There’re way more women you can see on the road working as truck drivers than there were ten years ago. So what is it like for a woman to live a trucker’s life? And how is it really different from that of male drivers?
A lot of trainers actually say that in some aspects women are better drivers, despite any stereotypes. They are often more cautious and not aggressive drivers so sometimes they drive safer than men do. When being trained, women listen carefully and want to be more thorough when men just want to go and try everything themselves and get it over with.
So as drivers, women are pretty reliable. And as for life over the road, people always see same things differently. Yes, women get special treatment from their male colleagues. And men can mean different things as they offer their help or, let’s say, a free meal at the truck stop. So it’s really about different personalities. Some women enjoy the fact that men are sweet to them and always eager to help. Still they need to be careful and read the intent behind men’s words. But it’s pretty much the same in life off the road, too.
Other women don’t like being treated differently at all. Sometimes they would ask you for help or directions over the radio, and that’s all they want to get from you. Sweet talking and anything else that will make them think they’re somehow different from male drivers, won’t make them feel any good.
Also there’re all this talking about women being sexually harassed by their trainers or during periods of team driving. But the truth is, many male truckers are really decent guys. Yes, you have to be cautious and read the sings. But don’t think it’s some kind of industry for sex predators. There’re good guys and bad guys everywhere. This line of work is no exception.
If you’re a lady driving a truck, we will be happy to hear your story in comments!