What it Takes to be a Truck Driver and Why You Should Hire a Truck Company in Oklahoma City, OK

Like most business owners in Oklahoma City, OK, you’re probably wondering how to cut costs without sacrificing quality. One answer to this problem is having employees take on more responsibilities, including transportation. However, before you create your own internal truck company, do you know what it takes to be a truck driver? What do you get by outsourcing your transportation needs? The transportation specialists at Bay & Bay Transportation are here to clear some things up and share the benefits of hiring a truck company for your transportation needs!

Truck Drivers Must Be in Good Health

You may not think that truck driving is a physically intensive job, but it requires drivers to be in good health. Certain health conditions can interfere with a driver’s ability to safely transport goods but staying healthy on the road is also extremely important. Drivers need to stretch, stay hydrated, and keep their energy levels up to properly perform their jobs. The experienced drivers from a truck company will already know how to maintain their health while meeting the demands of driving.

They Must Have their CDL

Being a truck driver takes more than being able and willing. Truck drivers also need their CDL to legally transport goods. This involves rigorous training and passing a written exam and driving test. When you work with a truck company for your transportation needs, you’ll always have access to experienced drivers who not only have their CDLs but also undergo ongoing training to stay at the top of their game. This also relieves you of the burden of ensuring your drivers’ qualifications are always up to date.

They Need Experience

At Bay & Bay Transportation, all of our drivers have a wealth of experience. We don’t hire green drivers. This is part of what allows us to ensure reliable, quality transportation services. Our drivers also work with our logistic specialists to ensure your transport goes smoothly.

Taking on transportation yourself isn’t just time consuming, but it’s not cost effective. Instead, partner with a professional truck company who can ensure your goods are safely transported from point A to point B every time. Call Bay & Bay Transportation of Oklahoma City, OK, at (888) 801-3026 to learn about our truck company and what we can do for you.

Becoming Part of the Professional Trucking Community in Atlanta, GA

Truck driving can be solitary work, which honestly suits many truckers just fine. But for those in the professional trucking game that are looking for a little more conversation than your basic “hello,” “afternoon,” and “see ya next time,” there’s no need to despair. Truck driving professionals like those at Bay and Bay Transportation come in all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds and if you know where to look, the trucking community that suits you best is out there and waiting whether you’re driving in California, Minnesota, or Atlanta, GA.

Making social connections while truck driving is a whole lot easier than it might have been some 20 years ago. With the advent of social media and smart phones, getting in touch and staying connected is practically effortless. A passing driver at that truck stop could be a great friend, a trusted confidant, or just a friendly face when you’re out on the road. Truck driving is in so many ways about curating your own work experience, and with the help of modern technology it’s simpler than ever.

Like any community, the cultivation of connections in professional trucking is a two-way street. Speak up, make an effort, and share your experiences with those you meet along the way. Be ready to listen to differing opinions and leave yourself open to advice, stories, or simple pleasantries. Truck driving is a varying and flexible profession, so don’t be surprised if people come and go into your life along the way.

Finding your place in truck driving is in many ways a personal experience. If you read this and think to yourself “actually, I think I’m fine as I am,” that’s just as well.  Professional trucking really gives drivers the chance to experience the job as they want to experience it. That may include making friends and cohorts along the way, or it may include becoming the best you can be with the tools at your disposal. There’s no singular right or wrong way to experience the work, as long as you find yourself satisfied at the end of a long haul.

If you’re interested in exploring the world of professional trucking for the first time, or you’re a current driver in the Atlanta, GA area interested in a new opportunity, contact Bay and 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.

 

 

 

5th Annual Driver Banquet and Top Dawg Awards Recap

2015 Bay & Bay Driver BanquetThis year’s Driver Banquet and Top Dawg Awards were an especially exciting celebration since this was the 5th annual event. Every year, Bay & Bay Transportation honors and recognizes the outstanding drivers that have made our company such a great one. The banquet was held Jan. 31 at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel. As always, the main focus of the banquet was to celebrate our drivers, and thank them for all of the hard work they did in 2014.

