Training for UPS road test

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by ftballer67, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. ftballer67

    ftballer67 New Member

    There are a couple of bids up in my building right now. I signed them both, not sure if I will get it as there are a few higher seniority employees in front of me, my date is (3/29/04) long wait in my building.

    My question is stated in the bid that you must pass a UPS road test in a standard shift vehicle. Now I have driven a manual a few times in the past but not often, just curious how anybody with similar circumstances managed to prepare for the road test?

    I've heard from a few people in my building that in some cases you can come in on a Saturday and a sup may work with you and let you practice in the yard. Is this your best bet to become proficient? Any responses would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. kingOFchester

    kingOFchester Well-Known Member

    Not to discourage you, but I could not imagine starting driving and dealing with everything we have to deal with not being proficient at manual transmission driving. That said, if I were you, and put the time in, I would find a way to get it done.
  3. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

    1st thing I drove, 56 Ford F100 with 4 speed, granny 1st gear, so I learned the clutch early....
    Lost art...
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2012
  4. ftballer67

    ftballer67 New Member

    Yeah, that's what I was thinking, that it won't be easy. A former female co worker that got a bid last year had no experience in a manual though and I believe she practiced around in the yard until she figured it out. She qualified and is still driving so I figure if I'm willing to put the time in I can do it.
  5. kingOFchester

    kingOFchester Well-Known Member

    GREAT....good luck. I am sure you can do it. Just be aware that you have just another thing working against you. I would talk to a sup and work on going in on saturdays.

    First stick for me was spilt between these two 67 VW bug and 1972 ford pick up with 3 on the tree.
  6. ftballer67

    ftballer67 New Member

    Yeah, I drove a Ford F150 and a Saturn manual before, not much but I got it from point a to point b without any damage, a few stalls but nothing too bad. Both were about 10-15 miles round trip in traffic.
  7. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    I bought a brand new stick shift truck just to learn on. It was pretty comical because my dad had to drive it home from the dealership because I couldn't drive it. I learned though and now look at me I drive an Automatic.
  8. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

    They do not make them like this any more. All metal and strong.
  9. rocket man

    rocket man Well-Known Member

    I KNEW How to drive a clutch early but my 79 Z28 had a clutch that wouldnt quit no matter how much i beat on it.
  10. ajblakejr

    ajblakejr Age quod agis

    Picture of your Z28...please.

    Learned stick on a Volvo Station Wagon.
  11. Brownslave688

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

    Dad tried to teach me on his 79 GMC 3/4 ton. The clutch was just gone on that thing he was the only one that could drive it. Mom had been driving a stick for 20 years and she cused him to get it fixed every time she drove it. For high school graduation I got a 97 ranger that was a manual. Pretty much took off alone one day after school and taught myself how to drive it. Oh to be 18 and invincible again. Still drive that ranger to work everyday also.
  12. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    Same here , a used 74 Pinto, my first new car was a 1981 Ford Escort, then a 1986 Jeep Comanche that unknown to me had a defect flywheel , onto a 1996 Toyota Tacoma which I recently turned in for a used 2008 Tacoma.
    Best thing about having a manual is it works as an anti-theft device.