Daylight Saving Time Planning Tips for Truck Drivers

Bay & Bay Transportation provides trucking tips for drivers in Pittsburgh and around the country.

Trucking and Daylight Savings TimeAs we ride the downhill grade into winter, you can’t help but notice that it’s getting dark a lot earlier. Last week we “fell back” one hour as Daylight Saving time concluded for 2014. While we “gained” an extra hour that particular day, we “lost” an hour of afternoon sunlight until next year. Unfortunately for truck drivers, that means a little extra planning is needed to make a safe trip. Here are some tips from Bay and Bay Transportation for truck drivers in Pittsburgh, PA and around the country:

  • Greg Swanson, one of our truck drivers, suggests checking both your GPS and your atlas when planning out your route. You can’t always rely on one or the other because of changes, traffic, tolls, and more. Your fellow truck drivers at Bay and Bay will be more than happy to help you map a trip.
  • When planning times, keep in mind when it gets dark. If it’s more difficult for you to drive in the dark, try and map for driving earlier in the day. If you don’t mind driving at night, keep on trucking!
  • Watch out for increased deer activity! The changing of the seasons along with harvesting and hunting makes these animals more migratory now than any other time of the year. Be careful and reduce your speed if you think you see a deer ahead of you.

Daylight Saving time isn’t the only reason you should be cautious about planning your trip. As the snow and ice of winter approaches, prepare for slower speeds and more accidents on the road. Using these tips while planning can help you have a safer, happier trip!

There are plenty of videos with tips and tricks for truck drivers in Pittsburgh, PA and surrounding areas. Bay and Bay Transportation is committed to safety for our drivers, even if it means changing plans to compensate for earlier darkness or nasty winter weather!

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Home for the Holidays: Meeting the Vacation Needs of Our Truck Drivers

Flexible holiday scheduling is just another perk we offer truck drivers at Bay & Bay.

Holiday Vacation Time for Truck DriversThe holiday season is approaching and everyone is readying their plans for time off and traveling. This includes the truck drivers of Bay & Bay Transportation. It’s important that we work closely with drivers and employees to make sure we can get them home to their families when they need, and safely at that.

A quick forum search will tell you that home time is a complex topic in the trucking industry. Typically, OTR drivers are gone for seven days at a time, have a few days off, then are back on the road again. Most forums suggest trying to find a small to medium sized company to work for. Typically, companies of this size (like Bay & Bay Transportation) have more flexibility to work with drivers on specific home time needs.

At Bay & Bay Transportation, we have a national reach within the transportation industry, but we are also a family. We care about you as a person, and not just a number. Through clear communication and advanced notice, we can help you balance the important things in your life: your career and your family. We work with you to make sure that your time home and your assignments align to help you meet the expectations needed to succeed with Bay & Bay.

In addition to clear communication, we also value maintenance and safety of all of the trucks at Bay & Bay Transportation. Regularly scheduled maintenance keeps trucks running in tip-top shape. We also have safety meetings and courses that offer both safety reminders and new safety tips to make sure you can make it home safely for the holidays.

Home time for truckers is an important part of truck driving jobs in Minnesota or anywhere else in the US. Bay & Bay Transportation offers competitive compensation and benefits. This doesn’t just mean that the pay is awesome, but that the benefits (including home time and insurance) also live up to your expectations.

If you are interested in applying for an OTR truck driver position with Bay & Bay Transportation, check out our Driver Opportunities page to apply online and learn more.  We’d love to hear from you!

How Black Friday Impacts the Trucking Industry

Bay & Bay Transportation explores the effects of day-after-Thanksgiving shopping on truck drivers.

Black Friday and the Trucking IndustryAs we flip the calendars to November, many are gearing up for the holidays, and that includes Black Friday. While consumers are focusing on the best deals and safely venturing out to stores, truck and transportation companies in Minnesota and across the US are preparing for the increase in miles and loads. Though Black Friday may seem like just a weekend event, the retail and transportation industries have been prepping for it for quite a while now.