The Top Dawg Awards ceremony is one of the biggest draws of the banquet and celebration. Winners received a plaque, Bay & Bay decal for their truck, a gift card, and raffle tickets. The Top Dawg is determined by whoever is the top-producing truck driver in each division of the company. This year’s Top Dawgs include:

  • Pam Hokanson – Rosemount Mileage Owner/Operator
  • Dennis Rasch – Rosemount Company Driver
  • Denny Hook – Burnsville Company Driver
  • David Foster – Rosemount Percentage Owner/Operator

Congratulations to the 2014 Top Dawg winners!

There is more to “winning” than just being the top-producer. The Driver Banquet also serves as a time to honor those that have been with Bay & Bay Transportation for 10 years or longer. We recognize both the previous honorees and the new drivers who will be added to our Wall of Fame. The group for 2014 includes:

  • Brad Bunn
  • Alvin Hanson
  • Arlen Holland
  • Steve Holmberg
  • Larry Jackson

From awards to raffles, everyone had the chance to walk away a winner during the banquet. Prizes ranged from substantial gift cards to TVs, iPads, and other great gifts. Some of the biggest prizes included trips. Winners headed to Las Vegas are Pam Hokanson, Robert Kotfila, Joel Ortiz, David Foster, and Brad Miles. Additionally, two personalized trips were awarded to Duane Peterson and David Perdue.

Once again, Bay & Bay Transportation would like to thank each and every one of our drivers for helping us have an excellent 2014! Congratulations to the winners, and thank you all for celebrating with us. We can’t wait until next year!

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Bay & Bay Transportation is a truck and transportation company serving the needs of the Midwest, East Coast, and elsewhere in the U.S. To apply for a position as a truck driver, please view our Driver Opportunities.  

Get Ready! Our Annual Driver Banquet Set for January 24th

5th Annual Bay and Bay Driver BanquetEach year at Bay & Bay Transportation we honor our drivers at our Annual Driver Banquet. Without the hard work and dedication of each of our drivers, we would never have grown into the quality transportation company we have become. Our Annual Driver Banquet is a time for us to recognize and honor the best among us with the Top Dawg Awards.

The Top Dawg Awards recognize the top producing drivers of 2014 in their respective divisions. Each Top Dawg Award recipient receives a plaque, gift certificate, and the opportunity to win a vacation trip to the destination of their choice. It’s important that we celebrate and reward all of the hard work that our dedicated truck drivers delivered in 2014.

We also recognize our Wall of Fame drivers (drivers that have been with Bay & Bay Transportation for 10 years or more) and our current and past Driver of the Year winners.

The evening includes many opportunities for all to receive prizes, including raffle prizes, gift cards, electronics, Bay & Bay apparel, and more! This banquet is meant to be fun for all – all drivers in attendance have the chance to walk away a winner!

This year is an especially important celebration, as it is our 5th Annual Driver Banquet and Top Dawg Awards. We can’t wait to enjoy the company of our drivers and celebrate their hard work!

Bay & Bay Truck Drivers in Minnesota Get the Chance to Go Green

Bay & Bay Transportation leads the charge towards cleaner running semi-trucks.

DSC_0307_editRecently, Bay & Bay Transportation acquired two alternative-fuel tractors to add to the fleet. Some truck drivers in Minnesota and Wisconsin now have the chance to operate the “green” trucks, and rave reviews are already coming in!

“The drivers are enjoying them [for] two reasons: they are really quiet, and the drivers don’t smell like diesel fuel when they get home at night,” says owner and CEO Sam Anderson of the green tractors.

Bay & Bay is an early user of the new technology for cleaner running trucks. We have always been committed to trucks that run cleaner, use less fuel, and are eco-friendly. The two new Freightliner Cascadia tractors each hold the equivalent of 140 gallons of diesel fuel and can travel about 450 miles on one tank. Though the two new green tractors run cleaner, they still produce the power and torque that equals the pulling force of the diesel powered trucks. While we are still collecting data, results are looking promising. One catch of the cleaner running tractors is that the oil needs to be changed 1-2 times more often than the diesel-fueled trucks.

