There have been a few industries which have always reigned on the side of secrecy. The inside look into these few sectors have always remained to those within the industry itself, leaving “outsiders” to wonder as to what these certain kind of lifestyles are really like. Long haul trucking is one of those industries. Recent TV shows like Ice Road Truckers have fed many viewers curiosity into another aspect of the trucking industry.
Nearly everyday on my work schedule, I will have someone walk up to me and ask a question about the “big truck” I’m driving. Many of the general public still remain enthralled by the life of a trucker and wonder “what is it really like?” In an industry that is dominated by male drivers, add a women driver to the equation and they become even more inquisitive.
In recent years, the secrecy that lies within the trucking realm has become more open and transparent, largely due to another realm known as the social media highway. With the help of forums, blogs, podcasts and online news sources, more of the general public and those curious about the lifestyle of trucking, have learned more about the industry and what makes the men and women of trucking . . . truckers! Normally, they appear to know only a few aspects of the industry which they always are ready to inform me about . . . “80,000 pounds is all you can carry, right?” Another question I am asked often is, “What’s your handle?” Other than these two questions, I can see the general public is still very naive about the world of professional truck drivers . . . although they are learning.
With the help of the information highway, more women are finding much needed resources in learning the in’s and out’s of an industry, long ruled by their male counterparts. The information can be extremely informative, giving the good, bad and ugly of the industry . . . aspects that can exist in any industry. It’s a good thing, especially for those women interested in a trucking career, to hear what it’s really like to be a female in a male dominated industry . . . and the women in trucking continue to share their stories while rolling down the social media highway.
DoItHerSelfer is one of those women. A former construction contractor and business owner for 34 years, doitherselfer was accustomed to working within male dominated industries. With the fall of the construction business, due to the economy, she had no hesitation in jumping right into another industry ruled by men . . . trucking. She gives her thoughts, opinions and a further look into the world of trucking from a women’s view and is readily available to answer questions that other women may have in their decision making to move over to long haul trucking as a career.
She can also be found on Twitter.
Women in trucking continue to stand up and speak out using the best means of communication available since the dawn of time . . . the social media highway and Do-It-Herselfer is no exception .
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