Looking for a Career in Over the Road Trucking? Tips on Getting Your Commercial Driver’s License in Minneapolis, MN

When you begin considering a career in Minneapolis for over the road trucking, it can be overwhelming researching all the requirements needed. Bay and Bay Transportation Inc. wants to give you some helpful information on where to start—getting your commercial driver’s license or CDL.

First of all you must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid Minnesota driver’s license to qualify for a commercial driver’s license. If you are a new applicant for a CDL, you will first apply for a non-renewable permit. Besides your driver’s license you need one the following items for proof of citizenship:

  • US passport
  • Certified copy of your birth certificate
  • Certification of naturalization or citizenship
  • A valid unexpired permanent resident card.

After you receive your permit, you have 180 days to take your written and over the road skills test. The first phase of the test is a written test. The scope of the test you take will depend on the type of truck you wish to drive, the weight of the vehicle and if it has air brakes or not. The DMV offers practice tests for you to take available on their website. You may take each one of the tests once per day. If you fail to pass both, you will need to reapply for a permit again and start the process over so study well!

When you pass the written tests you will begin the next phase with is the CDL skill test.  This comprises the pre-trip inspection of the vehicle, the basic controls of the vehicle and the road test.

  • Pre-Inspection: You will be asked to describe to the instructor what should be inspected on your specific type of truck and why these daily inspections should be done. You will be graded on your knowledge of this system.
  • Basic Controls: This determines your ability to control the vehicle, a critical part of being an over the road truck driver. Some of the things you will be asked to do is basic backing up of the truck, docking in alleys and backing into different lanes.
  • Road Test: This test will evaluate your ability to maneuver the truck in a variety of different road scenarios. You’ll travel in cities and country and side roads, be asked to merge and turn, lane positioning and speed control of the vehicle.

There are also some medical qualifications for being an over the road trucker. You will have to fill out a medical self-certification form and in some cases may be required to provide more proof of your health status.

This is a generalized breakdown of the process, and if you want more specific information you can find much information available here on the Minnesota DMV website. We’d also be happy to speak with you to give you more information on a career in Minneapolis with Bay and Bay Transportation. Give us a call today to get your career on the road!

Mirror Mirror on the Truck: Checking Mirrors for Indianapolis Drivers

Where’s the most important place to look as a truck driver? Your first guess might seem obvious—out the windshield of course! And you’d be right, but there’s a close second place answer that’s deserves a lot of attention, and that’s your mirrors. Mirrors are exceptionally important for all Indianapolis, IN Bay and Bay Transportation, Inc. drivers!

They save lives

This might seem a little far-fetched, but it’s true. Your mirrors help you know your surroundings at all times, so you’re aware right away when something goes wrong beside or behind you on Indianapolis roads. This can help you avoid wrecks, and if there is a wreck, you can avoid involving more cars in that wreck, which in turn can save the lives of anyone involved. Check your mirrors regularly as you drive; it could save someone else’s life—or your own.

They help you be a conscious driver

Being aware of your surroundings isn’t just important when something goes wrong; it’s important all the time. It helps you be conscious of other drivers and makes the drive easier for everyone. For example, if you’re in the left lane and you spot a vehicle coming up behind you in your mirrors, you can switch lanes and let them be on their way. If you didn’t look in your mirrors, that driver could be stuck behind you and overall traffic slows. Checking your mirrors is a plus for you and the vehicles around you.

They help you move around

For a Bay and Bay Transportation truck driver, having the ability to move safely is vital, and this can be difficult for long and wide vehicles. Using your mirrors will help you move around more easily, whether switching lanes, merging, or even seeing where to move in a parking lot.

Mirrors are more than just accessories on your truck; they’re your ticket to safer and more conscious driving. Check your mirrors often while navigating those Indianapolis roads for the safety of yourself and others.

