Road Test

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by FlaccidEgo, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. FlaccidEgo

    FlaccidEgo Member

    Have my road test tomorrow, what does it entail exactly? Is there anything specific I should be prepared for? I've driven manual cars for 15 years so am prepared for the clutch. Thanks!
  2. Box Ox

    Box Ox Would rather be driving an E-frame

    For me it was just driving a big square loop area in my location's most piece of junk package car. If you've been driving a stick for 15 you've probably got nothing to worry about. You might want to ask your tester if he/she cares if you start in second gear. Reverse is also top left. First gear bottom left.
  3. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    I had to drive a combination freeway, downtown, and residential streets. I drove Army trucks for years so not a big deal except for having someone criticize every move you make.
  4. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Just another internet hooligan.

    Uummm,,,,,,,,,,maybe, maybe not.
  5. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    Apply the 10 point commentary.,to the area you are driving in. Slow to 15 mph with foot covering brake at rr crossings and look left right left. Come to a complete stop, and stop behind the first line. Signal in advance ank keep your eyes moving. Do a good pre trip. Good luck!
  6. HBGPreloader

    HBGPreloader Active Member

    The one thing I've heard all the drivers tell those taking who are trying to qualify is expect to take the test in the biggest POS in the fleet.
    It seems to depend on whether or not management likes you. However, some drivers were given some time to "practice" with the car before they began the test.
  7. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    Correct, I would ask to come in and drive in my browns after the preload around the yard to get used to the gears and such.
  8. Box Ox

    Box Ox Would rather be driving an E-frame

    All great things to know, but I got absolutely 0 of that until after the road test. They just wanted to see if I could drive a PC first.

    Now that I think of it, I was offered the parking lot before we hit the open road too. Probably to make sure I wouldn't stall out in front of oncoming traffic. I hear some people hop in for the test and hop right back out because they don't even know where to start with a manual.
  9. jbg77

    jbg77 Active Member

    Dont down shift or free wheel
  10. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    I took mine in the biggest POS we had on property too, but I was told

    "If you can drive this, you can drive anything we have here."

    OP make sure you keep checking your mirrors, use your horn when necessary, watch the speed, and keep a good space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. If you can drive a manual you'll be fine.
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  11. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Drive fast and take chances!
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  12. Is there any other way?
  13. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

  14. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    It is as if there were no way to search for such an answer.
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  15. BostonBo

    BostonBo Member

    My tester cared about me wearing a seat belt, using blinkers, proper turns, and starting uphill from a dead stop. Oh, and apply the hand brake when you're at a stop light.
  16. FlaccidEgo

    FlaccidEgo Member

    Well I passed the test this morning, the truck they took me out in had the stiffest clutch I've ever experienced in nearly 20 years of driving manuals. But like was said, the guy was like "if you can drive this, you can drive anything".

    I haven't driven a vehicle without power steering for over 15 years so that took a bit of brute force, as did pressing down on the clutch.

    I clipped a kerb with the back wheel when making a turn because of the dodgy steering and drove a bit too close to the kerb a few times but otherwise did enough to pass.
  17. By The Book

    By The Book Well-Known Member

    Those old manual transmission trucks with those stiff clutches, steering that would keep those arms in shape and high steps were trucks we drove daily. Lots of guys had knee and shoulder surgeries because of it.
  18. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Best truck you can drive in a snow storm. Nothing will stop them except the guy in front of you stuck.
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  19. atlastitan

    atlastitan New Member

    omg i got a road test this week too. ive only been driving manual a couple of months but my dad who has had years of exp. said i was doing alright. i have learned in the most beat up non power steering car so i am slightly confident.i still dont know if i can backup into a bay door. gotta practice that.
  20. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    He's going to bang you on something "because he has to".