WINTER PARK, Fla. - Ginny Odom has racked up more than 4 million miles driving across the U.S. delivering packages.
And in those 40 years, Odom hasn’t had a single accident, a milestone for one of UPS’s first female delivery drivers.
Odom, from Winter Park, was 23 when she took to the roads as a UPS delivery driver, driving boxy brown delivery trucks for almost a decade before moving on up — to tractor-trailers.
And she’s seen quite a bit through the windshield along Florida and Georgia roads.
“There have been a lot of close calls along the way, even in the last few weeks,” Odom told Channel 9. “But the defensive driving skills that UPS teaches helps us navigate the roads.”
Odom recalled once slowing down and turning on her flashers as she approached a wreck on the Florida Turnpike, and watching in her rearview mirror as two dump trucks sped toward her without slowing.
She was bracing for impact, just as she saw them swing off in opposite directions and off the road.
She’d clenched her teeth so hard waiting for the crunch of metal that she’d chipped a tooth.
When she moved passed the trucks, she said, the drivers smiled and gave her a thumbs up.
More recently, when Odom rolled into home base from her usual 650-mile round trip to Unadilla, Georgia towing twin 28-foot trailers, she became the first female UPS driver in history to drive 40 years and more than 4 million miles without so much as a fender bender.
It’s a fitting accomplishment for a farm kid from Rutledge, Tennessee who mastered the clutch on a John Deere tractor when she was 12.
Odom is the top female driver in UPS' elite Circle of Honor, which recognizes drivers who have avoided accidents for 25 years or more.
And she's one of only 42 active UPS drivers— the company has 102,000 drivers worldwide — to reach four decades without an accident.
Odom was honored in front of her entire UPS facility and members of the Orlando community for reaching her milestone.
"We're so proud of Ginny and her commitment to safety for four decades behind the wheel," said John McDevitt, UPS senior vice president of human resources and labor relations.