Susie De Ridder is a professional driver and member of TA's Women’s Safety Advisory Panel.  -  Photo: TravelCenters of America

Susie De Ridder is a professional driver and member of TA's Women’s Safety Advisory Panel.

Photo: TravelCenters of America

TravelCenters of America announced on International Women’s Day initiatives aimed at elevating safety at its travel center sites.

The announcement noted that women make up approximately 12% of professional drivers (according to a Women in Trucking survey) and 43% of TA’s workforce. The new initiatives focus on understanding and valuing women’s experiences and viewpoints.

TA has launched a Women’s Safety Advisory Group, which brings together professional drivers and members of the trucking industry to discuss topics regarding safer TA, Petro or TA Express travel centers and services. While the advisory group specifically focuses on female perspectives, any feedback and information received will be used to create safer sites for all guests and team members, regardless of gender.

Safe truck parking is of particular concern for women drivers.

    Understanding Women's Safety Concerns

    In late spring, Retail Operations Support Vice President Debbie Shelton will embark on an over-the-road trip alongside Violet Helferich from ACE Doran Hauling & Rigging Co. Shelton aims to gain firsthand insights into the daily challenges and experiences of female professional drivers.

    The week-long journey will start in Oklahoma City, with the two heading to Brandon, South Dakota, to load freight, and then to a wind farm in the southern U.S.

    “Our sites serve as a home away from home for the millions of professional drivers in our nation, and we are committed to ensuring they feel as safe and secure while visiting us as they do in their own home,” said Debi Boffa, CEO of TA. “Safety is our top priority, and we look forward to learning how we can foster an even safer environment for all travelers and our team members, regardless of gender.”

    TA plans to provide regular updates on progress related to the Women’s Safety Advisory Group and other site safety initiatives.

    TA said it is working to create safer sites for all guests and team members, but especially for women.  -  Photo: TravelCenters of America

    TA said it is working to create safer sites for all guests and team members, but especially for women.

    Photo: TravelCenters of America

    Part of a Larger Trucking Industry Trend Focusing on Women's Concerns

    There has been increased industry and government focus on women in the trucking industry the past couple of years, including how to reduce barriers to entry for female truck drivers.

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