Happy Halloween from Bay & Bay Transportation!

Celebrate the holiday with these treats for truck drivers and regular drivers alike!

halloweenHalloween is (pardon the pun) a magical time of year. Ghouls and witches run around creating joyous mischief on October 31st. As a truck driver, be sure to pay extra attention on Friday night! There will be extra people, extra traffic, and extra obstructions on your route. But what should you do for your own Halloween celebration? Well, you’ve got a few options! Let Bay & Bay Transportation guide your spooky night!

A company in California has converted many different 5th wheel, 44’ long trailers into housed houses on the move. Terror Trucks, Inc. can be transported anywhere in the nation to spook and scare even the most brave hearted! Do you have what it takes to brave the haunted trucks?

If you’re not a fan of haunted spectacles, you can always settle down with a thriller movie of the truck driving genre. Joy Ride tells the story of three young adults chased across the country after playing a cruel trick on a truck driver. The scenery of the Midwest provides the setting of the movie, something the Bay & Bay truck drivers are quite familiar with.

Looking for more of a classic? Check out Maximum Overdrive, directed by Stephen King and based loosely on one of his short stories. In this movie, the effects of a comet passing by Earth cause inanimate objects to come to life. The terror begins when a group of people become trapped in a truck stop by the recently animated trucks and trailers. Filmed in North Carolina, you can visit the now fully-operating Dixie Boy truck stop that was featured in the movie.

There are plenty of other movies that feature the transportation industry (Smokey and the Bandit, anyone?), but none quite as spooky and scary as the two above. So this Halloween, settle in, grab some popcorn, and celebrate right! Bay & Bay Transportation will be here to turn on the nightlight when you are done.

Bay & Bay Transportation is a trucking company based in the Midwest. We meet the refrigerated, dry van, flatbed, and dry tank transportation needs of companies all over the nation.

If you are interested in applying for a truck driving job with Bay & Bay Transportation, please visit our Driver Careers. We are hiring truck drivers throughout Minnesota, the Midwest, and along the East Coast. From Company Drivers to Owner/Operators, there are opportunities for any experienced OTR driver. Email [email protected] for more information or click here to apply online today!

The Growth of the Trucking Industry Means an Increase in Truck Driver Jobs

If you’re looking for a new career, consider joining the Bay and Bay team!

Trucking Industry GrowthWith more online economies thriving, in addition to brick and mortar stores returning to profitable levels, the need for transportation companies and truck drivers has continued to rise over the last few years. In late 2013, American Trucking Associations reported that the transportation industry would need to fill almost 100,000 new truck driving jobs to keep up with demand. As such, Bay & Bay Transportation is always looking for OTR, owner-operator, and company drivers to help us best meet the demands of our clients.

Unfortunately, the high demand for truck drivers has also been accompanied by a high turnover rate. Smaller fleets in particular have seen a high turnover rate for at least 6 quarters. Those that are independent operators have also started to be more cautious when it comes to their business.

As of the 2013 National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, there were over 3.1 million men and women putting on the miles in the trucking industry. It’s been just over a year since those statistics were released and the number has definitely risen since then. Bay & Bay Transportation was proud to participate in appreciation week and honored all of our drivers with events and meals at our local terminals.

The truck driving industry is growing just as much, if not slightly more, than other occupations. It’s important that we keep growing our numbers to meet demands, as well as increasing our retention rate with the best of drivers.

Bay & Bay Transportation is looking to fill many different truck driving jobs. If you have 6 months or more of OTR experience, we are looking for you! Assignments range from local routes to routes that extend to the east coast.

We believe in creating a family atmosphere between the company and our employees and appreciating the hard work that everyone puts into making this company run smoothly. Bay & Bay Transportation rewards hard work and safety above all. If you are interested in becoming a truck driver for Bay & Bay, please take a look at our Driver Opportunities to apply online!

Everything Minnesota Truck Drivers Need to Know About Weigh Stations

Bay and Bay Transportation details the purpose and functions of weigh stations in Minnesota.

Minnesota truck weigh stationWeigh stations are key to maintaining the safety of truck drivers and commuters on Minnesota highways. Originally, they were created to collect road taxes, but now their main purpose is to enforce safety and tax regulations. Bay & Bay Transportation drivers are very familiar with the weigh stations in Minnesota, especially during harvest season when they are especially active. Some purposes of weigh stations include: 

  • To check freight compliance with fuel tax laws.
  • To check weight restrictions.
  • To ensure safety equipment is working properly.
  • To comply with the Hours of Service Regulations.

Most weigh stations are operated by an individual state’s DOT or DMV, and enforced by the state police. Across the board, the federal weight maximum is 80,000 pounds. Some trucks are given overweight permits, but permits are only good for that particular trip. They cannot be transferred once the haul is delivered. An example of this exception would be when you see an “Oversize Load” or “Wide Load” traveling down the road (usually with half a house on the trailer) with accompanying vehicles signaling their presence.

If a truck is found to be operating with an overweight load, they will be forced to stop at the weigh station. They must stay there until either an overweight permit is obtained or a ticket is issued. When a truck is checked, it is also noted how compliant the driver is. This may further influence random checks, or checks on vehicles from the same company.

Often called “chicken coops,” the state regulations of weigh stations can make driving thorough multiple states a challenge. Luckily, drivers have the support of the Bay & Bay Transportation office staff and logistics team to help them plan accordingly.

In Minnesota, there are approximately 15 weigh stations, with 30% of them hovering around the Twin Cities areas. Others are prominent in the Duluth area, as well as the Winona area.

