The American Transportation Research Institute, the research arm of the American Trucking Associations, launched a survey to identify what both female and male truck drivers believe to be the barriers to entry for women truck drivers.
The research will also capture other challenges that truck drivers encounter while training, on the road, and at parking facilities.
“Once again ATRI is providing truck drivers the opportunity to provide input on critical research that will ultimately make our workplace better,” said Rhonda Hartman, a truck driver for Old Dominion Freight Line and an America’s Road Team Captain, in a news release."I strongly encourage my fellow drivers to take a few minutes to complete ATRI’s survey and make our collective voice heard."
ATRI said this research was identified as a top priority by its Research Advisory Committee to address workforce shortages, safety concerns for women drivers, and identify steps the industry can take to increase the percentage of women drivers.
Drivers, both men and women, are being asked to participate in the survey to identify and contrast the unique challenges faced by women drivers.
The survey asks for driver perspectives and experiences:
- When considering a career as a truck driver.
- While obtaining their CDL.
- Regarding challenges encountered as a truck driver.
- For those who no longer drive a truck, why they left the industry.