HOW DID YOU GET INTO DRIVING?
Divorce and a mid-life crisis! Iíd always been my own boss, running a sales and marketing business and importing sculpture from Zimbabwe to sell at garden shows.
Prior to that I worked in advertising for tabloid newspapers in Fleet Street London.
A girlfriend phoned to say she'd passed her test and was driving for New-look Clothing, really enjoying the work and the money. In effect she acted as a role model, as I don't think it would have occurred to me as a profession.
Iíve always valued my freedom and being able to fit work around my life whilst earning a "man's wage" really helped me regain my self confidence post divorce.
Without a doubt, gaining my C+E licence had a very positive and far fetching psychological effect on me, I attribute my new found confidence and happiness as directly responsible for meeting and marrying my second husband.
It's addictive, like the adrenaline rush from a ride at Alton Towers, my heart was pounding for the first year, and I think its attraction is almost that of a sport/hobby, although it combines work. I've also become interested in truck racing (as a spectator!)
WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF DRIVING TRUCKS?
Freedom and responsibility combined, from the moment you turn the key in the ignition it's down to you and no-one else.
In effect your cab is your office and you are on your own. You will never have to take work home with you and your obligation ends when you lock the cab at the end of your shift.
The money is good, it's not uncommon to earn £150 for a 10 hour shift, you have to be flexible and be prepared to work when others are resting or sleeping.
WHAT APPEALS TO YOU ABOUT DRIVING?
Discovering Britain from a great vantage point high up in a cab, applying your skills and testing your own ability. Trucks are always so enthusiastic just like dogs, set the cruise control and they virtually drive themselves. Winter 2009/10 was very testing, but driving in the snow was even more exhilarating, the pressure was on to make deliveries regardless and find alternative routes when the motorways got snarled up.
Radio 2 has some great shows, I'm forever downloading music I heard whilst working.
Dave Pearce's music is a great background to driving late at night.
WHAT DON'T YOU LIKE?
Fuelling up the truck when it's raining cats and dogs.More Driver Spotlight
GOOD REASONS TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL DRIVER
Refrigerated foodstuffs deliveries, milk tankers and parcel distribution are all ideally suited to lady drivers.
Transport and logistics is a safe environment for women.Common sense applied, Vehicles and loads are tracked and the driving community are supportive and loyal.
Lady LGV drivers are generally less likely to be involved in road incidents as they are careful and considerate.