3 New Year Resolutions for Indianapolis Truck Drivers

Truck Driver New Year ResolutionsHow are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? We’re not that far into 2015 and people around the world have already ditched their promise to go to the gym! Making a New Year’s Resolution doesn’t have to be hard, and it’s never to late to begin! Bay and Bay Transportation offers three ideas for Indianapolis truck drivers for their New Year’s resolutions:

Stay Healthy – Along with colds and the flu, traveling frequently in all kinds of weather can take a toll on truck drivers. To stay healthy, drink a lot of water. Even if this means taking frequent stops for the bathroom, it can drastically decrease your risk of getting sick. To keep your system up and running, make sure to do some kind of physical activity. At least 30 minutes a day will keep you healthy both mentally and physically!

Relax More – Situations on the road can be stressful for truck drivers, and being on the road for long periods of time can be difficult. Make it a goal to find time to relax this year, whether for stretching, reading, yoga, or an activity you really enjoy. Perhaps making plans to spend more time with your family and loved ones will help. Overall, you will be happier and healthier because of it!

Save MoneyBay and Bay offers tips and tricks for planning your trip and hopefully saving money in the long run. Truck driving may be associated with some higher costs, but using these tips can help you come away with more!

Remember, it’s never too late to make New Year’s resolutions and stick to them. Write down your goals and think about the best ways you can accomplish them. For more information, contact Bay & Bay today!

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Truck Stop Tips: Saving Money, Time, and Frustration

Truck Stop TipsTruck stops offer convenience and supplies for long distance drivers. If you haven’t already, be sure to read our recent post on the history of truck stops in America. There are many tips and tricks that can save you money and spare your sanity at truck stops. We’ve compiled some of the most useful tips for OTR drivers to make the most of their stops:

Park your truck beside a curb when possible. This protects at least one side of your truck from other drivers that, for some reason, may not see your giant trailer. These spots may be located further away from the building than other spaces, but that just means it’s a quick and easy way to work some exercise into your day.

To save money, limit your spending at truck stops. Convenience always comes at a cost. While the average 20 oz. soda will run you about the same price anywhere, other items such as medical products, groceries, and truck maintenance supplies will show a remarkable price increase. Stock up on your most used items before you leave and rely on truck stops for small items and snacks only.

Choose a stop based on your needs. Is it time to do laundry? Can you barely see out of your windshield after the salty spray of the last 200 miles? Are you just looking for a hot meal? Each truck stop offers these services, but some may be just a bit better. For example, The Flying J truck stop has long handles on the brushes for window washing and includes washer fluid in the water to clear your windshield completely. The Petro offers a great salad bar, with tons of options to make your own deluxe salad. All Travel Centers of America (TA) truck stops include laundry, and some include TV and video game rooms.

Use reward cards to earn free showers. Most TA, Petro, Love’s, and other truck stops offer showers to the drivers that visit. Typically, showers cost between $7-10 per use, and include a towel, wash cloth, soap, toilet, and an individual shower stall. By using reward or loyalty cards for specific chains, you can earn free showers with fuel purchases, as well as other discounts and freebies. Be sure to bring your own toiletries, though! You’ll need your own razors, flip flops, and other personal products.

In case you are wary of truck stop showers, keep in mind the complete overhaul that Pilot Flying J performed in 2013. They invested in a complete overhaul of their bathrooms and shower facilities, recognizing the importance of their patrons and their needs.

Think of those that come after you. This is probably the most important truck stop etiquette tip. Think of the truck drivers that will visit the stop after you. Throw all your trash away, keep bathrooms neat and tidy, park or pull ahead when you are done fueling, and park in the appropriate spaces. These few things might seem like common sense, but making sure you do them will make life on the road easier for everyone involved.

Bay & Bay Transportation employs hard-working OTR drivers and they deserve the rest and respite that truck stops offer. When we do our part to keep things neat, tidy, and clean, everyone’s job is easier. If you are interested in applying for a truck driving job with Bay & Bay Transportation, visit our Driver Opportunities page.

The Origin and History of Truck Stops in America

How did they come about? Bay & Bay Transportation explores the origins of these pit stops for truck drivers.

Truck Stop HistoryBay & Bay Transportation truck drivers log many miles on the road, as do all truck drivers. Rest stops, or truck stops, have allowed drivers to keep on course and find a place of respite for over 60 years. Truck stops began to appear after the Interstate Highway System was implemented in full force under the guidance of President Eisenhower.

The interstate system allows for quick and direct travel throughout the U.S. and is a means of bypassing small towns. Can you imagine having to travel through every town and every stoplight to deliver your goods? Unfortunately, this direct path that bypassed the small towns also bypassed the gas stations and other amenities that truck drivers need.

So, the truck stop was born. Located directly on the interstates, truck stops allowed drivers to rest, gas up, restock, and buy other necessities without detouring extra miles into the closest town. The first truck stops only provided diesel fuel, but today, many consist of showers, restaurants, shops, gaming centers, and more.

Truck stops can vary greatly in size and amenities. Most state-run rest stops offer bedrooms, bathrooms, and vending machines, but not much in the way of fuel for either the truck or the body. Chain rest stops tend to offer much more. For instance, TA Travel Centers and Love’s both provide fuel, truck care, and more amenities than your basic roadside rest stop. Some chains of truck stops even offer medical services, such as checkups and chiropractic appointments which can be a treat for drivers on the road.

The biggest truck stop in America, the Iowa 80 (exit 284 in Walcott, IA), provides almost every service you could need while you’re traveling. From gas and food, laundry machines and barber shops, this is the place to stop if you find yourself with a few errands to take care of. The Iowa 80 even includes a movie theater and health facilities! It’s almost like a small town within a city.

Truck stops are the most convenient place to stop while on the road, but after seeing so many chain stops, they may begin to look the same. While you’re out on the road, don’t forget to stop by the mom-and-pop shops that are just off the interstate. They can sometimes provide all of the same things you are looking for, but with a warm hometown smile and a snapshot of the part of America you’re traveling through.

What are some of your favorite places to stop on the road? Do you prefer franchises or local stops?

Bay & Bay Transportation is a trucking and transportation company that is committed to providing quality services to our clients and investing in the talents of our people. If you are looking for a truck driving job in Minnesota, the Midwest, or on the East Coast, please click here to apply now. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Get Ready! Our Annual Driver Banquet Set for January 24th

5th Annual Bay and Bay Driver BanquetEach year at Bay & Bay Transportation we honor our drivers at our Annual Driver Banquet. Without the hard work and dedication of each of our drivers, we would never have grown into the quality transportation company we have become. Our Annual Driver Banquet is a time for us to recognize and honor the best among us with the Top Dawg Awards.

The Top Dawg Awards recognize the top producing drivers of 2014 in their respective divisions. Each Top Dawg Award recipient receives a plaque, gift certificate, and the opportunity to win a vacation trip to the destination of their choice. It’s important that we celebrate and reward all of the hard work that our dedicated truck drivers delivered in 2014.

We also recognize our Wall of Fame drivers (drivers that have been with Bay & Bay Transportation for 10 years or more) and our current and past Driver of the Year winners.

The evening includes many opportunities for all to receive prizes, including raffle prizes, gift cards, electronics, Bay & Bay apparel, and more! This banquet is meant to be fun for all – all drivers in attendance have the chance to walk away a winner!

This year is an especially important celebration, as it is our 5th Annual Driver Banquet and Top Dawg Awards. We can’t wait to enjoy the company of our drivers and celebrate their hard work!