As more companies are reaching out to women to fill the truck driver shortage, a new report from Bloomberg claims that they are outdriving their male counterparts.
Werner Chief Operations Officer Derek Leathers told Bloomberg that female drivers were outperforming men across the board, having fewer accidents, more incident-free inspections, and have fewer compliance problems. Leathers said, “It’s important to kind of rebuff the myths. They are winning in multiple categories across the fleet.” Leathers credits more home time, automatic transmissions, no-touch freight, and cleaner terminals for luring more female drivers into trucking.
Covenant Transportation CEO David Parker agrees, noting that women drivers in his fleet are more cautious and attentive behind the wheel.
According to the ATA, the number of female truck drivers is rising, up from 4.6% of the nation’s drivers in 2010 to 5.8% this year.