A humble Sikh woman has revealed what it’s like to be a female driver in the male-dominated trucking industry.
Sandeep Kaur, 27, moved to Brisbane as an Indian international student in 2013 and began her driving journey with smaller trucks in 2016.
‘I didn’t get a job for like three months. It was really hard. Just because you’re a female people think that you can’t drive and they don’t want to give you a go.
‘And if you’re an Indian female it makes it just that little bit harder,’ Ms Kaur told Daily Mail Australia.
Indian truck driver Sandeep Kaur (pictured above) has revealed what it is really like to be a female truckie in Australia. She initially moved to Brisbane as an international student in 2013
Ms Kaur, 27, (pictured) began her driving journey with smaller local trucks in 2016 but struggled to land work as employers assumed she was a bad driver because she was a woman
Ms Kaur explained truck driving was ‘not as difficult’ as she had thought it would be and said ‘your gender doesn’t matter once you’re on the road’.
‘People are going to tell you that you can’t but once you know that you can then nobody can stop you,’ she said.
Ms Kaur explained she found the career path a ‘rewarding experience’ that offered flexibility and good pay.
‘It’s really good if you love driving, the pay is good and you get to see the countryside when you drive interstate.’
She also explained trucking could be ‘a real challenge’ that required ‘courage and a passion for driving’.
‘It gets pretty lonely and it’s very emotionally challenging, sometimes I’m only in Brisbane for one day to see my friends,’ Ms Kaur said.
‘When I have to say goodbye to them it gets really sad.’
Ms Kaur (pictured middle) credited her mother Manjeet (left) as her biggest inspiration
Ms Kaur said she found truck driving a ‘rewarding experience’ with good pay and benefits
She encouraged other women to consider a career in the trucking industry.
‘There’s nothing to worry about, it’s all safe and all good. If you love driving you should definitely give it a go,’ Ms Kaur said.
Ms Kaur grew up in a small town named Goraya in Punjab and credits her family and community members for encouraging her ‘big rig dream’.
Ms Kaur’s father died when she was very young and left her mother Manjeet to manage their family.
Ms Kaur said her mother was her ‘biggest inspiration’ and her family continued to provide love and support despite remaining in India.
‘They never though I’d go for driving but they never told me not to do it, they were okay with everything and said “Do whatever you want to do”,’ she explained.
Ms Kaur hopes to eventually run her own fleet of heavy vehicles.
Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News