It is well known that there is a driver deficit in the trucking industry. One idea that some companies may not realize as a practical solution to this deficit is employing more women drivers. The percentage of women in trucking is steadily increasing as trucking companies are realizing that women too can be successful truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Associations, women accounted for 5.8 percent of the 3.4 million U.S. truck drivers last year, compared with 4.6 percent in 2010. This is good news for both trucking companies and women alike!
Trucking is not a gender specific industry. With the large number of male drivers, truck driving was generally thought of as an industry for men, but with more women becoming truck drivers, it needs to be seen as an equal gender industry. While some may argue that the physical aspect of trucking can be too daunting for women, many women actually enjoy the challenge, and for flatbed drivers especially, it is a great way to stay in shape!
While women gain many benefits from truck driving, they also give many benefits back! For instance, many women advance in the area of problem-solving, helping them to tarp and secure loads in a safe, efficient manner. Women are also less prone to taking unnecessary risks and are more conservative about driving. The problem is that many women don’t know they can do the job. They are intimidated by the notion that trucking is a male-dominated environment. While this is true, women are more than capable of possessing the emotional and physical strength necessary for the job.
We here at Melton Truck Lines are extremely proud of our female drivers and appreciate all the hard work and hours they put in making sure our freight is delivered safely and securely. If you have women in your fleet, be sure to recognize them and thank them for their hard work. It’s no easy job, but that doesn’t stop our female drivers from succeeding!