3 Common Truck Driver Ailments and How to Avoid Them in Madison, WI

Truck driving is an ideal profession for a wide variety of personality types. If you’re dedicated and a little introverted, you’re good to go. If you like variety and meeting new people on the road, you’re all set! If you like steady work, reliable pay, and beautiful sights then truck driving could be for you too. However, like every profession, truck driving does come with its downsides. Rather than dealing with troublesome coworkers or frustrating customers, you have to spend a lot of time dealing with yourself. The Madison, WI, area truck drivers of Bay and Bay Transportation value health and well-being while out on the road. Here’s are a few ways you can aspire to that ideal in your own way.

It can be easy to fall into a habit of poor eating when you live your life on the road. Fast food, gas station snacks, and caffeinated sodas can be the gateway combo that leads you to tighter belts and cramped truck cabins. Instead of flying by the seat of your pants while truck driving, pack food whenever possible and strive to drink more water than sugar on a daily basis. This can be a frustrating life change as efficiency on the road is hard sought after, but long-term health is a much better reward than a few minutes shaved off of a drive.

Truck drivers may also be susceptible to muscle soreness and weakness from frequent sitting and heavy lifting. Back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain are all relatively common side effects of long drives without relief. However, these aren’t necessarily inevitable while truck driving. All of these ailments can be kept at bay by performing regular stretches and taking short walking breaks throughout your trips. Even something as simple as parking further away from a truck stop to fit in a brief stroll can help keep you feeling loose and ready for the rest of your journey.

Not all truck driver ailments are purely physical. While driving, you may find yourself feeling disconnected, isolated, or even lonely. Keeping yourself aware of your surroundings and present in the job can be achieved by regularly calling home, building a rapport with the people you work with, or simply by chatting with people during stops. Truck driving doesn’t have to be a lonely experience, and if you find yourself anxious for some conversation, listening to the radio can be enough to pull you back to the task at hand.

Each of these minor pitfalls can be avoided with a little bit of effort and awareness. If you’re interested in pursuing professional truck driving work in Madison, WI, and would like additional information, contact Bay and Bay Transportation today at (888) 801-3026 or visit our website here.

Holiday Driving Safety Tips for Your Over-the-Road Drivers in Atlanta, GA  

 

No doubt your business is ready to tackle the various Halloween activities in your community. You’re in the middle of marketing to people who love the holiday, and you can’t wait to get your products out to the stores before the big day. Before you get in too deep, however, it’s important to think about driving safety. Not just for yourself, but for the over-the-road drivers you hired to move your products as quickly as possible. What do they need to keep in mind when they’re going through Atlanta, GA? The information below should help. Still have questions? Feel free to contact Bay & Bay Transportation.

 Watch for Children

It goes without saying that children and Halloween are connected in a big way. While you’re in the middle of driving, especially in the evening, make sure to check for running children. They might dart into the road without thinking, especially if they don’t have adult supervision or their costume hinders their sight. That spells big trouble for everybody. Many will be wearing reflective items, but some won’t. Be on the lookout no matter where you are. Truck driving is serious business.

 Stay Off the Phone

It’s tempting, but over-the-road drivers need to be constantly alert. When you look down to check your email or post on Facebook, you turn yourself in a huge safety hazard. Don’t do it. Your phone can wait. If you absolutely must check, wait until you pull over.

 Drive Slowly

Now is not the time to be a maniac. Use common sense and pay attention, no matter how busy or stressed you may feel, especially if you’re driving on Halloween night. Trick-or-treaters may be wearing dark clothing and more difficult to spot.

Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Atlanta, GA, at (888) 801-3026 and learn about our over-the-road drivers and what they can do for you.

Fuel Saving Truck Platoons? They Could be Coming to Dallas, TX, Soon

Every trucker has had an experience with the driver of a four-wheeler who got too close. Around the Dallas, TX, metro, it’s just everyday driving in congested traffic.

Out on the interstate, the driver following a rig too close has a slang name; “bumper sticker.”

It’s a driver who’s trying to draft behind a big truck to use the aerodynamics created between both vehicles to lower drag and save on fuel. It works well on NASCAR race tracks, but the open road is usually not populated by professional car drivers.

But, if a new company has its way, a variation on the concept of drafting, known as “platooning,” could be coming to trucks in the Dallas area and nationwide, a lot faster than any of the self-driving vehicle concepts that are being talked and fretted over these days.

Peloton Technology of California is trying to interest trucking companies in a way to platoon trucks going the same direction, even if they aren’t with same company. At least they’ll be able to benefit from technology that will allow them to draft, save fuel, and prevent rear-end collisions.

By wireless technology, speed sensors, crash avoidance gear, and cameras, the driver of a lead truck can control a second one, which will follow close behind. A driver will be behind the wheel of the second vehicle to steer or take actions if something goes wrong, but if the paired vehicles perform as Peloton expects, the two trucks will be able to use the system for accelerating, braking, and fuel savings as they operate in tandem.

Additional testing will have to take place, and some state laws will need to be changed

if this form of platooning is to catch on and be adopted by trucking companies nationwide.

It could one day be worth a look for Bay & Bay Transportation. Our Minnesota-based company prides itself on safety and reliability. We utilize late model trucks and offer several hauling options for short and long-range drivers, plus competitive compensation and benefit plans.

It’s why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition on roads around Dallas, other parts of Texas, and on countless miles of highway nationwide. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit our web page for more details and information about how you can join our growing team.

How to Get Your Business Ready for The Holiday Season with Over the Road Drivers in Philadelphia, PA

The holiday season is fast approaching! For many businesses that means ramping up their marketing. Why would they do this? Because they want to stand out from the competition and ensure a steady flow of profits. If you want to do the same, you need to take action now. What should you do? How do you get ready and get your name out there to potential customers in the Philadelphia, PA, area? On top of hiring over the road drivers to get your products in stores, you should consider these additional strategies. Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Get Your Customer Service Reps Ready

When the holiday season comes, people are going to have a lot of questions. They’re going to want to know if they can return broken or defective items, and so on. You need to be ready for the flood of questions. If you don’t take care, you could wind up with a lot of negative reviews both online and offline. It doesn’t matter if you have the best truck driving team in the business if you can’t take care of the people who give you their time and money.

Work on Your Website and Social Media

It’s not enough to get ready for a flood of calls and emails – you have to prepare for additional traffic. If your website can’t handle the amount of visitors sure to come, it will shut down, and that means lost money.

Hire Over the Road Drivers

If you don’t have any, hire reliable truck drivers to get your products where they need to go. After all, how can you sell your items if they’re not in stores?

Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Philadelphia, PA, at (888) 801-3026 and learn more about our over the road drivers.

Like it or Not, Truckers in Minneapolis, MN, Will Have New Electronics for the Holidays

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s naughty or nice list is about to go all electronic in Minneapolis, MN, and just about everywhere else trucks roll in the United States.

Following years of planning and debate, what’s known as Electronic Logging Devices are supposed to be in the nation’s commercial motor vehicles, keeping tabs on data including; miles traveled and hours of service, while cutting down on paperwork.

In Minneapolis and elsewhere, drivers aren’t quite sure if the new rule, which takes effect in mid-December, is to have an immediate effect on the hours allowed over the road (it’s 11 by law) in a 14 hour stretch of duty.

It’s anticipated some truckers will see their incomes drop if there is greater accuracy in logging and in how long it takes to make a delivery. Some fear the result could be a greater driver shortage and smaller trucking firms will be forced out of business.

Another great unknown on Minneapolis roads and those across the country is whether less “unlawful driving” leads to more safety, fewer wrecks, and more lives saved each year.

While December is the deadline for electronic logging compliance, truckers and their companies could be fined for non-compliance for several months after the rule takes effect before regulators attempt to force their rigs off the road.

Another issue being closely watched is the number of miles traveled as the result of greater compliance and accuracy due to the electronic measurements. If there is still good demand for haulers to deliver, some are hopeful pricing will go up and the industry will become more profitable. Other observers aren’t so sure about that.

Like everyone else, Bay & Bay Transportation will do its best to comply with the new rules and to keep tabs on whether the new rule is good for its drivers and customers. The Minnesota-based company prides itself on safety and reliability. They operate late model trucks and offer several hauling options for short and long-range drivers, along with competitive pay and benefit plans at several locations across the U. S.

It’s why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition on roads around Minneapolis and on countless miles of highway nationwide. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit us here for more details and information about how you can join our growing team.

Tackling Autumn Truck Driver Safety Issues Near San Antonio, TX

Autumn for truck drivers can be a bit of a tumultuous time, especially if you’re a truck driver who drives all over the country. In the north, autumn often means frost, heavy fog, and biting wind. Down near San Antonio, TX, however, autumn looks a little different. For the versatile truck drivers with Bay and Bay Transportation, this means it’s wise to know what to expect whether you’re skirting closer to Canada or driving alongside Mexico.

In the southern states, autumn rain looks a little different than its northern counterpart. Though recent years have brought more thunderstorms to the north, the southern states are truly the masters of wild fall storms. Truck drivers heading down to these states should be aware of their route and whether or not it’ll take them through a major storm. High winds, heavy rain, and flood conditions are more common in the spring, but can continue into the fall as well due to the extreme southern heat. In the event of a major storm truck drivers should be sure to watch warnings carefully and take alternative routes if necessary.

Texas also gets its share of fog. Early morning fog and mist is quickly vanquished in the hot sun, but until that sun comes up, truck driving during the early hours can be downright hazardous. Take your time, drive carefully, and be as vigilant as possible to the other drivers making their way through the gloom.

Finally, be prepared to contend with bats, armadillos, opossum, and snakes on the roads around San Antonio while truck driving. Yes, even in the autumn! Cold weather is a great deterrent for many wild animals in the northern states, but in Texas, hibernation doesn’t come into play in the same way. Of course, these animals (and more) have their own natural rhythms to when they’re most active, but with the warmer temperatures, truck drivers should still be prepared to meet some unusual visitors on the open road. Keep your eyes peeled and make sure that that pile of leaves is really just leaves. You may not be able to swerve out of the way, but keeping a moderate speed around wildlife can lower the chances of a collision that could be dangerous for you or for other drivers around you.

If you’re in San Antonio, TX, and interested in becoming a truck driver who’s ready to contend with a few autumnal pitfalls, contact Bay and Bay Transportation today at (888) 801-3026, or visit our website here.