Are Women Respected ?

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Angela P.'s Comment
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Current student, just curious about the reality of women being given respect in a male dominated career. Anytime I mentioned to family and friends while considering CDL school, I did not get a lot of support, and was questioned, why? I know all the downsides to driving, especially as a new driver. I have taken everything into consideration. My kids are grown,. I love driving, and love being independent, just to name a few things. And also, how common are female trainers for OTR? (Asking for my husband) that is his main concern, being with a male trainer for weeks on end in such close quarters. I honestly don’t care either way. Thanks for any feedback.


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.


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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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There are indeed women trainers.. both Moderator Sisan and I are at different companies.

I have written many articles about the lifestyle, sexism and more. check them out.

Articles by Rainy aka Kearsey

I also just started a Youtube channel where i discuss my training and my experience at my mega carrier. the link is in my profile. ;)

i hope this helps.

in a nutshell... i am treated BETTER than men out here.

Isabell C.'s Comment
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I saw the question, and then I saw in your picture, you have poo on your head LOL! Do you even respect yourself lol JK! Made me laugh <3

Isabell C.'s Comment
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lol I've been getting some of the same responses from people who I tell I'm going into this career. When I say truck driver the first thing that comes to mind is some big burly dude. I read somewhere though, that about half of all truck drivers are women now a days, so I've just been telling people that and it surprises them. The best response I got was from a grandmother who thought it was inconceivable for a moment and then said "wow you're brave" haha the other one was so shocked she didn't say anything, it was funny.


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.
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