If It’s Time for a Career Change, Join the Team at Bay & Bay Transportation

Have you been looking for a change in venue?  Is it time to jump-start your career? Have you been thinking of driving a truck?  There is much to consider in such a life, but, If you are ready for the change, Bay & Bay Transportation, in Minneapolis, MN, is the only trucking company you need to consider.

When you’re pulling your rig out on the open road, you are doing important work:  driving, hauling and delivering freight that, in turn, creates happy business owners and satisfied customers.  At our core, Bay & Bay Transportation is the truck driver, which is why we invest in you through driver benefits, bonuses and driver referrals as well as through good truck maintenance from our yard shops.  Furthermore,  we are committed to listening to your concerns and encourage you to get in touch with us.

Of course, it’s not always an easy road. There are the hazards of the weather, other drivers and deadlines to name a few.  We respect your decision making process while on the road.  If you determine that weather is hazardous, Bay & Bay Transportation stands behind your decision to only proceed when you feel the weather has changed for the better.  Another challenge of being a truck driver is that you are spending considerable time away from your family. We ourselves are a family-oriented company and we know that your family is the integral part of your life, so we strive to provide healthy work/life balance scenarios for our drivers.

Though we are based in Minneapolis, MN, Bay & Bay Transportation hires OTR drivers and local drivers from all over the United States. We have a variety of driving options from lease-to-own, working as a company driver, or contracting as an owner/operator.  Bay & Bay Transportation has a higher base pay, full medical and dental benefits and numerous bonus opportunities.  With these options and so many locations, this is the very best time to consider a career in truck driving.

With numerous locations throughout the United States, we make the freedom of the open road possible for you—with benefits of base pay and benefits . As testified by our drivers, Bay & Bay Transportation is “a company you’ll want to stay with.” This is the time to learn more about a career in truck driving, so contact us today! Call us today.


Codes of the Road: Signals for Truck Drivers

Truck drivers are generally the most careful drivers on the road, because their livelihood depends on safe travel. To do so, many use various signals to communicate with other drivers…and often times you probably don’t even think twice about it.

Bay and Bay Transportation of Minnesota has decoded this “code of the road,” and put together some basic phrases, translated for you into “driver” speak.


History behind the Signal

Before light signals, drivers used hand motions and gestures to indicate their movements, much like you would while riding a bike today. The first signaling lights in 1907 were shaped like hands because drivers were so used to reading hand signals.

We’ve come a long way since then.

So what is it you’re trying to say? We’ll break down some of the most important road codes that you should know, so that you understand and do them yourself while driving.

“I am going to turn.”


  1. Signal your blinker early— as in well before you turn. Turn signals were created to communicate intention, or future actions. If you wait to turn on the turn signal until you are actually turning, drivers behind you may not have enough warning to slow down or stop.


  1. Signal continuously, meaning, don’t cancel the signal until you’ve completed your turn. First and foremost, you need to keep both hands on the wheel to safely complete the turn.

Imagine this scenario:

A semi needs to turn right, has already signaled early for the turn, and swings wide into the left lane for the turn. If the driver cancels the signal early, drivers behind the semi may think the semi driver changed their mind, or might have missed the signal completely. If either of these happen, it would result in some devastating damage.


  1. Don’t forget to cancel your signal after the turn. The majority of trucks don’t have auto shut-offs for the turn signals. No auto shut-offs can help drivers avoid an early cancel as described in the above scenario.


“I am going to merge into this lane,” Or “I would like to pass.”

 The steps are similar to a turn:

  1. Signal early,
  2. Look to make sure you have enough space,
  3. Make sure other drivers know of your presence, even if it’s obvious. Use your best judgment on whether to add in a quick flash of lights or very light tap on the horn. Either way, still be prepared just in case they still do not see you.
  4. Signal continuously, and
  5. Cancel your signal once you are safely in the lane.


 “It is safe to pass.”

