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Females Truckers are Taking the Wheel!

The trucking and transportation industry has historically been male dominated. But with an increasing demand for new truck drivers, more and more female drivers are joining the industry.

Whether you’re looking to recruit new talent for your trucking business or are just starting out, don’t overlook the female truckers as they become increasingly vital to the industry.

Important Trucking Statistics

Qualifications Needed to Be a Truck Driver

There has never been a better time to become a truck driver. Many trucking companies are offering lucrative sign-on bonuses of up to $10,000 for new drivers.

Basic qualifications needed for this well-paying field:

  • A commercial driver’s license (CDL). Qualifications vary by state, many trucking companies and truck driving schools are offering CDL tuition reimbursement programs to incentivize new students.
  • A clean driving record
  • At least 21 years old(In order to cross state lines).
  • Pass a drug and alcohol test
  • A high school diploma or GED

If you opt to become an owner-operator truck driver, you can make between $100,000-$200,000+.

Here are the steps to take:

  1. File for a USDOT number and Motor Carrier Number and pay the filing fee.
  2. Lease or purchase a truck.
  3. Secure the appropriate level of insurance.
  4. Find truck freight to start your first route as an owner-operator.

Overcoming Challenges for Women in the Trucking Industry

Here are a few ways to overcome the unique challenges of being a female trucker.

  • Join organizations that can provide support and mentorship

Befriend other female truck drivers and build your network. The Women in Trucking Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports ambitious students, drivers, and professionals in the trucking industry who seek to grow their skills through classroom and vocational training. Another resource is the Women in Trucking Association whose mission is to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the trucking industry.

  • Make your safety a priority

Always stay alert and aware of your surroundings. It’s best to plan your stops before you embark on your journey so that you can hit the road with confidence. If it gives you peace of mind, carry mace and install a dashcam.

  • Choose a company with a culture that supports women

In such a heavily male-dominated industry, women truckers may encounter sexism from their male counterparts. Educate yourself on your rights and choose a company that has a culture of supporting women.

Get on the Road to Success

While you may face challenges as a woman in the trucking industry, securing funding for your business shouldn’t be one of them. We can help with equipment financing and term loan options from SBG, we’ve got everything you need to keep your fleet on the road and running at top speed! Apply today so you can hit the road tomorrow!

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