Sharing knowledge about truck driving is one owner-operator’s new passion
Bethany Naab • Hanley Falls, Minn. • Driving for 20 years
I’m a third generation truck driver. My grandpa, my uncles and my father all drove, and my mom was a dispatcher for years. My dad taught me how to drive, and I guess it just kind of snowballed from there. I was originally enrolled in school to be a state trooper.
I tried to get out of trucking once. I got hurt and was out for about two years after I got married. I’m sure my husband would’ve loved me to stay home and grow our food and take care of the animals on our farm full time, but something was missing. No matter if I’m happy or sad, if anything is bothering me or I just need to think, driving is what fixes me. It’s like meditation. I’ve been driving for about 20 years now, and I still take care of the farm too.
I started my blog, One Girl Trucking, by accident really. I was on my way home one day and stopped at a stop sign. I was just getting going and saw a woman and her two, young kids watching me from the embankment in front of their house. I figured they were waiting for me to honk my horn for them. I was going about 20 mph and getting ready to honk my horn when the woman ran out in front of my truck and I slammed on the brakes. She came to the side of my truck and yelled at me for speeding. I, and other motorists, called the police. The woman was very intoxicated, and was arrested and charged.
I was mortified and my feelings were so hurt by the incident. The next day I couldn’t get it out of my mind and I felt I needed to do something to help educate the public about who most of us drivers are, and that we have the same lives as people who work a normal day job. We are normal, good people and the public needs to know this, and so One Girl Trucking was born. I get to write and show what it’s like to be a long-haul driver, have a farm and share recipes I love to make.
A gal in Wyoming saw my blog some way, somehow. She runs a website called Daily Coyote. She got me a huge following through Twitter and tweeted me about how she has always dreamed of being a truck driver. She and I still talk to this day, and I hope if I ever get close enough I can pick her up and take her trucking with me. My following consists of many truck drivers, but also many women and men who always wanted to be drivers and have never had the chance. I think they really like the insight into trucking that most people don’t even know is out there.
My husband is really proud of the success of the blog, and he teaches me new things that I can post, or comes up with ideas too. Readers can see what it takes to actually get a stopped, 80,000-pound truck in motion and they also get to see first hand what we are actually doing out here on the road. I think it’s a great way to give people more understanding about our industry and I guess that is my goal, to get more people educated about the trucking industry, even if it is just getting to know a driver.
To visit Bethany’s blog, visit: www.onegirltrucking.com.