First Day as Driver Helper

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by 6Brown, Dec 1, 2015.

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Dogs or Cats

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  1. 6Brown

    6Brown Driver Helper

    Hey hey hey,

    Yesterday marked my first day working as a driver helper. I thought I would write this post for all the other noobs out there who haven't gotten a chance to get on the road yet. Before my first day, I was hoping someone would do a little write up like this, so I thought I'd do it to ease some minds.

    I didn't expect the job to be fun, but I can honestly say I had a good time. When the day was over I was wanting to clock in more hours! It may just be because I'm currently in the honeymoon period and making money just gets my endorphins pumping, but I really enjoyed what I was doing. I worked 11-5:30.

    I was a little nervous before my first day on the job, I was wondering if I was going to make myself look stupid, or not know certain things, but it was honestly easy work. It was definitely taxing on the legs, but I just kept reminding myself that my driver has been doing this for over 15 years, and if they can do it I can. I worked hard, and my driver has requested me to work for them for the remainder of the season.

    Most the day consisted of me taking packages from my driver and running them up to houses and placing them out of sight of the road. I would knock on the door, ring the doorbell, and run back to the PC for my next stop. Sometimes my driver would have me take the DIAD (it sounds scary but it's not) and retrieve a signature. I would also go up to some houses that were making a return, or sending something, and I would pick up the box from them and give them a stub showing we received the package.

    Overall I enjoy this seasonal gig, and I have a newfound respect for all the men and women who wear the brown.

    If anybody has any questions just let me know.

    (Pro [rookie?] tip: stretch before work)

    -6Brown
     
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  2. Austin.Was.My.Hero

    Austin.Was.My.Hero quod erat demonstrandum

    tl;dr
     
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  3. One day on the job and you have the answers?
     
  4. 6Brown

    6Brown Driver Helper

    I never said that, Gumbi. I'd just like to help someone any way I can.
     
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  5. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    When you are good, you're good.
     
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  6. It was a tough day ,I needed a good laugh.
     
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  7. 6Brown

    6Brown Driver Helper

    Forest-Gumbi.jpg
     
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  8. BUCN85

    BUCN85 Active Member

    Hey yo.... That's the best avatar on the block Chico.
     
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  9. GillEagan

    GillEagan I always look 10 years younger than I am.

    Yes it's a bit taxing on the legs. Although two years ago it was my ankles. I sure walked weird for a couple of weeks. :-) I was hoping that I didn't end up on someone's youtube video. Last year it was not an issue since I was on a route that was mostly business. So far this year it has been my legs. I actually prefer it be my legs over my ankles. Yes the job can be fun at times. The time just passes quite fast. Never a dull moment. Also you never quite know what to expect while you are out there. For instance today I had a harmless dog encounter. I was approaching a customers front door only to find both the front door and the security screen door wide open. There was this golden retriever standing in the door way just watching me come up. I closed the screen door, put the package down, called out UPS, and went back to the truck. I heard a woman inside say thank you as I left. As for the dog I was lucky that it was not aggressive and only watched me instead of attack. Either way I was not taking any chances with the dog, hence why I closed the screen door. You'll run into some funny things, some weird things, and some very bizarre things from time to time. You may even run into some rude customers too. Above all else be careful with the dogs. Don't run from them and face the dog at all times.
     
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  10. 6Brown

    6Brown Driver Helper

    Hey yo, nothing beats the bad guy. I guess you could say it's tooo sssWWEEEEEEETT.
     
  11. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Dude,
    Great image
    Like it
     
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  12. He will have plenty of time looking for new avatars after he is layed off in a few weeks.
     
  13. 6Brown

    6Brown Driver Helper

    Can't deny that. I appreciate your positivity though.
     
  14. GillEagan

    GillEagan I always look 10 years younger than I am.

    Don't let them get to you. They are like that all the time around here.
     
  15. I am very positive today. It was almost a $450 dollar day. Not too shabby for one day of work.
     
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  16. Turdferguson

    Turdferguson Guest

    How come they have rolled so many loads if it is only the second day of peak.
     
  17. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    Really heavy volume
    Volume leveling is another way to consider "rolling"
     
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  18. 6Brown

    6Brown Driver Helper

    Sorry Turd, not sure what rolled means.
     
  19. Turdferguson

    Turdferguson Guest

    What is the plural of sheep?
     
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  20. 6Brown

    6Brown Driver Helper

    Sheep