Maryland Owner Operator Jobs
Maryland is a beautiful east coast state. It includes the northern suburbs of Washington, DC, but also the rural areas of the East Shore. North-south traffic between Washington and New York passes through Maryland on Interstate 95. Route 70 towards Ohio also goes through the state, from northern DC through Frederick to Hagerstown. A quieter route west is 68, which runs through a narrow western 'point' of the state.
Trucking in Maryland is a major industry, employing one out of seventeen workers. Thus, there is a high level of competition in the state, but also plenty of work. In fact, Maryland is one of the most truck dependent states in the country. Additionally, Maryland contains Baltimore, one of the East Coast's most important ports. Much of the shipping between the United States and Europe passes through the Port of Baltimore, and although a lot of it is moved in and out by rail, there are plenty of opportunities for an owner operator in Maryland.
Traffic in the northern DC suburbs can be very intense at times. Drivers delivering to or passing through this area should allow extra time. Bumper to bumper traffic is not unknown at rush hour and even the middle of the night is not necessarily quiet. Meanwhile, in more rural areas, drivers should pay attention to height, weight and width restrictions. Low bridges and other overhead restrictions are not uncommon. In some areas, it may be necessary to obtain a police escort.
Oversized loads in Maryland start at 65' length, 8' wide, 13'6" high and a weight of 80,000. Routine permits go up to 120' long, 110,000 lbs and 16' width and height. There are also time of day restrictions. An escort car is always required for vehicles over 120' long, over 110,000 lbs or over 16' high. Vehicles over 13' in width require one escort and those over 14' require two.
Truckers interested in a good time show up every year for the Maryland Truck Driving Championships, held at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The event is a qualifier for the National Truck Driving Championships.