Delaware has a pretty mild climate year round. Average monthly temperatures can range from 76-degrees to 32-degrees. About 57% of the days are sunny and make for good driving conditions. Average snowfall in Dover, the capital, is 15 inches while the average U.S. city gets 26 inches of the white stuff (SOURCE) (SOURCE2).
Trucking is big business in Delaware with more than 4,000 drivers. So let’s take a quick look at the top 3 trucking companies in the state.
Notable Trucking Companies in Delaware
There’s a reason Sentinel is a known name in Delaware. It’s because the executives and employees strive to go further than other companies do when it comes to customer satisfaction. Sentinel has prided itself on being able to haul the most difficult tanker loads.
Sentinel’s headquarters are in Wilmington and there are more than 30 terminals operating nationwide. Use of the latest technology added to advanced training for their drivers is what places Sentinel trucking company at the top of the list.
Reed Trucking Co.
Reed Trucking has been part of the trucking industry since 1937 and at that time was incorporated in Milton, Delaware. Eighty years later their headquarters are still in the same location. What they have tried to change over the years is the improvement of their transportation services. These days, Reed Trucking has a fleet consisting of 52 trucks and 80 trailers. In addition to conventional load transportation services, they added LTL service in 2005.
LTL stands for “less-than-truckload” and it’s a service for shippers who need a small delivery of goods at a time. LTL drivers haul multiple shipments at one time on the same trailer, and each one has a different destination. Usually these shipments are delivered to a terminal then transferred from truck to truck until they reach their destination. Experienced drivers most often handle LTL driving jobs.
If you’re looking for a job in Delaware Reed Trucking Co. could be a good place to start applying. The company has a good reputation for exceptional load transportation services and the extensive benefits package they provide their drivers.
Eagle Transport has been in Delaware for the past 40 years. There’s no doubt they’re one of the most known brands. Over the years they have managed to become one of the largest trucking companies in the state. Eagle has a fleet equipped with 440 power units and 23 terminals located throughout the eastern U.S.
Eagle Transportation specializes in transporting liquid petroleum, so the better part of their fleet is comprised of tanker trucks. The company’s goal is to become the best at what they do, and so far it looks like it’s working. Of course there are plenty of top notch trucking companies in Delaware, so do your research to find the one that’s best for your situation (SOURCE).
Delaware CDL Truck Driver Salary Information
After taking a look at the above companies and thinking about all the other trucking companies in Delaware, what might you expect as a “ball park estimate” of a salary? Well, the median salary for drivers for the entire U.S. is $41,340 and in Delaware that figure is a bit less at $39,440. But no need to despair! Depending on where you are in the state, you could make more (or less) and the more experience you get and the longer you stay with a company your salary will increase over the years. Here are median salaries of three cities (SOURCE):
- Wilmington $44,750
- Salisbury $38,130
- Dover $34,600
What’s more, the future looks bright for trucking in Delaware, as projected employment increase from 2014 to 2024 is 9% whereas the rest of the nation is only 6%.
Delaware CDL License Information and Insights
You can renew an existing CDL within 30 days prior to expiration.
CDL Class A
Required when the vehicle’s combination actual or gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is over 26,000 pounds, and the vehicle that’s being towed has a registered, actual or GVWR over 10,000 pounds.
CDL Class B
Required when the vehicle’s registered, actual or rated weight (GVWR) is over 26,000 pounds, and it is not towing another vehicle over 10,000 pounds GVWR.
CDL Class C
Required for vehicles less than 26,000 pounds that are designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver. Class C is also required for trucks that must be placarded when carrying hazardous materials (HAZMAT).
Depending on the job you obtain, you may need one or more of the following endorsements along with your license:
- H – Hazardous Materials
- N – Tank Vehicle
- P – Passenger Class A, B, C
- T – Doubles and Triples
- X – Tank and Hazmat
- S – School Bus
CDL Skills Test
All CDL skills test are by appointment only and can only be made once you have your CLP for at least 2 weeks. The Delaware DMV offers two options to schedule your road test. Use the DMV’s online My Road Test scheduler or call your local DMV office to speak with a DMV technician.
Upon arriving for your ROAD TEST you must have the following in your possession:
- Valid learner’s permit
- Valid driver license of the accompanying driver who is at least 21 years of age (excludes motorcycle skills test and ‘international driver license’ holders)
- Valid registration card for the vehicle you will be using (and trailer if applicable)
- Valid insurance card (original or electronic) for the vehicle you will be using
Physical Qualifications for CDL Holders
A CDL driver must be physically qualified to operate a CMV. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established medical certification guidelines that apply to all commercial learner permit and driver’s license holders and applicants.
Every driver must be physically qualified to operate a CMV and to prove that you are, you’ll need a Medical Examiner’s Certificate from a licensed medical examiner, such as:
- Doctor of Medicine (MD)
- Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
- Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
- Physician’s Assistant (PA)
- Advanced Practice Nurse (APN)
You’re responsible for bringing your certificate paperwork with you to your examiner appointment. To find out if your doctor will complete the Medical Examiner Certificate, you should probably call them first.
Failure to maintain a valid federal medical certificate on file at the DMV will result in the CLP being denied or your CDL could be downgraded to a non-commercial, Class D privilege only license.
Delaware Trucking In The News
Truck Driver Robbed At Gunpoint In Newark, Delaware I-95 Service Center
A robbery occurred on Saturday, August 5, 2017 around 7:00 pm when a man brandishing a handgun demanded the driver’s wallet and phone. The driver gave the man his wallet, but refused to surrender his phone.
The suspect took the driver’s wallet but left the driver with his phone. Fortunately the driver was not injured, and the suspect took off on foot but was never caught (SOURCE).
Raining Pennies from Heaven? No, A Tractor-Trailer
A tractor-trailer overturned then caught fire, spilling blank pennies all over I-95 in New Castle, Delaware. The crash happened just before 2:00 a.m. near the I-295 split. No other vehicles were involved. The big rig was on the way to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia carrying blank pennies when it slammed into a Jersey barrier, overturned and then caught fire. Tens of thousands of blank pennies covered the roadway.
Luckily, the driver suffered only minor injuries and was treated at the scene. There was no word about what led to the crash. Throughout the morning rush hour and long after, multiple crews worked to clean the pennies, debris and spilled gasoline from the roadway. There was a huge backup on Airport Road as commuters were detoured off of I-95.
All lanes reopened soon after 3:15 p.m., just in time for the evening rush hour (SOURCE).