Saturday Air Driving

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by tarico, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. tarico

    tarico Member

    I work in the building just got called for Saturday air driving .. Can someone tell me bout it , is it good / bad , worth trying , the pay. Need every info I can get
     
  2. Brownslave688

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

    How much do you enjoy Saturday off?
     
  3. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Easiest money you can ever make working at UPS. Almost $27/hr to walk a Saturday NDA letter up to someone's front door. Pay starts off kind of low but after a two year progression you are at top rate with all the contractual raise every year. Good training for anyone thinking about FT driving. Learn the DIAD and driving the package cars on a low stress level. Look under Art. 40 in the master for the wage progression.
     
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  4. tarico

    tarico Member

    Thanks a lot on the info really appreciate that because I soon want to be a FT driver but wanted to take steps
     
  5. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Do the Saturday Air job and if a FT driving job does not open up before Summer see if you can be a Summer vacation seasonal driver, if your building allows it. Your Center management team will work you like a borrowed mule but you will have a chance to decide if this is what you want to do for the next 30 years.
     
  6. tarico

    tarico Member

    Yeaaaaaaaa my build calls it VCD vacation cover driver that starts from May - September I was planning on doing the Saturday Air Until the VCD open up
     
  7. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    In my building they leave you on one route (training route) and make the bid driver cover vacation on other routes. Real eye opener to what a FT driver does every day.
     
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  8. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    They can only do that for 30 days and only once in a TYD career. After that, they are cover drivers, expected to cover.

    In my center, the bosses try very hard to keep TCD in regular areas, so they do not struggle too much. The downside is that they are on the garbage routes. Lots of apartment buildings and college student housing. You know. The routes no one else wants to do.
     
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    This would be the first step.
     
  10. billerz

    billerz Active Member

    In my center you start around 9, load your own truck with the 30 or so packages you will have, and are usually done around 12. The areas are little more spread out since your just running airs. I just used my phone for any addresses I didn't know, you will have the time to do that. Compared to FT driving, it's super easy.
     
  11. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    You are assuming every place use TCD's. My building does not. We do use Air drivers to cover routes sitting or left over work at top driver rate.
     
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Here we start delivering right after we leave the airport.
     
  13. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    You are jumping the gun here .
    Saturday driving is not for everyone .
    I was the first air driver in Boston Metro .
    I had limited street knowledge and even less driving experience .
    The first time I was used was during a snow storm . I was told to get in a PC and go .
    I never looked at the fuel gauge and ran out of fuel on the way back in .
    It those pesky little things that matter .
    Learn procedures before leaving the building .
    Have a problem ask a regular driver for tips .
    I've had over the years new air drivers who claimed to know their neighborhoods like the back of their hands get lost one street over from their houses .
    And we had an air driver who should have had a 20 minute drive from the airport back to the building take 3 hours . He only traveled by street buses and followed them to do his drive back .
    Another was given the city of Medford to do for his route , but he didn't know the way , so he used the Mass Pike (into Boston ) to rte 93 N to find Medford . I checked from the time he left the building to his first stop was 90 mins.
    The following week I had him at his first stop in 15 mins .
    And after a major storm disruption plan on being on the road all day Sat. , there will be upgrades for parcels and some others with no commit time .
     
  14. hondo

    hondo promoted to mediocrity

    We can't do that around here. It's too tough to dig for the pkgs in an A4
     
  15. Sleeve_meet_Heart

    Sleeve_meet_Heart making the unreadable unreadabler

    I enjoyed Saturday airs, may even go back to that job someday. It's definitely some of the easier on-road money you'll ever make.
     
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  16. tarico

    tarico Member

  17. tarico

    tarico Member

    Is the pay good ?
     
  18. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Starts at $13.50/hr. After 24 months top rate. Current top rate is $26.84/hr.
     
  19. Browndriver5

    Browndriver5 Active Member

    7 more months until I'm top rate for air driving. I hardly drive through the year so that's all I have to look forward to lol
     
  20. Sleeve_meet_Heart

    Sleeve_meet_Heart making the unreadable unreadabler

    correct for PT. I make the FT rate.