CFI professional driver Penny Thomas speaks in front of truck outfitted with “She Drives CFI” large format graphics.  -  Photo: CFI

CFI professional driver Penny Thomas speaks in front of truck outfitted with “She Drives CFI” large format graphics.

Photo: CFI

CFI unveiled its fourth rig commissioned with its bold “She Drives CFI” large-format graphics. The special trucks and their drivers promote career opportunities for women as professional truck drivers.

Penny Thomas, a professional driver for the Joplin, Missouri-based carrier, will pilot the truck throughout the U.S. serving CFI’s customers while She has driven for CFI since 2007 and has 1.6 million safe driving miles. She and the truck will serve as ambassadors, not only promoting women in trucking, but also truck safety and career opportunities, participating in local activities with schools and community organizations, and supporting events such as Special Olympics charity convoys, truck shows, and parades across the U.S.

More than show trucks, the new and existing “She Drives CFI” trucks transport freight as working trucks.

“These trucks recognize the professional excellence and skills of their drivers and serve to encourage more women to choose trucking as a career,” said Greg Orr, president of CFI, in a statement.

Around 14% of CFI’s 4,000 driver workforce are women, well above the industry average.  According to a driver survey, the top three reasons women chose trucking are:

  1. Equal pay, financial stability for family or self.
  2. Opportunities for personal and professional growth.
  3. Freedom, independence, and travel. 
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