Driving Simulator

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by HungryHan, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. HungryHan

    HungryHan New Member

    Hello all! I've been creeping the site for a while now, and since I'm in the process of hiring, thought I would just ask a few questions that I have. Just wondering what to expect from the driving sim? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. I've applied to express here in Canada.
     
  2. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    Personally, I've never had to do it but from what I've heard from the newbs, :censored2: just pops out in front of you. Just relax, do the "speed limit" and keep a watchful eye.
     
  3. fedx.drivr

    fedx.drivr Member

    I did it a few years back. It is really a joke. Picture a driving video game from 1987 or so. And D is right, just watch for pedestrians jumping out and cars cutting you off. No stress, it's quite easy.
     
  4. HungryHan

    HungryHan New Member

    Great! I'll keep an eye for things popping out! Thanks for the reply
     
  5. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    Show up with those drunk driving simulation glasses on. Tell them you want it to be as realistic as possible. We all know you Canadians put down a couple labatt blues at lunch
     
  6. muckduck

    muckduck Member

    Why does he need the glasses? lol
     
  7. BootsOnTarmac

    BootsOnTarmac Member

    If you fail the simulation you probably should not have driven there to begin with.
     
  8. Sparky

    Sparky Member

    A what now?
     
  9. HungryHan

    HungryHan New Member

    Just an update for you guys, did the simulation today. Went very well. Just waiting now to hear back from express for the next steps. Very simple the simulation, 6 scenarios lasting about a minute and a half or so.
     
  10. Express Courier

    Express Courier Active Member

    lol I've never heard about a driving simulator at Express.

    So weird how low budget we are when hiring now. Is there even a courier school now?
     
  11. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    I believe it's a Canada thing. All the newbs at my station had to do it.

    Funny, up until a few years ago, when they needed to hire the manager just did some interviews and picked who he/she thought was the best of the bunch. Now, all hiring is done through HQ (I think. The managers have no say anymore), candidates have to do a phone interview, testing, driving simulator and in person interview and the quality of new hire is still pretty low.

    Out of all the newbs they've hired in the past 3 years at my station, maybe one is decent at their job.
     
  12. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    I've made it my entire career without a chargeable accident, and it isn't the obvious stuff (like the simulator) that will bite you. Learn to look for cues on what other drivers are going to do, which is an acquired skill that takes years to learn.

    The Smith System, which actually works, is the best professional driving advice you can get. FedEx was too cheap to keep paying the fees, so they call it something else now, but if you follow the 5 Keys you'll do fine.
     
  13. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    We're still using the Smith system up here. I have to watch that dumb video from the early 90's every year.
     
  14. Purplepackage

    Purplepackage Well-Known Member

    This is so correct, people don't realize you need to be anticipating what the guy 4 cars ahead of you is going to do
     
  15. fedx.drivr

    fedx.drivr Member

    Yep. Just watched it again last week.
     
  16. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    It's not dumb if it's valid, and The Smith System is the gold standard for professional drivers.
     
  17. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    I'm not talking about the system itself but the ridiculous video. I mean, really. They can't update the video every 5 or 10 years?
     
  18. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    We actually had an employee of The Smith System in my building a few week ago to teach defensive driving. I thought he was just another newbie when he asked me how I liked my Sprinter. Then the next day he told me a useless, but interesting fact he found out. He said a Sprinter has a 56 FT turning radius while a 700 has a 25 FT one. I believe it.
     
  19. burrheadd

    burrheadd Superstar

    That is the worst thing about a sprinter
    You need a field to turn one around
     
  20. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    That and the traction control.