If your picture of a truck driver is Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit, or Elvis Presley (he was a truck driver before his first hit single).
Meet Deb La Bree.
La Bree, and other women are starting to change the face of trucking. Literally. That’s the news from a recent Wall Street Journal story that caught our eye.
As La Bree told the Journal, “The steering wheel knows no gender.” And while it is still mostly men behind the wheel, the number of women drivers has gone up SIXTY-EIGHT PERCENT since 2010.
And that’s a good thing for the rest of us, because a truck is how most of what we buy gets from here to there to us. Almost three-quarters of the country’s freight (by weight) travels by truck. That’s everything from our computers and our phones, to our jeans, to our groceries and our medicines.