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ATRI invites female truckers, industry stakeholders to participate in study on trucking challenges

Sept. 28, 2023
With under 14% of truck drivers being women, the trucking research group is investigating motivations for women to join trucking careers, as well as best practices to recruit and retain women drivers.

The American Transportation Research Institute is conducting research on challenges women truck drivers face and barriers that discourage them from considering a career in trucking. The study will also identify strategies to overcome the problems women face in the industry.

According to a 2022 report by Women in Trucking, only 13.7% of truckers are women. In response, the ATRI Research Advisory Committee prioritized women-focused research initiatives at its 2023 Annual Meeting.

Research components will include:

  • Focus groups and surveys with veteran female truck drivers, new entrants, and former truck drivers. The researchers will engage different groups of women to identify both issues and motivators for considering trucking careers.
  • Surveying carriers to identify best practices in recruiting and retaining women truck drivers. Additional outreach will focus on women motor carrier executives to understand trucking problems and opportunities beyond driving.
  • Collaborating with driver training schools to identify recruitment and training aspects that are specific to women.

Research Analyst Abbigail Huffman, who will lead the research for ATRI, invites industry stakeholders interested in participating to contact her at [email protected].

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