Life as a lady owner operator
(Kalamazoo MI USA)
here it is in a nut shell. i can do anything a man can do but only better.
i can not be distracted by the small stuff. i don't listen to the trash talk on the c.b. when a man hears a female voice they go into instantaneous heat. they want to know " where's that baby doll at she sounds so sexy."
he don't know nothin' about me but wants a piece of me anyway. or they will purposely give bad directions.then other men drivers will chime in and try to give different directions. it is not worth the headache. now in the age of cell phones i call for directions.
my dispatcher treats me like a princess. why? because i do my job!
i get to shipper/ reciever early. sometimes 24 hours early. 6 hours early few times 1 hour early. i can get loaded early/ unloaded early depending on the customer. i keep the left door closed. i don't need to stop every five minutes for a sex break, potty break or feed my face break. i need to keep those "big wheels" moving.
i treat my dispatcher with respect. he treats me with respect. what he says when i hang up i dont know. but to my face he is kind and respectful. he knows that i will do my job safely and quickly. i keep in contact with him frequenly during the day. especially if i am having a problem. shipper/receiver/ truck problems.etc.
i am still passionate about my job even after all these years. 30 years out here. i have seen the good, bad and ugly of the trucking industry. i am a professional woman driver. i would not trade my career for anything.