With the trucking industry expected to continue its rapid growth through the year 2022, the industry could use a few good men.
Better yet, it could use a few good women.
What’s that? You think women can’t drive trucks because truck driving requires an “I heart MOM” tattoo and a beard that’s full enough to put Chuck Norris to shame?
Please! Don’t make Chuck laugh. (Seriously, don’t. When Chuck Norris laughs, hurricanes happen.)
Not only do women have a place in this burgeoning industry, it’s possible that because of their innate attributes they may actually be suited even better to driving trucks than their male counterparts are.
Need proof? Here’s a list of behavioral tendencies that give women — speaking generally in each case, of course — a genetic edge when it comes to driving trucks:
Recent studies about risk aversion don’t say definitively that women are less likely to take risk. But, if driving statistics are any indication, a case certainly could be made for women exercising more caution while driving than men do.
According to an MSN article that cites, among others, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety numbers, women are “statistically safer” drivers. They are cited less often than men are for reckless driving, speeding, seatbelt violations, failure to yield and stop sign/signal violations. Plus, while men and women get into roughly the same number of accidents, accidents involving women tend to be much less costly for insurance companies (e.g. fender benders) while men, the article contends, “are more likely to get into serious crashes.”
Needless to say, safe drivers have an advantage in the industry for obvious reasons.
Minding the Meaningful Minutia
One of the first things students learn at Roadmaster Drivers School is how to properly fill out a truck log book. Want to guess why that’s one of the first things we teach? (HINT: It rhymes with, “Because it’s very shmimportant!”)
In order to fill out a log book accurately, the driver must pay close attention to detail. Mileage and time spent driving are regulated, so a small mistake on a log book can turn into a big problem for drivers and carriers. As it happens, there are studies suggesting women are stronger than men at paying attention to details, which means women are at an advantage when it comes to filling out industry-crucial paperwork.
As far as “reading situations accurately and taking information from all sides,” according to this article, women excel. While the article points out that this attribute boosts women’s persuasiveness in business, the ability to think through a situation from every angle could have obvious benefits in trucking as drivers are often confronted with sudden changes in weather, road conditions and other variables. A driver who can think through a problematic situation and find the best solution has any number of advantages over drivers who can’t adapt quickly.
Challenge? Bring It!
Perhaps the most important advantage women have in terms of innate proclivities is that women may be more willing to accept a challenge — a trait that would come in handy for females looking to help blaze a path in such a predominantly male industry.
According to this article, “A 2009 international study by Accenture found that 70 percent of businesswomen asked their bosses for new challenges at work, compared to less than half of businessmen polled.”
So, since females are generally more inclined to accept a challenge, allow us to present one to any women who may be reading this:
Roadmaster encourages women to take our course and get their CDL (A) Licenses. The trucking industry has great benefits and is in need of qualified drivers across the country. Women clearly have what it takes, so the only question is: What are you waiting for?
Click the video below to find out what Roadmaster Alumna Jessica Suarez has to say about her life as a truck driver!
*wage information provided by Werner Enterprises