanes. Some drivers even make it obvious that they aren’t paying attention by using their cell phones or other mobile devices in plain view. Extreme caution needs to be used around inattentive drivers. Keep extra distance between these cars and yourself.

Sharing the road is an important step in maintaining safety while driving.  is a trucking company that truly believes that safety should come first.

We are always looking for drivers that share the same values that we do. If you would like to work for Bay & Bay Transportation, check out our Driver Opportunities or click here to apply online!

Mid-America Trucking Show Set for March 27th

The Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) first took place in 1972 as a trade show for truck drivers and industry representatives. Since then, the annual event has grown (along with the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center that hosts it) to include over 1,000 exhibitors and 80,900 attendees, a great leap from the 83 exhibitors and 4000 participants in 1972.

The success of MATS and the phenomenal growth it has continued to experience showcases the importance MATS holds within the heavy-duty trucking industry. The 2012 MATS event hosted 80,972 attendees, smashing previous attendance numbers and achieving accolades as the “Best Mid-America Trucking Show Ever.” That is why attendees and exhibitors alike readily agree with the statement “If you want to conduct business in the trucking industry, you have to be at MATS.”

The 2014 MATS event will take place from March 27th -29th in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, with special VIP access beginning on Wednesday, March 26th. Attendees of the event are able to check out the latest technology, products, and services available to those in the truck driving industry, network with other drivers, and gain information about current hot topics in the trucking industry.

In addition to being a trade show, the Mid-America Trucking Show also provides educational opportunities and other special events for participants. This year, MATS is hosting a concert with up and coming opener, Chris Hennessee. The headliner for 2014 will be country music sensation Gretchen Wilson taking the stage after the events on Friday, March 28th.

The Mid-America Trucking Show is definitely an event not to be missed. This weekend is sure to be full of information, education, and fun times. Click here to check out the full line-up of events for the show.

If you’d like the opportunity to attend such a great event, consider a career with Bay & Bay Transportation. Check out our Driver Opportunities by clicking here or apply online!

Driver Referral Program Changes at Bay and Bay Transportation: Truck Drivers in Eagan, MN

truck driving jobs bay and bay transportationBay and Bay Transportation provides transportation services, truck drivers, and an unparalleled driver referral program in Eagan, MN and surrounding communities

Since its inception, Bay & Bay Transportation has focused on providing employees with meaningful opportunities to grow and earn more, while also providing solid benefit packages. We hire the best people by finding those we know, like, and trust. Part of finding the ideal candidates is asking the best in the business to refer to us those they know, like, and trust. One opportunity for employees that Bay and Bay offers is being updated: the Driver Referral Program in Eagan, MN.

The rules for the Driver Referral Program remain the same. If there are any questions regarding the rules, please call a Recruiter or Driver Manager for clarification at 800.878.8031, or use MACRO 59. What is changing? The payouts and the structure of those payouts are changing.

We are changing the rewards to all green. There will no longer be additional prizes such as t-shirts and hats. Instead, all rewards will be cash. When a driver employed by Bay & Bay Transportation or a driver who is an independent contractor with Bay & Bay refers a Company Driver, Lease Purchaser or Owner/Operator, he or she will receive the following bonuses:

• $1,000 will be paid out by Bay & Bay Transportation for each Company Driver referral (2 payments of $500).
• $1,500 will be paid out by Bay & Bay Transportation for each Lease Purchase referral (2 payments of $750).
• $2,000 will be paid out by Bay & Bay Transportation for each Owner Operator (2 payments of $1,000).

The first half of the payment will be made to the employee or independent contractor who referred the Company Driver, Lease Purchase or Owner/Operator at first dispatch. The second half will be paid after 90 days. The referring driver must be an employee or independent contractor at the time the bonus is paid.

Referral rewards are easy money. If there is someone you can recommend for any of the three opportunities listed above, simply give Bay & Bay Transportation the individual’s name and phone number and we will handle the rest. Contact us today!

Weathering Winter Weather on the Road: Transportation Services in Eagan, MN

Bay and Bay Transportation provides Truck Drivers and Transportation Services in Eagan, MN and throughout the United States

What weather-related road hazard kills more people annually most years than thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes combined? Black ice. Storms, tornadoes and hurricanes all do a good job of making themselves known. Black ice is hardly visible on the road and often is not detected by truck drivers until it’s too late. On average black ice kills five hundred people each year, making it the most hazardous element Motheminnesota truck driving jobsr Nature throws at travelers. Add the whiteout conditions caused by blowing snow, the force of wind against the side of an 18 wheeler hauling a box of freight behind it and the situations caused by other vehicles on the road and it seems miraculous that there aren’t more accidents and deaths during winter storms. Bay and Bay Transportation offers qualified, trained truck drivers throughout the United States to navigate the elements and get your items to their destination safely.

Sometimes, when a winter storm strikes, the best choice a truck driver can make is to not travel anywhere at all. Certainly there is work to get done, money to be made, and one wants to return to friends and family as soon as possible. But a delay of a day is better than the loss of life and damage to property that can result from taking too big of a risk.

When driving cannot be avoided or weather conditions do not give a truck driver reason to believe they would be prevented from making it to their destination, proper precaution begins before hitting the road. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

The first step to steering clear of a hazardous situation is to keep an eye to the sky and an ear to the local weather reports. Some routes may be safer than others. Find out which ones tend to be cleared first and which ones have more trees and/or buildings along them to help break up the wind.

Here are some basics to check on your rig before rolling down the road: 1. Check the tires. A tire should have at least a 6/32-inch deep tread on it to be considered snow worthy. 2. Check the lights. It only takes an extra moment to make sure all of the lights on your rig are free of snow. 3. Check your windshield wiper blades and your windshield washer system. Visibility is enough of a challenge during a snow storm. Wiper blades that are worn and not having enough fluid to keep windows clean and clear only compounds the problems.

At Bay and Bay Transportation, the safety of our truck drivers is a top concern. It is our commitment, as well as the commitment of our drivers, to deliver loads safely, on time, and damage free. Call Bay and Bay Transportation today!

“Green” Natural Gas Trucks Join Bay & Bay Fleet!

DSC_0349_editAlthough our company color is bright red, Bay and Bay Transportation of Rosemount, MN is running green. The company recently added a pair of trucks that run exclusively on natural gas. While the trucks cost about 50 percent more than a normal diesel truck, natural gas trucks significantly reduce carbon emissions (50 to 80 percent per truck, depending on the source). Compressed natural gas is also a domestic fuel that reduces reliance on foreign oils. Plus, it’s abundant and costs about 50 percent less than diesel fuel.

 

“We’re definitely a pre-early adopter of this alternative fuels technology, but it’s worth the investment. We’re committed to trucks that run cleaner and use less fuel,” said Sam Anderson, president and CEO of Bay & Bay. The company already maintains the highest rating possible with the USEPA’s SmartWay® Program, a public-private initiative to improve fuel efficiency and the environmental performance (reduction of both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution) of the goods movement supply chains.

 

Bay & Bay’s two 12-liter compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks began running last month on dedicated short-haul routes in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Each truck can travel 450 miles or more between fuelings and hold the equivalent of 140 diesel gallons. Long term, Anderson sees the technology working in 10 to 20 percent of its fleet.