This blog post is one in a series that celebrates women in the logistics industry. Inspired by International Women’s Day (March 8, 2019) and Women’s History Month (March 2019), uShip is sharing inspiring stories of women in trucking, whether they’re behind the wheel, booking shipments on a laptop, or making decisions in the boardroom.
Behind the wheel, we have Jacinda Duran of Peoria, Ariz., a driver for Plycar Automotive Logistics. You might also know her as ‘Jacinda Lady Truck’n’ on Facebook.
Jacinda’s love for trucking is ingrained through her family. She is a third generation lady trucker, following in the footsteps of her mother, who drove for 23 years, and her grandmother, who drove for over 50 years. On top of that, her second cousin is Marc Springer, who starred in A&E reality series Shipping Wars (100 episodes from 2012-2015).
Starting off as a local FedEx driver over four years ago, Jacinda moved to a longer, consistent, dedicated route, delivering oxygen tanks. Today, she’s behind the wheel of a 53′ enclosed high-end car hauler, driving for Plycar Automotive Logistics. On any given day, her 42,000 Instagram followers will see her at a frozen truckstop in Wisconsin, performing in-cab karaoke, or dealing with a blown tire outside of Salt Lake City.
To Jacinda, trucking represents freedom. She loves that it’s just her and the open road, and she has the opportunity to make every day an adventure.
With trucking, she has found more than a dream job, she has found her passion.
“It’s amazing that it’s inspiring people just by sharing my passion,” Jacinda says.
In a predominantly male industry, when Jacinda sees other women out on the road, she has the utmost respect for their boldness. Inspiring other women to get into trucking is Jacinda’s favorite way to celebrate women in trucking, and many of the women of trucking already know Jacinda.
She’s honored that other women in the trucking industry come to her regularly to seek advice on trucking when they want to know how to get into the business, and how they can benefit the most from it. She’s a wealth of knowledge about the industry, and the actual job of transporting anything from small packages to high-end vehicles.
As uShip sought fitting stories of women in the trucking industry, we were inspired by Jacinda’s strength and tenacity. TO us, she represents a powerful woman in trucking. We invite you to join us in celebrating Jacinda, the women of trucking, and all women as we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 this year.
Watch Jacinda’s story here: