Truck Driving in Maine

Welcome to Maine sign at side of road

State Overview

There are over 4,560 trucking companies in Maine and the industry employs 8,680 drivers. The highest paid truck drivers earn $48,220 ($23.18 hourly). The highest paying areas are Lewiston-Auburn with a Median Annual Salary of $47,140, Portland-South Portland-Biddeford ($39,490), and Bangor ($38,110).

Pros and Cons of Truck Driving in Maine

GOOD: 

  • Not a lot of low bridges you have to worry about
  • Most people you deliver to are very friendly
  • Traffic is not bad except during the colder seasons

BAD: 

  • Roads in Maine are often times windy, narrow, and rough
  • Traffic is constant in fall and winter
  • The weather is terrible to drive in during the winter months

Truck Driving Tips for Maine

  • Be prepared. Anything can and will happen out there on the road
  • Learn how to handle anything snow or ice related. You’ll be needing it
  • DOT is serious, do not take them lightly
  • Many accidents can be prevented by communicating road conditions ahead of you
  • Understand the fatigue that comes with night driving

Fellow Truck Drivers in Maine Say:

“Friendly and helpful people”

Brent B. – 45 years of experience behind the wheel

GOOD
Most people you deliver to are very friendly and willing to help you if needed. Traffic is not bad except during the summer.

BAD
Rough roads, bad weather is; snow, ice, etc.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Everyday is different and you learn something every day, even if you have been driving for years.

 

“The state is beautiful”

Kurt F. – 15 years driving experience

GOOD
The state is beautiful, driving a truck enables you to see the beauty of this state.

BAD
The snow is difficult to drive in. It is important to keep a safe distance from other vehicles, especially for first time drivers.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Take your time, never be in a hurry. Always make complete stops at all stop signs.

 

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