Member of America’s Road Team Hopes to Encourage Female Drivers
Rhonda Hartman has recently been named as a member of the 2017-2018 American’s Road Team. This elite group of 20 drivers, which was put together by the American Trucking Associations, serves as ambassadors for the truck driving industry, helping to improve the image of trucking and educate the public about what drivers do.
Like all members of the team, Hartman will continue her regular duties as a truck driver while also touring with the team across North America. Hartman is a driver for Old Dominion, and her selection places her in an elite group. Only 17 female drivers have been selected to be a part of Road Teams since the program began in 1986.
According to data collected by the US Department of Labor, it is estimated that just over 5% of the 3.5 million truck drivers in the industry today are female. Hartman was able to get her spot on the team by completing a series of interviews, and also thanks to some recommendations.
David Congdon, Chief Executive of Old Dominion, noted that Hartman’s dedication and drive make her a leading voice within the industry. She secured her position by being chosen from a pool of 2,200 applicants. She is the only female member of this chapter of America’s Road Team.
Hartman said she developed her interest in truck driving after driving heavy equipment on a farm as a child. She hopes that her membership on America’s Road Team will encourage more women to join the freight industry.