Female Truckers are growing stronger on the SA Trucking scene

August is National Women’s Month in South Africa, and we celebrate our National Woman’s Day on Aug 9th. It is a time when women proudly celebrate their efforts towards attaining gender equality, and men salute them for all that they are to society in every aspect of life.

When we celebrated International Women’s Day in March, the theme was to create gender equality and women everywhere were encouraged to do this by empowering themselves and their Sisters. This meant being educated and skilled enough to stand with heads held high in a predominantly man’s world.

It is a sad indictment of our South African society that 2/3 of the jobs lost due to the pandemic were those of women, many of whom are the main breadwinners in their family. 

A fresh young approach to Trucking

Ironically it is also International Youth Day on August 12th and young females, far better educated and emancipated than in previous years, are seeking jobs in many areas, some of which were primarily the domain of men. One of these, of course, is trucking and not so long ago female Truckers in South Africa were almost unheard of. 

In the USA Truckers call each other ‘good buddy,’ and the question is will you be a ‘good buddy’ to your female counterparts when female Truckers are growing stronger on the SA Trucking scene? There’s certainly plenty to go around so men need not feel threatened either. The demand for truckers is high, but the employment rate for women is low. 

A News 24 report had this to say ‘Statistics from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) earlier this year revealed that South Africa has startlingly low rates of employed women at 50.9% of the female population aged 25 to 54. Alongside this, reports that South Africa needs at least 15 000 new professional truck drivers every year only points to the importance for women in trucking to be prioritised as a growing requirement.”

Opportunities are emerging

Fortunately, opportunities are emerging, and there are a number of Driver academies available for women who wish to become Truckers. Three years ago women active role players in the transport and logistics field came together to launch the Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (TASA). The aim of the association – officially launched in Sandton, Johannesburg – was to help bring on transformation in the industry. The leading women sought to create an environment where emerging and upcoming role-players could also succeed and form part of the thriving field.

Always leading by example 

One of South Africa’s leading truck manufacturers and suppliers, FAW, always in the thick of whatever is driving the transport industry, has an excellent Driver training program, open to all races and genders.

This is part of our Total Quality care program ensuring aftersales service across the board. Sadly, not all these can be provided during the pandemic, but we, like the rest of this great country of ours, do believe that this shall pass and we will once again be able to assist in all areas.

In the meantime contact us to learn more – and contact one of our countrywide qualified Dealers to assist you with the purchase of one of our high quality new or used vehicles.

We salute women throughout the country at this time and sincerely hope that all our male truckers too will wholly support our female trainees and Truckers of the future. Travel safe!

Trucker safety tips – what you’re watching could save your life!

As always we want to praise the many Truckers who continue to operate throughout the pandemic, as it is still very real and we have a long way to go before it is over.

We posted what we hoped were some useful articles on Driver safety in relation to dealing with COVID-19, which now that we have entered phase three and things are beginning to normalise, we hope Drivers are still practising.

We feel it is time to move on now though and talk about a safety issue that every Driver should be very aware of all the time – and that is that what you’re watching could save your life!

Yes, the eyes are your most valuable asset when it comes to being a professional Driver and little wonder that after hours of concentration, it is the eyes that grow most weary. So, let’s take a look at a few essential safety practices relating to what you are watching when on the road.

Distraction

As all Drivers know, one of the largest cause of accidents is through taking your eyes off the road. It only takes a minor distraction and a split second to stop looking straight ahead. The golden rule of thumb is if you need to do anything that you can’t do while still looking straight ahead at the road – then don’t do it.

The cell phone has become one of the biggest distractions and exactly why its usage whilst driving is prohibited!

Be far-sighted

Not only keep your eyes on the road but look and think ahead as far as possible. Observe off-ramps, roadworks, other vehicles driving poorly etc. Also, look for low bridges or low hanging wires. Remember that anything that doesn’t look quite right could be trouble. Rather be suspicious than complacent.

Glancing around is important

Remember, you can glance around. In fact, it is necessary to check your wing and rear-view mirrors constantly. Always know who’s behind you or might be trying to overtake. Also always look for an escape route if you sense trouble. If you see a car ahead coming the other way trying desperately to overtake – rather pull back and pull over to ensure if he overtakes at the wrong time, you will not be in his path.

Make space 

Always keep a good space between you and the Truck or car ahead, ensuring you have better visibility and a better chance to brake on time. In fact, try if you can to keep this safety distance all around you. If the car behind you is right up your rear then just let him pass and hope the next guy will know the rules of the road.

Check your gauges

Again, just with a glance, keep an eye on the important info you can get from your front panel gauges, your GPS and even have a weather gauge to warn of inclement or dangerous conditions. These all have functions to warn you of issues and advise on better routes etc.

Be looking good

While your eyes are on the road, many other Driver’s eyes will be on your FAW freight carrier, Truck tractor, tipper or mixer – all rugged vehicles built in South Africa for Africans.

Our current special is a 6.130FL for only R239 000 excl. VAT. (Chassis Cab only). Which means – this 3,5 ton workhorse, complete with a Cummins engine and an optional 3year/180 000km Service Plan, could be yours for the price of a 1 ton!

Contact us today to learn more – and always be safe out there!