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A Day in the Life of a Lady Trucker


10/19/09     One Year Exactly from the original post of TruckerDesiree and 130 posts later!!  From that scared and frantic student contacting Allen for help, to one of the most determined and influential women in trucking today…offering advice and empathy to all who need it.


If you would like to read Desiree’s Journal from the beginning, please scroll ALL THE WAY DOWN to the bottom of the page. The journal begins as comments, in chronological fashion.

Click on the Blue Words “see older comments”If you don’t do this, you will miss the first few months of the journal.  Thanks,  Donna

This Journal will soon be available in book form.  We’ll let you know when it’s complete


Allen and I have the honor to communicate with so many people every day. Although we haven’t met the majority of them, I feel a camaraderie between us and them just the same. Trucking can be a lonely lifestyle in itself, but our websites, and, have introduced us to some of the finest human beings around. We receive letters, gifts, prayers, and friendship from many of our loyal subscribers.

Recently I started communicating by e-mail with a woman by the name of Desiree. Her e-mails describing her life as a truck driver were so detailed and graphic, I felt like I was living the experience right along with her.  Her stories were those of courage and integrity and Allen even used one of them in his new version of The Truth About Trucking 4th edition.

I  invited Desiree to post some of her stories here, and I hope all of you find them as intriguing, entertaining and fascinating as I did. These stories represent  similar experiences that so many other woman truck drivers have lived.

Some of her stories can definitely give you some insight on how trucking companies “value” women truckers.

When I asked her to how she would like to share some of her stories here on our blog, she answered with this reply,

“Well I’d like to start, by starting from the very beginning and navigating my way thru the trucking school scam and thru the individuals that I teamed with and was trained by, because there are already tons of funny stories… but great learning experiences. From weight management to hygiene I’ve been collecting and fine tuning this lifestyle to make it work.”

Okay, Thanks Desiree. It’s all yours now!


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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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235 Responses to A Day in the Life of a Lady Trucker. - Post a Comment

  1. Brandi

    I am a lady driver that has lost my job do to a Federal felony hit and run. I like you Lisa heard the horror story’s but that did not keep me from it. I was born to drive. What i mean is that i was born in a Peter built on the side of the road and my hole family were at one time driver. I love been OTR, i could not get enough of it. hell you get payed to travel who could ask for a better job then driving.

    I have meat some ppl when i was OTR that would make you question your self but with the right frame of mind any one can do it. If i could find the right company to go back OTR i would do it in a heart beat. I miss the road a lot. Its always nice to hear from other lady drivers out there and to see that i was not the only one that had to put up with the harassment from ppl. I could sit here and name names but i will not for each and every one of them know how they were.
    be safe out there every one

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  4. TruckerDesiree

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  5. mary

    I paid for my own cdl. training, I did not go to a company school I did alot of research and found a very good qualified school in my area. I enjoyed the training of my instructor… I made it fit what i needed, I even took two extra weeks because I wanted to have extra time to be comfortable backing up. We as ladies and gentlemen have more control and influence over our training and our JOB! Yes some want to continue to live in the dark ages…. but we are not in the dark ages!!!!! My codriver and I work for a great company out of Bryon center, MI. We are treated as the same, get the same pay which is good and are made to feel valued as a person, driver and team member. I say if you are being abused move on to a better company!! they are out there. I do agree document every thing…. it is better for you as a driver if a question does ever come up you can look back at your records by date and load numb. and give name, numbers and important info…. We have a copier scaner in truck and use it alot. To any Ladies looking in to driving otr it is a tough job, but if you are cut out for it well worth it if you get with a good company!!!! I have had a few macho additudes but I rise above it and allow them to look stupid. for the most part I have had very positive experiances and I love my JOB choice : )
    Got to go drive in the sun now, Be safe and GODS SPEED!!!

    • Stacy

      Good Afternoon, I am thinking of getting trained up and on the road, I could really use some advise and maybe even a push or swift kick to get me to move in the direction that is pulling me to trucking OTR. Thank you

  6. Kevin

    First of all, any driver that has 2 years of over the road experience only getting a mere 27 cents a mile is ignorant. I have 13 years over the road and have been a trainer for a lot of the time. 90% of the trainers in the industry today are about the money they get from training. They are not about actually training the person to actually drive the truck correctly. As far as training goes, no trainer should release a student until they have endured every type of weather condition and every type of terrain in a truck. I have been a master trainer for more than 9 years now and I refuse to train any students anymore since the companies think they should be trained in a few weeks. I am sorry but when I was trained, I endured 12 weeks of training from coast to coast. The only weather I never endured was winter, but have mastered winter weather since. I will never chain (throw iron) for any company. The loads are not worth my life, if they want me to chain then they can come get the load.

