Driver Qualification Tips

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Crooked Foot, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. Crooked Foot

    Crooked Foot New Member

    Tomorrow I start my 30-day qualification in CO. A bit nervous! I have been reading posts and have searched a lot of the topics on this site, and just want to take a minute to say thanks to everyone who gives tips/tricks to us newbies!

    If anyone has time today to give some additional wisdom I would really appreciate it!

    I seem to be most nervous about the DIAD, we only spent like 1 hour practicing with one during NSPT.
  2. peanutbutterlegs

    peanutbutterlegs Saftey first, then teamwork

    Bring baby wipes
  3. KOG72

    KOG72 Well-Known Member

    When I started driving the Diad was the one thing I was worried about because I had never used one.They gave us one to practice with when we were in class I messed with that thing all week,I had the depth of knowledge questions down word for word....good luck and welcome to the show.
  4. pickup

    pickup Well-Known Member

    Someone here once wrote:

    Pain is weakness leaving the body.

    Keep that one in mind . It might be a useful fiction or non fiction.
  5. AlliSeeisBrown

    AlliSeeisBrown Active Member

    Your first 1-3 days on the route a supervisor should be with you. The Diad is pretty easy after you spend a solid day with it and if you get caught up with some of the functions the supe will be there to help you correct it. I would mainly just focus on the methods and having no accidents.
  6. JustanotherDriver

    JustanotherDriver New Member

    Familiarize the diad quickly or it will eat up your time. Drive and dedicate personal time on the training route during off days and remember the delivery/ pickup points. Take your half to an hour lunch because management wants to see if you can execute the route with lunch and I have seen a lot of qualifiers get washed from not taking their lunch. Most importantly, pay attention to details that your supervisor teaches you for the next three days. Just follow whatever he/she says.
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  7. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    One of the best posts on the subject yet. Great advice.
  8. GoodWillDriving

    GoodWillDriving New Member

    Know the little in and outs of your route, such as a business tucked in a resi part of the route, who opens early/late, who closed early/late, you should have 75-85% of the same stops daily. Just remember to breathe and keep moving one stop at a time especially if you are feeling overwhelmed, do not rush. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast
  9. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    I used this quote of my very first
  10. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    Skip lunch, run like a bunny, cut corners! Be all the Runner-Gunner you can be!
  11. Over 70

    Over 70 Member

    Good luck!
  12. MendozaJ

    MendozaJ Active Member

    Set up your load in the morning, putting air with ground when possible. Communicate with your preloader.

    Take your lunch, eat quickly, then set up the remainder. Be ready to deliver the next stop as soon as the hour is up. For scheduled pick ups, put the contact numbers in your cell phone to confirm whether you can come now, later, or not at all. Try to do pick ups on route.

    Be assertive at com stops. Cut lines, go straight to the counter. You are conditioning the people you meet to share the same sense of urgency.

    Signatures give more time credit so don't hit MCW, MCM.

    Walk quickly. Drive slowly.
  13. Crooked Foot

    Crooked Foot New Member

    Thank you everyone! Really great advice, I can also appreciate the sarcasm! :laugh: Figured there'd be some jokers in there to pick on the new guy. Keep it coming!

    Day 1 was great. Feeling a lot more confident with the DIAD and I have an overall sense of how the day should go. Now just to pound out the small details!

    Looking forward to joining in on these shenanigans of BC.
  14. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Save the shenanigans until you qualify.
  15. LeadBelly2.0

    LeadBelly2.0 Well-Known Member

    Stay out of th Fargo area of the truck as much as you possibly can. Push all you should ops to the front of the car unless they are going to go out the back. Good luck.
  16. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    I know I'm gonna get flamed but I don't care (because this worked for me).

    Make a healthy lunch and bring it and some electrolyte drink in an iced lunch pail.

    Find a safe shady spot to park and punch meal. Spend your 30-60 minute meal enjoying your lunch while you set up your afternoon stops and tidy up your load in a leisurely manner.

    Qualifying is your first priority.

    Flame on......