In the public perception, the trucking industry is often regarded as something of a masculine trade. For many people, the mere mention of the word trucker is liable to conjure up images of strong, burly men in caps bouldering down the highway in 18 wheelers, perhaps with their trusty pet pup by their side. In the year 2000 it was estimated that only about 4.7% of all drivers on the United States’ National trucking payroll were women. If anything, females in the industry were far more likely to be found in sales, marketing or secretarial positions. With this in mind it might be surprising for some to hear that, according to some sources, female truck drivers are outperforming males on a wide variety of essential elements of the job.