Across the industry, just 9% of truck drivers are women. At a time when haulage companies are struggling to fill the driver shortage, the solution seems clear.
Yet, while industry leaders look to veterans and younger talent, they are consistently overlooking this key demographic.
According to data from fleet management solutions company Omnitracs, female truck drivers are involved in fewer preventable accidents than men. Research also shows they tend to drive more cautiously. They are also less likely to quit driving – crucial for an industry that has such high turnover.
But that’s not all. As well as being safer drivers, women also clock up more miles. This is because they often drive in teams. Speaking to Business Insider, Lauren Domnick, chief data scientist at Omnitracs said that husband and wife driving teams are a very underutilised resource in the trucking industry.
It’s time trucking companies targeted more women in the recruitment efforts.