How do truck drivers play in to all of this? Now more than ever, it is extremely important to deliver goods on time. Bay & Bay Transportation provides dry van, flatbed, and intermodal transportation services to ensure that your goods are delivered on time to stores and warehouses across the Midwest. Additionally, we are a licensed, bonded, and insured property broker, so you never have to worry about property loss when you work with us.

Bay & Bay Transportation hires experienced truck drivers in Minnesota and across the country. By employing drivers that are local to the area they deliver, we ensure the quickest routes, the safest travels, and, maybe most importantly, significant home time during the holiday season.

Black Friday is not just a time for stores to move from the red to the black. The transportation industry also thrives in this time. Beginning in November and extending through Christmas, we are working hard to keep stores in supply. In fact, during the last recession, Black Friday and Cyber Monday were key players in pulling the trucking industry through. No matter your views, the earlier that holiday shopping begins, the stronger the retail and transportation industry emerges.

Bay & Bay Transportation has proudly been providing quality transportation services for a variety of industries for many decades. We are continuously looking for experienced OTR and owner-operator drivers to join our family. If you are interested in applying, click here to apply online or check out our truck driver hiring locations nationwide. We can’t wait to hear from you. Happy Holidays!

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Eco-Friendly Truck Driving Jobs in Pittsburgh

Want to work for an environmentally conscious transportation company? Become a truck driver for Bay and Bay.

Eco-Friendly Truck PittsburghBay and Bay Transportation is committed to quality care for our truck drivers as well as the world around us. That’s why we are actively working to reduce our carbon footprint and care for the environment. Here are just a few of the ways we are helping and some tips for truck drivers in Pittsburgh on how to continue on the right path.

We offer a variety of transportation services to meet our customer’s needs, including intermodal transportation services. Not only does intermodal transportation save money and resources, but it also puts a little extra back into the earth. Using an intermodal train means 280 less trucks on the highway, improving air quality and saving our resources.

Our truck drivers have a variety of resources on our website. Our videos show our truck drivers the most efficient, effective way to plan a long trip, as well as fuel saving tips to save everyone time and money. Using less fuels helps everyone, including the environment. Maintaining a consistent speed and accelerating smoothly are just a few tips to save fuel!

Bay & Bay Transportation also strives to find green alternatives to traditional transportation methods. We recently invested in trucks that run cleaner, use less fuel, and are eco-friendly, without sacrificing the power and pulling force of our traditional models. Through these new trucks, we are hoping to run more efficiently with less pollution to the Earth. This is just a small part of our commitment to the health and safety of our drivers, and the world.

Work for the company that does it’s best to reduce carbon emissions and use truck driving efficiently and environmentally friendly. Visit our website for truck driving jobs in Pittsburgh, PA and career centers around the nation.

Refrigerated Truck Driver Jobs in Pittsburgh

Bay and Bay Transportation is always looking for truck drivers in Pittsburgh to join our team!

Pittsburgh Refrigerated Trucking JobsThe heart of Pennsylvania is a great place for our truck drivers to thrive. Bay and Bay Transportation has happy employees based in Pittsburgh and around the country. We are currently recruiting truck drivers in Pittsburgh, PA interested in refrigerated transportation.

One of our specialties here at Bay and Bay Transportation is refrigerated transportation. Our temperature-controlled trailers have technologically advanced Thermo King Smart Reefers for maximum protection. Traveling across the country, we have been happy to successfully provide refrigerated transportation for our customer’s needs.

Even with cool, refrigerated transportation, Bay and Bay Transportation won’t leave you out in the cold. It can be scary and nerve-wracking jumping into a new truck driving job, but we make it an easy transition. On our Pittsburgh homepage, we offer resources for weather information, traffic and construction updates, travel updates and more. Our dispatch office also provides a friendly voice to help you navigate your route and deliveries.

Working for Bay and Bay Transportation is full of benefits. Our trucks are all comfy, late-model freight-liners. As mentioned earlier, our technology for refrigerated transportation is all up to date. We also offer driver benefits, bonuses, set wages, and more.

To learn more about refrigerated truck driving jobs in Pittsburgh, PA, give us a call or apply online. From company drivers to local owner-operators, there may just be a spot waiting for you in the Bay & Bay family.