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Women in Trucking can Make a Difference

Nov
19,
2008
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TruckerDesiree and Allen Smith

Desiree Wood ( TruckerDesiree) and Allen Smith (AskTheTrucker)

One of the most courageous woman truckers right now is writing on the AskTheTrucker blog, exposing the treatment and tactics allowed to continue within the trucking industry, as viewed through her eyes and own experiences.  The purpose for these posts are two fold:

1) To warn women desiring to get into OTR trucking about the many “red flags they must be aware of so they may avoid them.

2) To encourage other woman in trucking to speak up and not be intimidated or fearful of “losing their job.”

Desiree has a written a Journal type posting which I encourage women to read. She posts regularly, and in my opinion it’s like getting a treasure of info, which I’m sure many would be more than glad to “pay for”” if it was available in  book form.

Her experiences start all the way from day 1 in truck driving school, where she first began in her quest for the coveted CDL license. It then continues into driver training and team driving. This persistant woman would not allow ANYTHING to prevent her from attaining her #1 goal of driving the big rigs. Her experiences are at times like something you would  read in a novel or watch at the movie theater.

She is a testimony of integrity, commitment, and perseverance, but most of all the desire to help others.

If you are anyone interested in a trucking career, looking into truck driver training, are already a truck driver, or just interested in knowing what is still allowed to go on within the trucking industry, then I believe you will benefit from these journal blog posts.
A Day in the Life of a Lady Trucker

Thanks,
Donna Smith

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. Desiree

    I’ve just re-read my posts and apoligize for the typos and such.
    I went to a dedicated solo account about the same time as I started the blog.
    I’ve been having to manage my time better so I can drive and get my rest.
    I hope the gist of what I’m saying is coming through and in the meantime I’ve started my own small underground network inside my company to help other SERIOUS females get connected to each other and persons “in-house” who won’t sabotage them but at least point them in the right direction to get to the next step.
    I was recentlybin my home terminal and very happy to see a person I respect has become part of the HR department.
    Finally, someone who has experiece with what is occurring can be engaged and bridge the gap.
    My personal hope is the implement a tracking of individuals that might be subject to abuse by predators.
    Create a learning seminar for persons who choose to team of different genders to lay down additional rules.
    Make it clear you CANNOT throw anyone off a truck, it is NOT your truck.
    Develop an exit interview and is a women/man shows a patternable behavior they should not be permitted to team with the opposite sex.
    I also ran into “Tony” who is attempting to become a trainer now. The first guy I had trouble with in my blog also became a Trainer but it was short-lived because SURPRISE! he shouldn’t be training people . maybe they should not waste money making predators trainers? Maybe they would know if certain people were not covering for them? OR if they read statements filed in HR about such persons?
    I did not file a complaint about Tony but he went to great lengths to cover his drinking and our disagreement over his fit about me saying NO to rolling on ice.
    It is he that perpetuated much of the gossip that I still work to overcome today. He is a dishonest person who drinks on the truck, uses drugs and even asked me once about arranging a “hi-jacking” of high security items.
    I WOULD be eligible myself to go into the training program but I have to wait longer because I complained.

  2. Allen Smith

    Thanks for all your posts, Desiree….enjoy reading them and stay safe out there!!

  3. Truck Driver Training

    Hi, Develop an exit interview and is a women/man shows a patternable behavior they should not be permitted to team with the opposite sex. I also ran into “Tony” who is attempting to become a trainer now.

  4. Truck Driver Training

    Hi, I was recently bin my home terminal and very happy to see a person I respect has become part of the HR department.
    Finally, someone who has experience with what is occurring can be engaged and bridge the gap.

  5. Jim

    Hi. Great job guys. Continually impressed with your dedication!

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