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Female Drivers Could Make The Roads Safer

A recent ATRI analysis that examined 12 behaviors, including prior collisions, traffic law violations, and convictions, found that women are safer truck drivers than men. In fact, this study found that male truck drivers are 20 percent more likely to get into a crash than their female counterparts.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that truck driver deaths reached a 29-year high in 2017 with 840 fatalities. That was a 6.6 percent increase over the 786 who died in 2016. The conclusion? Recruiting female truck drivers could help reduce the record number of truckers dying in crashes.

“We always knew that women were safer drivers,” said Ellen Voie, chief executive and founder of the nonprofit Women in Trucking Association. “We just didn’t have proof.”

The ATRI’s Crash Predictor model was built from examining 435,000 individual driver records over two years. According to this model, reckless driving and failure to yield the right of way were the top indicators of a driver’s likelihood of getting into a crash. When comparing female and male drivers, male truckers were found to be more reckless, more likely to be convicted of running a traffic signal, and less likely to wear seat belts.

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Topics: Women In Trucking

Smart Trucking: Ryder’s ‘Female-Friendly’ Truck Packages

(Image courtesy of: Medill Reports Chicago - Northwestern University)

Two years ago, Ryder System along with the help of several OEMs and the Women in Trucking Association, a non-profit organization that encourages the employment of women in the trucking industry, came up with the idea of a custom vehicle design to better meet the needs of female drivers. This design included 15 unique specs that would be better suited to women -- as well as some men. Two years ago this was big news. And, in our opinion, it still is. We encourage fleet owners and managers at every opportunity to take advantage of Ryder’s female-friendly vehicle lease packages, if they haven’t already.

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Topics: Women In Trucking

Study Suggests Female Veterans Make Great Truck Drivers

The U.S. trucking industry has been dealing with a severe shortage of drivers for years now. According to the American Trucking Associations, the industry faces an immediate shortfall of 48,000 drivers, which is on track to quadruple by 2025. Those are daunting numbers to say the least.

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Cheering On More Women In Trucking Despite Stereotypes

The numbers are in and, according to the federal government, the trucking industry has one of the lowest percentages of women in the workforce. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women made up 46.8 percent of all laborers 16 years or older in 2015. But, of the more than 2 million workers in the trucking industry, only 11.4 percent were female. The most recent survey shows that women constitute just 5.1 percent of truck drivers -- the smallest percentage since 2011.

But, change is in the air.

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Topics: Women In Trucking