Driver is still a lady at heart
AT only five feet tall Karyn Windle mixes it with the men, zipping around in her preferred mode of transport – a tipper.
“I’ve been driving trucks for about six years. I love the machinery and love operating the machinery,” Mrs Windle said.
She began her new career after meeting husband Steve, but with a family history in trucking – her father managed Harwood Transport in Tara for years – it wasn’t hard to get her on board.
“It’s in the blood I say,” she laughed.
Mrs Windle drives a tip truck, bobcat, vibrating roller and, on occasion, an excavator, with one of her most memorable trucking moments working at a feed
lot when it was pouring rain with a few other male workers.
“I was cleaning out the feedlot and it was like rally driving in the truck,” she said.
“The three other blokes out there ended up going home and someone said to my husband ‘you’d better get her to stop, she’s making the guys look bad’,” she laughed.
Mr Windle couldn’t be more proud as he knows his equipment is in safe hands and joked his better half was gentler on their gear than he was.
“She is still a lady at heart though, she dreads the thought of hitting an animal and plans to invest in a bright pink tip truck if they ever win lotto.
“If I am not in the truck I am doing more girly things like housework, mowing, cleaning the pool and book work,” she said.