Female Truck Drivers Outperform Male Truckers in Key Safety Areas
It’s no secret that the trucking industry is facing a shortage of competent truck drivers right now, and this number is set to increase dramatically by 2025 as more older drivers retire. To solve this problem, trucking companies are actively recruiting women—currently a very small part of the labor force in this industry. To entice them to consider a career as a trucker, companies are increasing pay, offering 401(k) packages and tuition reimbursement, and developing perks that target women. Trucking employers are hoping to change the industry to meet the unique needs of women and make the profession more attractive to them. Companies are increasing their efforts because they see women as safer drivers than men in many critical ways.
Three Ways Women Outperform Male Truckers
Women are becoming interested in trucking in part because they can earn the same pay as men. Those attracted to the profession are often part of a husband-wife team, empty-nesters, or younger drivers trying to save money to start a family.
While the industry is still male-dominated, truck companies are making modifications to trucks to make them easier to drive and to improve working conditions. Changes include cleaner terminals, work schedules that allow for parenting time at home, adaptable seats, adjustable seat belts, automatic transmission, restrooms for women with showers and other amenities, and safer truck stops. Companies are making these investments because women truck drivers are outperforming males. Ways they are safer drivers include:
- Women cause fewer truck accidents, reducing injuries and deaths to innocent victims.
- Women comply with the rules governing inspections of their trucks better than men, resulting in the trucks on the roads being safer.
- Women take compliance issues more seriously than men, which again results in safer trucks on the road.
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