Gone are the days when truck driving was seen as solely a man’s job. In a typically male-dominated industry, women have been breaking through barriers and making their mark in trucking.
With more and more women entering this field, it’s clear that truck driving is no longer just a game for men. From facing stereotypes to challenging physical demands, these women have proven they have what it takes to thrive in this demanding profession.
Let’s dive into data and insights on how female truck drivers are taking over the roads and explore how they are revolutionizing and diversifying the landscape of one of America’s oldest industries.
Women Taking the Wheel
Gone are the days when truck driving was considered just a man’s job. Women are rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the trucking industry, breaking stereotypes and defying gender norms. According to the Women In Trucking Association, there has been a 68% increase in female truck drivers from 2010 to 2018. Women now represent around 10% of the truck driver population in the United States, a significant increase from previous years.
This growth isn’t limited to just drivers either–a steady increase in women in managerial positions, dispatchers, and diesel technicians illustrates that we are witnessing a comprehensive change in the industry.
Female Drivers’ Impact on the Industry
The entrance of more women into the trucking world increases diversity and has a positive impact on trucking companies’ bottom lines. A study by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has unveiled some exciting findings: female drivers are less likely to be involved in accidents, get fewer traffic violations, and tend to drive more consistently than their male counterparts.
As a result, companies with higher percentages of female drivers have reported fewer accidents and insurance costs. The American Trucking Association (ATA) estimates a current deficit of over 60,000 truck drivers, predicted to grow to around 160,000 by 2028. By creating a welcoming and supportive environment for women, companies can tap into a vast and talented pool of potential drivers.
Industry Adaptations for Women Truckers
An influx of women into the trucking industry has led many companies to adjust to accommodate female drivers. For instance, several truck manufacturers have now begun offering adjustable seats, steering mechanisms, and pedals in their latest models to cater to women with smaller frames. Truck stops, too, have started paying more attention to the needs of female drivers, providing separate restrooms and shower facilities to ensure privacy and comfort.
Acknowledging the demand for gender-neutral training, several truck driving schools now offer courses catering to male and female drivers. These schools encourage a more inclusive learning environment by adjusting the curriculum and eliminating gendered language.
Moving Forward: More Women, More Success
The statistics don’t lie; women are making waves in the trucking industry and proving that driving isn’t just a man’s game anymore.
With more and more women taking the wheel, we are seeing a positive impact on the industry, from increased safety measures to improved communication on the road. But it’s not just about the numbers. It’s about the determination and grit of these female drivers who have shattered stereotypes and overcome challenges to excel in this field.
The adaptions made by companies like ATC for female truckers are necessary and reflective of our commitment to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace. As we continue to move forward, with more women behind the ATC, we can only expect even greater success in this industry.
The bottom line is that women in the trucking industry are impacting the driveaway business. We at ATC salute our female drivers and welcome you to the family!