What to expect on first days as a new driver?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by infamousKB, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. infamousKB

    infamousKB New Member

    I just recently finished Intergrad, and I want to know what will the next step is. There are something I still do not understand, like "How do you know where to go?" I know you have the address in the DIAD and you have your deliveries with commitment times, but how do you know where to go? If you never been to an area before, what should you do? I need some pointers.
    Also, how can you tell which delivery is next, I remember the discussion about centers using Orion, which you have to follow, but what about other situations?
  2. PT Car Washer

    PT Car Washer Well-Known Member

    Driver supervisor will drive the first couple days with you. Then you drive and the sup rides along. When he feels you are ready you will be turned loose by yourself with a reduced load that increases daily until you go out with a full load and either sink or swim.
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  3. Welcome to the Brown Cafe and UPS.
    Don't stress it out. Just pay attention to what your supervisor tells you and work hard.

    Good luck.
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  4. Savvy412

    Savvy412 Active Member

    End thread //

    If you have time. Ask your sup
    For a print out of route. It will print out the drivers exact day and just take your car and run it 5 times. Then When you are home virtually run it on googlemaps . That's what I did and when I first trained my sup was like wow! I'm impressed . And only was with me for 1 day. You'll gain mad browny points if you know it (decently) before you start

    You may think you still don't know it . But you'll be driving and you will know t better then you think . Trust me . Don't go out there blind with a sup. Well you can but... It's a lot to juggle as it is. Following the methods and the diad and driving . They will Knit pick EVERY SINGLE THING. Just take a deep breath. Know your going to suck and it WILL GET BETTER.
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  5. infamousKB

    infamousKB New Member

    Does this also go for Cover Driver?
  6. Savvy412

    Savvy412 Active Member

    As for how you know what to deliver. In your diad its like

    1341 smith st
    1325 smith st
    1521 smith st
    2034 Douglas ave
    2054 Douglas ave

    So once you scan. The top disappears and then the next on up. Some stops are so close you grab both stops and walk them off ..
    And for the most part it goes in order. Most likely smith is by Douglas. There is something you can hit that shows surrounding areas also if your not sure . But remember. When your by your self GOOGLEMAPS! Googlemaps! They'll say no phone but. Just don't do it while driving

    Damn man. Starting from scratch, can't even imagine. You have soo much to learn lol. But you'll be ok.. You'll see .

    If you wanna email for more help I'll be here to help
  7. dookie stain

    dookie stain Well-Known Member

    This. Exactly.
  8. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    One thing I did that helped was getting the driver manifest print out for the entire previous week the Friday before I started driving. Saturday I went through it to find the pattern and drew it on the map. I then drove the area on Sunday to get an idea. Does it take time? Sure. Is it on your own time? Yep. But It helped. Once you start driving pay attention to the area. You'll learn the landmarks and eventually it will become second nature.

    Good luck!
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  10. hyena

    hyena I shut down BC

    Everyone that answered before me gave you good advice. I drove the area a couple days before I started qualifying . You ain't gonna remember every street but don't get discouraged. Don't worry about numbers or anything else your first couple days. It will come naturally soon enough. Good luck
  11. Covemastah

    Covemastah Suspension Ovah !!! Tom is free FU Goodell !!

    I think it was better in my days. No Orion. Just me and a map and of course there was pressure !! But learned area pretty quick ,
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  12. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    Learn the area. Get yourself a good paper map. Forget using the one in your phone because it will eat up your battery. A paper one will help you visualize your training area better. Talk to drivers that are familiar with your route. Ask them for pointers.
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  13. Savvy412

    Savvy412 Active Member

    Portable charger $5 at target. ^^
    Or Amazon. . I have 3 of them .
    Get one asap!!!
  14. UPSjedi41

    UPSjedi41 Member

    All the above and find a driver who knows it well to give you more info, hints, tips and other pickup info about the route. If your center has Orion, you can print a map with the stops plotted out. It won't be in a perfect order, but the stops will be plotted on where they are on the street.
  15. NonDeliverOtherMissed

    NonDeliverOtherMissed Active Member

    Not only will using your phone burn up your battery you will waste so much time looking up each address...buy a map, sold at most convenience stores...get a highlighter and look at 5-10 street names in your diad at a time and highlight them in your map...walk quickly, make up time on your feet not by driving your car fast...and remember They know EVERYTHING you do...don't get in an accident, and if u have an injury, don't report it unless it's terribly bad
  16. Scottyhawk

    Scottyhawk What is it? A brown box. Duh

    Use a highlighter too, to help you line out the route
  17. joeboodog

    joeboodog good people drink good beer

    Our center has a bunch of copies of maps for use. Check with your on road if your center has maps.
  18. billerz

    billerz Active Member

    Don't be afraid to ask questions, the sup understands you are new and he wants you to do well. Driving the area before hand is probably the best advice someone could give.
    As far as learning the Diad and methods, ask questions and realize it will take time. The hardest thing for me to get was package selection and sorting, partially because I never was in preload. Good luck, and if I can qualify, I know any one else can lol
  19. Delivery!!!

    Delivery!!! New Member

    I've never used a paper map. I use the app sygic. It's free with free download of maps. Only uses data if looking up an address. Most times the next place your going to is pretty darn close to where you are so you don't need to type in the address. I have note 4 with a smart case so I just open the case and screen comes on and shows me where I am on the map. A quick glance is about all you need to find the next street. The app also shows the address numbers on the map so you know whether to turn left or right. Very helpful.
  20. Delivery!!!

    Delivery!!! New Member

    I also put the phone in power saving mode. Never have even come close to phone dying unless streaming Sirius to my Bluetooth speaker. But I only listen to music when running residentials on routes I already know.