 It is difficult to judge whether or not you have enough space to change lanes; especially while driving a semi. If you are a driver behind a semi trying to go in front of you, quickly flash your headlights when the semi’s trailer clears your car and there is room for them to move back into the driving lane. Often times a truck driver will flash his trailer lights as a “thank you” for your courtesy.
“I am slowing down or stopping.”


When you’re driving on the highway for a long time, you experience something called velocitization. This means that your ability to recognize changes in speed goes down. If you are suddenly faced with a road hazard that requires you to judge a change in speed, it can become a dangerous situation very quickly.

Drivers are often unaware of how quickly they are catching up to a slow vehicle until they are very close. This is why a warning is helpful in preventing crashes when you are slowing down or stopping.

This is where your brake lights come in handy. If you come across a situation where you are slowing down or stopping, lightly tap your brake pedal to flash your brake lights as a warning to drivers behind you.


“There is danger ahead,” Or “I am stopping very quickly.”

 From oncoming traffic, you may see more than two consecutive flashes indicating you should proceed with caution. If you find yourself coming to an abrupt stop, put on your flashing hazards since this signal gets the message across very quickly and clearly.


“I am right here.”

 In poor weather conditions such as rain or snow, or poor lighting such as at dawn or dusk, make it as easy as possible for others to see you. Turn on your lights. Make sure to use the headlights, not just the clearance lights.

Congratulations, you know the code!

Bay and Bay Transportation is a Minnesota-based transportation company that works with businesses all across the United States. If you have at least one year of solo OTR driving and are a road code master, contact us here today to learn about our Company Driver and Owner Operator employment opportunities.

3 Things Fellow Drivers Will Thank you For in Indianapolis

Being a Bay and Bay Transportation truck driver means more than just driving—it means being conscious on those Indianapolis, IN roads so you can get from point A to point B safely and mindfully. Being aware of other drivers is important to make the driving experience better for both you and the other cars on the road. Here are three things to do to please the drivers in cars around you.

Signal Early

The end of that sentence is “but don’t begin to change lanes!” For Bay and Bay Transportation drivers in Indianapolis, it’s necessary for you to signal early because of the size of the vehicle. Cars need plenty of time to speed up or slow down to make room for you in another lane, and signaling early is something they’ll thank you for. Some drivers might become nervous if they think your signal means you’re changing lanes immediately, so make sure to stay in your lane until a spot is free.

Be conscious of quicker drivers

At some point, every Bay and Bay Transportation driver is going to come across a driver who wants to go faster—and that’s okay. With a big truck and heavy cargo, it can be safer and more economical to go slower than the speed limit. With that said, be conscious of drivers around you who want to go a little faster, and make sure that you’re in the correct lane to let them pass. They’ll thank you for it.

Give some space

Bay and Bay Transportation drivers are driving big vehicles—that’s part of the job. Drivers in very small vehicles can sometimes feel suffocated and/or intimidated by semi-trucks. You can’t help your vehicle size, but you can make it a little easier on drivers of small vehicles by making sure you’re not inching over the middle line, or accidentally roaming into other lanes. The drivers of Indianapolis, or anywhere in the country, will thank you for it!

Being mindful on Indianapolis roads makes the trip better for everyone. Be conscious and safe on the roads—and other drivers will thank you for it!

7 Safety Tips Every Truck Driver Should Know

A career as a truck driver is rewarding, adventerous, and profitable. But truck driving can also be dangerous. Whenever you get behind the wheel of any vehicle, you risk causing an accident. The risk is greater when your vehicle weighs 40 tons.

Forbes ranked a career in truck driving number 9 in their 2013 list of “America’s 10 Deadliest Jobs.” The reason is the high fatality rate of almost 26 for every 100,000 drivers. It is all the more tragic when you consider that most accidents can be avoided with good driving habits.

