You’ve been sitting behind the wheel for a few weeks. What you want now is some home time with lots of room to spread out and relax. Several states in the Great Plains, the upper Rocky Mountain Region, and the Northwest U.S. offer all the room you could want! And if you like driving with limited traffic, jobs in these regions are ready and waiting. Consider placing Montana, the Dakotas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Nevada, and Utah on your truck driving home base wish list. Wide open spaces abound with low population densities and lots of ranchland. And if you’re worried about finding a job, there is high demand for truck drivers through each state, most of which have some of the lowest unemployment numbers in the U.S. You might haul everything from cattle to minerals to wind turbines. But if all that wide open space gives you an itch to move, you’ll find interstates with the highest speed limits in the country. Head to the highway, open up the throttle, and get some diesel pumping through your truck’s veins (all while driving safely, of course). This is another state where the pace of life is far slower than speed limits and wind speeds. So, hook onto a trailer full of wind energy and see if you can reach your destination before it spoils!
Montana is in the Upper Northwestern U.S. bordering Canada. Along with numerous entry points between the U.S. and Canada, Montana is a major crossing point connecting Oregon and Washington to the upper Midwest.
Montana is bordered to the north by the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, to the east by the Dakotas. To the south by Wyoming, and to the west by Idaho.
Products Moved by Trucks
Whether they are exported out of state, out of the country, or simply remain in the state for use in-state, according to the latest data from World’s Top Exports, the following are the primary products moved by truck drivers and industries offering truck driving jobs to those calling Montana home: home:
- Coal (non-agglomerated)
- Copper oxides/hydroxides
- Machinery for making semi-conductors
- Aircraft including engines, parts
- Live cattle not for purebred breeding
- Hydrides, nitrides, azides, silicides
- Human/animal blood
- Lentils (dried/shelled)
- Light petroleum oils
Montana interstates include 3 major routes and 2 auxiliary highways, totaling 1,200 of the state’s 150,000 lane miles of roadway. Interstates are as follows:
I-15 from Monida to Sweetgrass
I-90 from Mullan, Idaho, to Ranchester Wyoming., with a spur (I-395) from East Lyme northward to Massachusetts
I-94 from Billings to Beach, North Dakota
Auxiliary interstate highways
For more information on Montana and its truck driver jobs, visit: www.mttrucking.org