It’s no secret that truck driving is a predominantly male profession, but that doesn’t mean that women don’t thrive and succeed while driving as well. Although the current number of female drivers is relatively small, that number is growing. If you’re a woman thinking about starting a career in logistics as a truck driver, check out these tips.
1. Pick the right training school.
Starting your career by getting the best possible training for your Class A Commercial Driver’s License exam is key, but choosing the right training school can ensure that happens smoothly. Unfortunately, many women drivers have reported facing a number of issues, from harassment to discrimination, while in training school. Your training school should treat all students – male or female – with respect. Finding a school that employs a good mix of both men and women is usually a good indicator that the school has a positive attitude about women in logistics.
2. Remember that you aren’t alone.
Although at times it might feel like you’re the only woman driver out on the roads, you aren’t. There are tons of online resources dedicated to helping and empowering women in the trucking industry. From blogs to forums, there are tons of places to get your questions answered or to just get a woman’s perspective on what it’s like to be a woman working in such a male-heavy profession.
3. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not capable.
According to this infographic from Trucker to Trucker, women are three times less likely to get in an accident than male truck drivers, five times less likely to violate safety regulations, and four times more likely to pass their CDL certification exam on the first try. Statistically, women seem to be better truck drivers than men.
Confidence is key when entering a male-dominated work place. No one will take you seriously unless you take yourself seriously, so never doubt that you’re every bit as capable and qualified to drive a truck as a man.