This is one as Today’s Trucking, in partnership with the Canadian Trucking Alliance and Ontario Trucking Association published a series of profiles with industry frontline workers to celebrate National Trucking Week, Sept. 5-11.
Dana Allard, Tanker Driver, Contrans
How did you come to work in the trucking industry?
Working in the trucking industry was something I’ve always wanted to do, but having kids young made it tough for me to follow through with my dream. When my kids were older, I was able to go for it!
I was invited by the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada to apply for a scholarship for my education. I entered and won, something I am very proud of and thankful for. They Gave me this gift and helped me make my dream come true; I am a professional truck driver and I love it! I also want to be a part of the rising number of women in the trucking industry, not only as a truck driver myself but to encourage other women to join this amazing industry.
What is the biggest challenge the trucking industry faces today?
We face a lot of challenges, the biggest being, we put lives on hold leaving our families for days – sometimes weeks – at a time to make sure everyone gets what they ordered, what they need and what they want.
We work under strict time constraints and laws, must have our proper documents organized and filled out in order at all times. And then there’s traffic – so many people in their four-wheelers don’t realize why we drive at the speeds we do, leaving the distance we leave between us and them, and that it’s not just for our safety, but theirs too.
For the full interview and more profiles in the Today’s Trucking series, click here.