Fighting Back against Sore Muscles as a Professional Truck Driver in Houston, TX

For all of its joys, truck driving in Houston, TX, isn’t without its workplace stressors. Just like every other profession, truck drivers engage in certain repetitive activities, movements, and patterns that can cause strain on their bodies unless they take proper care.

Taking care of yourself on the road is one of the most important skills a Bay and Bay Transportation professional truck driver can master, and your body will thank you if you do all you can to mitigate physical discomfort before it becomes a real thorn in your side during your long-haul day to day.

One of the more common ailments among professional truck drivers after hours on the road is a sore back. This is because sitting for long periods of time, paired with short intervals of intense shifting or lifting, can twist and strain the back repeatedly throughout a single shift. Plus, if your drive is especially long, your tailbone is being assailed by consistent pressure. This can cause numbness, discomfort, or a feeling of restlessness. Altogether, it doesn’t paint the prettiest picture for the state of your back. But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to having a whining spine all day.

No matter where your aches and pains are originating from, keeping well hydrated and practicing regular stretching exercises are great ways to keep your muscles limber and flexible. Mixing up your routine whenever possible can help as well. Sometimes, even positioning your hands differently on the wheel while truck driving can change where you’re putting pressure on your body. If, as professional truck driver, you find yourself getting sore, there is likely an area or two in your daily work that could use adjusting.

There’s no single, magic cure-all for professional truck drivers of every type, so if you find yourself encountering a single ache or pain, don’t be afraid to make accommodations that work for you. Some professionals may have a pillow propped behind their back while driving; others may work brief hand exercises into their schedule. Or, if you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll never have any aches and pains at all.

If you’re already feeling fighting fit and you’re interested in taking to the roads this fall, contact Bay and Bay to inquire about opportunities for a professional truck driver in Houston, TX. Call at (888) 801-3026 or visit our website here for details. And for all of the current drivers out there, stay limber and stay driving!

Atlanta, GA is the Nation’s Congestion Capitol & CDL Truck Drivers Shouldn’t Expect Relief Anytime Soon

Remember all those promises about fixing America’s roads, bridges and airports? They were a major feature of the Trump administration’s 2016 campaign, but they appear to be legislative roadkill for now. CDL truck drivers passing through Atlanta, GA, know they’re in for a high-level freight moving frustration factor.

In fact, Bay & Bay Transportation CDL truck drivers can confirm Atlanta is the nation’s number one bottleneck location for the third year in a row. The American Transportation Research Institute’s study agrees, and researchers determined that the intersection of Interstate’s I-285 and I-85 North in Atlanta is the worst.

But the bad news for the South’s crossroads city doesn’t stop there. Atlanta can boast two other I-285 intersections that fall within the nation’s top 20 and there are another four in metro Atlanta that fall within the top 100 most congested in the country.

Is there any relief on the way if the United States wants to build its way out of traffic tie-ups? Not if the Trump administration is to be taken at their word. The President is signaling that any action on infrastructure will probably have to wait until after the results of this month’s elections.

That has led to at least one equipment manufacturers association to publicly criticize the administration for not making the upgrading of public works a priority. It’s estimated that planned spending on infrastructure between now and 2025 will fall about $2 trillion short. The administration’s proposal earlier this year was derided for being too small and too short of details on a way to pay for it.

Meanwhile, there is a cost to the slowdowns that come with moving freight through Atlanta and the greater Southeast U.S.; plus, there are the logistical headaches created by unpredictable traffic.

Bay & Bay’s Operations and Logistics Specialists know a challenge when they see one and are working to assist both CDL truck drivers and our customers while dealing with Atlanta’s bottlenecks and other choked locations across the country.

More and more experienced operators are finding 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 logistics and CDL truck driver team in the Atlanta area, and other parts of country.

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.

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.

Will Months of Freeway Frustration Ease for Truckers on Minneapolis, MN Highways?

Got bottleneck? Truckers know all about the problems that await on the major highways in Minneapolis, MN and other parts of the metro area these days.

 

It’s been a long, hot summer for truckers who rely on Interstate 35W to deliver throughout the Minneapolis area. The nearly $240-million rebuild is putting a huge squeeze on north and southbound traffic just south of downtown Minneapolis.

 

The closure of critical entrance and exit ramps along 35W is backing traffic up during morning and afternoon rush hours onto Interstate 94 and other highways. It’s also forcing commuters to rely on city streets which creates additional congestion. To make matters worse, some of the alternate routes are also undergoing repair work.

 

How quickly truckers and motorists will begin to notice better drive times is anyone’s guess as fall begins to close in. September commuters usually find there’s an added complication, especially during drive-time; most public and private schools are back in session which creates more traffic and slow-downs.

 

If Bay and Bay drivers are expecting any permanent construction relief as the snow begins to fly later this year, they realized it’ll only last a matter of months. The rebuild of I-35W from downtown Minneapolis to 43rd street is expected to last over the next three road construction seasons.

