More women are getting their HGV licence

31-05-2018 12:00

Despite there being barely 2% of HGV drivers that are female, the times are changing, and more and more women are entering the industry, filling the huge demand for drivers.

The outdated image of a lorry driver as a strapping lumberjack-type figure, relying on brute strength, a steady supply of truck-stop burgers and Yorkie bars is changing. New advances in technology mean that female truck drivers can do the job just as well as any man.

The first wave of female lorry drivers had to put up with being a novelty in the industry. These pioneering women needed a thick skin to deal with the strange looks and unwelcome banter they received. As the sight of a female behind the wheel on a 40-tonne truck becomes more commonplace, the patronising comments are declining in favour of supportive fellowship.

Driving modern-day trucks requires a lot less muscle, and much more brain power. The trucks themselves are like a home from home, with comfortable beds, plenty of storage space and even basic kitchen facilities. Mobile technology enables drivers to keep in touch with home, watch TV, and even do their shopping from anywhere in the world. With all this in mind, who wouldn’t want to be a lorry driver – male or female?

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