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LTW T.'s Comment
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I am a female owner operator that started her own company. I feel as if we can't find a driver because we are a women owned business. Is there another women owner her that is finding it difficult to higher drivers?

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I am a female owner operator that started her own company. I feel as if we can't find a driver because we are a women owned business. Is there another women owner her that is finding it difficult to higher drivers?

Hello. You probably wont find many owner ops here. Our site is to encourage and assist potential drivers navigate through CDL training and help with newbie questions and predictaments.

Try OOIDA or even craigslist to find drivers.

My guess is that it is not sexism...it is a lack of qualified drivers.

good luck in your search

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Owner Operator:

An owner-operator is a driver who either owns or leases the truck they are driving. A self-employed driver.

OOIDA:

Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

Who They Are

OOIDA is an international trade association representing the interests of independent owner-operators and professional drivers on all issues that affect truckers. The over 150,000 members of OOIDA are men and women in all 50 states and Canada who collectively own and/or operate more than 240,000 individual heavy-duty trucks and small truck fleets.

Their Mission

The mission of OOIDA is to serve owner-operators, small fleets and professional truckers; to work for a business climate where truckers are treated equally and fairly; to promote highway safety and responsibility among all highway users; and to promote a better business climate and efficiency for all truck operators.

Cynthia C.'s Comment
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Hello I am a female CDL A driver with one year OTR experience. The company I work for employs mainly male team drivers and recently since I made one complaint about a codriver that had poor hygiene and urinated in a jug on the truck and never emptied it. Since then I have been put on the back burner, they claim they cannot find a codriver for me and I have to beg for work on the weekends. I don’t want to go to one of the mega carrriers, I haven’t had good experience with those people. I am looking for a small company who will treat me right. I would be happy to work for you.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matthew W.'s Comment
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Https://www.veriha.com/about/

I don't think it's about you being a female owned company at all, here is proof of a female owned trucking company, in fact, you can find reviews on them on this very site. There are a large number of reasons you might be having troubles, you might just need to do some more research into your issue and figure out what is actually going on. Such as you are not being competitive enough with what you offer or maybe you just aren't putting your company out there to enough sites to get a hit or something.

Monica S.'s Comment
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Hi, I was a female driver about 7 years ago and looking to get back into driving again. Yes, It is soooo much harder for females in this industry but....and a BIG BUT...... It is really starting to turn around! At first it was an attitude that a woman should not be doing a mans job but with the world today, Woman have to step up because the men are not doing the job and also families need 2 plus incomes now so the trucking industry is finally getting used to it. But still not saying it is easy for us! I would be interested in your company! I am looking to drive again at the first of the year after 7 years off the road and I am excited. More excited to now see there are WOMEN OWNED COMPANIES OUT THERE!!! YOU GO GIRL!!! I GOT YOUR BACK!!!!

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hi, I was a female driver about 7 years ago and looking to get back into driving again. Yes, It is soooo much harder for females in this industry but....and a BIG BUT...... It is really starting to turn around! At first it was an attitude that a woman should not be doing a mans job but with the world today, Woman have to step up because the men are not doing the job and also families need 2 plus incomes now so the trucking industry is finally getting used to it. But still not saying it is easy for us! I would be interested in your company! I am looking to drive again at the first of the year after 7 years off the road and I am excited. More excited to now see there are WOMEN OWNED COMPANIES OUT THERE!!! YOU GO GIRL!!! I GOT YOUR BACK!!!!

Honestly, i think this whole way of feminist thinking is the problem....in all parts of our society. Get rid of the us against them mentality when it comes to ethnicity and sexuality as well. it never allows an assimilation of a group into another, it keeps things segregated.

i worked in a labor craft at the USPS and out of 400 workers, only 10 of us were women. Occassionally there was a comment or two, but the majority of men were very helpful and even encouraging. They were supportive and admired the women doing the job. if a woman asked a man to help.her lift something, it was no big deal and he helped.

Fast forward 18 years and women sued for equal hiring. The result was chaos and lower prodictivity. no lie, its true. First, when men and women argue with others, it is completely different. Men call each other names and yell then 20 minuates later go get a beer. Women will hate each other until the end of time, and they want their friends to hate the others friends, like a bunch of 10 year olds. then it becomes "im.not working with her" and serious scheduling issues get involved. not to mention that women could not as easily lift as much as the men, so it often took two people to do the same amount of work. if a man asked if she needed help, it was sexist, so the men stopped asking when they got reprimanded.

