The dust is your problem!

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Packmule, Oct 18, 2015.

  1. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    Finished last week with two rural customers telling me to slow down on gravel roads near their house to reduce dust. On one I was at the posted 15 MPH when he wants me at 5 or 7.
    Thing is as more non agricultural people more out into that country home, UPS's operating costs go up. Our state has always been a red ink state, relying on far more urban areas to keep the company solvent.
    I like my rural route, but how much higher of rates should city customers pay become some country fool in half million dollar house is too cheap to spray the road near their house.
    I want to tell them "you choose this location, buttercup! Suck it up!"
    Just sounding off.
     
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  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    This is where Telematics is your friend. Keep it at or just below the speed limit and slow down a bit more when you get near their homes. Make sure to tell your on-car what is going on so that they will know to pull the Telematics if and when they call in a concern.
     
  3. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Give lip service and speed away. The worst is when you have to stop near the end and the dust blows back towards you!
     
  4. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    Dust is a lot worse since they are no longer allowed to dump oil on the roads to keep the dust down.
     
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  5. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    We have a truck running around with some kind of chemical spray for dust. Someone said it was mag water. Don't know what is in it, but works for about a year. Then needs to be resprayed.
     
  6. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    15 MPH on a gravel road? Is this a private development because my states speed limit on rural gravel roads is 45 or 50 MPH.
     
  7. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Wow! You guys must have nice gravel roads. On my gravel roads, there is no way I could do 45-50. I would be bouncing all over the place. I do 15 pretty regularly.
     
  8. UPSER110

    UPSER110 Active Member

    I wouldn't feel safe trying to stop or make an emergency maneuver going 45-55 on gravel.
     
  9. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    That particular one is private. County roads are like you say, 45 to 50. And I have to clean my glasses off to see the 15 MPH sign when I turn off!
     
  10. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    Some of these roads are 40 ft wide and very smooth. But just boil the dust.
     
  11. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Some of mine are only one lane wide and pretty rough. Can't even do 15 on those. Lol.
     
  12. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Our gravel roads are built to handle heavy farm machinery and 80,000 lb. grain trucks.
     
  13. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    Most of mine are too, but some roads were carved out of mountains, so it's slow going, especially after bad rains. Then, it's an adventure trying to cross the huge ruts created in the roads.
     
  14. wornoutupser

    wornoutupser Active Member

    Down here it is sugar sand roads. My ctn has had many stuck trucks in the past two weeks.
    Can you send some of that gravel to Florida?
     
  15. AirOnTrace

    AirOnTrace Allergic to cardboard.

    Sugar sand is the worst. Thank goodness for good ol' country folks with tractors.
     
  16. Packmule

    Packmule Well-Known Member

    I have both here. Broke both front leaf springs this past summer driving the "Orion " shortcuts!
     
  17. Operational needs

    Operational needs Well-Known Member

    We had a guy whose truck dropped the drive shaft once. Lol.
     
  18. 1BROWNWRENCH

    1BROWNWRENCH Amatuer Malthusian

    I've inherited a few cars from other places that might help with the dust issue. I hate oil leaks, but they all take a while before I can fix them.
     
  19. rod

    rod retired and happy

    These are the same idiots who build a million dollar house next to a pig farm and complain about the smell. Go the speed limit if its safe.
     
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  20. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

    They will build a fancy house next to a pig farm then expect the pig farm to move.
     
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