A new survey launched by the American Transportation Research Institute seeks to identify what both women and men truck drivers believe are the barriers to entry for female truck drivers. The research will also capture other challenges truck drivers face during training, on the road, and at parking facilities. Responses to ithe survey will be used to identify and contrast the challenges faced by female drivers.
ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee identified this research as a top priority for addressing workforce shortages, safety concerns for women drivers, and identifying steps the industry can take to increase the percentage of women drivers.
In the survey, drivers are asked to provide their perspectives and experiences:
- when considering a career as a truck driver;
- while obtaining their CDL;
- regarding challenges encountered as a truck driver; and
- for those who no longer drive a truck, why they left the industry.
“Once again, ATRI is providing truck drivers the opportunity to provide input on critical research that will ultimately make our workplace better," said Rhonda Hartman, a truck driver for Old Dominion Freight Line and an America’s Road Team Captain. "I strongly encourage my fellow drivers to take a few minutes to complete ATRI’s survey and make our collective voice heard.”
Truck drivers can complete the confidential survey online at ATRI's website. This survey will remain open until Feb. 2, 2024.