Younger Female Trucker Shares Her Story
(OTR, home state FL)
Hello my name is Jané i am 29yo and when i started trucking i just turned 28yo a month prior. I was looking for jobs all over in Florida and kept coming across class A cdl trucking carers.
I started talking about becoming a truck driver with friend and family and they thought i was crazy. I got to hear about how hard it would be and how every guy would put me down or hit on me the whole horro story about its to dangerous for a girl to do. Smh.
Anyway i was determined, i wanted a life for my self where i could be my own boss and make enough money to take care of my self and help out my family at the same time.
I also never wanted to feel like i owed a man because he was providing for me. So i started my journey. My mine was made up and i went for it. I have to say it was the best decision i have ever made.
School was a little trying only because we had so much to learn in such a short time. At the time i tested at the top of my class and all classes at my Academy with a 97.3. Then we moved to the training yard. Let me tell you it was intimidating to say the least.
These big machines and I've never even driven anything with a trailer on it. It was okay though I got behind the wheel and I did great. But I had a wonderful instructor who is now my mentor.
Being out on the road is nothing of what they told me it was going to be like. I don't have guys hitting on me everyday I rarely even gets spoke to. People just normally leave me alone which is cool for me.
Anytime I needed help with anything someone's always there to answer any questions I might have. I guess these guys see me as a little sister daughter granddaughter you name it they kind of take care of me out here.
I'm not treated any different than anybody who's out here. I started out as a solo driver then I became a trainer and now I'm teaming with my boyfriend who has been there from the beginning of my journey and has been very supportive.
So much so he has also become a truck driver obviously. It's been a great experience for me. So anyone who has the guts to say I'm just going to do it I don't think you'll be disappointed.
But I also think it's something you really need to want to do this is something I really wanted to do before I got into it.