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Thinking About Female Drivers on International Women's Day

March 7, 2017

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Photo courtesy UPS
Photo courtesy UPS

Wednesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day. And while historically, trucking is a heavily male profession, Omnitracs and the Women in Trucking Association have crunched some data indicating that women may actually make better truck drivers than men.

The Women in Trucking Association reports that women still make up only about 7% of the driver population and about 14% of management. However, Omnitracs analyzed 2016 data and reports the following ways that female drivers outperform their male counterparts:

  • Lower accident ratio
  • Longer tenure (notable in an industry that suffers a 96% turnover rate)
  • Travels more overall miles per year (52,682 vs 50,344 – a 2,338-mile difference)
  • Consistently travels more miles per month (see below for a graph representation)

There are also benefits for women seeking employment in trucking. Women in Trucking reports that there is no gender pay gap in the industry. In fact, according to Forbes, truck driving positions rank among the top percentage shares of job listings in many cities, including Atlanta, Indianapolis and Dallas.

If your company's experiencing the same problems many are, with the need to attract more drivers as older male drivers retire, it looks like reaching out to recruit more women as drivers may be a smart thing to do.

Comments

  1. 1. Joseph G Knudson [ March 08, 2017 @ 09:22AM ]

    I work for a trucking company that has an expedited service with strictly no touch freight. Some of it delivers 5 miles away and some delivers across the country. We have both male and female drivers and we don't notice any difference in their productivity, accidents, etc. We also have an LTL division that delivers all types of freight and has all types of delivery requirements including offloading 50 gallon drums, moving heavy pallets, and all types of unreasonable requests from consignees. This is an area where we have not had a lot of women requesting employment and those that have been hired have not lasted very long. Given the types of unreasonable requests we get from LTL consignees I must say I can't blame them for not making inroads in the LTL market. I don't understand how our male drivers can do this day in and day out. It is the type of job I wouldn't want my son to do and I certainly wouldn't want my daughter to do.

 

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