You may have heard that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that just more than 5 percent of the nation’s truck drivers are women – and that’s all types of trucks.
But you might be surprised to learn that Celadon – which operates 4,000 tractor-trailers – has a driving work force that is 13 percent female.
That’s more than twice the national average.
Celadon Vice President Brett Terchila told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that the company hasn’t specifically targeted women, but that many of the company’s policies – such as no-touch freight – do attract female drivers.
Celadon CEO Steve Russell told Reuters there’s evidence that female drivers are more careful and take better care of the equipment than their male counterparts.
– By Reed Black, staff writer