Establishing Healthy Sleep Habits as a Professional Philadelphia, PA Truck Driver

Regular sleeping habits are important for every career under the stars, but they’re especially important for truck drivers who have to manage and operate large machinery in the presence of many (occasionally unskilled) non-commercial drivers. Learning to sleep on the road is, like many other truck drivers’ skills, something that takes a little practice. But the veteran truck drivers with Bay & Bay Transportation want Philadelphia, PA newbies to know that once you achieve a sleeping pattern that works for you, professional truck driving becomes a lot simpler and a whole lot healthier.

Routinely getting adequate sleep is especially difficult in professional truck driving thanks to irregular hours, unfamiliar sleeping environments, and ongoing work-related stress. Truck drivers may feel like they’re constantly on the clock or might be anxious about getting enough sleep in short bursts. These are valid concerns that plague many new to the professional truck driving world, but they aren’t in any way insurmountable challenges.

Sleeping well, or at least sleeping effectively, means learning to listen to your body and planning accordingly. If you find yourself getting tired at the same times during every shift, you’re likely hearing you body telling you when it really needs rest. Whenever possible, plan around these feelings instead of scheduling what feels most convenient. Since it isn’t always possible to stick to a single sleep rhythm on the road, you want to give yourself as many advantages as possible and plan ahead. Bring ear plugs, black out curtains, comfortable clothes, and if it helps, something familiar from home like a pillow.

Professional truck driving is a career path that presents unique challenges such as learning how to regulate your sleeping patterns in a healthy, effective way. But once you master your own sleep, everything, including trucking, becomes simpler. Unhealthy eating, mood swings, stress, and frequent illness are all potential side effects of poor sleep. Don’t let an unregulated routine throw you off your game in your professional life and your personal life. If you feel like you’ve tried everything and you still find yourself drowsy or irritable on the road, never discount the influence of a well-time power nap.

If you’re a prospective truck driver interested in a professional truck driving position, or you’re looking for the right company to help build your future as a truck driver in Philadelphia, PA, contact Bay & Bay Transportation for additional information. Call us at (888) 801-3026 or visit our website here for details. And to our current truck drivers, don’t forget to sleep tight.

Boosting Your Reputation as a Truck Driver to the Next Level in Dallas, TX

What makes a truck driver? As long as you put forth the effort to get your haul where it’s supposed to go, isn’t that all it takes? A truck driver can simply put things in a truck and move them from point A to point B and conceivably scrape by, right? Well, sure! However, if you actually want to be a good truck driver then it takes a bit more than that. Bay & Bay Transportation’s Dallas, TX area truck drivers know what makes a trucker truly great, and with a little effort, you can join the big leagues and maximize your reputation and productivity in the competitive business of professional truck driving.

If you’re hoping to improve your standing in the world of professional truck driving, you’ll need to learn how to be on time. This may seem like the absolute lowest bar to clear in any transport job, but when it comes to professional truck driving, you can really up your effectiveness and appearance by being habitually on time and ready to go. It looks great to clients, it helps out your co-drivers, it’ll put dispatchers at ease, and it’s the first step to presenting yourself as an effective, reliable truck driver. Timeliness is constantly mentioned in the world of truck driving because it really matters, and it really works.

So, you’ve become a time-management expert. Great job! Next, it’s time to master the art of interpersonal contact. Professional truck driving isn’t always sunshine and roses as any veteran truck driver will tell you, but part of your job as a professional is knowing when and where to share concerns and complaints. If you’re sharing gripes with the wrong people, it’s a perfect way to end up on peoples’ “pain-in-the-neck” list. Sure, being a truck driver can be tough, and sometimes a drive goes wrong in ways that you can never foresee, but if you’re interested in professional truck driving for the long haul, get ready to take punches as they come and walk out smiling. A good attitude about non-controllable factors will get you through even the toughest trips and saving harsh words for the right audience is key in any work environment.

And perhaps most importantly, learn to rely upon yourself. Being a truck driver doesn’t always mean acting like the lone wolf, but more often than not when a problem occurs on the road, you have you, yourself, and you again to deal with it. Being a good truck driver has little to do with the rigs and everything to do with the person behind the wheel. If you can prove that you can handle whatever the road throws at you, your clients and cohorts alike with respect your ability to take on any challenge.

If you’re interested in professional truck driving or you’re a current truck driver hoping to up your game in Dallas, TX, contact us at Bay & Bay Transportation to inquire about professional truck driving opportunities. Call today at (888) 801-3026 or visit our website here for additional information.

The ‘National Challenge’ of Truck Parking Gets an Updated Survey in Nashville, TN

Chances are you’ve got a story or two about not being able to find parking when you needed it in Nashville, TN. You’re not alone and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is busy conducting a commercial truck parking availability survey very similar to one it did back in 2014.

