Air Drivers

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by BlackCoffee, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. BlackCoffee

    BlackCoffee Member

    Someone told me one DOES NOT have to know how to drive standard transmission to be an Air Driver.

    What do you guys and gals think about this statement?

    Is this true?

    Is it different in your hub?
     
  2. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    You don't get to pick and choose. If I'm giving you a road test expect the crappiest truck we have. If you can drive that I know you can drive anything we have in the building
     
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  3. BurntSienna

    BurntSienna Member

    Not true. I'm a part time air exception driver and I drive whatever empty package car I can find. Whether it be in the building or the yard. Could be anything. As long as it has keys and starts up
     
  4. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Driving a manual transmission truck is part of the job description. I noticed lately instead of the crappiest truck, we have been testing with the big straight trucks. A lot more have been passing. A 30 year seniority driver would not be able to pass a drive test with some of the junk we have sitting on the fence.
     
  5. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    A bit of advice. Always check the oil and don't trust the gas gauge.
     
  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    All of the package cars in our center are automatic transmission.

    New drivers sent to school in our district DO NOT have to know how to drive a standard.
     
  7. BlackCoffee

    BlackCoffee Member

    ????

    I never asked about the condition of trucks.
     
  8. BlackCoffee

    BlackCoffee Member

    Same here.

    And there are only about 10 percent stick trucks left as far as package cars are concerned.
     
  9. Mugarolla

    Mugarolla Light 'em up!

    Checking the oil is not part of the pre-trip. Visually checking the tank for gas is.
     
  10. Mugarolla

    Mugarolla Light 'em up!

    Feeders is going the same way. All new tractors are automatics.

    Pretty soon, you will not need to know how to drive a stick for packages or feeders.
     
  11. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The air driver is taking whatever empty car is in the yard. It wouldn't hurt to check the oil.
     
  12. Mugarolla

    Mugarolla Light 'em up!

    I was instructed not to by my sup. Saying it was not part of the pre-trip.

    I run feeders and bundles. I am so used to checking the oil in the tractors that I do it in the package car also.

    I told them fine, but if it locks up due to lack of oil, don't blame me.
     
  13. hyena

    hyena I shut down BC

    The car washers check oil at our building.
     
  14. Mugarolla

    Mugarolla Light 'em up!

    A mechanic checks each package car every morning during the preload here.
     
  15. hyena

    hyena I shut down BC

    I find it interesting to hear about all the different ways things are done at the same company
     
  16. Mugarolla

    Mugarolla Light 'em up!

    No consistency at all.

    One would think that most things are "standardized."