Truck Driving in New Hampshire

New Hampshire street under a cloudy sky

State Overview

There are over 3,690 trucking companies in New Hampshire and the industry employs 6,410 drivers. The highest paid truck drivers earn $49,030 ($23.57 hourly). The highest paying areas are Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford with a Median Annual Salary of $47,820, Nashua ($44,490), and Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury ($44,460).

Pros and Cons of Truck Driving in New Hampshire

GOOD: 

  • Won’t have difficulty finding work, lots of work to go around
  • New Hampshire doesn’t have a sales or income tax
  • 65 and 70 mph speed limit for trucks

BAD: 

  • Lack of parking only a couple small truck stops
  • Terrible drivers when it starts snowing. Crashes and pileups
  • Cold northeastern weather, having to drive through snow

Truck Driving Tips for New Hampshire

  • When it snows, watch out for crazy drivers.
  • Because of the high speed limit, drivers think they can drive 70 on ice
  • Learn how to drive in winter conditions
  • Use your CB radio in the winter to communicate with other drivers
  • Understand the fatigue that comes with night driving

Fellow Truck Drivers in New Hampshire Say:

“Look at all your options”

Tom G. – 25 years of experience

GOOD
There isn’t usually difficulty in finding work

BAD
Lack of parking only a couple small truck stops. Not a lot of people willing to give you a living wage.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Find a new career. This is generally a low paying job with quite a lot of BS to put up with.

 

“You’ll be busy”

Merrigan C. – 8 years driving experience

GOOD
Lots of work

BAD
Traffic, weather

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Keep at it

 

“Leave things a little better for the next person.”

Walter M. – 10 years on the road

GOOD
If you enjoy driving and you pay attention to safety this is for you.

BAD
The CSA 2010 laws are unconstitutional, it has age discrimination in it. After your 35 you cant drive anymore and this law is just not being enforced yet. And there’s more things just to screw drivers and other low level employees with no way to afford to defend themselves from the government.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
Enjoy it while you can. The unwritten rule is to leave things a little better for the next person.The government will use you as a cash cow, they will discriminate against you and screw you all the money they can until they can take your job away from you by making you no longer qualified due to new changes….all this so they can use computer driven trucks. The government has been leading to this since the fuel strikes in the 1970’s.

 

“Very scenic area”

Thomas G. – 11 years behind the wheel

GOOD
good roads, very scenic area.

BAD
winter, snow and ice and the cold. pockets of heavy traffic.

TIP TO NEW DRIVERS
be patient on the roadways. be safe!

 

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