by Pride Transport | Apr 04, 2020
This is Meara Lynn. Woman, Truck Driver, Pure Punk Rock Outrageousness
In our continuing effort to demystify the trucking business, we are talking to our strong, happy, women drivers. They are growing in numbers but their strength has always been there. For anyone who thinks that truck driving is a man’s world, we offer you Meara Lynn and her insights to the world that is certainly not owned by men.
The image and the idea that the open road is there only for men is just outdated and silly. Women have made huge strides in professions that were, at one time, open to only men or seen as jobs only men could do. But women are busting down doors and shattering ceilings day after day. This goes for the trucking industry as well.
This is also true in trucking. Although it seems the presence of women in the trucking industry may be low, only 6.2% of drivers are women, their numbers are growing and more companies are becoming allies for women drivers.
Well, once again, we’re going right to the source, to a woman driver, to see what she thinks and feels about being on the open road. This is Meara Lynn, she’s got some serious life under her belt and she is proud of her accomplishments, as well she should be. Here, in her own words, are the answers to some questions we asked about being a woman in the trucking industry.
How long have you been a driver?
I got my CDL in July of 2012.
What made you become a truck driver?
When I was a homeless teenager at the age of 14 I wanted to because it meant I could drive around the country and always would have a warm bed 3 feet behind me. Life threw me a curveball tho and I had a child at 17. In 2012 my life once again fell apart and I had nothing and no one. I decided it was time to pick myself up and try a dream that had always been there..... much to the surprise of my family.
Have you always driven for Pride?
I got my CDL at CR England but knew I wouldn't stay there past my contract for school. When I finished there, I was searching for a company that would accept me for the crazy lady that I am. Having pink hair and a punk rock style, I have experienced a lot of judgment by people and jobs in my life. Pride took amazing care of me before I was even an employee here.
How does driving with pride compare to places you’ve driven before?
It's a family. They care about the person, not the fact that I can be a number in a truck.
What are some of the hardest parts of being a driver?
The balance between work and having a home life.
Do you ever feel any resentment or pushback from male drivers?
There is always someone that feels women can't make it on their own in this industry. There will always be that old fashion guy who thinks women belong in the kitchen or in the passenger seat. I just refuse to let it get to me.
How do you deal with feelings of being unsafe when you’re driving or parking for the night?
I actually always carry a full-size metal thermos full of water when I walk through the parking lots. I do my best to park under lights or near other trucks for Pride. I know if I have an issue that those drivers would help me. It is a scary world out there at times but watching your surroundings and vehicles that might be following for too long is important.
Do you feel male drivers are supportive and welcoming?
Some certainly are but a lot just look at someone like me as some cute chick to flirt with.
What do you feel needs to change to get more women interested in being drivers.
This is a hard question to answer. For a woman to desire this life means they have to fully understand the sacrifices that need to be made with respect to home life. It takes a special kind of person to enjoy the open road.
Would you recommend being a driver to women you know?
Everyday! There is a sense of freedom that can't be compared to anything else
Can you share what you think makes driving a good job?
If you love road trips and the enjoyment of just driving then why not get paid for it! That's what drew me into this. I knew I wasn't going to get to stop and see all the sites I wanted to but really it's my enjoyment of physically driving.
What are a few pieces of advice you’d give to females who want to be drivers?
Don't be scared! This isn't the man's world it once was. Be strong and confident.
That’s good advice for a lot of us. Be strong, be confident. Meara inspires in so many ways, not just behind the wheel.
We’re proud of her and we feel pretty lucky that she chose to be a part of our pride family. Thank you, Meara, for taking the time to share your experience and knowledge about driving and life. Pride is lucky to have a driver like you working with us.