How hard is it to learn a rural route?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by onehandsolo, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. onehandsolo

    onehandsolo Active Member

    I have the option to bid on a rural route. I know very little about the area. It is basically a small town 20 or stops and than 80 to 90 stops in the country.
     
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    It is much easier with 911.

    Ask your OMS or supervisor if they could print out the delivery records for that area. This would give you an idea of how the current bid driver runs the route.

    Concentrate on learning the roads before you try to learn any of the "tricks" of the route, such as where you can leave packages for people who live out in the middle of nowhere but work in town.
     
  3. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    It's just another route with more distance between stops.
     
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  4. oldupsman

    oldupsman Well-Known Member

    Don't know what your long term plans are for UPS. But it will be alot easier on your body.
     
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  5. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Yes and no.
     
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  6. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    I think you should bid on it but if you haven't driven long enough to know much about rural routes you probably won't have enough seniority to win the bid. Go for it anyway though because you might get lucky and nobody else will bid on it.
     
  7. ViewAskew

    ViewAskew Active Member

    How bad are the winters in you area? That would make or break it for me.
     
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  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    This is why I bid off of mine.
     
  9. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Scared of a little snow?
     
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  10. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Yup.

    I offered to run it from 4/1 thru 10/31. They said no.
     
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  11. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    I offered to work from home. They said it was't "logistically" possible. Whatever
     
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  12. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    Some people do better on rural routes than others. If you do not know the area, are you good with a map?? You will need one for a bit, but if you are still relying on it heavily at the end of the 2nd week, you're going to have a tough time.

    I like routes with a small town and rural routes. Usually, you have a place to eat lunch and get coffee. Makes for a nice day.
     
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  13. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I loved my rural route.

    I got tired of walking down snow covered driveways.
     
  14. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Laminated map + dry erase marker. Easy Peasy.



    I personally wouldn't call 100+ stops rural though.
     
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  15. Holydriver

    Holydriver Active Member

    Don't do it. Rural routes are akin to learning brain surgery.
     
  16. 35years

    35years Active Member

    If you have been doing heavy city routes rural is going to be like not even working. So much easier to learn and way easier on your body. Warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
     
  17. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Maps confuse you?
     
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  18. onehandsolo

    onehandsolo Active Member

    I have been driving for 23 years. 20 on the same route. 20 years ago I was a good coverage driver. I am 48 now my mind and body move at a slower pace.
     
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  19. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Within the first 2 weeks you'll have delivered to over 90% of the people that are going to get anything. Do it. Sounds like a nice retirement route.
     
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  20. scooby0048

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    Jump on that route and drive that truck like its stolen and never look back. You won't regret it!