Our motorized trailer dollies are designed to be easily used by anyone, regardless of size or gender. Modern working conditions are just one of the strategies being used by trucking companies to recruit female employees in what is still a male-dominated industry.
Women Helping Other Women
In March, fleet management tech company Omnitracs sponsored an online roundtable discussion headed up by prominent women in the trucking industry. Talk centered on industry obstacles to recruiting women and ways to overcome them.
According to data gathered by Omnitracs, women make good drivers because:
– They stay with their companies longer than men do
– They travel nearly 1,000 miles per month more than male drivers
– They have fewer preventable accidents than men do
Educating Women About the Changing Face of Trucking
Ellen Voie, president and CEO of Women in Trucking, challenged the industry to dispel the misconceptions women may have about the truck driving profession.
– Thanks to modern technology, equipment is much easier to learn and use.
– With safety being a major concern for women, many truck stops have improved their facilities to be more female-friendly.
– Weeks-long stretches on the road are no longer the norm. Companies have slip-seating and other policies that allow drivers to be home more often.
According to Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, president and CEO of Garner Trucking, selling the job itself is only part of the process. Companies need to offer mentors and peer support to help women manage the lifestyle of a career in trucking.
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