New Hampshire Truck Driving Schools

Truck driving careers in New Hampshire can vary quite significantly. You will need to explore the many different industries and learn what the opportunities are in various parts of the state.

Salary & Career Outlook

When considering the average salary of truck driving careers in New Hampshire, you have to remember that it is different within each industry. The average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, is $38,990.

You have the ability to control your earnings within the state. This includes maintaining a clean driving record and obtaining as much experience behind the wheel of a big rig as possible. Even the industry that you choose to drive in, such as general trucking versus petroleum, will determine how high your salary can be.

Opportunities are increasing in New Hampshire and throughout the rest of the country. A 21 percent growth is anticipated by 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As more companies are looking to reduce their costs in terms of transportation, more companies are turning to truckers to save them money.

Truck Driving Details

Becoming a truck driver does not require a 2 or 4 year degree, which can save money on tuition. You will need to attend the CDL training course and then obtain your CDL. This can take a matter of months as opposed to years like some careers.

State Laws & Regulations

There are many state laws involving a truck driving career in New Hampshire. The only way to become a truck driver is to have your commercial driver’s license. You must be at least 18 and pass three separate exams to get this license.

There are anti-idling laws to be aware of in the state as well. You will not be able to idle your truck for more than five minutes if the temperature outside is over 32° and if it is under 32°, you will not be able to idle longer than 15 minutes.

Links and Resources

Other laws to be concerned with include the DOT laws that are bound by the federal government. You will be required to submit monthly reports to show how many hours you are working each day as well as within a workweek.

Below is a list of local CDL schools currently enrolling students. You can click the cdl school of your choice to view more info about local New Hampshire trucking schools or you can apply instantly.
New Hampshire CDL Requirements

Truck driving is a very lucrative but demanding occupation. Physical stamina, keen awareness and calm reserve are necessary to be successful. There are also legal and educational requirements that must be met before you can get behind the wheel. Each state has different requirements to obtain a CDL, Commercial Driver's License.

In New Hampshire, there are three distinct categories of trucks that require a CDL to drive:

  • Class A - A trailer that weighs at least 10,000 lbs. The combination of cab and trailer weighs at least 26,002 lbs.

  • Class B - A single vehicle that weighs at least 26,002 lbs. A cab with trailer that weighs at least 26,002 lbs with the trailer weighing less than 10,000 lbs.

  • Class C - A vehicle that weighs less than 26,001 lbs. It transports 16 or more passengers or carries hazardous materials.

In New Hampshire, the requirements to obtain a CDL are:

  • Applicants need a valid NH driver's license, a medical certificate and must be a minimum of 18 years old.

  • Applicants must relinquish all and any other CDL licenses issued in other states.

  • Aplicants must provide three official documents with name, address, date of birth. Social Security card, Driver's license and birth certificate are valid examples.

  • For transporting across state line, the driver must be a minimum of 21 years old. This requirement is because transporting cargo across state lines is not regulated by the individual states but by the USDOT, U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

  • Applicants must pass a general knowledge exam

  • Applicants must pass a skills test consisting of a typical pre-trip vehicle inspection, a fundamental vehicle control test and an on-the-road driving test.

  • To qualify for the testing and licensing, applicants must test with the same class vehicle for which the applicant will be driving professionally.

In addition to those standards, endorsements are required for applicants wanting to drive vehicles with certain characteristics. Those endorsements include:

  • Trucks with Air Brakes

  • Double or Triple Trailers

  • School Buses

  • Tanker Trucks

  • Transporting Passengers

  • Hauling Hazardous Materials

One of the newer requirements is a background check by the TSA, the Transportation Security Administration, before drivers can obtain a HAZMAT, hazardous materials, endorsement.

There are a number of truck driving schools in New Hampshire that will provide the required education and on-the-road training.

New Hampshire has a large, active trucking industry that supports an extensive community of truck drivers and available positions. An eager, qualified trucker can earn a good living driving the New Hampshire roads.

New Hampshire Community Tech College
2020 Riverside Dr.
Berlin, NH 03570