Breaking The Stereotype – A Female Drives Heavy-Duty Truck
Tiffany Deering from Delaware may not look like your everyday truck driver; nevertheless she is not like your every day 28-year old brunette either. Breaking the age old beliefs and setting foot in the trucking industry has been a great step for her, towards breaking stereotypes and introducing a cultural move. Along with her husband, John, she has been driving the 53-foot trailer for Werner Enterprises for more than a year now.
While equally taking 12 hour shifts, the military veteran couple lawfully drives 24 hours a day. Deering shared the reaction of other truck drivers when she stops at the truck stop and explained how they find it unbelievable to accept that she drives a heavy truck on major highways.
However, considering that the shortfall of 48,000 drivers has occurred in the U.S trucking industry And that the American Trucking Association has predicted that by 2025, this number will be quadrupled, the move towards hiring female drivers can be quite profitable. With rigorous shortage of truck drivers, the companies in the United Sates are now picking women from the labor pool and providing them with the opportunity of driving heavy duty trucks.
The fleet operators are also increasing pays and introducing training reimbursement programs to balance out the shortage. Their recruitment program now focuses on persuading women into the trucking industry, which is a big challenge because of the stereotypes set in the society. President and Chief Operating of Werner, Derek Leathers says that the prevalent stereotypes that trucking is a macho industry, is making it difficult to hire women for the job. He says that employers will have to work very hard to convince females that they are indeed being hired. Werner Enterprises is however, not the only company opting for this strategy. Schneider, Covenant Transportation and Swift Transportation are also companies that are finding ways to bring more women labor on board. With Werner declaring to have 9% of women drivers, and the U.S. having an increased 6% of the women truck driver population from 4.5% of the past 5 years, the approach is gradually finding its way.
This is not just breaking the stereotype but also, wage barriers. The chief executive of Women in Trucking Association, Ellen Voie shared that in the trucking industry, women and men are paid alike, by the miles they drive or the load they carry. Gender is never an issue when it comes to paying truck drivers.
Although a high number of the population does not consider women to be good drivers; heavy-duty truck driving women have made people ponder over these statements. Leathers stated that accident costs associated to female drivers are 25% lower comparatively to men, with there being many reasons for this fact.
Women, in general, have smaller accidents and with so many positives of having women in the trucking industry, it’s time they start choosing truck driving as a profession as it pays the same wage to both the sexes and ensures gender equality. – See more at: http://truckernews.com/breaking-the-stereotype-a-female-drives-heavyduty-truck-p587-90.htm#sthash.4YThqyus.dpuf