Female truckers are sliding into long-haul cabs as companies seek to end a U.S. driver shortage, and they’re proving to be better behind the wheel than men.
That’s no surprise to Stephanie Klang, 57, who used to drive in a team with her former husband. She stays on the road alone for up to five weeks and lives out of her truck with her cats as companions. “We’re more patient.”
Women In Trucking has announced the winners of the association’s "I Heart Trucking" photo contest which ran from June 23-24.
The contest was an effort to promote a positive view of the trucking industry and received three-dozen entries from industry professionals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Drivers and other trucking industry contestants were tasked with using their own cameras or phones to submit photos.
Ryder System, Inc. announced that it will offer what it calls a “female-friendly” vehicle package for lease – the first of its kind in the industry.
With the help of various OEMs and Women in Trucking Association (WIT), Ryder is making available a custom vehicle design, including 15 unique specifications, the company says better meets the needs of female drivers. These same ergonomic specifications will also provide a benefit for many male drivers in the industry, according to Ryder.