Want happy drivers? Employ women

Study finds female truck drivers more satisfied then males

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The percentage of women forging a career behind the wheel of a truck remains small, but the results of this study might help speed things along.

U.S. based transport industry analysts, Stay Metrics, has found female truck drivers are more often more satisfied in their jobs than male counterparts.

They’re not as bored either, and they are also more likely to feel fairly compensated and satisfied with their home time.

And women truck drivers are also a lot more likely to stick with their employers.

The findings come out of the group’s Annual Driver Satisfaction Survey which includes feedback from 16,000 truck drivers.

The annual survey is conducted on behalf of Stay Metric’s motor carrier clients.

Ellen Voie, President and CEO of the Women in Trucking Association welcomed the results.

“Ten years ago carriers often claimed they didn’t care about the gender (race, age) of the driver.

“Now we’re learning more about why we should focus on bringing more women into the industry, not just to fill seats, but to fill them with capable and well-trained drivers.”

It’s estimated that women account for less than 8% of the total truck driver population in the U.S. at present.

What do you think? Are women better truck drivers than men? Are they better employees? Are you a woman working in the industry? What’s it like being a female truck driver in Australia?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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About Joel Helmes 1676 Articles
Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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