Picture a truck driver in your mind. Did you imagine a man? Don’t feel bad—most people do. The problem isn’t that you’re sexist. The vast majority of truck drivers are male. However, this statistic may be poised to change.
There’s a shortage of truck drivers in the United States. The American Trucking Association reports that the trucking industry needs 48,000 more drivers, and this shortage is expected to grow in the coming years.
Fortunately, there is a solution to the problem. Women make up 47% of the U.S. workforce, but the percentage of truck drivers who are women is only around 5%. Improving gender diversity in transportation is an obvious answer to the driver shortage.
The Women in Trucking Association is a nonprofit organization that exists to encourage women to enter the field. They work with various industry partners to minimize the obstacles women face and celebrate their accomplishments as they find success as truck drivers.
What’s Keeping Women off the Road?
If the industry needs more truck drivers and women are available, why aren’t more women entering the field? It comes down to two issues:
In general, women are smaller than men. Because manufacturers build truck cabs to fit men, some women may have difficulties finding a comfortable driving position. The Women in Trucking Association is working with manufacturers to make trucks that work for people of every size and shape.
Some people, both male and female, have difficulty accepting women in the transportation industry. For these people, education is the solution. Many people don’t believe that women can drive trucks as well as men, but in fact, some studies have found that women may be safer behind the wheel.
America needs more truck drivers. If the truck driving industry hopes to meet this shortfall, female freight forwarders must be part of the solution. The Women in Trucking Association has been focused on putting women behind the wheel for over a decade. Its passionate leadership team and highly engaged members have partnered with industry leaders to support their mission. If you want to learn more about who they are and what they do, visit www.womenintrucking.org.