Specific laws and regulations like these are why we are looking to hire experienced OTR drivers. Weigh stations can seem a little daunting as a new driver, but Bay & Bay provides knowledge and support to each of our drivers so they can travel safely and lawfully.

Please take a look at our Driver Opportunities page to apply online right now!

Bay and Bay Transportation is Hiring OTR Company Drivers in Pittsburgh, PA

Truck Driver Jobs PittsburghPittsburgh, PA is a truck driving hub this time of the year. After 55 years of service, Bay and Bay has built a foundation for success in the transportation industry and for our truck drivers alike. This time of year is busy for our company, and we are happy to announce that Bay and Bay Transportation is now hiring company Over the Road (OTR) drivers in Pittsburgh, PA.

At Bay and Bay Transportation, we make it easy and rewarding to become a truck driver. Our truck drivers work with the highest-quality equipment possible. We also provide useful resources to our truck drivers so that their trips are safe. This includes Department of Transportation information for each state, weather forecasts and road closures, and information on things like the best rest stops in the Midwest.

Still not sure if Bay and Bay Transportation is right for you? We offer our truck drivers numerous benefits. Full medical and dental benefits are offered after 60 days. We also offer company paid life insurance, paid holidays, sick time and vacation, and eligibility for a 401(k). Bonuses are offered for fuel management, mileage, and retention.

Even with our ever-expanding company, we still treat all our drivers with individuality and care. If we could describe Bay and Bay Transportation in one word, it would be family. Our CEO, Sam Anderson, said it best: “If we take care of our drivers and our people and try to help them realize their dreams, they will ultimately take care of our customers’ needs.”

For more information on Bay and Bay Transportation truck driving jobs in Pittsburgh, PA, visit our Driver Careers page, or contact a recruiter to learn more about our superior truck driving jobs.

Why is Engine Braking Prohibited for Trucks in Some Areas?

Bay & Bay Transportation explores the rules of the road for truck drivers in Minnesota and the Midwest.

If you are a resiEngine Break Prohibiteddential commuter traveling through Wisconsin, Illinois, or Indiana, you may have noticed signs that are aimed at commercial truck drivers. Signs like “Weigh Station Ahead” or “Trucks Keep Right” are common notifications when driving on any interstate. But what does is mean when there is a sign that says “Engine Braking Prohibited” on toll roads and interstates?

There are actually two versions of engine braking. For a typical car, engine braking would be when you let off the gas and natural forces (like gravity and the push back from the engine) slows the speed of your vehicle. When the gas pedal is released, a type of vacuum is made in the throttle, creating a braking effect.

In diesel engines, like those that Bay & Bay Transportation drivers are familiar with, engine braking is a little bit of a different scenario. A compression release brake, also commonly known as a “jake brake,” opens the exhaust valves at the top of the compression stroke, creating a loud noise similar to the firing of a gun.

So what is the point of engine braking for truck drivers? In most cases, it is an effective braking method, creating massive amounts of force. This can extend the life of friction brakes and help drivers maintain better control of their rig. For example, it might be an advantage when driving down a steep or long slope.

Engine braking is prohibited in some areas because of the loud noise it creates. Typically, when an interstate travels near a residential area is when you will see the signs prohibiting the action. Typically, research shows the decibel level to be the same as that of a large lawnmower, but in early morning or late at night, the sound a jake brake causes when engaged can be very disruptive to local communities.

The many signs that say “engine braking prohibited” make it seem like an unsafe practice, but that is not the case. Mostly, engine braking is regulated because of residential areas located close to tolls roads and interstates.

Bay & Bay Transportation is a truck company that you can trust to stay up to date on all the latest laws, regulations, and practices. If you are interested in working for us, please check out the Bay & Bay Driver Opportunities page to apply online!

Fall Season Tips for Truck Drivers in Pittsburgh

Bay and Bay provides seasonal driving advice for Pittsburgh-area truck drivers.

Fall Driving TipsThe leaves are changing and the weather is cooling down. Can you believe it’s already autumn? It may not seem like a dramatic change, but with the subtle shift of the seasons comes different road conditions and traffic situations. Here are some fall tips for truck drivers in Pittsburgh, PA, and all across the United States from Bay and Bay Transportation.

As we enter the harvest season, agricultural traffic will increase dramatically on roads and highways throughout the country. There will be tractors pulling hoppers of grain from field to farm, and influx or trucks plying the highways hauling crops to elevators or suppliers. Tractors and combines are some of the slowest vehicles on the road. When you see them from a distance, be sure to change lanes carefully or slow down in advance.

The falling leaves and changing of tree colors can be a beautiful sight on the road, but don’t let it affect your driving. Even the most road-hardened trucker has witnessed a phenomenal fall spectacle they found jaw-dropping beautiful and bordering on magical. It’s only human to spend a bit of time taking in the awesome wonder painted from horizon to horizon by nature. While admiring the seasonal change and the beauty it brings, try your best to not be overly distracted so you can focus on the task at hand: driving safely.

Fall is one season closer to winter. Before you know it, we’ll be putting on our winter jackets and driving through snow and ice. Now is the time to for truckers to prepare for what is expected to be a brutal winter, whether that means revisiting extra safe driving practices early or getting internal checks on trucks before the weather hits. Better safe than sorry!

At Bay and Bay Transportation, we are happy to be home to some of the safest drivers in the United States. Although fall may not seem like much of a change on the road, always be prepared for the unexpected. Slow farm equipment, distractions, and unforeseen road conditions can always come about. Truck drivers should exercise extra caution during the autumn season, and prepare for the long winter ahead!

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