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Trucking can be quite the boys club, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a viable career for women interested in the industry. While the percentage of women truck drivers is a low 7.89% of the 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States, according to the Women In Trucking Association, the percentage is slowly growing.
Like men, women truck drivers are attracted to the career largely due to the flexibility it offers. Having the ability to work alone and make your own decisions is appealing to independent and entrepreneurial spirited individuals, regardless of age or gender. However, the long hours and time away from home is often discouraging for women who juggle the responsibilities of being wife, mom, and caregiver to elderly parents.
While female truck drivers often face certain difficulties that their male counterparts are exempt from, there is no injustice when it comes to pay. Unlike many professions where salaries aren’t equal between men and women, truck drivers are paid impartially based on hours, mileage, and/or loads.
Read on to learn about some of the challenges that female truckers encounter, as well as suggestions on the best ways to deal with them before, during, or after they’ve happened.
A safety survey conducted by Women in Trucking, revealed that women rated truck stop safety as a 4.4 out of 10. Fortunately, there is a push for these businesses to enhance parking lot safety with improved lighting, fencing, and security monitoring.
The key is being vigilant and attentive to your surroundings at all times. Avoid questionable areas, and walk away from confrontation whenever possible. By taking time to plan road trips in advance, you will stay safer and healthier on future road trips and have a more positive experience.
There’s no denying that female truck drivers have unique challenges on the road, but the incidences are not constant. Many women drivers never encounter such transgressions and others have very infrequent confrontations for several years.
For the most part truck drivers, regardless of gender or age, practice camaraderie and watch out for one another. For example, solo truck driver Tami Clark, shared with USA Today, that she “knows to count on a continuous blast of her truck’s horn to summon other drivers to her aid.”
Every career has pros and cons, and trucking is no exception. The demand for truck drivers is bigger than ever, and the industry is making strides to become more attractive to all genders, especially females. Interestingly, many of the younger female truck drivers view it as an opportunity to play an important role in improving the working environment.
Undoubtedly, it is a profession that takes dedication and hard work, but trucking companies are constantly making improvements in employee compensation, benefit packages, and safety. The business offers independence, and in comparison to a college degree, the training required to become a truck driver is faster and much more cost efficient. Being a contributing member to the back bone industry of America’s economy, offers advantages that far outweigh the negative aspects and it can be a very rewarding and lucrative career.
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