In a city with three major interstates passing through it, Nashville knows a thing or two about truck traffic and the demand for big rig parking. The FHWA will take a state by state look at the location, number of spaces, availability and demand for truck parking; including truck stops and trucks parked along roadways and on highway ramps.

Bay & Bay Transportation anticipates we will be asked along with our drivers about the growing issue of a lack of truck parking and the impact on overall safety. The two biggest concerns: tired drivers being forced to keep moving and others who must pull over and park in what are considered to be unsafe places.

The need for truck parking and rest facilities has grown even more acute with electronic logging, which limits a driver’s service hours.

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) believes “we are in a crisis stage now” regarding the truck parking shortage. The ATRI cites data which suggests truck drivers search for parking on average for close to an hour per day. They figure that amounts to an “opportunity cost” of $4,600 annually in terms of lost wages per truck driver. It’s a figure the ATRI says can be up to 10 percent of a truck driver’s annual salary.

This year’s parking survey will be expanded to include ports as well the nation’s interstate highways. It will also look at the parking needs of drayage and short-haul local drivers as well as over the road drivers.

The FHWA says all states have a parking problem and they need to work together to meet those needs. The results of the latest survey will be available sometime in 2019.
Bay & Bay Transportation believes in driver safety and hopes to be a part of the solution to the nationwide parking shortage. We’re currently looking for drivers in the Nashville area and other parts of Tennessee. Be sure to look for more details as Bay & Bay offers even more competitive pay and benefit packages.

Learn more and find out why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition. If you’ve got the right stuff, call (888) 801-3026, or visit us here for more details and information about how you can join our growing team in the Nashville area, and other parts of country.

Rain Driving Tips for Over-the-Road Drivers on Albany, NY Roads

Safety is very important. As a business owner, you know you must do more than make sure customers are happy and your products are profitable. You know you also have to make sure that any over-the-road drivers on your payroll are safe and sound while on Albany, NY roads. However, as much as you might care or as much effort you put into making sure everybody is happy, you can’t sit in the trucks with the drivers and make sure they’re careful. At Bay & Bay Transportation, we believe every driver must be responsible. We hope the information below will help your truck driving experts.

Reduce Your Speed
Most important of all, drivers shouldn’t be driving like it’s the end of the world. They shouldn’t drive like their lives depend on it. During a rainfall or rainstorm, they need to slow down and take their time. Yes, it takes longer to reach a destination, but safety should be at the forefront. If they’re not cautious they could end up hydroplaning, and that will make the situation worse.

Stay Away from Standing Water
Puddles are normal. No matter where you are, if it’s raining and you’re outside, chances are there will be puddles. Of course, as harmless as they can be in some places, when they’re on the road, they’re a hazard. Over-the-road drivers who come across them risk hydroplaning if they speed over them. They could lose control of the steering or panic. Puddles should be avoided when possible.

Turn on Your Headlights and Windshield Wipers
Drivers shouldn’t drive without turning their headlights and windshield wipers on in these conditions. They need to be seen by other drivers and able to see the road in front of them.

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

Making a Digital Search for Good Truck Drivers in the Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota’s native son Bob Dylan once sang that “the times they are a changing.” It’s still true and even more so when it comes to attracting and keeping truck drivers in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.

Chances are the troubadour never envisioned what some now refer to as “millennial” truck drivers. But it’s something Bay & Bay Transportation of Minneapolis is keeping an eye on as the competition for driving talent grows even tighter.

The old ways of recruiting aren’t delivering results and won’t get loads to their destination either. We’re talking about word of mouth, job flyers, job boards, fairs, trucking schools, and printed ads to attract people to apply for those positions.

A new age calls for new tactics and the bottom line is firms like Bay & Bay must go where their future truck drivers are. It means using social networking and other digital recruitment methods to find its future workforce.

Researchers say that a majority of company drivers and owner-operators are using social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube, which are the sites of choice when it comes to creating compelling posts that might reach a place that “millennials” check several times a day.

Much has been made about the truck driver shortage and high driver turnover rates. Experts believe that digital media might be a way to create more engagement with employees. If it leads employees to feel more appreciated and respected in the workplace, it could lead to less turnover and more satisfaction overall.

Bay & Bay believes that rewarding drivers with competitive pay and benefit packages is also an important factor. We’ve got great local opportunities in Minneapolis and OTR positions available nationwide.

Learn more and find out why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition. If you’ve got the right stuff, call (888) 801-3026, or visit our web page for more details and information about how you can join our growing team in the Minneapolis area, and other parts of the country.