In another 8 months, Bay & Bay Transportation will be compiling and assessing the data one more time before adding any more of the tractors to the fleet. If the results are favorable, we could add as many as 40 clean running trucks to the fleet.

As part of an industry that is a big contributor to the current state of the Earth, Bay & Bay Transportation is always looking for ways to lower our carbon footprint and be mindful of our effect on the environment. With these cleaner running trucks, we are hoping to lead the way to a healthier, more efficient trucking industry.

Bay & Bay Transportation looks to employ drivers with the same interests as us: safety, quality, and commitment to bettering ourselves and the environment. If your interests align with ours, please take a look at our Driving Opportunities for truck drivers in Minnesota and across the United States. You can also click here to apply online.

What’s the Best Trucking Company to Work for In Minnesota?

Bay & Bay Transportation wants to hire experienced truck drivers in Minnesota, as well as across America.

truck driving jobs bay and bay transportationChoosing which transportation company to work for can be a daunting task. Like any job application, you must look into the culture of the company as well as other considerations like benefits, salary, and values. Bay & Bay Transportation is a leader in the Midwest transportation industry and we offer truck driving jobs to those who have a drive (pardon the pun) similar to ours. There are quite a few reasons why Bay & Bay Transportation is one of the best trucking companies to work for in the Midwest.

If you have over 6 months of solo driving experience, we encourage you to apply for a driving job with Bay & Bay Transportation. Our company drivers average 2500 to 3300 miles each week, with some of the most modern trucks and trailers at their disposal. The average income of our company drivers range anywhere from $57,000-$70,000 annually, with the option to earn even more money through our incentive programs.

In addition to a comfortable salary, we also offer full benefits to each of our drivers. After a 60 day probationary period, drivers are eligible for full medical and dental benefits and a company paid life insurance policy. In addition to sick and vacation time and paid holidays, Bay & Bay Transportation company drivers are also eligible for 401(k)s after their first 6 months of employment with us.

Incentive bonuses are available all year round and for a multitude of achievements. Are you great at fuel management and conservation? Are you motivated to drive extra miles and meet deadlines? Will you stay with us for the rest of your driving career? There are incentive programs for each of these goals!

Do you know someone that would make a great driver for Bay & Bay? There’s even a incentive for that. Depending on the type of driver referral, you can earn up to $2000 when the referred is employed for more than 90 days.

So what are you waiting for? We just gave you all the reasons you could possibly need for applying to the best trucking company in Minnesota: Bay & Bay Transportation. Check out our Driver Opportunities, or click here to apply online right away.

“Green” Natural Gas Trucks Join Bay & Bay Fleet!

DSC_0349_editAlthough our company color is bright red, Bay and Bay Transportation of Rosemount, MN is running green. The company recently added a pair of trucks that run exclusively on natural gas. While the trucks cost about 50 percent more than a normal diesel truck, natural gas trucks significantly reduce carbon emissions (50 to 80 percent per truck, depending on the source). Compressed natural gas is also a domestic fuel that reduces reliance on foreign oils. Plus, it’s abundant and costs about 50 percent less than diesel fuel.

 

“We’re definitely a pre-early adopter of this alternative fuels technology, but it’s worth the investment. We’re committed to trucks that run cleaner and use less fuel,” said Sam Anderson, president and CEO of Bay & Bay. The company already maintains the highest rating possible with the USEPA’s SmartWay® Program, a public-private initiative to improve fuel efficiency and the environmental performance (reduction of both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution) of the goods movement supply chains.

 

Bay & Bay’s two 12-liter compressed natural gas (CNG) trucks began running last month on dedicated short-haul routes in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Each truck can travel 450 miles or more between fuelings and hold the equivalent of 140 diesel gallons. Long term, Anderson sees the technology working in 10 to 20 percent of its fleet.

Bay & Bay Transportation Recognizes Outstanding Drivers

Annual Driver Banquet Honors the Drivers of Bay & Bay Transportation

Bay & Bay Transportation Annual Driver Banquet

Bay & Bay Transportation recently recognized our outstanding drivers at our fourth annual Driver Banquet and Top Dawg Awards held February 1st, 2014 at the Sheraton Bloomington in Minneapolis, MN. Many of our drivers attended the banquet to celebrate and see who would come out on top of each division of drivers during our annual Top Dawg Awards. All Top Dawg winners received a plaque, a decal for their truck, a gift card, and raffle tickets.

