Owner/Operator Truck Driving Jobs in Minnesota and Throughout the Midwest

Bay & Bay Transportation is looking for owner/operator truck drivers for our van division in Minnesota, the Midwest, and along the East Coast.

truck driving benefitsThe average person assumes that there is just one type of truck driver. The typical persona would be someone that works for a company to deliver goods by driving a truck and trailer. Apart from the different divisions in trucking, there are also different ways to be employed in the industry. A popular choice is to be an owner/operator truck driver.

What does it mean to be an owner/operator? Owner/operators are self-employed truck drivers. This would be similar to the owner of a restaurant that also acts as the bartender on weeknights, or a freelance writer for a newspaper. There was an increase in owner/operators after the Motor Carrier Act of 1980, which made it easier for manufacturers and companies to find affordable transportation services to fit their needs, whether with an individual driver or a large company.

Bay & Bay Transportation partners with owner/operators to meet the needs of companies and clients across the country. We also offer benefits to owner/operators that choose to work with us. Some of those benefits include:

  • 100% Payment on Approved Tolls
  • Fuel Discounts
  • 2500-3300 Miles/Week
  • Mileage Pay and Fuel Surcharge

We abide by the PC Miler Practical Miles system when paying our drivers. Based on a 5’3″ trailer length and 13’6″ clearances, the practical mile system allows drivers to take the more time efficient and more desirable route to deliver goods.

With the support of Bay & Bay Transportation, you’ll have the tools and advantages to build a successful owner/operator business. There are a variety of companies that offer truck driving jobs in Minnesota, but few offer the benefits and advantages that we do. If you’d like to join the Bay & Bay Transportation family, please don’t hesitate to apply online or email [email protected] for more information.

Best Fall Truck Driving Routes in Minnesota

Bay and Bay lists some favorite fall drives for Minnesota truck drivers.

Fall LeavesSeptember marks the final days of summer and the beginning of autumn. A favorite pastime of many Minnesota natives is taking a drive to see all the fall colors along the highways. As a truck driver, you have a prime opportunity to check out the leaves in all their beauty. Just think of it as one of the many benefits of having a truck driving job in Minnesota!

Where can you see the fall colors at their very best? Check out our list below and don’t miss a second of fall’s beauty!

North Roseau, MN to Hovland, MN
At the very northernmost tip of Minnesota, the peak season is almost over. Typically, this area sees the best colors around mid to late September. According to the DNR website, the area still has yet to hit the very best colors this year. Less than 50% of the leaves have changed for 2014.

Duluth, MN to Fargo, ND
Typically, fall colors are at their peak in this area from mid September to early October. At this time, about 10-25% of the leaves have changed.

Burnsville, MN to Sioux Falls, SD
Near the headquarters of Bay & Bay Transportation, fall colors will hit their peak late September to early October. We have yet to see many trees start to turn, but fall is definitely on it’s way!

South of Faribault, MN
The rest of the state will see the leaves at their prime in early to mid October. Residents of southeast Minnesota won’t have to wait long to see those beautiful orange, red, and yellow leaves!

Truck driving jobs in Minnesota afford drivers unique opportunities to watch the landscape of their routes change throughout the year. Spring and summer bring new and repaired roads, fall brings beautiful colors, and winter brings varying levels of snow and cold, all in one state!

Bay & Bay Transportation’s drivers travel all throughout Minnesota, the Midwest, and the East Coast. There are plenty of opportunities to see nature change this season. Post your best pictures of the fall colors to our Facebook page. We’d love to see them!

If you are interested in becoming a truck driver for Bay & Bay Transportation, please visit our Driver Opportunities page, or click here to apply online. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to e-mail [email protected].

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Pittsburgh Truck Driving Tips: How to Avoid Distracted Driving

Bay and Bay Transportation encourages all truck drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

Driving DistractionsAt Bay and Bay Transportation, one of our top priorities is keeping our truck drivers safe. Distracted driving has become an issue with all types of drivers in Pittsburgh, PA and throughout the country, but because of their long hours, truck drivers are even more at risk. If you are a truck driver, consider the following safety tips for your trips and long hauls:

Keep devices away so they are less of a distraction. If you need your phone at hands reach, turn the volume on so you aren’t checking your device constantly. If you need to, pull off to a rest stop or truck stop to make a call or use your cellular device. Use a hands free device if available.

Find the best way to focus. If listening to music keeps you focused and entertained, use it. If not, or it is a distraction, explore other options for your long trips, including audiobooks, podcasts, or road trip games that keep your attention on the road and your surroundings.

