For Immediate Release
Brynn Everett, Women In Trucking Association
Women In Trucking
Announces its 2019 April Member of the Month
WI – April 1, 2019 – Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has
announced has announced Bonnie Neal as its 2019 April Member of the Month.
The 76-year-old is currently driving part time in Oregon.
been in trucks since she was 10 years old, riding with her Dad in a log
truck in the Oregon Mountains. She had to quit riding with him when she was
old enough to drive as girls were not allowed to drive trucks at that time.
At the age
of 18, Bonnie married a logger’s son who also wanted to drive. He
eventually began hauling produce on the West coast for a company that
allowed female drivers. In 1974, Bonnie paid $20 for the truck driver’s
medical card, $10 for the chauffeur’s license endorsement on her driver’s
license and was finally allowed behind the wheel of a truck.
first truck was a 1963 Peterbilt, 'Jimmey 318' and two sticks - 5 speed
main, 4 speed 'brownie'. Her husband quit driving in 1982, and Bonnie ran
their 1979 Freightliner COE for a few more months. A divorce sent her out
on her own.
began driving for a company in Portland, OR running teams. She decided to
drive solo, but couldn’t find a company in the area that would hire a solo
woman driver. Once she moved to Texas she had no problem finding a job. She
stayed in Texas for over 30 years driving long haul, regional, and
Bonnie experienced health issues that forced her to quit driving for four
years. Once she recovered, she went back to trucking. In 2016, she moved
back to her hometown in Oregon where she continued her driving career.
40 years on the road, Bonnie still loves driving and says it was all worth
it. Her advice is to show kindness even when it is not expected. She feels
blessed to drive for a company that shows respect and kindness not only to
her, but to all their employees. “It makes a huge difference,” she said.
taught at a young age that when you take care of your vehicle, it will take
care of you. She shares the same message about her truck. She suggests to
those wanting to be professional drivers to take care of your equipment,
listen to your own personal needs and let your faith guide you. “Trucking
is a lifestyle – period. Is a fun way to live, you will love it if you
really enjoy changes and rolling on down the road,” she said.
Women In Trucking Association, Inc.
Trucking Association, Inc. is a nonprofit association established to
encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their
accomplishments and minimize obstacles faced by women working in the
trucking industry. Membership is not limited to women, as 17 percent of its
members are men who support the mission. Women In Trucking is supported by
its members and the generosity of Gold Level Partners: Peterbilt Motors
Company, Michelin North America, Arrow Truck Sales, Bendix Commercial
Vehicle Systems, Daimler Trucks North America, BMO Transportation Finance,
Expediter Services, Great Dane, J.B. Hunt Transport, and Walmart. Follow
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