With driver shortages increasing in the US, women are taking the wheel and filling more positions in the male-dominated trucking industry.
In Newport News, a city in Virginia, Serita Lockley is a trucker and an entrepreneur who has started her own trucking company called Lady Lockley’s Trucking.
Thomas Dudley, co-owner of Dudley’s Driving School said that they are definitely seeing more women coming in to get trained. Many are attracted to the job because trucking with a Commercial Driver’s License can open up more doors, more flexibility, and pay starting at $50,000 and going up to $100,000 a year depending on experience and what you do. More women are jumping at the opportunity to change up this profession.
According to Emanuell Roberston, lead driving instructor at Dudley’s, “It’s a male-dominated industry, that is what they say. But the females are more driven, they have more passion, and their pass rate is almost 100 percent.”