There are many excellent opportunities for a women truck drivers in today’s trucking business. The career truck driver should have no problem being hired if she is a trained CDL driver, has an excellent driving record and is willing to work hard. Income for a female driver should be the same as a male driver and is based on experience, driving record and time with a company.
Any driver man or woman should treat other drivers with respect and courtesy while on the road, in the workplace and off duty in truck stops or rest areas. As a female truck driver there are safety tips you should be aware.
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Always do your pre trip inspections. The last thing you want is to break down and put yourself at risk while waiting for help to arrive.
Women truck drivers need Take precautions at truck stops like parking close to the front near the lights when possible. Never let others know you are driving alone. Walk out in the well lit parking areas not in between trucks. Always lock your doors when leaving your truck unattended even for a few minutes.
Even though most states have regulations prohibiting a driver from carrying a gun or knives, you can carry items like a MAG flashlight or tire iron while you walk around your truck if you feel safe having a weapon handy.
Because many of the loads that are being transported are of great value is is important not to speak about what you are hauling. Hijacking is a real concern and should not be treated lightly. Plan your trips with up to date directions. Always call the shipping or receiving department personally if you have questions about load/unload time schedules or directions.
Prepare for emergency conditions in the winter. Tractor trailer drivers still transport during snowstorms and it would be wise to keep 3 days worth of food and water in your cab in case you are delayed or broken down in a storm.
There is sexual harassment in all industry but a woman in trucking is still a minority so it is important to be aware of your rights as an employee. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission defines sexual harassment as “unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct.. affects the individuals employment, and unreasonably interferes with an individuals work performance or creates an intimidating or hostile or offensive work environment.”
While driving you will hear foul language and explicit sexual innuendos on the CB radio. If this offends you turn it off. Don't engage in conversation that promotes and encourages this kind of talk. Speak directly , ask your question then get off the radio. Protect yourself from a potentially harassing experience.
When visiting a truck stop maintain a professional stature and look confident and have good eye contact. Dress like the professional you are. If someone starts to approach you in a rude or sexual way tell them firmly to back off. If the harassment continues contact the manager or call the police.
The workplace or warehouse where you make the delivery or pick up your load can also be a place where you might be sexually harassed. Conduct yourself professionally, dress appropriately, and walk with confidence. If the employees act in an offensive way, express that their behavior is unwelcome. If it continues and becomes threatening or abusive ask to speak to the manager or human resource manager. You will be asked for details so keep notes. A formal claim may be filed. No one has the right to make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe in the workplace.
There is an organization called Women In Trucking Association that encourages the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry. you can find them at Women Trucking
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