The pride of a trucker
Jariya works about 60 hours a week and averages more than 500 kilometers per day. The long hours don’t bother her and the loneliness is apparently easy to stave off. “Every time I get into my truck, I leave all my stress, problems and worries behind. I have a passion for my job.” She loves her Quester and praises its amenities and Quester excellent ergonomics. “Driving Quester is not too difficult for a woman. When I drove it for the first time it immediately felt comfortable, giving me great confidence.”
The demanding hours and distance from her hometown mean she doesn’t often see her family, who still worry about the road she has chosen. “It shocks them that I work in this sector because they all think it’s a dangerous career. But my truck is my life. If it is safe, my life is safe too. Every time I get into this truck I feel secure,” she says.
Having Jariya on board has boosted the morale of the team, says Sitthikorn Sornsuchittra, the founder and owner of Panthip. “The other male drivers say, ‘if a female driver can do it, I can too!’ In fact, the overall performance of the company has improved as a result,” he says. He also believes the emergence of female drivers is improving discipline among the men and making them more competitive.