Women In Trucking - Challenges?

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Danielle F.'s Comment
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Good morning!

My husband is an OTR truck driver. I am considering a career change (hate sitting behind a desk) and he suggested trucking. It is something I have thought about for a little while, but never got seriously into it until now. As a women in trucking, do you face more challenges than your male counterparts? Just curious if there's any difference.

Also, as a note, since I've been asked this a few times already, no, my husband and I will not be working together if I go forward and get my CDL. If we drove as a team there's a very good chance we'd kill each other!! Lol.

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.

Turtle's Comment
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Welcome to the forum Danielle!

There is a recent article by Rainy on the subject.

Sexism In Trucking From A Woman's Perspective

Susan D. 's Comment
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No pay difference, no age or gender discrimination. I love it.

G-Town's Comment
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Trucking although very diverse is truley a level playing field for everyone. All that matters is safe and professional operation.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Good morning!

My husband is an OTR truck driver. I am considering a career change (hate sitting behind a desk) and he suggested trucking. It is something I have thought about for a little while, but never got seriously into it until now. As a women in trucking, do you face more challenges than your male counterparts? Just curious if there's any difference.

Also, as a note, since I've been asked this a few times already, no, my husband and I will not be working together if I go forward and get my CDL. If we drove as a team there's a very good chance we'd kill each other!! Lol.

Well, howdy neighbor! Good to see another Buffalonian here.

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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.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Hi. My biggest challenge this week was driving to Seattle and back while trying to keep my shampoo and lotions from exploding due to the elevation. i tape caps closed usually and forgot this time.

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a big gooey mess in my shower bag.

powder makeup would break and spread everywhere from the shakimg of the truck, but this newer truck.is a much smoother ride. i put creme make up like eyeshadow in the fridge to keep it from melting in the summer.

sometimes the crank handles on the trailer legs are hard to turn, but a yard dog or other driver will help. i have strong legs and usually kick it.

speaking of strong legs....it was always hard for me not to bust out laughing when i heard guus constantly complaining about the clutch and "60 pounds of torque killing my leg". you mean the clutch ive been driving for years? yeah ok. suck it up dude.

sorry..that is sexist in itself...but funny. lol

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Hi. My biggest challenge this week was driving to Seattle and back while trying to keep my shampoo and lotions from exploding due to the elevation. i tape caps closed usually and forgot this time.

Maybe put them in a zip lock bag (in case of overflow) with the lids loose and the bag not completely sealed. You would need something to keep the bottles upright, maybe one of those tiny plastic totes that look like oversized tupperware in walmart.

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.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I find pump type bottles of lotion or shampoo don't travel well either lol. On a sad note, I've recently discovered my favorite mango body wash now makes me itch like a junkie, so I've actually switched to bar soap (dove of course) stored in a good old fashioned plastic soap storage container. It travels very very well.

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