For decades, driving tractor trailers has been a career choice broadly dominated by men. While attitudes have changed in many other employment fields, trucking still lags behind in terms of gender diversity. However, at least one large trucking company is making a concerted effort to help encourage more women to join the open road and jump behind the wheel of a rig.
In a recent Fortune article, the magazine covered Ryder Dedicated’s recent efforts to encourage women drivers to come aboard – in part, as an effort to help diminish the current driver shortage and in part to help promote a more accessible career option for women everywhere. Working with national nonprofit organization Women in Trucking, Ryder has been developing ways to make trucks more accessible for women. This includes designing more adjustable pedal and seat configurations and lower step heights to climb into the cab.
The two organizations are also working to promote the use of new and improved technology in cabs to encourage more women drivers to join the workforce. For example, automatic transmissions – which we covered in our last post – offer a more comfortable and less strenuous driving experience, making for a more comfortable and relaxed ride for drivers. In addition, as trucks serve as the home away from home for many drivers, the organizations are looking to encourage truck manufacturers to improve onboard security systems to create a more effective deterrent for would-be invaders at truck stops.
Women in Trucking continues to promote efforts to make the road more accessible for women drivers through its ongoing efforts, including scholarships and support on helping women navigate the process of training and earning their license. The organization is supported by numerous leading companies and truck manufacturers, including Great Dane, Freightliner and J.B. Hunt, and offers a number of professional resources and an annual conference for women drivers.
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