A history was set way back in 1929, when Lillie Elizabeth Drennan was the first woman to receive her commercial driver's license (CDL) classification. Not only that, she also was the first female trucking firm owner in the United States. She set the mark for many women drivers who would follow after.
With the challenge of the job coupled with an attractive pay scale, women nowadays are attracted to enter the trucking workforce. Some trucking companies even provide better job opportunities and benefits to women truck drivers. However, lady truckers still need to be aware of their situation when they are on the road. Below is just a list of simple things to keep in mind:
- Keep the doors of the rig locked at all times
- If possible, stay away from remote rest areas, especially at night
- Stay off back roads or short cuts
- Try parking close to the main door of any truck stops you're at
- Always carry a cell phone with you or a reliable CB Radio
If you are a woman in trucking reading this, We would be interested in and greatly appreciate your story on how it is to be a lady trucker and more importantly, how to stay safe on the road. What is it like to be a woman living a trucker's life? Share you thoughts!