My new experience in trucking is what my first experience should have been. I am enjoying my privacy these days and having more free time for myself to have a personal life.
I don’t think anyone really understands what a sacrifice it was to spend every waking moment of my time trying to share my story to help others like me over the past few years. It took me many months to adjust to living off the road and in a house with no wheels, to reconnect to the world away from trucking.
The moral of my student trucker story is that you have to fight to survive in trucking to get to the other side of the rainbow. The retention numbers in truck driver training carriers speak for themselves. It continues to be a system set up for failure; therefore it is up to each individual to come out swinging if they intend to be trucking more than 6 months.
I have just launched the “Women Truckers Network” (WTN) Free Phone Conference Events which have quickly become a success. The founding members are Sandi Talbott a 71 year old female truck driver who pulls a reefer for Cargill Meats, Alison an owner operator Flatbedder and the inspiration for the phone conference network is a one armed trucker also known as “The Monkey Gouger”. Tracy Tuttle-Hamm, a trainer for USA Truck is also a host for the WTN phone conference events and shares her insights for students planning to enter trucking.
Every Wednesday beginning at 9am Pacific time ( 10 am mountain, 11 am central, Noon eastern) the WTN free phone conference lets real women truckers chat live with one another to exchange information, lifestyle tips and to help women entering trucking make better decisions.
Below are links to past conference recordings, you can also listen to the last conference replay recording using your phone by dialing 805-399-1099 access code 560199#
- REPLAY LINK: Women Truckers Network Introduction June 28, 2012
- REPLAY LINK: Women Truckers Network – July 4, 2012
- REPLAY LINK: Women Truckers Network – July 18, 2012
- REPLAY LINK: Women Truckers Network – July 25, 2012
If you are a lady trucker or a lady planning to enter trucking and would like to join the discussion please email email@example.com to receive the WTN call in number and access code.
Topics we have covered in our first 2 conferences include the violence against women issue in training carriers and lack of qualified training overall in trucking.
Our goal is to provide useful REAL information for the purposes of personal safety and to create a better trucking lifestyle for women on the road, which includes making new friends.