#PolarVortexProbs: Handling the Extreme Temps with Bio Fuel Trucks

minnesota truck driving jobs bay and bay transportationBio Diesel Use Increased Across the Country This Winter | Bay and Bay Transportation offers truck driving jobs in Eagan, MN and surrounding areas 

It looks like the colder weather might finally be behind us (knock on wood), but it still created quite a few problems for the truck drivers of Bay & Bay Transportation. One of the biggest challenges during the cold weather was faced by drivers of Bio Diesel trucks. One main characteristic of bio fuels is that they attract moisture, so it has been a challenge for many truck drivers to keep the tanks full.

An increase in moisture in the fuel tank of a truck can increase gelling of fuel and the potential for algae growth. Obviously, this could create many problems when it comes to the maintenance and health of your truck. There are a few steps you can take to combat the moisture attraction of your bio fuel.

Keep tanks full, regardless of season. Make sure when your truck is parked that the gas gauge is pointed towards “F.” It is harder for moisture to form in the tank when there’s already something occupying the space.

Keep the engine as warm as possible. Plug in the truck when possible. If you are unable to plug in, use the APU to keep the engine as warm as possible when not in use.

Be sure to note the fuel’s protection level. Most levels are noted on the fuel pump, but the fuel desk can tell you as well. Depending on the location, some fuel stations may not treat their fuel to upper Mid-West extreme temperature standards (we’re looking at you, Texas).

Knowing the fuel protection level of your bio diesel truck can mean the difference being stranded or making a delivery on time. Use approved additives to ensure that no water enters the injection system.

Bay & Bay Transportation often provides helpful tips like these to our drivers. If you would like to apply for one of our Driver Opportunities, please visit our site or apply online! Contact Bay and Bay Transportation today!

Highlights from Our Recent Truck Driver Safety Meeting

Bay & Bay Transportation Values Continued Driver Safety in Eagan, MN and surrounding areas

In early April, Bay & Bay Transportation held its annual trucking industry safety meeting with both truck drivers and office staff attending. In total, 125 people attended the annual event to receive truck driver safety updates, awards, and participate in Q&A sessions with the heads of multiple departments here at Bay & Bay. Safe practices in the trucking industry have always been a priority for us. Since we place such importance on it, we like to reward the drivers that drive safe year after year. This year we awarded over 150 safety awards, ranging frobay and bay transportation, truck driving jobs, truck driver jobsm one year of safe driving to 28 years of safe truck driving. We were proud to hand out a few very special safety awards. Five of our drivers have had 20 or more years of accident free driving. Great job everyone! At our safety meeting, we also recognized the recipients of our Driver of the Year award. Winners received a custom leather jacket, $1000 gift card, and an invitation to the Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park, SD sometime this September. Winners for the 2013 year were: Brad Bergquist (Burnsville), Pat McKinley (Rosemount), and Nate Jensen (Lake Elmo). Congratulations! Attendees were able to gain valuable insight throughout the meeting about safety in the trucking and transportation industry. Our guest speaker this year was Jan Markison, the Casualty Senior Safety Representative from Great West. By including some of the leading experts on safety, we are able to keep our drivers up-to-date on all changes and challenges the trucking industry faces in terms of safety. In addition to outside experts, we also provided Q&A sessions with the heads of multiple departments at Bay & Bay Transportation. Sam Anderson, owner, and Dean Wedul, Director of Safety, were the obvious choices as speakers, but safety encompasses multiple parts of the transportation process. We also brought in Zach Little, VP of Operations, Jeff Raley, Director of Operations, and Kent Klausing, Director of Maintenance, to ensure that our drivers could ask and have answered any questions about safety that they might have had. At Bay & Bay Transportation, we are not only committed to the safety of everyone at the company, but the professional development of each employee, from driver to office staff. If you would like to apply for a position with Bay & Bay, please visit our Driver Careers page, apply only, or check out our Other Careers section. If any questions should arise, please feel free to contact Bay and Bay Transportation today!

Basic Truck Driving Safety Tips Refresher | Truck Drivers in Eagan, MN

truck_bay_and_bayTips for New and Experienced Truck Drivers from Bay & Bay Transportation

As the weather finally starts to break and roads are beginning to clear up, truck drivers across the Midwest can finally breathe a small sigh of relief while running the roads. Driving and transporting goods becomes less stressful when the threat of icy roads and inclement winter weather conditions evaporate. Drivers should be careful not to become to lax in their safe driving practices, however. When the sun shines, it’s much easier to zone out and let your safe driving practices take a backseat to driving in the sun.

Bay & Bay Transportation values the safety and safe practices of our drivers. We’ve compiled a short list of the most basic yet highly important safety tips as a guide for new truck drivers and a refresher for experienced veterans.

Pay attention. This might have been your parents’ catch phrase when you were growing up. Always be aware of what is happening around you and your vehicle at all times. A little bit of attention can go a long way in preventing damage and accidents.

Look ahead. A major cause of all collisions is not looking far enough ahead while on the road. Be sure to pay attention to your immediate surroundings as well as what might be coming your way in the miles ahead. Aim to look about 12-15 seconds in front of you, or as far as you can see.

Leave enough space. Stopping can take a lot of time and distance and can be influenced by many variables such as whether your trailer is full or empty. Coming to a full stop at highway speeds takes about a quarter of a mile. At lower speeds, it takes closer to about a block. You can prevent big problems by looking ahead and allowing adequate space.

Note driving challenges.  Look for hills and curves that are upcoming in your travels and any potential challenges to maintaining a safe and consistent speed. Signs and traffic signals are especially important to look for. They will warn you of changing road conditions, such as construction and lane closures.

Use your mirrors. This may be the simplest tip, and encompasses all the tips from above. if you are constantly checking your mirrors, you’re actively looking and assessing your current driving conditions. This also helps for safe driving challenges like changing lanes, merging onto freeways, and maneuvering in close quarters.

At Bay & Bay Transportation, we like to keep our drivers safe and encourage them to use safe practices while out on the road. If you are considering a career with Bay & Bay, please visit our Driver Opportunities page, or click here to apply online. Contact Bay and Bay Transportation today!

Bay & Bay Adds Additional Retention Program in Rosemount, MN

Company Drivers and Mileage Owner/Operators Receive Additional Retention Bonus

At Bay & Bay Transportation, we take great pride in attracting and retaining some of the best truck drivers in the industry. Starting on April 1st, 2014, we are offering an additional .01/mile retention incentive for Rosemount Mileage Contractors and Company Drivers. Essentially, beginning April 1st, 2014, through March 31st, 2015, drivers are able to earn $.01 for every mile they travel, both loaded or empty.

This program will operate alongside the current retention incentive that pays the same amount for the period of October 1, 2013 to September 20, 2014. Eligible drivers have the opportunity to receive an additional .02/mile between April 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014.

There are a few other requirements applied to the incentive program as well. After all, we want the best drivers to stay with us continuously.
• You must be actively working for the company at the time of pay-out.
• If you leave Bay & Bay and then return, previous miles will not count. Only those from your return date forward are counted.
• You will receive your incentive payment in a lump sum.
• Lump sums will be paid no later than October 31, 2014, and April 20, 2015.

Bay & Bay Transportation values the hard work and loyalty of our drivers, and we like to reward them accordingly. With the addition of this incentive program, any driver that runs 120,000 dispatched miles per year has the opportunity to earn an additional $2,400.

We believe in investing in the future of the company and those that will stay a part of it. If you’d like to be a part of Bay & Bay Transportation’s future, please take a look at our Driver Opportunities page or apply here!