Delivering In The Dark

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by MrFedEx, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    The new late commit times present a new issue that most Express drivers are not used to....delivering in the dark. As others have pointed-out, FedEx isn't providing flashlights, spotlights, or any aids to help you here. It is very difficult to deliver residentials in the dark if you've never done it. Plus, it's very easy to fall or hit something just because you have limited vision. In a semi-rural or rural area without street lights? Good luck! As always, anything bad that happens will be your fault. WAD, go very slowly, and bring back lots of DEX 01s and 03s for Fred.
  2. CJinx

    CJinx Well-Known Member

    Headlamps have been standard equipment on automobiles for about 100 years now.

    MAKAVELI Well-Known Member

    I know you're trying to be funny, but don't quit your day job.
  4. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

    you kiddin' me?

    i've armed myself with the following all year long:


    some here said they use their smartphone's flashlight as well...

  5. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Maybe you shouldn't have to provide it on your own dime.
  6. FUFred

    FUFred Active Member

    Also remember in those poorly lit rural areas, that are far away from the truck, sometimes a lose dog shows up. Many times during peak and at night, I'd come across one or two dogs just walking around. I was lucky it was a yellow lab or just a very friendly dog who wanted to play. A few other couriers weren't so lucky. Fedex, will of course tell you that the dog bite was preventable and its your own fault.
  7. Mr. 7

    Mr. 7 The monkey on the left.

    Get a real light.
    I've got 2 of these.

  8. HomeDelivery

    HomeDelivery Well-Known Member

  9. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    Delivering in the dark for Brown is the norm. Not that big of a deal. Just bring a spotlight. Try delivering in the dark during xmas for 4 or 5 hours after it gets dark that sux :censored2: lol.
  10. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Sometimes you have to provide for yourself. It's part of the business.
  11. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    UPS drivers provide their own flashlights, including feeder drivers that have to have one in order to pretrip.

    I have a law enforcement style that used AA batteries and has an LED light source. It is very bright, bright enough to see numbers on houses from the cab. Plus the batteries last more than a year (I replace the batteries every year at Thanksgiving, just because I am pretty much always on vacation that week and when I come back, I have all me 'peak' stuff ready to go.)

    MAKAVELI Well-Known Member

    If we made $32 an hour, I don't think anyone here would be complaining about furnishing their own flashlight.
  13. Kirk

    Kirk New Member

    Many years ago during the peak rush! I went to a customer's house animals were everywhere! I shut the truck off, delivered the package got back into the truck shut the doors and when down the road. BUT I had to go back because I had a sheep in the back of the truck! Damn sheep! Owner thought it was funny!
  14. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    You know nothing is stopping you from putting in an application.
  15. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Now, a low life jack wagon, and still loving it.

    Maybe all of us UPS guys could get together and get you one.
  16. Gumby

    Gumby *

    If you made $32.30 an wo u ld be a UPS driver.........But at the same time , you dont have to buy brown socks @ $5 bucks a overpriced UPS shipping charges!
  17. TheJackal

    TheJackal Active Member

    I've never lost my dog, so you'd be safe on my block.

    You should have a flashlight in your home. A 3-D Cell Maglite would cost you $20.65 on Amazon + 10 Energizer D batteries $14.99 = free shipping. Batteries last for a year or so depending on use.

    1BROWNWRENCH Amateur Malthusian

    There's a reason, though, that law enforcement types like the 3D Maglite and hold it overhand. ie: Wrong answer! Whack!
  19. StuffItFred

    StuffItFred Member

    This is whitout a doubt the most ignorant comment posted honestly cannot be this ......
  20. CJinx

    CJinx Well-Known Member

    Even if you did make 30+ an hour, I'm sure you'd still complain about any out of pocket costs; that's what you do. :\