Ark. woman runs for most beautiful female truck driver
It takes a lot of gas to fill up a big rig and these days you're almost as likely to see a woman taking care of that as a man. An Arkansas woman is among a growing number of female truckers and she is in the top ten of an interesting contest.
"I drive a big truck for Dillard's, Fort Worth carrier, pull a set of doubles," said Libby Clayton, a truck driver.
Clayton is one of a growing number of women taking the show on the road in a truck that tows a semi-trailer and a trailer.
"I grew up riding in a truck with my grandfather," said Clayton. "I think that trucking is for anyone that wants to do it, can do it."
The former military wife says she got the chance to start driving a truck for Dillard's seven years ago and has been doing it ever since.
"We're outnumbered, definitely, but there's a lot of diversity out there," said Clayton. "A lot of women that pull all kinds of things, doubles, logs, reefer trailers, flat bed, they're all out there."
The field is still largely male-dominated. The U.S. Department of Labor showed women made up about 5 percent of truck drivers in 2009.
"We do have seven lady drivers here," said Ron Polster, a manager.
Polster says they're seeing more and more female drivers.
"Most people would not put the two together. There are a lot of very good lady drivers out there," said Polster.
Polster is one of the folks voting for Clayton in a beauty contest with Overdrive Magazine which is highlighting the most beautiful female truck drivers.
The 71 nominated women have been whittled down to a top 10, including Clayton.
Now online voters will choose the top three winners who will go to the Great American Trucking Show and compete for the top spot.
To cast your vote, visit overdriveonline.com.