Thursday, January 22, 2015

Women Truck Drivers Take Their Place in the Freight Delivery Line

New Video Series Illustrates How Far Things Have Come in Thirty Years
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US – In an excellent presentation to promote the cause of women in the trucking industry Con-way Inc. has announced the launch of its new ‘Women in Trucking’ web video series, showcasing life as a professional woman truck driver. The series will follow two of Con-way’s top professional drivers: Ina Daly, driver sales representative for Con-way Freight, the less-than-truckload carrier subsidiary of Con-way Inc., and Stephanie Klang, professional driver for Con-way Truckload, the company’s full truckload carrier subsidiary.

Both the ladies concerned have served as Captains of the American Trucking Associations ‘America’s Road Team’ as mentioned in our recent story and both have passed the two million mile mark without having an accident. The series will be featured on both Con-way Truckload’s and Con-way Freight’s YouTube channels, with regular new episodes filmed by Daly and Klang in their daily routines. Terry Riordan, Director of Human Resources at Con-way Freight commented:

“Truck driving can provide a variety of career paths, depending on a person’s aspirations and experience. Whether it’s interacting with customers daily on pickup and delivery routes or moving freight at night between cities, these are solid, reliable jobs that support thousands of families. Professionals like Ina and Stephanie prove that women not only can be successful in this business, but can reach the highest levels of performance excellence and achievement.”

The cab technology and the view of women driving big rigs is one that has radically changed in the past thirty years as can be judged by the short introductory video to the series (viewable here) and as Ina Daly says:

“If you can lift sacks of groceries, if you can pick up your kids, then you can be a truck driver.”