Then the sexual harrassment accusations started over the dumbest things. we had a supervisor of 30 years who was bisexual. he would joke about it for shock value. he was the best superivsor we ever had. one day he joked to another guy, who he had known for 30 years, "those jeans look great on ya, i love them!" the other man laughed and said ,"yeah you wish you could have me".

a woman nearby charged the supervisor with sexual harrassment. he and the other guy both stated the comment was not directed at her. anyone who worked there knew he only talked to men like that. He was told to retire or lose his pension. That same.woman who was so offended was caught giving oral sex to another employee in the parking lot while on the clock. she didnt even get a reprimand, just a dont do it again. sounds equal huh?

Yet, men are demonized.

Then i came.to trucking and i see women doing the same thing. Men will jump out of cabs to help women back up, they offer assistance no matter what, and even on this forum, the men talk to the women so much nicer than they do men, but women have to hold that female flag with this hear me roar crap. Men will ask if you need help.cranking the dolly handle when they see you struggling, and will crouch alomg your trailer as you slide the tandems to.make sure you get it in the right hole. But again, comments like "we need more women in trucking" or "its tough for women in trucking" persist. Guess what, its tough for men in trucking too.

i work for prime with the highest percentage of women of any trucking company. still, i see the women causing the problems. a trainer bought hats and tee shirts for students and as he passed them out, he offered a pink one to a woman. it turned into a sexism complaint and they wouldnt let him train women anymore...and he is a darn good trainer. so now tons of future women students wont get his expertise. sounds great, right? cause afterall, he offended her with a color option.

i wrote an article about how im not treated differently as a woman and a woman came to the forum to blast me saying she hates when men assume she is just a passenger. then she blamed other women in trucks saying there are too.many women who are just ride along sex toys for the men. so she basically assumed none of the other women were drivers...she didnt even realize how hypocritical she was, doing the same thing she accused men of doing.

Women need to just do their jobs and stop being so offending and combative all the time. My FM prefers women because we are more consciencous and safer drivers. sounds real sexist huh?

Heck, my termials have salon and spas. i can get a mani pedi, a facial, massage and im treated like gold. all while the truck is in the shop.

Even the comment about women owmed companies gets to me. sorry monica, but it does. do you think a woman owned company wont fire you for a serious accident or some policy infraction? of course they would if not they would be stupid and endangering their business. it is a false sense of loyalty to believe a woman owned company woukd be better, and honestly, THAT is sexist.

so i ask you, what is so great about seeing more women in trucking or women owned companies? how would it benefit drivers?

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI Driver and's Comment
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Hello I am a female CDL A driver with one year OTR experience. The company I work for employs mainly male team drivers and recently since I made one complaint about a codriver that had poor hygiene and urinated in a jug on the truck and never emptied it. Since then I have been put on the back burner, they claim they cannot find a codriver for me and I have to beg for work on the weekends. I don’t want to go to one of the mega carrriers, I haven’t had good experience with those people. I am looking for a small company who will treat me right. I would be happy to work for you.

I guess you didn't choose the right company. CFI does not let men train women and we don't team train. We have fewer women trainers, so you would end up waiting longer for one. Ruling out large companies is a disservice to yourself.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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And here lies the problem...

trucking companies are damned if they do, damned if they dont. When Prime placed only same sex trainers together, women sued for sexual discrimination. when they put men and women together, they get sued for sexual harrassment.

If that woman in this case was so offended, why did she stay a month on the truck? women needs to stop with the victimhood crap and toughen up.

Prime gender lawsuits

Susan D. 's Comment
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I don't get this "it's harder for women" crap either. I honestly think it's EASIER, since the guys are generally falling all over themselves to run and help lol.

It is what you make it, but I highly recommend ditching that perception if you truly want to be successful out here.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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I don't get this "it's harder for women" crap either. I honestly think it's EASIER, since the guys are generally falling all over themselves to run and help lol.

It is what you make it, but I highly recommend ditching that perception if you truly want to be successful out here.

hahah this morning i regretted this post cause i thought maybe i was too harsh.

but yes!!! it is easier! i asked a few guy drivers how often men help them and the response was "usually the guy next to me will help me back, but thats cause they dont want me to hit their truck. i never had a guy climb into my trailer or help me slide the tandems."

another guy just told me "a woman backing, yeah, ill jump out and help.right away. a guy struggling, ill laugh on the CB".

so women get pampered but still complain they arent equal.

and something interesting about the false sense of sisterhood....never once has a woman driver come over to help me when i struggled. not once. and yes, i do it for others and even give my phone number out to.new drivers at all companies. thats just me.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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