Stay caught up on sleep. Every truck driver needs a decent amount of sleep to spend long days on the road. Don’t skip opportunities to sleep! It could be dangerous if you drive while running on very little sleep. Rest is vital in maintaining a healthy life and safe on-road career. We offer our drivers vacation and sick time to give you the rest you need off the road.

Some of our truck drivers have safely driven over one million miles. In fact, the Million Mile Club at Bay and Bay Transportation honors drivers that have safely completed one million miles or more during their driving career with us, all while staying away from distractions on the road.

If you are looking for a truck driving job in Pittsburgh, PA, consider applying to work with Bay & Bay Transportation. We have company driver, owner/operator, and lease purchase programs that will set you up for success. Apply today!

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How to Handle High Winds as a Truck Driver

Bay and Bay offers a few truck driving safety tips for windy days

windy truck drivingDrivers for Bay & Bay Transportation are no stranger to the howling winds of the continental US. With most of our truck drivers traveling the roads of the Midwest, wind is a common enemy of trailers and MPG alike. Since the Midwest has fewer trees and consists mostly of flat plains, there isn’t much to break up the flowing airs of the seasons. Truck drivers must know how to handle high winds and wind gusts.

Imagine a strong gust of wind hitting your car. It pushes you around the road a little bit, doesn’t it? Now imagine that gust hitting a car twice the size of yours, with a higher center or gravity. Now imagine the wind also pushing around the trailer connected to the large vehicle. Truck drivers struggle with bullying winds day in and day out, while compensating for the dead weight of the trailer as well.

In situations where high winds are present, it’s important to keep extra distance between you and other trucks on the road. Don’t even think about drafting behind the truck in front of you! While steady winds are common, strong gusts will throw an unexpected curveball your way. It’s best to maintain more distance around your truck when driving in windy areas.

High winds often accompany storms as well. You may see a black cloud on the horizon, and press down on the accelerator just a bit to try and outrun it. That’s one of the worst courses of action to take though. Though you might outrun the storm, you put yourself at a higher risk of accident. When you drive at high speeds, there is less time to correct and avoid an accident. High gusts of wind, a nuisance at lower speeds, might become a fatal push while speeding. Storms with high winds and rain also bring along the potential for hydroplaning, another good reason to keep speeds at a lower level.

As a truck driver in Minnesota and the Midwest, it’s important to keep an eye on the weather and know what conditions lay ahead. From new drivers to seasoned professionals, safety on the road is the most important aspect. Maintaining a steady communication with your dispatcher is key. If conditions are reaching threatening levels, they may advise you to pull over and wait out the storms or high winds.

Bay & Bay Transportation is committed to the safety of our drivers and the delivery of goods. If you are an experienced truck driver, up for the challenges of high, gusty winds in the Midwest and along the east coast, please don’t hesitate to apply to one of our available Driver Opportunities.

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Bay & Bay Transportation Driver Appreciation Week 2014

Bay and Bay says “Thanks!” to our outstanding drivers

Driver Appreciation Week

Without our experienced and hard working drivers, Bay & Bay Transportation would not be the thriving transportation company that it is today. As such, we’d like to honor ALL of our hardworking truck drivers in the Minnesota area. We will have a celebration at each of the terminals in the Twin City area all throughout the week. Check out the schedule below to participate in this week’s events!

Monday, 9/15
Lunch: 11:30 – 2:30 at the Rosemount Terminal
Dinner: 2:00 – 6:00 at the Burnsville Terminal

Tuesday, 9/16
Red Wing Shoe Truck Display: 7:00- 11:00 am and 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Burnsville Terminal
Lunch: 11:00 – 3:00 at the Rosemount Terminal

Wednesday, 9/17
Red Wing Shoe Truck Display: 7:00 – 11:00 am and 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Rosemount Terminal
Lunch: 11:30 – 1:30 at the Rosemount Terminal
Dinner: 2:00 – 6:00 pm at the Burnsville Terminal

Thursday, 9/18
Lunch: 11:00 – 2:00 pm at the Rosemount Terminal

Friday, 9/19
Lunch: 11:30 -1:30 at the Rosemount Terminal
Dinner: 2:00 – 6:00 pm at the Burnsville Terminal

Each meal will be accompanied by raffle prizes, Bay & Bay merchandise, and more goodies! At Bay & Bay Transportation, you’re family and we want to make sure you’re treated that way. We hope to see each of our drivers at least once throughout Driver Appreciation Week. Thank you to each and every one of our drivers for your hard work, dedication, and time away from your family. We appreciate it!

If you are looking to join the Bay & Bay Transportation family, check out our driver opportunities. You can also apply online if your are committed to quality transportation services, just like Bay & Bay. If you have at least 6 months of solo OTR experience, we encourage you to apply!

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