Can UPS work at 55 years old?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by babyboy, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. babyboy

    babyboy New Member

    I notice that UPS has a lot of openings for driver helper in my area of Southern Maryland and would like to know if at 55 yrs old, would I be able withstand the physical routine?

  2. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome to Brown Cafe, Babyboy. It really all depends on your physical condition. Can you climb in and out of the truck 150 times a day? Are you active? In good shape?
  3. rwsmith67

    rwsmith67 New Member

  4. UPS Lifer

    UPS Lifer Well-Known Member

    This about sums it up. As long as you are physically fit and have the stamina you can do the job.
  5. brownrodster

    brownrodster New Member

    As long as you can walk while carrying 25-30 pounds of stuff you should be fine.

    I always tell my helpers that as long as they walk quickly and fasten their seatbeld immediately upon entering my vehicle they'll do fine.

    Although this has never been a concern for me or my helpers, what over9 said is important. Can your knees handle getting into and out of a truck 150-200 times within 10 hours or so?
  6. bumped

    bumped Well-Known Member

    I had a helper a couple years ago that was 50 years old. He was one of the best helpers I ever had. My route was mostly residental with a minimum of 300 deliveries to a peak maximum of 400 deliveries. He also worked a regular night 10-12 hour night job. This helper was a machine... he slept 3-4 hours a night, maximum. I also am in a snowy part of the state, so there was no cutting across lawns.

    We joked around all day, basically about his age, but it was all in good fun. He did the helper job for extra money to pay for his kids college bills.

    It can be done as long as your in pretty good shape, and can follow directions well.
  7. whiskey

    whiskey New Member

    If your in the same condition now as when you were a Navy Seal, ya sure, go for it.
    Driver helper? I wasn't aware of any spike in volume.
  8. feeder53

    feeder53 ADKtrails

    I am over 55 and doing it....feeders
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    feeder, baby is talking about being a driver helper. 55 is not an issue if he is somewhat physically fit--it is a big issue if he can't touch his toes cause he ain't seen 'em in 20 years.:wink2:
  10. outta hours

    outta hours Active Member

    I see mine everyday when I put on my feeder boots. Course I have to put my foot up on the tub to see them enough to tie them.:wink2:
  11. faded jeans

    faded jeans just a member

    Don't know if you can do it, but I run a package route every day and I'm closer to 60 than 50. Some people say I'm a tough old bird.
  12. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Just speaking from experience I was running out of steam when I retired at 53. (or was that enthusiasm). I did perk right back up after retiring:wink2:
  13. satellitedriver

    satellitedriver Moderator Staff Member

    If you need the money, then just try it. Christmas help is a temporary gig and you can quit at anytime.
    I am almost 57 and have been a driver for over 23 years.
    I just did the math.
    Age plus years of service.
    No wonder I feel like I am 80 when I get up in the morning.:happy2:
    Go for it, James

  14. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    My helper two years ago was 61. Best helper I have ever had. He could run circles around all teh 20 year olds I EVER had.

    BLACKBOX Life is a Highway...

    Remember all cartons aren't heavyweights. You'll get help on those over 70 packages (ask for it). You'll be fine - so you're past the century mark, you'll be surprised when you see people working as helpers close or older to your age.
  16. Bad Gas!

    Bad Gas! Active Member

    Now that the physical requirements have been covered, it's time to briefly talk about the mentality of the UPS driver... You have to find probably the fastest work ethic you ever had only to come back into work the next day and hear a wide range of nit-pickings..If you had a perfect day the day before, that means you probably :censored2: off some customers for not saying hello or you failed to rain- bag one stop in the rain out of a zillion...There are a lot of eye's to dot and tee's to cross....
    All this said, you should try it..You have nothing to lose ..and if you can do is self rewarding....with a nice paycheck...
  17. NHDRVR

    NHDRVR New Member

    You will know very quickly if you try...
  18. Raw

    Raw Raw Member

    We are discussing driver helper, not your sexual capabilities! :surprised:
  19. rod

    rod retired and happy

    Hey!!! That too!!!:wink2:
  20. bumped

    bumped Well-Known Member

    Jeeezzeee..He's not that old. Half century.