GPS not allowed?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Dillinger4, May 5, 2016.

  1. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Member

    I had an interview yesterday for a seasonal driving position. The HR rep stated that GPS is not allowed because it is a distraction. I agree that GPS can be a distraction if a driver is typing an address on his phone or staring at the screen while driving but if you are sitting in the package truck parked typing in an address or using the speech function and while driving only listening to where the phone is telling you to go and not looking at the screen. i.e. "when you hit elm street turn left" how can that be a distraction?

    Also we were told that it is highly probable that we could be running a route one week then a different route the next. So how the hell do you know where you are going? And please don't tell me using traditional maps. You would never get anything delivered.
     
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  2. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Because if it takes you 2 minutes to enter each address into GPS and you're running 160 stops that's roughly 2x160= 320 / 60 minutes cones to 5.3 wasted hours in a day.
     
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  3. It's considered an in-cab distraction. That's not to say that some of the drivers still don't use one to get them from A to B faster if they aren't familiar in an area. Hell, I've seen supervisors use their GPS on their phone to get them around from time to time.

    My advise is that if you must use your phone, do so to look at the streets in a neighborhood to get an idea where the route is taking you. You can do the same on a map too, obviously. Use it only as a reference, but make sure that your vehicle is not in motion while doing so.

    But some general advise, if they're hiring you as a seasonal driver, the chances are you'll be running the same area over and over. By the fifth day you'll be fine and know generally where you are going with very little need to ever look at a map. I got lucky and was put on a mall route when I came on originally with 6 apartment complexes in addition to it.
     
  4. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    GPS? We don't need no stinkin' GPS!
     
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  5. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Umm, how do you think packages got delivered before GPS?
     
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  6. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    This company has been in business long before the internet was invented. Do you think GPS on smartphones was available years ago? And yet somehow, packages still got delivered.
     
  7. Faceplanted

    Faceplanted Well-Known Member

    Millennials

    Who knows what these people would do with a truck full of boxes and no Edd, Orion or gps.
     
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  8. 3 done 3 to go

    3 done 3 to go In control of my own destiny

    I am a GPS. ONLY FOOD AND BEER REQUIRED
     
  9. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    The newer GPS generation is a bunch of candy- arsed pansy's! Wahaaa, I need EDD...Wahaaa, I need GPS...lol
     
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  10. bleedinbrown58

    bleedinbrown58 ahhh....the mouth breathers

    Fyi...so this thread is by a guy who doesn't even work here who thinks he knows how to do the job better than the guys who actually work here.
    Hmmmm......Maybe I should call Pizza hut and give them insight on how they could make pizza that tastes better than the box it comes in.
     
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  11. Covemastah

    Covemastah Suspension Ovah !!! Tom is free FU Goodell !!

    Oh really !!
    How the hell do you think us older guys got stuff to your soccer moms house back in the day !! Maps !!! We learned the neighborhood better than the residents knew it !!
    Tuffn up kid!!!
     
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  12. 3 done 3 to go

    3 done 3 to go In control of my own destiny

    Especially using Seth 's voice when reading
     
  13. Covemastah

    Covemastah Suspension Ovah !!! Tom is free FU Goodell !!

    And none of us got a trophy at the end of the day !!
     
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  14. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Newbie wimps: Get your clipboard and pickup log, calls, and one shots, and get er' done.

    Don't forget a extra time card because you have extra splits with separate area codes!
     
  15. Covemastah

    Covemastah Suspension Ovah !!! Tom is free FU Goodell !!

    Don't forget to sign off in the call tag book at end of day
     
  16. hondo

    hondo promoted to mediocrity

    Your delivery/pickup stops will be listed in a suggested/recommended order. If you can't look at a map and figure out to go up route A for 4 stops, then turn right on B street for 2 stops, then left on C drive for 3 stops; then this job probably isn't for you. Plan out your next 5-10 stops (by looking at your map if needed), then go (without wasting time while knocking them out).That's one of the easier aspects of the job.

    Also, you would need an auxiliary battery for your GPS/phone; no charging it from the truck.
     
  17. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Also, don't screw up the check COD plus cash.
     
  18. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Going back when you found one more package for a stop was common----and it counted as another stop (even if it wasn't suppose to:-) )
     
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  19. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Turn in took over 20 minutes.
     
  20. rod

    rod retired and happy


    longer---- on those days when management had left the building at noon and wasn't coming back.