Understanding Your Hours-Of-Service Is Vital To A Successful Truck-Driving Career

During your truck-driving career, you will spend seemingly countless hours on the road, driving from one destination to the next. Not all of this time will be spent behind the wheel; you still need to spend time taking care of yourself. Understanding the Department of Transportation’s hours-of-service regulations is critical to an enjoyable and successful life on the road. The following is a guide to hours-of-service regulations from your fellow drivers at Bay & Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN to assist you in your truck-driving career.

You are allowed a fourteen-hour window of consecutive driving time. Let’s say you start driving at 6 a.m. You may log fourteen consecutive hours of commercial driving, so you would not be able to do any more driving after 8 p.m. You are then required to take ten consecutive hours off-duty before driving again. During these fourteen hours of driving, you may only drive for eleven hours total. You are also required to take a thirty-minute break every eight consecutive hours of commercial driving.

Your on-duty time is not just time spent behind the wheel. While on-duty, you will also be inspecting, fueling, performing maintenance on your truck, loading and unloading shipments, handling paperwork, and completing other work-related responsibilities.

Every minute of your ten-hour break is precious. Under the sleeper berth provision, the DOT requires drivers to take a minimum of eight consecutive hours in the sleeper berth. They must also take an additional two consecutive hours of time off-duty, in the sleeper berth, or both. Most likely, these ten hours will not be ten straight hours of sleep. You will want to include other things as well, like taking a shower, sitting down to eat a meal, getting some exercise, etc. Plan your off-duty time well so that you can return to the road feeling properly recharged.

The driver’s daily log is your best resource for keeping track of your driving hours and break hours. Drivers use written forms, an electronic logging device (ELD), or an automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD). We encourage our drivers to diligently record their time every single day, including all off-duty time.

Need more information about hours-of-service regulations? The Department of Transportation offers handy information in their drivers’ guide. You can also contact us at Bay & Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN to discover how we support our drivers in their truck-driving careers. Our drivers’ safety and success is our top priority.

Mastering Safe Truck Driving During a Sloppy, Slippery Winter in St. Louis, MO

Winter in St. Louis, MO is a challenging time for drivers. For some, it seems like the mere presence of snow is so otherworldly they can only stare in abject horror, creeping along at 10 MPH as the fluffy flakes fall. For others, flurries encourage them to hit the gas and make cool, spinning tracks in the slush. Yet, shockingly, both types seem to end up in the ditch when given an afternoon left to their own devices. For truck drivers, sharing the road with these challenged motorists is not only a hazard, but in fact one of a great many hazards dealt with on a daily basis. As the drivers at Bay & Bay transportation will tell you, safe winter driving in variable climates means knowing the tips and tricks for getting your cargo, and yourself, where you need to go in one piece.

Blizzards may not be a daily occurrence in St. Louis, MO, but that doesn’t mean winter isn’t a tricky time for safe driving. In fact, weather that frequently dips below and bobs above freezing can be slippery and misleading for drivers of all types, but particularly if you get a lot of driving done in the night and evening. When snow (or rain) falls the day before a temperature drop, an incredibly thin layer of ice can form on the roads. Hitting a single patch of this ice during a turn or lane change can cause your truck to veer or spin unexpectedly. You don’t need to drop your speed to 10 MPH, but slow, steady driving and deliberate turns the day after a freeze can save you a lot of grief.

Another hallmark of a fluctuating winter is slush. Slush is less misleading than black ice, but it can certainly cause problems on the road, especially for smaller vehicles. A large transport truck may be able to plow through slush with ease, but smaller, compact cars can spin out or slide unexpectedly when encountering a particularly thick layer. In slushy areas, make sure you keep your eyes on the cars around you as well. But this isn’t to say that slush isn’t hazardous for truck drivers; anything that makes the road slick is something to keep an eye on.

And finally a lesser hazard, but still one that will probably rear it’s blurry head this winter: fogging. Whether it’s the weather or your windows, fogging can make any drive more difficult. If the fog is outside, keep your lights on, your eyes open, and your speed moderate until your field of vision is restored. If fog is forming on the inside of your windows, that just means it’s warmer inside than it is outside. Lower the temperature of your cab or adjust your defroster. No matter what the road conditions are, safe driving always requires

clear sight.

