package car drivers

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by vashon76, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. vashon76

    vashon76 New Member

    i been with ups for six years and for the past two years i been thinking about becoming a driver but the only thing is that u have to know have to drive a manual transmisson and i dont know how does anybody know a place in chicago i can go without spending alot of money to teach me how to drive a manual transmisson.
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  2. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    Perhaps you could have a friend rent a standard transmission truck from one of several rental companys and then find an empty parking lot to practice.
     
  3. rod

    rod retired and happy

    get in touch with a local car club. Someone will have some kind of old beater they will let you drive. "Car people" are great people.
     
  4. EAM_Master

    EAM_Master Part-Time'er for Life!

    If you want to be a driver they will teach you when you go to service provider training. There are a number of guys in my center who had never driven a manual trans before they started driving, and they learned no problem.
     
  5. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    True maybe, but having a little experience would lessen the stress.
    Go to rent a wreck and spend 50 bucks for a weekend. Make sure you have someone who does know how rent it tho, as you need to get outta the lot.
     
  6. browniehound

    browniehound Well-Known Member

    No offense, but are you a 16-year girl? I know most cars "now-a-days" are equipped with automatic transmissions, but if you're not man enough to "handle a stick", then you'll fail miserably at the other job requirements. Sorry to be so harsh, but thats my opinion.
     
  7. SmithBarney

    SmithBarney Well-Known Member

    haha, now thats funny. One of the pre-reqs is knowing how to drive. They take you out for a "road-test" before they send you to school. School consists of roughly 30 minutes behind the wheel..(although you spend plenty of time watching others drive) Some Schools use passenger vans... some use a converted package car with multiple seats in the back(with windows too)
    The rest of school is in the class room.
     
  8. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    That's how it was when I started. You had to already know how to drive standard. The first thing you had to do was start a package car facing up a steep hill without rolling back. NOT ONE INCH!
     
  9. hey I was once a girly man :ohmy:, I didn't know how to drive stick, I had it down in a week (had the basics in a day). Its hard to find a stick in a car these days in order to learn unless you go out and order one with a stick (used to be the other way around, you had to order an auto) and even then some don't offer them at all...period. Not to mention the trannies in package cars aren't exactly "snick-snick" like my buddy's honda :wink:

    I learned because I wanted to know, now theres nothing keeping me from being a driver...well except my seniority and the horror stories I hear...lol
     
  10. satellitedriver

    satellitedriver Moderator Staff Member

    Trick and Tooner are right. Rent something with a stick and go to a large empty parking lot. The clutch is what throws most new drivers. Practice your clutch work by putting it into first gear and slowly let out the clutch without giving it any gas. It will buck and stall many times until you get the feel of it. After you can make the truck/car roll smoothly from a dead stop without the gas you are home free.
    And take someone with you who knows how to drive a stick.
    Good Luck
     
  11. rapidrandall

    rapidrandall slow but sure

    We just had a part timer bid into driving who didn't know how to drive a stick and the center manager let him practice in our lot with one of the package cars before going out on the road. He passed his 30 days and has fulltime driver senority now. Only problem is he is really hard on clutches, burned out threee in three months.
     
  12. Channahon

    Channahon New Member

    Some drivers think clutches are footrests. And don't realize that they are wearing out the clutch with little pressure applied. I would hope somebody from Automotive, Safety or the center would chat with the driver. Potential safety issue.
     
  13. canon

    canon Member

    That statement alone probably accounts for people's lack of "stick familiarity".

    You're right browniehound, manual transmissions are fairly rare. It's considered both bone stock in a cheap car, and a performance option in sportscars. I had a '02 TransAm WS6 with an auto... the manual transmission was another grand or so and I was already WAY over what my wife wanted me to spend on a car. I didn't think I'd mind that much, but after that no more. Can't stand auto... not even in package cars.

    vashon76, don't worry about it. You'll learn it fast, and some people even end up preferring it. My wife never drove a manual transmission until she was in her late 20's. Wasn't long after that we bought her a Miata and she started driving SCCA racing (I didn't care much for it... the miata or the scca).

    Go into it with a sense of anticipation. If you stress too much over this it will make it much worse when you first try. It's no biggie, relax. Stalling it a bunch of time is normal... excessive clutch feathering is normal in the beginning too. Don't worry about burning it out; that's why God created mechanics.
     
  14. hondo

    hondo promoted to mediocrity

    Why not try air or saturday air driving first? From what I've seen, the P3s (I think that's what they're called) are automatics. While smaller than regular package cars, they should be a good intro to the driving/delivering life.
    Introduce youself to some drivers you see regularly in the bldg or your stewards. And ask HR, too, especially since they'll have the list of other min. requirements. BTW, our local general membership meeting is this 10AM sunday, 705 auditorium. See you there?:thumbup1:
     
  15. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    I've trained a lot of people over the years. Do you have any friends in management or maybe a driver that will spend some time working with you in the yard?
     
  16. BCFan

    BCFan Active Member

    great advice Satellite Driver BC
     
  17. 30andout

    30andout New Member

    Driving a stick in a sports car is a WHOLE lot different than driving one in a truck.
     
  18. Boston Mike

    Boston Mike New Member

    :w00t: Wrong. The Service Provider Traing Schools are for those who have already qualified with a road test, (manual transmission). If you do not know how to operate the equipment ... you do not get the opportunity to sit in the class
     
  19. satellitedriver

    satellitedriver Moderator Staff Member

    Your right. I have to drive alot slower in a sports car.
     
  20. And one thing management will never tell you when you first learn to drive is to start the truck in second gear. First gear is too short of a shifting ratio. It really slows you down when crossing an intersection.