(San bernardino, Ca.)
I've been out here 5 years. I decided to become a driver for the challenge to make it in a mans world and I did it. 75% of the male drivers truly respect and welcome us.
The other 25% absolutely despise us and treat us like we are just a piece of meat on wheels.
The CB radio? I have had my share of immature drivers going off on me when i simply was asking for a radio check. Within seconds mature drivers immediately put them in check.
There is a lot of smut talk on the radio. It doesn't offend me. You just ignore it cause there is nothing we can do to stop. Getting upset about it and arguing back is all they want.
Are female drivers treated differently?
Sometimes but in good ways. I have seen female drivers having troubles parking and male drivers will be out of their trucks to help faster then they do for male drivers.
At shippers and receivers, I have been approached quite a few times by dock workers saying "Wow, you're a driver, that's really cool". I just smile and proudly say "Thank you".
We're all out here doing the same thing, living the lifestyle, risking our lives, missing our families and driving our lives away. Male or female ... Does it really matter?