    As far as Covenant goes, I will not degrade them, but I will never work for them since they have their heads in their butts thinking the trucks getting better fuel mileage at a slower speed. I have been running a Freightliner Classic with a 13 speed, 500 Detroit and 3.55 rear ends for 5 years and I get better fuel mileage at 72-74 mph. I will not work for less than 40 cents a mile as a company driver either.
    Every statement is a true that Desiree about trainers is true being that I have been a trainer. I know first hand, anyone that disagrees with her is evidently not a very good trainer and can not take constructive criticism. I have had trainees that have begged me to train others they knew, but that put too much strain on me to constantly be gone from home trying to train all I could the correct way.

  7. Allen Smith

    I can assure you that Trucker Desiree is not ignorant. Even though she may be at .27 CPM, she has remained with the company in order to build the required experience needed.

    With all the crap drivers have to go through, why would you start off by calling her ignorant, and then agreeing with her that everything she states is true? Owner Operators who takes a load from NY to Ohio for $417 . . . are they ignorant too? Or is everyone just trying to do their best to make ends meet these days? Ignorance is all of those veteran drivers who have kept their mouths shut for all these years, allowing this crap to continue on and on.

    Veteran drivers have always been comfortable just sitting back and whining about the issues among themselves, but never stepping up and working to bring it out publicly … much easier to just “complain” among themselves.

    It took a one year rookie who had the guts to speak out to bring attention to so many injustices within the industry, while all those big-time veterans kept their mouths shut and continued to post the same old “blah, blah, blah” on the meaningless trucking forums out there, achieving nothing.

    And now, driving veterans want to ride Desiree’s shirt tail exclaiming, “Look at what I’m doing for the industry!”

    I have more respect for this 2 year veteran working for .27 CPM than I do for any of those hot-shot veterans who have kept their mouths shut for 20-30 years.

    Allen Smith

  8. […] It is often very easy for veteran drivers and trucking company officials to overlook the importance of truck driver training for CDL students and new drivers.   With years of experience, the possibility of becoming laxed over time can lead to deadly consequences.   Many issues within the trucking industry have remained swept under the rug for years, including the lack of proper training for new truckers.    The seriousness of proper truck driving training and the lack there of, was pushed into the main stream media through our blog about one and a half years ago, through the writings of a newbie trucker known as Trucker Desiree. […]

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  12. TruckerDesiree

    Most of the guys were really cool in my class. Two of the guys & me became very reliant on each other., we were called “The 3 Musketeers”

    There was one guy who was esspecially beligerant and alienated himself from our class, was kicked off the training truck during his final but still given his diploma and went on to be recruited by Covenant Transport where he went on to cause more trouble for his trainer, and the charachter “Bella” in this story.

    I refer to him as “JJ” He was one of the two people in my CDL class who got Hazaradous Materials Endorsement when we got our permits which I thought was very odd.

    One guy was a former Drug Trafficker “Tony” in this story and “JJ” who had obvious “Issues”.

    He is not longer at Covenant but he is out there somewhere with that endorsement.

    I believe he thought by berating me he elevated himself but he actually polarized the rest of our group against him, except for “Tony” who enjoyed egging on his bad temper for entertainment

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  19. Kandy

    I was the only girl as well. I had four in our class and then it thinned to three. We got along pretty well and were called the three musketeers too. Then we added our instructor so I had to become 3 musketeers and Princess Leia.

  20. Galvanni Shop

    I have been reading your entries right through my morning holiday, and I will have to admit the whole article has been very enlightening and rather well written. I assumed I would let you know that for some reason this weblog does no longer view smartly in Web Explorer 8. I want Microsoft might prevent converting their software. I have a question for you. May you thoughts replacing weblog roll links? That would be in point of fact neat!

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  23. Greg S

    Hi Desiree. I am a male, but thank you for your excellent information on YouTube. I am currently in Truck Driving School (I’d love to mention which one because they are suppose to be so good). Anyway, I’ll try to make this short as I really respect you. I did great in the classroom and written test. Received all endorsements. On the range, I am having trouble with the offset parking and a little trouble on the road. Actually, I think I’m a better driver than on the range. My biggest point is; I’m not improving like I should because all they do is YELL at you when you make a mistake on the range. Maybe that works for some; not me. I’m very educated and have even taught before. All this yelling and non constructive criticism has zapped my confidence! Now, I get so nervous on the range; not due to my performance, but the verbal abuse. It is very disappointing and even failed my first driving test. Any thoughts, suggestions? Thank you so much. Greg Simmons

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