Above all, if you ever feel as though conditions are dangerous, find somewhere safe to pull over and wait it out. Winter driving in St. Louis, MO can be perfect on one day and miserable the next. It’s better to err on the side of caution instead of crossing your fingers every time you make a turn. If you’re interested in finding out more safe winter driving tips, check out the Missouri Department of Transportation’s page on winter driving safety. If you would like details on how to get involved in a truck driving career, contact Bay & Bay transportation or visit our website here!

Santa Claus is a Truck Driver for Bay & Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ho-ho-ho! In your truck driving career, you are Santa Claus. You, the truck driver, are the holidays. In your role as a truck driver, you deliver wares all across the United States, and those items wind up in the hands of girls and boys of all ages! Your truck driving career for Bay & Bay Transportation in Minneapolis, MN brings the very same degree of importance at this time of year.

In the United States, truck driving has become the method of choice to transport goods from point A to point B. Truck driving has become vital to the United States economy. As reported by the US Department of Transportation, only three other sectors—housing, health care, and food—contribute more to the gross domestic product of the United States. Such a task is incredibly important, and you are the professional truck driver performing this great duty. The job outlook for a career in truck driving over the next seven years is positive. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for truck drivers is projected to grow. “As the economy grows, the demand for goods will increase.” Truck drivers are needed to deliver these goods. A career as a truck driver actually provides many more jobs than you might think since one out of every seven jobs in the United States is transportation related.”

Truck driving at this time of year is so very important, as many families rely on their local grocers and retail stores to have what they need for the holidays. The food on the table, the toys under the tree, even the trees themselves, are all transported across the United States by trucks and truck drivers.  You, the truck driver, bring the holidays to us. According to truck driver Victoria Kronz, “Some days I feel like I’m Santa’s elf bringing the toys for Christmas time.”  
As we are now in the holiday season in Minneapolis, MN and across the United States, here at Bay & Bay Transportation, we want to wish you a very joyful season and a happy and healthy New Year. And please call us as you consider a career in truck driving!

Winter Road Safety Is Vital For Truck Drivers Serving the Indianapolis, IN Area

Truck drivers operate large vehicles in all kinds of weather, from sunshine to rain to snowstorms. All truck drivers know the dangers of driving in winter. Those of us driving in the Midwest know that local roads present especially dangerous hazards, such as black ice, blowing snow, white-out conditions, and anywhere from a light dusting to several inches of slippery snow. At Bay & Bay Transportation, we emphasize safety as a vital part of your successful career as a truck driver, especially when serving the Indianapolis, IN area in the middle of winter on a slippery, snow-covered route.

Keep Your Vehicle Well-Maintained

Be sure that your vehicle is operating properly long before the snow starts to fall. Will the engine run in frigid temperatures of -20°F or colder? Are your cab heating systems going to keep you warm when you’re on the road? Are you confident that your vehicle will start in all weather conditions? Do you have the necessary equipment with you? Among your winter weather supplies, you should have an ice scraper, chains that are in top condition, extra antifreeze, extra washer fluid, a warm winter coat, waterproof gloves to keep you warm, and sturdy winter boots.

Drive Safely

When in doubt, slow down and proceed with caution. A vehicle travelling at slow speeds will be easier to control in poor driving conditions than one that is travelling at the full posted speed. The last thing you want is to collide with another vehicle or to tip over on the side of the road. Keep in mind as well that you are not the only vehicle on the road. Be conscious of your fellow drivers and be aware that your ability to control your vehicle this winter could also affect their safety. If conditions become unsafe, pull over at the nearest available rest stop until it is safe to continue.

Plan Your Route

Road-trip planning is an essential skill for every career as a truck driver. We recommend planning a few alternative rest stops in case your first choice is closed due to inclement weather. Poor road conditions may slow down your travel time. For this reason, we also advise planning extra travel time to avoid delaying scheduled stops.

Stay Informed Of Current Conditions

It’s important to know the current road conditions along every segment of your route, especially when you’ll be travelling long distances. Modern technology makes staying informed easier than ever. Check the online weather reports on a computer or smartphone before your vehicle hits the road. When you pull into a truck stop, watch the local weather reports on television. Call the Indiana DOT Road Conditions phone line at 1-800-261-ROAD to hear updated weather reports. You can also consult with other truck drivers along your route via the CB radio.

Remember, your career as a truck driver can only continue if you are alive and well to enjoy it. At Bay & Bay Transportation, safety is our top priority for you and for every one of our truck drivers serving the Indianapolis, IN area. We work with our truck drivers and provide the best quality equipment to ensure success for our whole team.