Women Truckers: Taking on a Man’s World

By on March 1, 2013
woman trucker in gown

Mona VanDuyn • Driving 23 years • Auburndale, Fla.

I am truly amazed at the number of women who have finally stepped up and taken the road by force. When I started, only a few men accepted women drivers in what they called “a man’s world.”

Throughout the years, I have always encouraged other women to become drivers. I tell them that no matter what they face, they should not give up. As a woman driver you need to keep your head held high and not listen to any negative talk. You can do it!

It is a very different lifestyle. It takes some adjusting. I have been in places that, when you went in to shower you felt like you stepped into a mansion. Then again, I have showered at farmhouses where you had to pull a cord and hang it on a nail to keep the water running. (That is when you close your eyes and picture yourself in the rain forest under a waterfall.) You can handle it or not.

When I am out on the road driving, I look around at all of God’s goodness. A sense of peace comes over me. That is when I know it is going to be OK. My friends say, “I do not know how you do it.” I always smile and say, “By the grace of God.”

A special man, Carl, has been in my life for 10 years and truly been my hero. We teamed for a while and I watched him work on the trucks so when I needed to know how to fix something I could. If I get into a place where I need advice on something I can always call him for help and I hope he can do the same with me. When it gets hard, he keeps encouraging me not to give up.

I have many women friends who have been driving longer than I have — Crystal, Mary and Lynda to name a few. We all have thought about other jobs we could do, but we always come back to driving. We love being ladies and we love our trucks. We get together out on the road for dinner and to chat. We call each other to talk girl talk, to pass time or to get advice on a breakdown — “It’s time to get the tools out.”

We laugh about when friends ask us what we want for our birthdays or Christmas and we tell them chrome or chicken lights.

At home, it’s time for fancy dresses, high heels, sweet perfumes, painted-up faces and nails done up. Now we are looking like a million dollars, ready to go out on the town with friends and family. When the fun at home is over, it is time to go back to work and get greasy. Kick off the high heels and get into our jeans, a T-shirt, hair up in a ball cap, change into our boots or tennis shoes. Do not get me wrong; we still look great, smell good and got our nails going on. We just might have some grease smeared on us from working on the truck.

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12 Comments

  1. Mona

    March 3, 2013 at 7:22 am

    thank you so much roadking, for this great articile, I love to encourage woman to drive, This is truly a blessing to me, I love the Pitcure you used….

  2. Jessica

    March 3, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Wow this is an amazing article, it says yes we may be women, but we can get out there and put our hands in the grease and don’t mind getting dirty, and don’t take no crap from anyone who says driving ain’t for women….ha who said

  3. Jessica

    March 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Love the picture of you btw, very pretty…:)

  4. Judy

    March 3, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Love you Sissy

  5. Crystal

    March 4, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Mona! Good job on the article and oh so very true! Thank you for taking the lead and saying what a lot of lady drivers think! Heels and hose and then ball caps and t-shirts truly fits us!

  6. Mary

    March 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Great job Mona! You made us lady drivers proud. Dont know if i would call myself glamarous, but i am all women an never did like all that grease, but i can do it if i have to. And Do! Trucking is for special people and You Are Special. Love u Sissy

  7. Mona

    March 5, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Thank you for such the warm and encouraging words, I ask God to protect you every where you Go, May you find favor in his sight. stay safe and stay trucking…..

  8. Char Pingel

    March 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Mona, you are a great representative of a professional woman driver! Thanks for being a member of Women In Trucking Association!

  9. Jo anna Spencer Life member

    March 8, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Great article. It does not say how long you have been driving. I can relate to your statement about negative comments. I have heard my share. But by the Grace of God. I am still healthy and happy driving my truck and looking like a lady. I had a wonderful man I met in the middle of NE and we married and ran team until his death in 1995. Then I just kept on keeping on. Now , I am proud and happy to say that I will be teaming with my beautiful daughter starting next week. They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery but I think its having your child follow in your footsteps. drive safely everyone and give me a shout out. I am Patience.

  10. Mona

    March 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Joanna, i thank thats great that you and your daughter are going to team…..ou and her can make great memories….i have been driving 23 years, you can pick up a copy of roadking at any ta. call me runningangel go to mona vanduyn on facebook if oud like to join me. God bless always

  11. James D Rhinehart

    March 31, 2013 at 9:54 am

    I salute you ladies and all you do. You all make me proud. I have seen lots of ladies over the years on the road, and I am truly amazed at there strength and willingness to bite the bullet and do what is necessary to make a living in those past and present times. I myself have been in trucking for 10 years and left it in 2004, now that I am some what older and some what so-called retired, I am going back to it. The way things are now and the prices and the cost of living the way it is, its a necessary thing for me. My daughter is grown and doing her own thing, so I have decide to get back on the road again and put in a few more years. Again I am so glad to see you ladies out there and its so nice to see that you are doing and keeping the faith.And you all look so damn good in your trucks. Hope to see some of you sometime, but for now please keep on Truckin you fine beauties.

  12. Jackie Wormley

    April 12, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I am a single female driver and have been driving 12 years now. I love this job and couldn’t ever think about doing anything else. I love working on my truck. As far as the glamour part, not for me. I have always been a tomboy. Don’t get me wrong I look nice, just can’t find the need for makeup. My fiance Joel tells me I don’t need it because I am a natural beauty. I love him for that, and I love him for putting up with me and the lifestyle of trucking I choose. I am so glad to see other women out here doing the same thing I do. I am here to tell you that women can do this job just as good as the men can.

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