Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by FosterUPS, Apr 18, 2011.
how hard is it to drive a package car????
Do you mean when the ride with you on a clear 75 degree day or during a blizzard with white out conditions?
Or do you mean a new automatic or one of the older ones with manual transmission? Let's not even start with the 8ft swing.
"the" should be "they"---------P.S. the change to only a minuite to edit sucks
Depends, if you're applying for management off the street, you don't have to actually know how to drive one, just pretend like you do and hold drivers accountable.
It's the most asinine thing ever. Another example of over-moderation by this site.
Depends on the vehicle.
The smaller and newer, it is generally easier to drive as far as handling, shifting, etc.
My experience: The older and the larger, the more barriers there are to overcome.
Start with an old 70s or 80s Ford or something really awful, if you are going to practice. A big old 800 with no power steering, for ex. No different than swinging two baseball bats in the on-deck circle.
Once you get the handling of the medium to larger size vehicles and esp the old ones with manual tran slower acceleration wider turns - you'll more easily adjust to the newer and more user friendly ones and it will be a breeze.
Are you a responsible driver in your personal car? No tickets,accidents,etc? If not then driving something bigger,heavier, slower to respond to imputs,harder to stop, and general something that can hurt yourself or others may not be right for you.
Uh, I think he was moderating himself
Not speaking for Rod, speaking for the site. Restrictions to 1 minute for editing, to me is over moderation or maybe better termed, too restrictive. just IMO
Sorry. I was being presumtuous.
You can thank Mr. Pornsite for that. You should have seen some of the stuff he and his buddies tried to slip through.
Was that his screen name? Was it in the middle of the night? Should I be staying up later on BC? I miss all the excitement going to bed at 8:00 !!
Thank you for screening it. Hope you didn't peak.
Was it good porn or that crap they put on HBO after midnight?
It may seem asinine, troublesome and inconvenient, but, it is serving a definite purpose.
That purpose being, keeping Brown Cafe from being inundated with links that are unacceptable.
Yes, the one minute rule is restrictive,
and with damn good reason.
Soon, the time limit will increase.
Good rule of thumb, on self editing, is to read what you write, before you hit the send button.
Measure twice and cut once.
No need to look at garbage when you can smell it.
foster, I did some air driving a few years ago. Hadn't driven a manual transmission for over 20 years and was able to get it around. Getting used to the size was a challange but not impossible. I was not comfortable with the rattletrap way it drove. It was loud and bouncy. The windshield wipers were crappy and it had no pick-up. It was like driving a log wagon.
Also had to be very careful about awnings on front of buildings, tree branches and those basketball hoops on a stick that lurk in all subdivisions.
It's scarey as heck to move those things in and out of their parking places in the building. There are only inches between them and it's so easy to scrape with the bumper, which sticks out and is hard to see with your mirror.
Other drivers seemed very respectful of the big brown truck and gave me room. Were they polite or did they see my wild eyes and hair standing on end? I hated driving.
The truck was a minor detail. It was navigating, finding houses, having to turn around in tight places after passing up my stop, messing with the darned diad, figuring out what door to enter at business stops, getting lost in subdivisions and other places, running out of time before the air was delivered, stopping to answer the dumb message beeps from management and just knowing I was in a position that didn't fit me at all.
I forgot to take off the e-brake once and had smoke rolling out of the place where the shifter was. I scraped the side of two cars trying to get out of the tight spot in the building. One I admitted, the other I lied and said I didn't know a thing about it. Still carrying that lie in my heart. I hate to lie. I'm an inside worker and knew that if I had an accident I'd lose my job as a driver AND my inside job. Was terrified the entire time.
The truck didn't do well in snow and they gave me goofy chains I was supposed to get down and put on when stuck. Yeah, right.
Some people handle the job like champs. They are cut out for the multiple skills required. Others, like myself, fall apart at the seams. The job is harder than it looks, not an easy, glory job at all. Hard work and multi-tasking required at all times.
Try it if you want, you can always back out if it's not comfy for you. Maybe you'll love it, the long term drivers love the work, just hate what management has done to the job.
Best of luck and let us know how it goes. Never know if you don't try.
So, it was scratch and sniff porn? I'll pass...
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