 

The fact that city and state road construction projects are happening at the same time is being blamed on the availability of money and just plain old bad timing. But truckers are all too familiar with the reality that infrastructure in places like Minneapolis is nearly a half-century old, crumbling, and in need of repair or replacement.

While some are wishing the project could be accelerated by encouraging road crews to work around the clock, others are quick to point out the labor required to do something like that isn’t available.

Bay and Bay is familiar with labor shortage issues. We’re constantly looking for quality drivers who can deliver in Minneapolis, no matter the frustrations they may encounter. Bay & Bay is rewarding drivers with pay increases and competitive benefit packages. We also have great local opportunities in the Minneapolis area 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 country.

 

 

 

Begin Your Truck Driving Career Today! Road Warriors Wanted in Oklahoma City, OK and Elsewhere in the U.S.

It takes a special breed of driver to want to accept the challenges of meeting deadlines, deal with traffic, and ever-changing rules. The problem is there aren’t enough of them in Oklahoma City, OK and other locations that Bay & Bay Transportation serves across the United States.

While the Marines have always looked for a few good men (and women, in keeping with the times), the trucking industry is doing the same. Retailers are in a squeeze over shipping demands and the transportation industry can’t keep up.

The latest numbers from the American Trucking Associations suggest there could be a shortage of around 50,000 truck drivers across the country. This impact will be felt in the bottom lines of businesses and consumers alike.

Amazon recently boosted the fee for its Prime membership by $20 dollars per/year. Part of the hike is being blamed on rising shipping costs. Demand to move freight is also high when you figure that about 70 percent of what’s delivered to homes and stores arrives by truck.

While recruiters are busy trying to attract drivers in Oklahoma City and elsewhere, there are other factors to consider. The trucking lifestyle isn’t exactly attractive to women, drivers put in long hours and often end up sleeping in their rigs, many young drivers are hard to insure, and new electronic monitoring is also restricting the number of hours a driver can work on an average day.

The ATA predicts there’s a need for nearly 900,000 more drivers over the next decade to keep up with growth, demand, and expected retirements. If the current trends continue, companies and consumers alike will likely be stuck with the trickle-down effects of the current driver shortage.

Bay & Bay Transportation isn’t alone as it works to keep a growing list of customers satisfied with on-time deliveries. It comes down to finding experienced pros who have a bit of “road warrior” in them. Along with competitive pay and benefits, Bay & Bay has opportunities for those who prefer being a company driver, an independent operator, or would like to take advantage of our lease purchase program.

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 Oklahoma City area and dozens of other places we deliver nationwide.

Your First Year as a Professional Truck Driver in Albany, NY

 

Becoming a career truck driver is a process. Drivers need the initiative to get started, training to cover the basics, willingness to keep going, and the consistency to do it all over again every day. The experienced truck drivers at Bay and Bay Transportation know that people of all types and backgrounds can handle the job, but that doesn’t mean everyone here in Albany, NY is cut out for it. The first year of trucking can be difficult for truck drivers who don’t understand their own limits. If you’re a new driver we recommend sticking with it for a year before deciding if being a truck driver is the right lifestyle for you.

 

If you’re interested in long-term professional truck driving, start out by taking it slow. This is true both literally and figuratively. You may feel like you have to cram as many high-speed hours of driving in as you can every day, but that’s a good way to get yourself in trouble by running out of energy…or running into someone. Keeping a steady pace in everything you do is important in professional truck driving, but pushing beyond safe limits for yourself and your rig won’t help anyone.

 

Though consistency is key, truck drivers also need to be flexible. Many people go into professional truck driving with a lot of misconceptions about the nature of the work and expecting every day to be the same is a common mistake. Routes will change, co-workers will change, trucks will change, so you should too.  Truck drivers have a great opportunity to grow and evolve with the job. Take every opportunity to roll with the punches, and by the end of your first year you’ll be ready to take on the trucking world.

 

And, possibly most importantly, focus on the details, but don’t sweat the small stuff. This may seem like contrary advice, but there’s a difference between being detail oriented and being nit-picky. As you get started you’ll likely be working with different people and personalities. Listen to their advice, but if you don’t get along, don’t base your whole experience on those interactions. Let things go and be willing to build your own experience.

 

For incoming Albany, NY truck drivers ready for their first year of professional truck driving, contact us here at Bay and Bay Transportation for information on new driving opportunities at (888) 801-3026, or visit our website for additional details.

Truckers Urged to Take Care During Summer’s Heat in Houston, TX

Hot temperatures, hot trucks, and hot cargo. It’s a simmering problem in Houston, TX and in most locations across the country, but Bay & Bay Transportation’s truckers knows there are ways to weather summer’s heat.

It pays to be good to yourself because temperatures in your cab can rise nearly 30 degrees in 20 minutes depending on the time of the day. Be sure to check your air conditioner unit on a regular basis because it will be working overtime. Not only will it mean comfort while you’re driving, but a hot bunk is hard to sleep in.