If you are a truck driver for Bay & Bay in Minneapolis, MN, it pays to be a safe driver. Here are 7 safety tips to help you become a safe driver:

  • Get plenty of sleep. If you’re drowsy, pull over and take a nap. It’s not worth the risk of driving when you’re sleepy.
  • Know the side effects of your prescription medications, if you currently take any. Many medications cause drowsiness and dizziness.
  • Don’t speed. This should be obvious, but the fact is most drivers exceed posted speed limits. The chances of causing an accident almost triples when you speed.
  • Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles. When you’re hauling thousands of pounds worth of freight, you need extra time to come to a stop. This tip goes hand in hand with not speeding.
  • Make sure to observe speed and lane restrictions within work and school zones. These areas are often congested with traffic, workers, and children.
  • Check your blind spots. Adjust your mirrors before you travel to maximize your field of vision. Repair your mirrors when they are damaged, and invest in side mirrors if you need them.
  • Check your brakes regularly. If your brakes aren’t functioning properly, you need to know as soon as possible so you can have them fixed. You don’t want to find out your brakes are bad when you need to come to a sudden stop.

Following these safety guidelines does not guarantee that you won’t have an accident, but it is an excellent way to avoid most of them. If you are beginning a career as a truck driver for Bay & Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN, work now on becoming a safe driver by practicing these and other safety tips. The sooner you practice safety, the sooner safe driving will become second nature for you and the less likely you are to cause careless accidents.

If you’re interested in starting a career as a truck driver and live in the Minneapolis, MN area, contact Bay & Bay Transportation today!

How Bay and Bay Transportation Truck Drivers Can Save their Brakes In Indianapolis

Brakes are necessary—that’s for sure. None of us would be on the road if it weren’t for brakes! It’s also important to realize when our brakes are getting too much use, and to learn some tips on how to make brakes last as long as they can, saving us time and money down the road. Here are a few ways that Bay and Bay Transportation, Inc. truck drivers can save their brakes, not only in Indianapolis, IN, but across the country.

Don’t Watch the Bumper in Front of You

Let us explain: you should always be focused on your surroundings while driving, whether you’re on busy Indianapolis streets or a country road surrounded by cornfields. But this rule applies to how watching a few cars ahead of you, rather than just the car right in front of you, can help save on quick stops and stop-and-go braking. If you watch just the bumper in front of you, you’re likely to not notice slowed traffic until the brake lights come on in the car just ahead of you. On the other hand, if you’re watching the tail lights of a car three or four ahead of you, you’re likely to know about slowed traffic early, allowing you to coast before gently braking. This will save your brakes, especially during rush hour.

Coast, Coast, and Coast Some More

The very best thing an Indianapolis Bay and Bay Transportation, Inc. driver can do for their brakes is learn the fine art of coasting. This means that rather than speeding up to a stop sign and then braking harshly, the driver lets their foot off the brake quite early, so the braking is gentle as the vehicle comes to the stop. Coasting should be done in all parts of driving, whether on the freeway, highway, or a city road.

Don’t Join in Unnecessary Braking

There are many people on the road who are brake-happy. If they see anyone’s brake lights come on, they immediately step on their brake as well. In many cases, just because someone hits their brakes doesn’t mean you have to. It takes a little time to learn when others are braking unnecessarily, especially if you’re not looking far enough ahead (see tip #1), but after you learn to be aware of when and how others are braking, you’ll realize that someone else’s tap on the brakes doesn’t require you to step on yours. This will save you a lot of unnecessary braking, and therefore a lot of unnecessary brake replacements.

Be Conscious During Repeated Journeys

Here’s what we mean: it’s easy to become bored, hurried, or impatient on drives you’ve done a thousand times, and this can affect the way you drive. Accelerating and decelerating rapidly takes a toll on your brakes, and doesn’t really get you to your destination any faster. Being conscious during repeated journeys can really save your brakes in the long run. So, coast more and speed less on the Indianapolis roads you know the best.

With these tips, you’ll be able to extend the life of your brakes, saving you time and money. But always remember, change your brake pads when it’s necessary to avoid accidents and costly repairs.