Women In Trucking - Alaska Style

by Sharon Bissell Eddy
(Wasilla, Alaska)

Alaskan Woman In Trucking

Alaskan Woman In Trucking

Sharon S. Eddy

Women in Trucking - Alaska
I started trucking in 1999 due to the fact I was
living in Alaska and I didn’t care to be left at
home while my husband went out on the road for 2
and 3 weeks at a time and left me at home in -60 degree temperatures in the interior of Alaska.

So one time when my husband came home, I had
nearly burned the house down and told my husband
that I didn’t like being here alone. With that
statement he enrolled me in truck driving school so I could drive with him.

I loved that so I started my courses and
passed my driving test and have been driving
off and on ever since. This experience gave me a different way to look at life on the road. Every bend in the road and every minute on the road is a living postcard.

I have boxes and boxes of pictures I took while driving. I even hooked up the video
camera on a tripod and video taped some of
our driving on ice pack roads.

I unfortunately have the recollection of our
only wreck on the highway. We were driving
in a three truck convoy on the Cassier Highway
in Canada.

My husband was a seasoned drive with some four million miles under his belt so there was never a concern on my behalf to be afraid to sleep behind his driving.

All this changed as a result of this wreck. After this turning over of our truck, I found it very hard to sleep for some six months after that.

My husband had told me if I wanted to be
safe while I was sleeping that I should sleep
on the drivers side of the bed in the bunk.

So I took his
advise and when we wrecked, I realized then that there was really no safe side of a bunk in the sleeper of a tractor when you are in the middle of a wreck.

I woke up to his voice saying,” I don’t
know where we are going Bob, but we are going
over.” Then all of the sudden I heard the aftermath of leaving the road and miraculously landing gently on our wheels.

God was with us that day. If you had seen where
we landed, you would believe that was true.
My life as a (woman) trucker is a story that can’t
be told in five minutes.

My life has been impacted by that choice I made
to go to school and learn the correct way to drive. One instructor told me something that I learned to be very true. You go to school to learn how to drive by the book, but you will really learn how to drive when you are out there on the road actually driving.

Driving out on the road does give you a lot of power. You can gain the respect you deserve by how you perform out there. Respect out there isn’t something you can demand just by asking for it. It is something you earn.

Like life, driving is full of choices. Choices
you will make that will determine what type of
driver you are going to be.

I will close with this... If you want to drive
a big truck and you are a woman, don’t let anything stand in your way, including yourself
and be wise in the choices you make and you
wont have to tell anyone that you are a good
driver, they will already know it.

Reputation will speak for you.

Sharon S Eddy
Tok, Alaska Wasilla Alaska
Women in Trucking Member

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Mar 18, 2018
WE are trying to open driving school NEW
by: AlaskasWomenInTruckin

Thank you all for your support. We would like to take names of all who would like to do Alaska's Ice Road Driving School? We are setting up testing so you can get ready to do the written part. We love Alaska and want to share this part with you.

Jan 09, 2016
How is your driving?
by: Alaska's Women In Trucking

How are you doing in the safe driving skills?

What is the first thing you do when you get in your vehicle?

Jul 06, 2014
Alaskan Woman Trucker
by: Anonymous

I take pride in my driving.

Feb 16, 2014
Commerically driving but not in big truck?
by: Sharon Bissell, Eddy

Here in Alaska and I am sure in other places in the world there are those drivers who want to drive but dont have a clue what it takes to be a good driver. Some think they are good. Some know they are and some well............I dont want to think of being in the vehicle with them.

I look at the vehicles I see out on the road and nine times out of ten there is cell phone in their hand. They are texting and looking up texting looking up..........I just want hit the horn but I have to restrain from it as it may startle them and they may hit someone.

Think about your driving? Are you a good driver? Or are you in with the distracted drivers that might be driving beside you texting, drinking something, eating, changing radio station, anything but, consentrating on the most important task at that moment......DRIVING.

Think too, what does the inside of your car look like? Are there things inside the car that could hurt you in the event that you ran off the road. What is in the windshield/dashboard of your vehicle?

Driving is a art and is a skill I take a lot of pride in. I want to be safe. I dont want someone to have to tell me that I feel asleep and hit someone. Or that I killed someone because of the distraction I had in the car or vehicle I was driving.

Feb 01, 2014
Still drivin
by: Still drivin

Yes even today, I am still driving. Alaska's women in trucking is getting off the ground.

Thanks for you interest.

Jan 12, 2013
by: Anonymous

You have a nice story and God makes it all happen..amazing!!

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