This year’s Top Dawg Awards were presented to the top producing drivers in each division. The winners were: Jorge Berrios (Rosemount- CO), Pam Hokanson (Rosemount – OO), Greg Swanson (Lake Elmo), and Al Huitt (Burnsville).

The Top Dawg Award winners weren’t the only drivers to walk away with prizes. Raffle prizes included a $500 Sears gift card, a Benelli shot gun, a 50” flat screen, and an iPad mini.

Our biggest prize this year was a certificate for a trip to the destination of the winner’s choice. The winners this year were Anselmo Corral, Al Huitt, Brian Bennington, and Greg Swanson.

Also honored at the Driver Banquet were previous and current Drivers of the Year and Wall of Famers. The Wall of Fame recognizes truck drivers from Bay & Bay that have been with the company for 10 years or more.

The Driver Banquet consisted of a cocktail reception, dinner for the drivers, their guests, operations, and other essential employees.

Bay & Bay Transportation would like to congratulate all of our winners and say thank you to all who attended the annual event. We hope to see you all again next year!

If you would like to work for Bay & Bay Transportation, check out our Driver Opportunities or click here to apply online!

Top Dawg Winners
Top Dawg Winners (L to R: Greg Swanson, Pam Hokanson, and Al Huitt)

Truck Driving Jobs Get Exciting New Update At Bay & Bay

truck driving job simulatorTruck drivers who call Bay & Bay home just found another reason to stop in and visit the terminal more often.  Rosemount’s trucking and transportation company just invested $150,000 in a new state-of-the-art driving simulator.  By April 2014, this simulator will be in place and used in weekly orientation, annual training, and refresher training for those involved in accidents.

Safety Is Top Priority

Our number one goal as a company is to maintain safety and excellence in all that we do.  Simulation is a proven technology and approach to improve drivers’ decision making and reaction time. This type of training allows the driver to experience hazardous conditions in a safe environment so they will know how to handle that difficulty if experienced on the road.

Why Use Driving Simulation?

Simulation training allows drivers to navigate their way through challenging conditions and practice appropriate techniques for handling difficult driving. This learning tool will substantially increase drivers’ skill and confidence in real road situations.

In addition to high risk situation training, a driving simulator will also allow newer drivers to practice basic skills, such as shifting, turning, backing and speed management.  Veteran drivers can also brush up on intermediate and advanced driving skills like driving through mountains, rollover prevention, and driving in adverse conditions.  Bay & Bay has recently made a considerable push towards improving fuel economy and the simulator will also give drivers the ability to practice fuel saving techniques.

Training and Results

Several motor carriers have been using simulation for years as part of their driver safety training efforts and the results are compelling.  Simulators have returned impressive results in:

  • Reducing frequency of crashes (typically, 20% or more reduction)
  • Reducing severity of crashes (10-25% reduction)
  • Reduction in DOT-preventable crashes (20-25%)
  • Increased mean-time between crashes (5-10 days)
  • Improved fuel MPG (2-5% MPG improvement; reduction in fuel burned during training)
  • Reduced training cycle time (20-30% reduction in training hours)
  • Increased instructor: student ratio; instructor multiplier effect (1:1 to 1:5)
  • Improved driver retention; reduction in new driver washout rate (5-10%)

Investing In The Future

Accidents and cargo loss are some of the fastest rising costs for Bay & Bay.  While many accidents are non-preventable, most are preventable if a truck driver is properly trained.  Simulation training is an investment in improving how we train and how we manage safety.  With everyone on board, we will not only deliver on our promise to ensure drivers return home safely, but we will all benefit from the additional savings and ROI that simulation training can provide.

apply to bay and bayBay & Bay is looking for quality OTR drivers right now!  If you are interested in working for a company that cares about drivers, and proves it by investing in the equipment to make them successful, apply at Bay & Bay! Click here to apply now!