Ladies, post your personal experience about life as a lady driver at the bottom of the page. Thanks for sharing!
Over the road as a woman driving for a living.
This is Gene, a lady trucker I met at an Alabama truckstop in Huntsville earlier this year. Gene is what we call, good people. I saw this after talking to her for about 2 mins. She didn't hesitate to share her experience. In this video about trucking life for women, Gene give great advice for life in general.
It was only a matter of time before trucking companies started actively recruiting women. Women in trucking are like the new trend but with good reason. I have heard a trainer say more than once they rather train a woman than a man. Some even brag about the skills by the time they are done with training.
In theory women drive less aggressive and more cautious so that should also mean they are less likely to be involved in accidents. (Since I have written this, I have seen that there have been studies completed that suggest that this is indeed true)
Perhaps this occurs because men resist the trainer's instruction being more focused on 'getting it himself' while the woman is fully attentive and absorbs each step as its given. Who knows, that's my theory anyway.
What I do know is there are a lot more women in trucking now than it was 10 years ago when I started. I see women driving almost every day out here now.
Women in trucking have both advantages and disadvantages. Just like a male driver, ask 10 ladies you may get 2 similar stories, lol. Also you will get some who see it a plus to be a lady and others see challenges that they attribute to being a lady driver.
The advantage is of course there are plenty of drivers out here who are anxious to cater to a woman's needs on the road whether its with directions on the CB, radio checks, fixing on the truck, etc. (Now, this is from both good home training or it could be from perversion so be careful, read into their wishful intent lol!)
Sometimes a woman can get on the radio just to ask a question and get offered a free meal at the truck stop!
Something as simple as that can be percieved differently depending on the person it's directed toward.