Hired to drive FT. Any pitfalls to watch for in getting my 30 days?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by OptimusPrime, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. OptimusPrime

    OptimusPrime Active Member

    Have done a decent amount of seasonal driving, but I have waited a long time for this opportunity so I don't want to mess it up.
  2. faded jeans

    faded jeans just a member

    What are you calling a long time?
  3. rocket man

    rocket man Well-Known Member

    look around in the bldg you work at? you have to ask on this site turn in your keys now are you people in some kind of a bubble? this site is getting to be the biggiest waste .
  4. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    1. Don't call in
    2. Don't get into an accident.
    3. Don't leave Packages at questionable DR locations you don't need a follow up.
    4. Work the methods
    5. You need to be improving each day and running scratch or close by the end..
    6. don't get hurt
    7. Have fun it only a job...
  5. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Don't spas out. Think of it this way, if you get into an accident your gone. If you don't scratch chances are you will still get the job.
  6. top dollar

    top dollar New Member

    Just take it one stop at a time the packages will come off!! I love this job the people I have met. Most of my coworkers are awesome. Just be safe breath. Welcome to the best and worst job you will ever have!!
  7. OptimusPrime

    OptimusPrime Active Member

    Will be 11 years pt this May.
  8. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    If you have not figured out what it takes over 11 years, why are you going to driving school????
  9. hondo

    hondo promoted to mediocrity

    Do not use the Co supplied padlock to secure the Co supplied handcarts inside the Co facility at night (too many duplicate or master keys around). Bring your own lock!
  10. rocket man

    rocket man Well-Known Member

    have fun ? No but the rest of your sugestions are what we get paid to do .
  11. 728ups

    728ups offending people on the internet since 1995

    8 NEVER miss a pick up
    9 NO LATE AIR!!!
    10 If you make a mistake,own up to it. dont lie or blame someone else
  12. Bad Gas!

    Bad Gas! Active Member

    Dont make any plans during the week.
    12)Tell your family you will see them on the weekend.
    13)Get to know the other swing drivers for area knowledge.
  13. Logb17

    Logb17 Member

    Lets see, I got in an accident(minor), called in, had late air, had a misdelivery, and still made it. Why? I was running scratch on the full route on day 4.
    If you have previous experience using the board and handling the truck you will breeze by. After 2-3 days by yourself youll have the route down.
  14. Funfact

    Funfact Well-Known Member

    14) You might not have time to take your lunch but still have to put it in the board. (do what ever you have to safely to make your 30 days )
  15. gostillerz

    gostillerz Member

    Get a printout of the route for Friday. Drive it on Saturday and Sunday, make notes on a map of number breaks, landmarks, safe driveways to go into, stuff like that. What really helped me was using google maps satellite view. I'd just stare at it for an hour or two and it starts sinking in. If the load is really bad, take some time to sort that section 1000's at a time. Searching for the packages is my biggest time killer.

    Besides that, once you clear up 3ft of space on a shelf, push the rest up. If you want to cheat and are in a safe area, leave the bulkhead door key in the lock. If you start getting really flustered, stop for a few minutes. When you rush, you make mistakes.

    My center is really mellow with stuff. If you don't run someone over or have 50 missed in a day, you're in. Don't stress it.
  16. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    I thought about going this but i don't want to get into bad habits.
  17. gostillerz

    gostillerz Member

    I know, but I've always fumbled with keys. The main reason I do it now though is anytime I take the key out of the ignition to the bulkhead, I always get shocked. It just gets annoying. My oncars know I do it and anytime they ride with me, that's the first thing they do. Getting zapped 200 times a day sucks.
  18. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    Try and keep the time you spend in the back of the car to a minimum. Move your stops up to the front of the car and just step in there about a foot. Don't scan in cab scan on the way to the stop. Learn their methods and do them over and over again. Try and improve every day you are trying to qualify and the improvement you show will prove you can do this job. There is a good chance the time study for your training route will be impossible so your steady improvement will go a long way. Best of luck
  19. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    haha, i noticed that the other day. I never had that issue before but for the last week i have. Like you said, everytime that key touches the lock, ZAP!