A rig runs on good rubber and summer’s swelter will put a premium on proper tire pressure. Checking your inflation levels with a tire gauge is a must. Over or underinflated tires can lead to troubles like lower fuel economy, uneven wear, and reduced tread life. Excessive summer heat and friction can leave tires extra vulnerable to road debris—and it increases the danger of punctures or failure.

Trailer tires can also become the victims of neglect. They don’t always get the same scrutiny that the treads on a tractor might enjoy. It might be a good idea to schedule regular inspections during the summer months.

We’ve already talked about the importance of staying cool. It’s recommended that you maintain a good 50/50 mix in your radiator throughout the year. Proper engine and transmission temperatures can help prevent electrical system failures during hot weather.

Summer is also a challenging time for truckers with rigs with refrigerated trailers. It’s a good idea to inspect them on a regular basis so they run properly.

While we all seem to worry about dead batteries in the winter months, summer can be just as brutal. You can blame it on higher temps under the hood and greater demand on additional technology.

Bay & Bay Transportation is urging its drivers to take precautions, travel safe, and stay cool this summer. Bay & Bay is rewarding truckers with pay increases and competitive benefits packages. We’ve also got great local opportunities in Houston 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 Houston area and other parts of country.

 

 

 

Fighting Back Against Road Fatigue for Incoming Truck Drivers in Joliet, IL

Truck drivers have to deal with the same day-to-day stresses that any other professional encounters. Fatigue, wandering thoughts, general drowsiness, and so on. The difference is that truck drivers have to deal with all of this while operating a large machine on busy roads—rather than in a cozy cubicle. The professional trucking veterans here at Bay & Bay Transportation want any and all newbies near Joliet, IL to be sure to follow these tips if they’re worried about fatigue while out on the open road. The drives may be long, but the best truck drivers know how to make it work.

 

A large part of professional trucking involves realizing and accepting the level of responsibility that you’ve naturally taken on by being the biggest vehicle on the road. If something happens to you or your truck, the fallout can be much more serious than a jeep spinning out a lane over. Because of this, truck drivers need to be sure that they’re doing all they can to stay awake, alert, and ready for action. First and foremost you must be sure not to become your own worst enemy. Do the simple stuff and do it religiously. Eat enough, sleep enough, and work out consistently. A healthy person is a healthy truck driver.

 

After you’ve mastered a strong, healthy routine, start actively changing your environment while on the road. Professional trucking is a job that allows a lot of customization in the type of experience you have. Listen to audiobooks, play peppy music, have peppermint-scented essential oils on hand to make your cabin smell fresh. Whatever you can do to keep your surroundings interesting and dynamic can go a long way to keeping you awake and aware.

 

And finally, feel free to keep a stash of quick fixes, but don’t rely on them regularly. Sure, coffee is great for a pick me up, but if you get too used to it then going without can lead you straight down the road of fatigue and listlessness. Keep some sour snacks on hand and a few espressos to go, but nothing habit forming and nothing that will leave you worse off after the effects fade.

 

Professional trucking, like many professions, is what you make of it. With the right motivation and a little self-awareness, it can be a fun, invigorating lifestyle for all manner of aspiring professionals. If you’re in the Joliet, IL area and are interested in professional trucking, contact us at Bay & Bay Transportation at (888) 801-3026 or visit our website here for additional information.

No Summertime Blues Expected for Truck Drivers in Minneapolis, MN This Year

It’s nice to be in demand, but how in demand is hard to predict for this summer for truck drivers in Minneapolis, MN, and the rest of the metro area.

 

While meteorologists worry about strong storms during the warmer months, a perfect collision of freight factors is sure to create some additional worry that no A/C unit can cure.

 

Growing online orders, driver shortages, and high-turnover rates among truck drivers combined with an increasing demand for shipping help is certain to boost delivery costs and make for a long, hot summer as freight haulers do their best to keep up.

 

Whether they work for bigger companies like Bay & Bay Transportation of Minneapolis or are independent operators, nearly everyone is trying to figure out the ultimate impact of electronic logging, which went into effect on April 1.

 

As the new ELD rules took hold, experts were predicting that the mandate threatened to squeeze an already tight supply of drivers and trucks. Logistics experts have extra work ahead as well. Truck drivers are being forced to wait longer at loading docks while cargo is either loaded or unloaded.

 

It could very well lead to higher shipping rates and a bigger tab for consumers as companies pass along what are sure to be higher costs.

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Bay & Bay is responding with higher pay and some extras to make the assignments even more attractive to truck drivers. This includes late model trucks and options that include short and long-haul routes across North America. Bay & Bay is also offering highly competitive compensation and benefits packages to make every mile count.

 

It’s why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition. If you’re an experienced truck driver call (888) 801-3026 or visit our web page for more details and information about how you can join our growing team for what is sure to be a busy summer in the Minneapolis area.