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Women in the Trucking Industry

CloudTrucks Team

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Although trucking has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, that is rapidly changing as more and more women are answering the call to become professional truck drivers. Between 2010 and 2019, the number of women truck drivers in the U.S. increased by a whopping 68%. 

With an unprecedented high demand for truck drivers and lucrative pay packages, now is the perfect time for women to embrace trucking as a career opportunity. Some perks of the profession include an unparalleled level of autonomy compared to other industries and the chance to travel and see the country while still earning a paycheck. 

Between 2010 and 2019, the number of women truck drivers in the U.S. increased by a whopping 68%. 

Women in the Trucking Industry: Facts and Figures

The trucking industry is the backbone of the American economy. To become a truck driver is to become a part of something great, a chance to make a difference and serve as the lifeblood of our nation’s supply chain. 

To give you a better picture of what the trucking industry entails, the contributions made by female truck drivers, and the kind of earning potential afforded to truck drivers, let’s look at some statistics.

Trucking Fast Facts

  • Trucking is an $800 billion industry
  • Forecasted freight growth is currently at 6%, meaning there is a high demand for more drivers to move that freight
  • CloudTrucks drivers can make up to $6,000 per week (Averaging $204,000 per year or $17,000 per month) with the flexibility to drive as little or as much as they want.
  • There are low educational requirements to begin a career as a truck driver
  • Commercial trucking offers excellent career and growth opportunities. Many truck drivers, including many female truck drivers, have gone on to start their own trucking companies.
  • Female drivers are a growing segment within the industry but still only account for approximately 5.8% of total drivers.
CloudTrucks drivers can make up to $6,000 per week (Averaging $204,000 per year or $17,000 per month) with the flexibility to drive as little or as much as they want.

Is it Safe to Be a Female Truck Driver?

Is it safe to become a female truck driver? This is a common question and a valid concern for many women thinking about becoming a truck driver. We first would like to point out that, unfortunately, the truck driver occupation has consistently ranked among the top ten most dangerous jobs in the U.S. for decades. 

However, this ranking is independent of gender and reflects the hazards of operating large commercial vehicles. That being said, the industry regulations and the technology used on today’s trucks make the truck driver’s job in the 21st century much safer than before. 

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the essential element for safe operation of a big truck is the truck driver. Following safety guidelines and operating your commercial vehicle while observing best practices is crucial for your on-the-job safety. You are responsible for your safety and the safety of those who share the road with you. It isn’t a responsibility to be taken lightly. 

When you’re not on the highways, common-sense attention to your safety is always a must for male and female truck drivers alike. Due to long-standing stereotypes manufactured by Hollywood and fiction authors, there is an abundance of misperceptions about truck drivers and what life is like on the road. 

In reality, the life of a truck driver is rather mundane and similar in most ways to working at any other job and living in a standard home. The only difference is you are in a different town or city every night. The same rules for personal safety apply. To help you better visualize the similarities between life on the road and the life of someone who works at a grocery store and lives in an apartment, let's look at some safety tips for truck drivers:

Safety Tips

  • Keep your doors locked
  • Don’t open your door to strangers
  • Avoid parking overnight on highway ramps, road shoulders, and other isolated places
  • Truck stops, rest areas, and customers who permit overnight parking are your safest options
  • Check rest stop reviews for safety (and cleanliness) ahead of time
  • When walking to and from stores, remain in well-lit areas
  • Keep your eyes and ears open. Listen to other drivers and the news about unsafe areas within cities and towns, and take note of them to avoid parking overnight in these areas
  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch for suspicious individuals

Additional Tips for Women Truck Drivers

1. Join Women in Trucking

All women drivers should look for professional support. Women in Trucking is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging female drivers and eliminating the obstacles many women face in the workforce. The company is an excellent resource for women starting in the industry, providing a ready-made community and offering mentorship for those who need it. As you gain experience in trucking, you can even become a mentor to other female drivers.

2. Focus on Networking

Truck drivers are part of a strong community, and you will find plenty of members willing to help, guide, and support you. It is crucial to find a professional network of supportive coworkers and people you can trust. Building a network is like building a professional family or community, and in the trucking industry, you can never have too many friends.

3. Maintain Personal Relationships

While having support on the job is vital to your professional success, drivers also need support at home. You spend a lot of time away from your house, family, and friends, so a solid personal network is helpful as well. From watering houseplants to checking in on your children, building your community when at home can give you peace of mind when on the road. Pay special attention to personal relationships and do whatever you can to keep those bonds healthy.

4. Plan Your Routes

Route planning is an essential part of a truck driver’s job. Understanding where you are going and how to get there alleviates stress, makes you safer, and ensures you remain compliant with hours of service regulations. CloudTrucks Schedule Optimizer can help drivers organize their workflow and route up to 10 days in advance.

5. Purchase and Install a CB Radio

Despite the prevalence of cellphones, the CB radio remains an essential tool for truck drivers. Having a CB radio can make a big difference for contacting help in areas with poor cellphone reception. The CB radio is also helpful for learning important information from other drivers, such as road hazards, traffic conditions, and other situations. Be sure to set your CB to channel 19, as this is the standard channel for CB communications among truck drivers. 

CloudTrucks Schedule Optimizer can help drivers organize their workflow and route up to 10 days in advance.

Future of the Trucking Industry

This nation continues to grow, and the trucking industry grows with it. From raw materials to finished goods, the trucking industry is responsible for transporting 71% of the items used in this country for our everyday needs. Your contribution to the industry and the nation is greatly appreciated, and now more than ever, companies around the country are eager to give you the recognition you deserve. 

Better pay and greater flexibility in your schedule and day-to-day working habits are just some of the perks you can find only in this profession. And don’t forget, the high demand for drivers and the high pay that comes with the job make it an outstanding opportunity for women to step onto a level playing field. 

If you want an employer who judges you for your willingness and ability to do the job rather than your gender, look no further than the trucking industry. As a bonus, we would like to point out that thanks to advances in trucking technology, the life of a truck driver has never been more comfortable, safer, easier, and enjoyable than today. To learn more about becoming a truck driver and how CloudTrucks can help you reach your career and life goals, be sure to read more in our FAQs


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