Female truckerÂ loves life behind the wheel of her 44 tonne lorry
AS A 24-year-old woman with a degree in photography Katie Pycroft is certainly not yourÂ average trucker.
Katie has always had a fascinationÂ of lorries,Â which goes back to her childhood.
'˜I have always loved lorries,' saidÂ Katie.
'˜Even as a child when IÂ would go on family holidays I would be fascinated by the lorries on the road. I was intrigued as to where they had been and where theirÂ final destinations could be,' she added.
Despite a brief career in photography and retail, deep down Katie has always been attracted toÂ life on the road.Â Â
Katie's decision to pursue truckingÂ as a career choice was ignited by a birthÂ day present from her mother.
'˜My mum bought me an experience day for my birthday to drive an articulated lorry around a race track. I absolutely loved it,' said Katie.
Katie obtained her class one articulated lorry licenceÂ in February 2017 and Â now works for Southampton based haulage company Maritime Transport.
SheÂ can regularly be found behind the wheel of her 44 tonne truck heading to destinations around the UK.
'˜The best aspect of my job is going to different places and meeting new people. I have always loved driving and travelling to so many places every day is so different. There is also a freedom to being on road where I get to organise my own time. I love being in my cabin departingÂ on a new journey with my music on,'Â explainedÂ Katie.
Despite Katie's passion for her job she admits to women being very much in the minoritÂ y in the industry.Â Â
'˜The transport industryÂ was just neverÂ a potential option when I was at school. I have only met four other female drivers in my time on the road. I get so chuffed when I see another female driver coming towards me,' said Katie.
Despite working in such a male dominated industry Katie has never experienced any discrimination.
Katie said: '˜I just feel like I am one of the guys. I just fit in and my gender doesn't come into it. As long as you can do the job whether your male or female doesn't matter.'