By Heather Hogeland
Ingrid Brown is a 32-year trucking veteran who has been honored by Women In Trucking Association for having achieved three million safe miles of driving thus far in her career.
This amazing woman started out driving for her dad’s company at the early age of 18, too young to leave the state of North Carolina where they lived, but that was not a problem for her as she began hauling asphalt tankers and heavy equipment within the state.
For her 18th birthday her dad bought her a brand new 1979 Diamond Reo conventional tri axle truck with a dump bed on it that she still owns to this day. She is understandably proud of the fact that the entire truck is still in its original condition with the single exception of the jump seat itself.
Ingrid currently drives for Muirhead Trucking out of Mabank, TX. And pulls a refer most of the time. She primarily hauls the fruit flavoring for yogurt and runs all 48 states by herself. Her truck is a 2012 Peterbilt and her trailer is a 2012 53’ Utility refer.
Although she runs single, Ingrid is not, in fact single. She is in a committed, serious long-term relationship with a man she says gives her all the support she could possibly ever need. She has two grown daughters and a one-year-old granddaughter that she is very proud of.
As a member of the Women In Trucking drivers advisory board Ingrid has been instrumental in helping bring to light special attention needed by women on the road and for that we thank her sincerely. She also started a forum that TA/Petro asked to become a part of in order to learn more of what we drivers want and need on the road and from our fuel stops and service centers.
Mobil/Delvac honored her as the very first ever female Mobil/Delvac driver of the month in June 2011 and she is very involved in various truckers’ charities because, as she says, “charities have my heart”.
This month’s “Million Mile Mama” was born into our industry and has been a part of it ever since, diesel fuel truly pumps through her veins!