Ladies, post your personal experience about life as a lady driver at the bottom of the page. Thanks for sharing!
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 that they rather train a woman than a man. Some even brag about women's driving skills by the time they are done with training.
Generally women drive less aggressive and more cautiously than men, so that should also mean they are less likely to be involved in accidents.
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 every
day out here now. I have so much respect to see anyone doing anything as a minority. I think it takes a special type of person.
Over the road as a woman driving for a living.
This is Gene, a lady trucker I met and interviewed at a Huntsville, Alabama truckstop earlier this year. Gene is what we call, good people. I realized 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 talks about her experience and gives great advice for life in general.
Women in trucking have both advantages and disadvantages. Just like a male driver, ask 10 ladies and you get 10 varying degrees of yes it is harder and no it is not. What does that tell you? It means, it has a lot to do with the individual's attitude, expectations, and perspective of what she experiences. 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.
A big 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! But guess what....Some women believe it or not, take offense.
Something as simple as that can be perceived differently depending on the person it's directed toward.